Come Forward is a richly layered experience with relevance and
resonance beyond the Red River. It is a fascinating picture of a generation of artists now emerging and of the vigor and vitality of art in Texas. Not only does this group of imaginative and talented artists—Augusto di Stephano, Adrian Esparza, Joey Fauerso,
Robyn O’Neil, Robert Pruitt, Juan Miguel Ramos, Irene Roderick, Chris Sauter, Brent Steen, Marshall Thompson, and Brad Tucker—provide a reminder of the high quality of art being made here, they also indicate a bull market in Texas art futures.
The catalogue essays provide an overall investigation of the practices and strategies of a new generation of university and art school trained artists, who at the beginning, critical stages of their career are facing the current and challenging situation of making work that can emerge from the privacy of their studio and successfully address its public.
Furthermore, there are three short essays in the catalogue by young writers associated with strong critical writing programs in Texas and artist statements, biographies and exhibition histories of the eleven selected artists.
This book is being produced in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name taking place at the Dallas Museum of Art from February 23 through May 11, 2003. Both will kick off the DMA’s centennial anniversary by paying tribute to the energy and creativity that have always characterized Texas art and the traditions of excellence and innovation that carry through to the present day.