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Sarah Sudhoff Named New Executive Director For Houston Center For Photography

Sarah SudhoffHouston Center for Photography‘s board announced today that Sarah Sudhoff, former Time Magazine and Texas Monthly photo editor and founder of Photohive, has been hired as its newest Executive Director. Via the HCP: “Sudhoff replaces Bevin Bering Dubrowski who transitioned to a Creative Director position in July and most recently Alexandra Irvine who assumed the role of Interim Executive Director during the search process.”

Sudhoff is a graduate of UT Austin and Parsons. She has taught extensively at Texas universities and helped “found the Austin Center for Photography,” and “is an award-winning photographer who has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the world.”

Sudhoff will oversee HCP’s budget, and “oversee all programming aspects including exhibitions, education, publications, fellowships and community collaborations.”

 

 

Idea Fund Announces 2015 Grantees

idea fund logoThe Idea Fund has announced 12 grantees for its seventh round of funding the unfundable in Houston. Jurors for this round of grants were Ben Davis, writer, critic, and Executive Editor of Blouin ArtInfo; Ruth Estevez, Gallery Director and Curator, REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Carrie Marie Schneider, Houston artist and past Idea Fund recipient.

The fund received 64 applications from artists or collaboratives in the greater Houston area. A total of $42,000 will be distributed at three distinct levels: Stimulus ($7,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Spark ($1,000).

The single Stimulus-level grant of $7000 went to Ayanna Jolivet McCloud to re-launch labotonica online. McCloud will create an online experimental botanica/herberia, and present a series of parallel public programs devoted to arts and ecology. labotanica was originally founded in response to the lack of artist-run project spaces in Houston, and after a recent break it will be reformed with a new economic model at its core pairing experimental art with products grounded in ecology. The online store will sell a small inventory of products and there will be a blog component featuring interviews with artists, scientists, ecologists and healers. At each public program (workshops, lectures, musical performances) labotanica products from the online store will be featured in a mini mobile botanica.

Catalyst-level grants of $4000 went to:

Nathaniel Donnett to expand Not That This his current blog  into a full website providing a platform for critical discourse related to African American artists and artistic production in Houston, as well as other groups whose work is largely overlooked, ignored, or misunderstood by the mainstream arts press. The site will include reviews, commentary, interviews, and poetry, as well as listings of shows and artist opportunities.

Everything Records (Tierney Malone, Robert Hodge) to produce 2 ½ Years: The Story of Juneteenth (LP), telling the story of the holiday story via a full-length album featuring new music by local and nationally known musicians.

Fossilized in Houston (Tony Day, Lina Dib, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson) will fund 50 local artists to contribute drawings of 50 species endangered by climate change for a guerilla campaign of lawn signs, stickers and wheat-pasted posters that will become a visible, regular presence throughout the city.

Gender Reel Houston (Koomah, Jay Mays, Stephanie Saint Sanchez) will organize the The Gender Reel Houston Film Festival 2015, a three-day film and performance festival to commemorate and celebrate the lived experiences of transgender people and their allies and families.

LMR (Randi Long, Gabriel Martinez, James Radcliffe) to create Noise Truck, an interactive community project that will bring the sounds of the avant-garde, free improvisation, poetry, and other sonic projects to the city of Houston from inside an altered commercial van. Noise Truck is intended to provide guerrilla concerts throughout Houston’s landscape while raising questions about the city’s noise ordinance codes, specifically what qualifies as acceptable noise? The unsanctioned use of sound in public spaces is intended to disrupt and destroy internalized behavioral codes and stakes a claim for a more democratic use of public space.

Joy Moore‘s Titanic project will explore and dismantle the myths, stereotypes, and institutional blocks that have contributed to the number of non-swimmers (especially females) in the African American community through interviews with participants and community members and provide swimming lessons to a group of African American women.

TBD (Jamal Cyrus, Tia-Simone Gardner, Jessica Vaughn) for Say It Back to Me, a sound and sculptural installation between two small buildings located at the intersection of Scott Street and North McGregor Way in Houston, documenting  the fluctuating history of black mobility in the United States.

Yatta Zoker‘s The LDR (long distance relationship) Project will be a series of three collaborative art making workshops and a sponsorship for one expatriate or immigrant student at the University of Houston to reunite with their loved ones during summer break. Using a camera and skills acquired in the workshops, the sponsored traveler will document his or her journey. Upon return, the student will work with the Zoker to create a multimedia alternative-literature piece about the experience.

Spark-level grants of $1000 went to:

Sandy Ewen for Future Time Machine. Ewen will invest $1000 in a legal trust for 500 years. Assuming a modest 4% annual return, the investment will be approximately 328 billion dollars in the year 2515, at which point it will be spent on scientific research and the construction of a time machine. First stop for the time machine will be 2015. We will have a reception for the time travelers, with a variety of speakers lecturing on the ethics of time travel and what the future may have in store.

Dennis Nance‘s project Cast of Characters will use familiar holiday celebrations as a departure point to create a series of costumes and garments that will appear throughout the year at public engagements and surprise moments in individuals’ everyday lives.

Sarah Welch‘s Only Humid,the third in Welch’s self-published comic book series, Endless Monsoon. The grant will fund a physical comic book and an exhibition of the found and fabricated objects used to inform the book’s narrative.

The Idea Fund is structured to provide artists with quick access to substantial financial support for projects that might not otherwise have access to funding. Now in its seventh round, The Idea Fund is the second re-granting initiative of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, following the pilot program, Alternative Exposure, administered by Southern Exposure in San Francisco. In addition to Houston and San Francisco, The Warhol Foundation now funds similar re-granting programs in Portland, OR; New Orleans; Miami; Kansas City, MO; Chicago; Baltimore; and the state of Maine.

A public reception honoring the grantees will be held on Thursday, January 29 at Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett Street, Houston, Texas from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Each grantee will give a 3 – 5 minute presentation about their work.

San Antonio Museum of Art Appoints New Curator

sama-2The San Antonio Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Anna Stothart as The Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. She’s currently Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and starts her post in San Antonio in February. While at the ICA she was the (via art daily.org) “organizing curator of Adriana Varejão, an exhibition currently on view there and the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States” and “acted as presenting curator for critically acclaimed exhibitions about by Ragnor Kjartansson and Jim Hodges.”

Thus, she gets to work with William Rudolph, who is SAMA’s Marie and Hugh Halff Curator of American Art and Mellon Chief Curator. He’s tearing it up down there. We Dallasites love him and miss him. Hi, William!

For more information on Stothart and her background, please go here.

 

DFW Theater Stands Up to Terrorists

InterbiewNow that Sony has cancelled the release of The Interview with “no further release plans” for the $44 million comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, there are a lot of opinions on whether it was a prudent move or whether it sets a dangerous precedent of caving to terrorist threats. But the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson is taking a stand by presenting a free screening of Team America: World Police on December 27th. “We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” James Wallace, creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The (obviously limited) critical response to The Interview is less than stellar but Team America, which was released ten years ago, has a pretty rabid cult following. The all-puppet movie co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, goes after Kim Jong Il (the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un) and takes American patriotism to ridiculously goofy heights. The Alamo Drafthouse website invites viewers to join in their stance against the terrorists:

So celebrate your independence this year with the Action Pack. We’ll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to scream out “AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!” at the top of your lungs. And yeah, we will have American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win…well, that’s your prerogative.

Lonely

Ronery Kim Jong-il

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014: The Year of Culture?

petri-dish-artIt’s official—Merriam-Webster has declared the 2014 Word of the Year to be “culture.”

People in the arts, of course, already knows what it means:

a: enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.
b: acquaintance with and taste in fine arts, humanities, and broad aspects of science as distinguished from vocational and technical skills.

Actually, that’s the fourth of six definitions of culture in the Merriam-Webster dictionary but, for some reason, lots of folks were looking up that word this year (the dictionary uses some formula of the number of online searches and the spike in searches from previous years). So what were people searching for? Pop culture, museum culture, Eastern culture, consumer culture, Culture Club? Did society feel more cultured in 2014? How cultured is a society that has to look up the definition of culture?

For wordnerds, here is the rest of the Top Ten list, at least one of which seems to have been inspired by a Sonic commercial (how’s that for culture?).

2: Nostalgia

3: Insidious

4: Legacy

5: Feminism

6: Je ne sais quoi

7: Innovation

8: Surreptitious

9: Autonomy

10: Morbidity

Rice University Looking For a Director For its New Big Art Center

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That looks like one heck of a show! Artist’s rendering of the Moody Center.

Rice University is set to open up its new multi-use art space, the Moody Center for the Arts, in early 2016 and has put out a call for applications for its inaugural director spot.

The Moody Center, with its new 50,000 square foot space, will “provide lecture and studio classrooms for arts making… ; theater venues for experimental and smaller-scale productions; and galleries for exhibition of student and faculty works and those curated by Rice or in collaboration with local museums, private collections, and international figures.”

Its incoming director will ideally “demonstrate capabilities in leadership of and fundraising for an arts-focused organization. Other attributes must include intellectual and aesthetic curiosity, excellent communication skills, and the ability to foster an extremely collaborative team environment. Additional desirable qualifications include an international network of professional colleagues in the arts, familiarity with the higher education setting, and experience in building a vibrant, complex enterprise.” Due to the job’s requirements, I am assuming this search is international.

The new director will answer to Rice’s provost. (In related news, Rice is getting a huge new arts center.)

For more info on the position and the Moody Center, please go here.

 

 

Meet the Man Who Made All Your Selfies Possible!

fossumIn conjunction with Science: Photography’s Influence on Science and Medicine, the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) is hosting a lecture by Dr. Eric R. Fossum tomorrow evening, December 17, at 6pm (reception at 5:30pm). Fossum is currently a professor with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and is best known for inventing and developing the CMOS active-pixel image sensor and camera-on-a-chip.

In case you’re not enough of a science nerd to understand what that means: this is the technology that enables nearly all camera phones and web cameras, many DSLRs, high-speed motion-capture cameras, automotive cameras, dental X-ray cameras, and swallowable pill cameras. This all happened in the 1990s and is now used in the manufacturing of billions of tiny cameras a year.

(Photo courtesy of Thayer School of Engineering)

50 Artists Selected as Pre-Qualified for Dallas Public Artworks

dallasIt’s become common practice for Texas cities to designate artists as pre-qualified for upcoming public art initiatives based on a biannual Call for Submissions. The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program received 257 submissions by the September 18 deadline and has now announced the 50 artists it has selected for approval, who will remain on the pre-qualified list for projects the next two years. “The Public Art Committee selected 50 finalists for approval by the Cultural Affairs Commission, which accepted their recommendations in a unanimous vote during their meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014.”

(There are six projects slated for emerging artists in Dallas for 2015.)

The following artists were selected:

Olaniyi Akindiya, Anne Allen, Sheryl Anaya, Leighton Autrey, Ryan Behring, Gary Buckner, Mick Burson, John Camara, Charles Coldewey, Russ Connell, Isaac Davies, Jose Dominguez, David Duncan, Cassandra Emswiler Burd, Heather Ezell, Kate Firth, George Fowler, Abhidnya Ghuge, Jeff Gibbons, Justin Ginsberg, Heather Gorham, Terry Hays, Laura Kante, Chris Lattanzio, Rachel Livedalen, Sara Lovas, Jason Mehl, Leigh Merrill, Francisco Moreno, Cynthia Mulcahy, Lisa Nigro, Nic Nobilque, Kevin Obregon, Julia Ousley, Theo Ponchaveli, Pascale Pryor, Pio Pulido, Fari Rahimi, Sully Ridout, Jeff Robinson, Jay Shinn, Michael Shubin, Jerry Smith, Erin Stafford, Janna Tidwell, Robertus van der Wege, Laura Walters Abrams, Murielle White, Lauren Woods, and Bobby Zokaites.

Congrats to all!

Even if You’re a Grinch, Support Local Artists!

ALH_MNini_MartAmong the many listings in the recent post “The Almost-Complete List of Texas Holiday Arts and Crafts Fairs,” is the upcoming Holiday Mini Mart & Party at the Art League Houston (ALH), described by Glasstire as “a spate of normally respectable contemporary artists selling their best stuff for peanuts!” Here’s a partial list of Houston, Austin, and Dallas artists selling their wares:

Ack!, Jade Abner, Kelly Alison, Nadia Al Khalifah, Sarah Ansell, Daniel Anguilu, Chesley Antoinette, Debra Barerra, Daniel Bertalot, Elaine Bradford, Melinda Laszczynski, Felipe Contreras, Isabel Cuenca, Shannon Duncan, Curtis Gannon, Caroline Graham, Patricia Hernandez, Betsy Huete, Lisa Marie Hunter, IGHouston, Jah Jah, Jessica Kreutter, Jera Lodge, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Nina Marinck, Paul Middendorf, Hayley McSwain, Fredia L. Mitchell-McNeal, Katie Mulholland, Rajni Perera, Cassie Phan, Fernando Ramirez, Preetika Rajgariah, Patrick Renner, Megan Spacek, Chadwick & Spector, Patrick Turk, 360 Degree’s Vanishing/South African Beaders, Monica Villarreal, Jason Villegas, Kayci Wheatley, Claire Webb, and Rena Wood.

If you’re a last minute shopper, or already received your Christmas check from grandma, stop by and check it out on Friday, December 19, 6-9pm. There’s food, drinks, and music by Glasstire’s Peter Lucas. Everything is under $100 and the artists receive 75%; 25% goes to ALH programming for the new year.

The Menil is Getting a Commission by Cardiff-Miller for its Chapel!

Exterior_Warchol3The Menil Collection‘s Byzantine Fresco Chapel has been empty since 2012, when the Menil deintstalled and sent back to Cyprus the 13th-century Greek Orthodox frescos it was built to house in 1997. The Menil has announced a new installation for the re-purposed space, opening in January: a commission by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, the internationally renowned sound-video-sculpture artist pair based in British Colombia. It was organized by Toby Kamps, The Menil’s curator of modern and contemporary art.

The new installation will be in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel for one year. It’s called “The Music of Spheres” and is a mobile + sound piece which will fill the space and is based on the “theory that the movement of celestial bodies creates harmonies,” and, “Visitors will hear an audio collage including recordings collected by the NASA spacecraft Voyager when monitoring the interaction of solar winds and Earth’s ionosphere.”

Based on the success of Cardiff-Miller’s earlier acclaimed works, such as Forest (for a thousand years)The Murder of Crows, and The Forty Part Motetwe suspect this new commission will be a doozy and look forward to it. For more info on the Chapel and the artists, please go here.

 

Zip – Up! Menil Gets NEA Grant for Upcoming Newman Show

newmanThe National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Menil Collection $65,000 to support Barnett Newman: The Late Work, scheduled for March 27 – August 2, 2015.The exhibition, curated jointly by curator Michelle White and Menil chief conservator Brad Epley, is the first to focus closely on the artist’s work during his last five and a half years (1965-70).

In the last decade, the Menil has undertaken significant technical studies of Newman’s work, including Epley’s multi-year effort to restore Newman’s Be I (First Version), and the exhibition is an outgrowth of these projects. Said Epley, “conservation work can be revelatory about paintings, allowing us to understand not only process but meaning. This is certainly the case with Barnett Newman, who worked out his ideas on the canvas itself, without making preparatory studies. This generous grant from the NEA will help substantially to bring our findings to museumgoers and scholars alike.”

Bastrop Wildfire Phoenix: New Arts Complex in the Works

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Artist’s rendering of the future Lost Pines Art Center

The wildfires that burned in and around Bastrop in 2011 destroyed thousands of acres, homes, and businesses. Litigation around this disaster and funds gathered since then are resulting in a planned Lost Pines Art Center and Commemorative Sculpture Garden.

The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild announced that it has secured more than $3 million in donations and pledges, along with funds obtained through the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s obtained settlements, which guarantees the project will move forward, with a total goal of $3.6 million to complete the project in 2016.

The complex will comprise of  a “new 12,000-square-foot art center will house state-of-the-art exhibit space, classrooms, a coffee and wine bistro and retail space for art-related businesses,” as well as four renovated 100-year old silos, three of which  “will be used as studios – one each for pottery and glass, and one for metal, wood and stone carving. The fourth silo will be converted to an apartment for an artist in residence, who will exhibit his or her art and teach classes and workshops for local artists.” The site, near downtown Bastrop, will also feature a commemorative sculpture garden.

For more info on this project, go here.

 

Houston’s Black Guys Celebrate 24 Hours with Friends

Lightnin_HopkinsIn conjunction with The Black Guys: Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle the Second, currently on view at Art League Houston (ALH) through January 3, Hodge and Pyle staged an interpretive reenactment of the 1995 behavioral event Stop-N-Go!, by The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing), in which Galbreth and Massing worked as clerks for 24 hours straight at a Stop-N-Go convenience store in Houston’s museum district. (That’s according to the ALH description, although Hodge posted that the were doing “a recreation of a art guys performance where they stayed at Denny’s for 24hrs.” It works either way.) As of this writing, the performance aspect of The Black Guys’ 24 hours at the Lightnin’ Hopkins Bus Stop is almost over. Located off Dowling and Francis Streets, the site was chosen “because of the recent drug activity at night,” states Hodge. Video of the performance, 24 HRS, will be screened from 6-8pm this Saturday, December 13, at ALH.

Carrie_SchneiderOvernight, images of the event began popping up on Instagram and Facebook. This photo of artist Carrie Schneider was posted on Hodge’s Facebook page with the caption: “Carrie is surprised at all the folks. She thought we would be lonely and we did too.” From the looks of all the photos and selfies, The Black Guys were not lonely at all.

 

(Images via Facebook posts by Lovie Olivia, Robert Hodge, Michael Peranteau, Ella Russell, Russell V Guess, and Robert Pruitt.)

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An Art Guy drops by; ALH director Michael Peranteau shows up with some turkey chili.

“Texas Women Win the Vote” at the Museum of East Texas

resized_Museum_of_East_TexasThis is timely.

The Museum of East Texas in Lufkin, in conjunction with its current exhibition Citizens At Last: The Women Suffrage Movement in Texas, will host a panel discussion on Dec. 14 titled “Texas Women Win the Vote.” The panel is made up of Reverend Bettie Kennedy, Ellen Temple, and Kay Arnold, three women well versed in the history of women’s lives and progress in the state.

The panel takes place on the Museum’s Family Day, which starts at 2 p.m this Sunday; the panel runs from 2:30-4 p.m. in the performing arts center of the museum and is free of charge.

For more information on the panelists, please go here and scroll down.

HAA to Inspire Out-of-Towners with Sweepstakes

HoustonPassportThe Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) may not be inspiring a lot of confidence within the local arts scene as of late, but they’re now looking elsewhere to make new friends. HAA is partnering with Southwest Airlines for a sweepstakes contest called “Let Houston Inspire You!” Individuals may enter through December 19 for the chance to win this “Houston-inspired” spring 2015 weekend for a family of four.

The sweepstakes prize package includes:

Four Southwest Airline tickets
Two rooms, two nights’ accommodations for four
Three meals at acclaimed Houston restaurants
A Houston CityPASS with admission for four to:
Space Center Houston
Downtown Aquarium
Museum of Natural Science
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston OR Children’s Museum of Houston
Houston Zoo OR The Kemah Boardwalk
Tickets to a performance, based on availability.

HAA may be getting a bit more realistic with its deadlines; the contest rules state that, “On or about January 6, 2015, a random drawing from all eligible entries received will be conducted by Houston Arts Alliance.” For more details, go here.

Bayou Bend Collection in Houston Has a New Curator

efedd5960dbd2a5baf03d943b9165569The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is a satellite collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Bradley C. Brooks is its new curator.

Bayou Bend Collection, which is 14 acres and a house museum (a few miles from the MFAH main campus), “is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics, and paintings in the world.” Last week MFAH director Gary Tinterow announced Brooks’ appointment. He begins next month and succeeds longtime curator Michael K. Brown, who died a little more than a year ago.

Brooks comes to Houston from the Indianapolis Museum of Art and has “extensive experience in historic house museums.” Welcome, Mr. Brooks.

For more info on Brooks, his background and appointment, go here.

Second-Guessers: Hunting Art Prize Announces 2015 Jurors

As usual, the Hunting Art Prize folks have announced this year’s jury shortly after the deadline for submissions (which was November 30), so that entrants wouldn’t waste time trying to figure out the juror’s preferences. Artists who sent in their single entries in hopes of winning the $50,000 award and now want to fret about whether they sent in the right image can do some research on these jurors:

Adam Justice, Curator of Art at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, Amy Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, and Julien Robson, Curator of the Shands Collection in Louisville, Kentucky.

Many artists complained that the Hunting was too focused on representational art. Then this work by Winston Lee Mascarenhas was chosen as the 2014 prizewinner.

Many artists complained that the Hunting was too focused on representational art. Then this work by Winston Lee Mascarenhas was chosen as the 2014 prizewinner.

The award is the largest prize in its category in North America. Open to legal Texas residents, the competition accepts a single image of a drawing or painting only. The jury will make their cuts (usually to a list of over 100) and make an announcement of finalists (usually in early March). The 2015 winner will be announced at the Hunting Art Prize gala on May 2 in Houston.

Call For Entries for Annual 500X Student Expo Now Open

unnamedThe big annual student expo at 500X in Dallas is often one of the best places to see, under one roof, what Texas art undergrad and grad students are getting up to. Call for entries for the February 2015 show has started, and this year’s jurors are Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, who own Ro2 Art, a contemporary art gallery in Dallas.

All media will be accepted, from students across the state, and this year 500X is using slideroom for entries (as opposed to 500X’s annual open show, in which entries have to dropped off at 500X to be considered, which is unusual these days. I digress). Submissions for the Student Expo are due by January 25, and students will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 1.

For more info and links to Slideroom, etc, please go here and scroll down to “500X Student EXPO 2015 – Call for Entry”

Jed Perl, Art Critic for The New Republic, Resigns in Protest After 20 Years

Jed Perl recently quit his job as art critic of The New Republic, and his elegant resignation has been getting reposted in Twitter and Facebook in the last couple of days:

Perl_tweetPerl’s resignation seemed inevitable in the midst of a recent mass exodus at the magazine in protest over its announcement that it would rebrand the magazine as a “vertically integrated digital media company” and replace its top editor, reports the Huffington Post. Below is part of the statement sent to HuffPost by group of editors and writers:

The New Republic cannot be merely a “brand.” It has never been and cannot be a “media company” that markets “content.” Its essays, criticism, reportage, and poetry are not “product.” It is not, or not primarily, a business.

PerlSince Perl coined the phrase “laissez-faire aesthetics” to express his disdain for the financially-driven compromise of artistic standards among artists, collectors, galleries, and museums, it comes as no surprise that he would bring those same standards to journalism.

Known for his smart (but often contrary and sometimes conservative) essays on contemporary art, art history, and the art world, he has made some bold statements on some art world darlings, such as “Gerhard Richter is a bullshit artist masquerading as a painter,” and “There is not a shred of doubt in Jeff Koons. And where there is no doubt there is no art.” Titles of his articles in The New Republic within the past year include “Liberals Are Killing Art: How the Left became obsessed with ideology over beauty,” “The Art World Has Stopped Distinguishing Between Greatness and Fraudulence,” “Whitney Biennial: The Most Narcissistic of all New York Art World Events,” and “The Super-Rich Are Ruining Art for the Rest of Us.”

Amon Carter Also Announces an End to the Revolving Door

carter doorThe Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth has announced a four-month renovation project, designed to improve the museum’s climate control. New windows and air conditioning will make the art last longer, and, says Director Andrew J. Walker, and “keep the gallery spaces temperate for visitors.” The revolving front door will be replaced with a new, wheelchair-friendly entryway, recreating Philip Johnson’s original design of the museum’s front facade. In line with the current search for relevance beyond simply showing art, Walker noted another goal for the project: “In tandem with this construction, we are working to change the function of the main gallery from solely a place to exhibit art into one that is also a community gathering place. These are the first steps in transforming our entire footprint into an interactive space for all audiences.”

The museum will remain open, and school tours will continue, but there will be no public programs during the renovation, and the museum will close at 5 p.m. on Thursdays for the duration. Construction begins on Groundhog Day, February 2, 2015, with everything scheduled to reopen in June.