Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art proudly presents Texas Legends, two solo exhibitions showcasing new masterworks by William Anzalone and civil rights activist Cruz Ortiz. Anzalone’s new paintings embrace us into reverie, offering an intensely personal experience — one that takes us into different ways of seeing as we make sense of our ever-changing world. Ortiz’s documentation of history reveals his reality and his reflection of it — a translation of a narrative that sets forth deeper understanding of a society built by conquest, conversions, and “illusions of inclusion.” These historical exhibitions present an on-going dialogue between legends William Anzalone and Cruz Ortiz and their vision of Texas as a place of continued resilience and solid resistance.
William Anzalone has earned the reputation as one of Texas’ most compelling landscape artists. His paintings hang in numerous private, corporate and public collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Fayez Sarofim Collection. For more than half a century, he has been represented by Houston blue chip gallery Meredith Long & Company. An influential teacher at the University of Houston for five decades, Anzalone taught art world luminaries such as Julian Schnabel. Originally a figurative painter, Anzalone’s 1983 move to Round Top interjected landscape into the subject of this Brooklyn-reared artist. While occasional town scenes and farm buildings appear in his oils or pastels, Anzalone is most enamored of the pure land and its changing state based upon season or time of day.