Last week I went to New York rather than the Miami art fairs. It was great.
I caught up with Dallas native Paul Slocum, who ran the seminal new media gallery And/Or in Dallas until moving to NYC five years ago. Paul graciously talked on camera with me about And/Or being included in Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century from the New Museum; his ongoing project Spirit Surfers; and how his Instagram feed was showing the same old tricks in Miami.
Dozens of Kittelson’s food sculptures from the past twenty years, arranged as a visual picnic in the glistening stone lobby of the One Allen Center building in downtown Houston. Parking will be bitter, but the show is sweet!
Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle II, The Black Guys, will recreate five Art Guys performances, and present five original performances over the next six weeks. Also opening: Rajni Perera’s Afrika Galaktika, and Jason Villegas’ Mineral Spirit in the ALH sculpture garden.
The Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF) is returning with its usual explosion of films, lectures, and performances. This year, HCAF will present 50 programs in five days at venues all over Houston. , Eight more films will screen during the four-day “Spotlight on Texas” program after the festival (November 17-20). This year’s featured guests will be filmmaker James Ivory and Tony-winning theater director Julie Taymor.
With an appreciation for cartoons and comics, the spiritual realm and the myths of heros and villains (real and imaginary); painters Bill Haveron, El Franco Lee II, and Dylan Roberts offer three personal visions of the daily chaos that makes up our current world.
Visionary illustration conjuring images of mankind’s eventual doom. Curated by doomster Heyd Fontenot. artists include Simeen Farhat, Annabel Daou, Thor Johnson, El Franco Lee, Joachim West, David Quadrini, Clay Stinett and Alex Paulus.
2. 27th Annual Día de los Muertos
Lawndale Art Center, Houston
October 20 – November 8
Musical and Literary Ofrenda November 1, 12–4 pm
Family Day Fiesta Workshop: November 4, 4–5:30 pm
Almost three decades ago, Lawndale started handing out small 8 x 10” tins and inviting artists to create small works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. Always a fun show including amateurs to big names, with proceeds going towards Lawndale programming.
A huge group show of Halloween über-oddness, described thusly: “It has been brought to our attention that since the 1970 discovery of the film fragment showing the half-blonde woman, half-ape creature we call I, Daughter of Kong, a number of cults, religious sects and fringe groups have appeared, around the figure of Her.
The inaugural event in this new artist-run art space features a Halloween Horror Show of art by Houston-based artist and musician Domokos/Future Blondes. Viewings after the opening by appointment only.
The third memorial installation of Wilcox’s work in his carefully preserved studio, curated by Leigh Arnold (new Assistant Curator at the Nasher), focuses on text drawings made during the 80’s AIDS crisis in New York.
In 1895, Newcomb Pottery was established in New Orleans as part artist collective, part social experiment and part business. (The “social experiment” part involved teaching Southern women self-reliance by way of education, and helping them gain financial independence through the sale of their wares.) This collection, from the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans, includes pottery, metalwork, bookbinding and textiles. If you’ve ever enjoyed an episode of Antiques Roadshow, this exhibit is for you.
Monopoly translates the game board’s Mondrian-like map into photographs that grapple with Atlantic City’s complicated past and present. His conversion of the game into representations of actual places is absurd but serious, a means of reflecting on the problems that have plagued many American cities over the last half-century.
Based in San Antonio, Cassie and Shipton are a multidisciplinary creative couple, each known for exploring human perceptions of space and duration through a wide range of media. This is their first joint project at the gallery.
And for those disoriented and baffled by the technological wonder of our new green screen, here’s the list:
1. Sarah Morris: 1972
Southern Methodist University Pollock Gallery, Dallas
October 10 – November 8
Opening: October 10, 6–8 pm
In the film 1972, Sarah Morris gathers together picturesque views of Munich, archival photographs, the empty Olympic stadium, and interior spaces and interweaves them with documentary-style interview footage of Georg Sieber, the psychologist consultant who was hired by the Olympic Committee to work with the security team for the fateful 1972 Olympiad. 1972 is accompanied by a series of eight silkscreens of time codes from the film.
Before Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney, there was Jim Roche. Since his 1974 show at the Whitney, he’s been steadily cranking it out. Described as “the artist as hippie dandy” and a “troublemaker,” Roche will be exhibiting audio work, video work, and a brand new suite of drawings.
Three concurrent solo shows at the solid Old Jail Art Center. George Grammer is part of the mid-century Fort Worth Circle of artists. Houston artist Rachel Hecker references Hollywood and advertising–“languages of spiritual poverty”– to paint unconventional devotional portraits of Jesus Christ. And Ronald Rozencohn paints contemporary nudes, still-lifes and landscapes with the focus of an old master.
Bandleader, pianist, composer, mystic, and extraterrestrial Sun Ra was an early pioneer of Afro-Futurism and active from the 1930s-90s. The exhibition presents art, graphics, poetry, and photos from the archives of Ra’s DIY record label of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Faces of Impressionism explores the character and development of the portrait in French painting and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century. The major figures of Impressionist portraiture—Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Renoir—will be represented in depth.
The annual gathering in Marfa is neither the austere retreat nor the rollicking street party is has been in the past, but a combination of the two, featurng lectures, performances and Larry Bell, along with the usual dinner party. This year, there’s “Made in Marfa” a new city-wide open studio event on Friday. Official schedule of events here.
Noted record producer, Brian Beattie and his wife, artist Valerie Fowler, bring their low-tech immersive multimedia show to Houston. Brian sings the songs (on the CD/illustrated book sung by Bill Callahan, Daniel Johnson, K. McCarty, Grace London, and others) in synch with Valerie’s illustrated Crankie Show. Original book illustrations from Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase will be on display in the café through December 10.
Mack will host “Let Your Light Shine,” a program she describes as a “travel play variety roadshow.” The highlight of this program is the experimental animator’s live cinema performance of “Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project” (2013, 41 mins), an animated rock opera paying affectionate tribute to the demise of her mother’s rock-and-roll merchandise business.
Anthony Dominguez (1960-2014) attended TCU and painted the mural at the Northside Branch Library in 1986. In the early 1980’s he was part of teacher Don Punchatz’s Studio X in Dallas. One of his first art exhibits was at 500X before he left for New York City. In the late 80s, Anthony took to living on the streets of New York and developed a daily ritual of creating art in the public library. His artwork was exhibited in the first Outsider Art Fair in NYCity in the early 1990’s and was also included in the inaugural exhibition of the Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998.
A whirlwind extravaganza of paintings, drawings, and shit-kicking shenanigans. The newest reincarnation of UM lines up a statwide roster of artists, with works ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, all capturing the heart and soul of of Contemporary Texas Life.
Participating artists include: The Art Guys, Franklin Ackerley, Bale Creek Allen, Kelly Allison, Michael Ray Charles, James Drake, Ana Fernandez, Bill Fitzgibbons, B.C. Gilbert, Wayne Gilbert, Felice House, Luis Jimenez, Daniel Johnston, Sharon Kopriva, Leigh Merrill, Rahul Mitra, Mark Ponder, Peter Saul, Hills Snyder, Gary Sweeney, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, Bryan Wheeler, and Jeff F. Wheeler.
16 iconic paintings and 50 preparatory drawings by George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) depicting boatmen at work and play on the inland rivers, most notably the Missouri and Mississippi. The first major Bingham exhibition in more than 25 years!
3. Yusuke Asai: yamatane
Rice University Art Gallery, Houston
October 2 – November 23, 2014
Opening: October 2, 2014 | 5–7 pm
Japanese artist Yusuke Asai’s immersive mural painted for Rice in conjunction with The Menil’s exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Asai paints with different types of mud, dust, soil, and other natural materials he finds locally. For his first U.S. exhibition, Asai will transform Houston’s swampy soil found in its bayous and surrounding areas into a stylized, fantastical landscape.
The first solo museum show for Houston musician and visual artist, Robert Hodge. Though his practice has expanded to include site-specific sculpture and hip hop recording, Destroy and Rebuild will features fifteen paintings and an off-site presentation of The Beauty Box, a second iteration of hodge’s 2013 site-specific sculpture, this time in Houston’s Fifth Ward at 3705 Lyons Street.
The 27th Annual Dallas VideoFest will host approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs, including Expanded Cinema III, a program of video art works wrapping the exterior of the Omni Dallas Hotel, TX, with audio simulcast by 91.7 KXT. On Oct. 5 at 8pm. Details of the events and venues here.
Big traveling show installed in the barrel vault and quadrant galleries; it’s the first American retrospective, covering nearly four decades, of this influential German artist’s varied work. The DMA is its last stop after stints at MoMA in NY and MCA Chicago.
British-born, San Francisco–based artist Richard T. Walker was seduced by the sublime beauty of the American West, and has spent the last six years exploring the complexities of language and human relationships amid that natural environment. Combining photography, video, performance, and large-scale installation, Walker operates in the panoramic landscape, often speaking or singing en plein air.
4. DUAL: Daytripper
Cardoza Fine Art, Houston
September 26- October 19
Opening Sept. 26, 7-10 p.m.
A solo gallery exhibition featuring the latest works of prolific Houston street artist, DUAL.
5. John Baldessari: Love and Work
Billboards across San Antonio
September 26 – October 15?
Panel discussion and receptionat the McNay Art Museum, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 26.
The fifth chapter, heading west, of LAND’s Manifest Destiny Billboard Project features the work of John Baldessari on 10 billboards in San Antonio. Hey! All Houston Got was Gertrude Stein!
The 80s are ripe to be reexamined: A who’s who of the Reganomics decade, including Laurie Anderson, Basquiat, Bleckner, Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Nan Goldin, JPeter Halley, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Koons, Kruger, Sherrie Levine, Mapplethorpe, Allan McCollum, Richard Prince, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Warhol, Christopher Wool and others. This is going to be fascinating, and there’s a ton of programming around this show too– several of the artists are coming in for Tuesday night lectures during the fall. Modern Curator Michael Auping should have been able to put together a good show of this stuff; this is his era.
2. Do-Ho Suh
The Contemporary Austin
September 20 – January 11, 2015
Opening: September 19, 2014 | 6–8 pm
Light box objects, and one of Suh’s signature architectural interiors made from translucent scrim material at the Jones Center, and a giant golden fishing net made from tiny human figures at Laguna Gloria.
3. UT VAC Fall Opening Bonanza!
University of Texas Visual Arts Center
September 19- December 6
The VAC turns into an Art Mall/Art Fair/Art Complex on Sept 19 with five openings. David Brooks: Repositioned Core, Andrew Lampert: Don’t Lose the Manual, Forces at Work (featuring Lily Brooks, Christine Collins, and Kate Greene), Your Pleasure (featuring photographer Bryan Martello, painter Annie Miller, and sculptor Anne Rogers), and Fieldwork Projects.
Drawings and sculpture based on drawings. The sculpture is somehow a response to an Austin non-profit’s refusal to showcase artist-made pinatas earlier this year. At the newish Test Tube space- check it out.
The first North American presentation of the English designer’s practice, spanning the disciplines of architecture, furniture and product design, to engineering, sculpture and urban planning. Guest curated by Brooke Hodge, the show will later travel to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York.
UTSA prof Blizard will mud wrestle artist Carol Cunningham (dressed as the old Willem de Kooning) to mirror the dead abstract expressionist’s aggression towards women, and to show the absurdity of the objectification of women., etc. There’s a lot of aggresion towards painting and painters at UTSA these days. . .
A delicate, provisional, room-sized installation of spindly things pasted together with masking tape, scraps of old drawings, odds, ends and rocks. It’s all about slowing down and thinking things over.
“A group show about a group,” featuring John Forse, Lane Hagood, Bradley Kerl, Cody Ledvina, Gabriel Martinez, and Lauren Moya Ford. Suplex, the curatorial team of Max Fields and Rachel Vogel, organized six artists to organize themselves, via a series of meetings. Then a show happened!
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.
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.
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!
30 of the most notable works the museum has acquired since the 1970s, represent a cross-section of artists who have made an impact on the contemporary Texas scene, including Terry Allen, David Bates, Vernon Fisher, Melissa Miller, James Surls, Martin Delabano, and Skeet McAuley
If you can’t make Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at London’s Tate Modern this summer, head to San Antonio to enjoy more than eighty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper of Matisse’s, drawn from the Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Marfa-based woodcarver Camp Bosworth’s elaborate gold-leafed guns, boomboxes and suitcases full of cash explore the lighter side of border issues. 3b. Allison V. Smith: Going West
Old Jail Art Center, Albany
June 7 through September 7
Meanwhile, Dallas-based photographer Allison V. Smith. shows carefully edited views of far West Texas.
A two-person exhibition featuring poems by Keith J. Varadi (Los Angeles) and paitngins by Michael Kennedy Costa (New York), curated by Sally Glass. ‘Contract’, A poetry reading by Varadi, takes at 7pm on Sunday, August 10 at OFG.XXX (formerly known as Oliver Francis Gallery).
Part of the resurging interest in midcentury Texas art (witness the new book on the subject from UT Press), this exhibit includes Featured works by Ruth Pershing Uhler, Richard Stout, Bror Utter, Lowell Collins, and Charles T. Williams, among others. Curated by Sally Reynolds.
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.”
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 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.