Top 5: August 6, 2014


1. Contemporary Texas: Selections from the Permanent Collection
August 3 – November 30
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler

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

2. Matisse: Life in Color
San Antonio Museum of Art
June 14 through September 7

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.

3a. Camp Bosworth: El Otro Lado
Old Jail Art Center, Albany
June 7 through September 7

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.


4. Lifetime Personal Fantasties, LLC and Contract
BEEFHAUS, Dallas (performance Sunday Aug. 10 at Oliver Francis Gallery)
August 9- August 29
Opening: August 9, 7-10 p.m.

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).


5. A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism from 1935 – 1965
One Allen Center Gallery, Houston
July 18 – October 17

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.

(Full disclosure: Curator Sally Reynolds is Glasstire Founder Rainey Knudson’s mother.)

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/

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