At 4 feet wide, it’s the biggest woodcut print I’ve ever seen.
Don Quixote and The Hounds was created in 1956 by Don LaViere Turner when he was just 26 years old. The style is German Expressionist. Looks like something from the mind of Edgar Allan Poe, doesn’t it? There are only 24 of these in the world, and they never come up for sale. The University of Texas borrowed this one from Wizard Academy for a major exhibit 2 years ago. You’ll find it in the Don and Sherry Kuhl Art Gallery beneath the tower the next time you’re on campus.
Don LaViere Turner died in 1997.
Here’s what he wrote in 1965:
Just straight out, in a Whitman manner, I’d like to say that I, Don LaViere Turner, in my 35th year and in perfect health . . . am afoot with my visions . . . I dote on myself and my vision . . . wet and cold, trembling and with all colors turbulent to mostly black and gray, fleshy as worms, sensual as cats, screaming words like a Jay, even bellowing . . . and icy from unused places . . . eating, learning, drinking and breeding . . . finding what I can . . . making whatever gesture . . . In short, just as you are, just as you yourself would, or could, or have done. And after it’s said, say as well . . . unscrew the locks, unscrew the doors, rip out the jambs . . . here or henceforward, it is all the same to me . . . I exist, as I am . . . that is enough.”