Top Five: Sept. 4, 2014



forrest0. GLASSTIRE TALKS @ the TX Contemporary Art Fair
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston
Sept. 6 & 7

Glasstire has organized three talks taking place at the art fair:

Hugh Forrest, Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival (11 a.m. Saturday, Sept .6)
Forrest will be giving away a free pass to the 2015 SXSW Festival to one lucky audience member!

How To Get Rid Of The Art You Don’t Want Anymore (at 1 p.m. Saturday Sept 6)
You’re out of room in your house, and you’re not interested in paying for art storage, but your tastes have changed; what do you do? Moderated by Glasstire Senior Texas Editor Christina Rees.

American Tycoons: What They’ve Bought and Why (at 1:30, sunday, Sept 7)
Art consultants Julie Kinzelman and Sally Reynolds explore why corporations collect art and the role of the visionary CEO.


schwarz1. Ludwig Schwarz: Walkin Closet & Margaret Meehan: Paper Moon
Conduit Gallery, Dallas
Sept 6-Oct 4
Opens Saturday, Sept. 6, 6-8

Schwarz’s is a story-show about Joaquin Klose, “a man of little means and a a fan of Little Feet,” who invented WALKINCLOSET (The Game) on the eve of allegedly abandoning his family.

Meehan traces the link between link Coco Chanel and Frankenstein through painted and collaged Vogue advertisements on 19th century cabinet cards and ceramic golems.



2. Seth Alverson: 09/05/14
Hello Project, Houston
September 5 – October 4
Opening: September 5, 7–10 pm

The much admired Houston painter’s first solo show since 2011. Grim and deft, Alverson’s grotesque paintings about self-containment are Hello Project’s second highly anticipated show.







3. LOVE George Herms
Testsite, Austin
September 7 – October 19, 2014
Opening: September 7, 4–6 pm

Herms will conduct a screening and lecture at UT Austin (Art Building auditorium, room 1.102)
Artist talk at 4:30 pm.
Film: September 4, 2014 | 5–6:30 pm

Collages and sculpture by Beat-generation cult figure George Herms. who was included in the seminal MoMA exhibition The Art of Assemblage organized by William Seitz in New York in 1961. Each of Herms’ works is hand-stamped with the letters “L O V E.” Curated by Sarah Bancroft.


giampietro4. Francis Giampietro: …to die like starving wolves
BOX 13 ArtSpace, Houston
September 6 – October 18
Opening: September 6, 6–8 pm

Active in Dallas since graduating from the University of Houston, Giampietro returns to Houston, with pieces of conceptual Americana from Arlington, TX.



5. Gary Sweeney: Problem Child
Red Arrow Contemporary, Dallas
September 3 – October 18
Opening: September 6,  6–9 pm

Sweeney explores the human condition with witty texts that tends to trap the viewer like a fly in ointment. After his recent 40 year retrospective at Blue Star in San Antonio, we’ll see if he’s got any material left!

Top 5 Events in TX: Week of July 23, 2014

Glasstire editor Bill Davenport and publisher Rainey Knudson count down the top 5 events of the week! To get this news first, sign up for our weekly email!



1. Haim Steinbach @ the Menil Collection (Houston)

2. Underground: Photographs @ Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth)

3. Kristen Cliburn @ Cris Worley Fine Art (Dallas)

4. Scott Rosenberg @ Zoya Tommy Contemporary (Houston)

5. Beat’n Trail @ Houston Arts Alliance


What are your Top 5 picks this week? Leave a comment to let us know!

(The painting gracing the Glasstire offices in the background of the video is by the late Houston artist Ron Hoover.)



The Cody Ledvina Expierence: Pedagogical DVD: Lesson 1.1

Glasstire distance educator and motivational speaker Cody Ledvina tells it like it is in Lesson 1.1 of his Pedagogical DVD.  Feel free to use this information for your own class.  “Hopefully,” says Ledvina, “with it we can create a new breed of aesthetisticians.”

Twenty Questions: David McGee’s Favorite Work of Art

Houston’s David McGee was the the first artist put on the spot in a new Glasstire video series by John Carrithers. Carrithers asks each of his guests twenty questions about art, life and ideas, on camera, and we pick out the best answers.  McGee relates a surprisingly moving experience with a Vermeer in Vienna.



“Cody Ledvina: Expierence” debuts!!!

Cody Ledvina launches his new made-for-Glasstire video show, “Cody Ledvina: Expierence.” Ledvina promises viewers a dazzling array of content: Texas art exhibitions, performance, concerts, lectures, studio visits, art fights, Q&As, artists, collectors, YouTube, curators, honest reviews, meat, the N.E.A., nonprofits, anarchists, museums and parties.

Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John

Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John is the eighth film in a series of short documentaries produced by Walley Films in association with Glasstire. Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley began documenting the creation of a large scale painting by artist Vincent Valdez in the fall of 2010. The painting depicts Valdez’s best friend from childhood, John Holt Jr., an Army Combat Medic who served in Iraq. The couple followed Vincent over the course of two years as he completed the painting and came to terms with the loss of his friend.

Vincent Valdez’s current exhibition, America’s Finest: Recent Work by Vincent Valdez, is on view at San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum through January 27, 2013.


In the Studio with Ryder Richards

Colette Copeland and her video camera visit Dallas artist Ryder Richards in his studio.


Michael Bise

Glasstire audio slide show profiling Michael Bise. The artist talks about drawing from old movies, Disney vs. religion and why art should be hard.


Rachel Hecker

Glasstire audio slide show profiling Rachel Hecker. The artist discusses her ephemera paintings as well as her current series of Jesus portraits – and explains how the hell she wound up in Houston.

Daniel Adame

Glasstire audio slideshow profiling sculptor, dancer, performer and seamster Daniel Adame. Photographs by Will van Overbeek.

Seth Mittag

Seth Mittag talks to Eileen Maxson about his art and deer hunting as a kindergartner.

Jeremy DePrez

Eileen Maxson talks to Jeremy DePrez about his work.

Regionalism in the 21st Century: a panel discussion

On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, Glasstire and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presented a panel in celebration of our 10th anniversary.

“Regionalism in the 21st Century” featured Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art and curator of the 2007 Venice Biennale; David Pagel, Los Angeles Times art critic and associate professor of art at Claremont Graduate University; Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston; and Michael Galbreth, one of the artist duo known as The Art Guys. The panel was moderated by Christina Rees, a Glasstire correspondent and director of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.

The panel was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The night before, The Rachofsky House in Dallas hosted a private reception for panelists, patrons, artists and curators.

Click here to download the mp3 audio file (29 MB).

Maria Guzman


Maria Guzman interprets her world into playfully grotesque, allegorical paintings, installations, sculptures and performances. In settings inspired by a mixed cultural identity (Italy, South America and USA) Maria renders herself as Alejandra, an elderly blogger, and her family as troubled elephants and mythical man beasts amongst other incarnations.

Visit Alejandra’s blog (Maria’s alter-ego):

Lane Hagood

In 2010, Lane Hagood re-created the “Mary’s Mural”,  a former public icon and landmark of Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. The revived painting, made at the Johanna (an artist-run space in the city), served as a celebration of an unlikely masterpiece and a token of regret for its disappearance. The process of recreating the mural also commenced Lane’s most recent paintings – lovingly flawed fakes by the likes of Bosch, Velazquez and David .

See Lane’s works here:​photos/​yar/