Skipping Miami, Part 1: Paul Slocum

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.

Top Five, Dec. 4, 2014

Or, for those of you who have already perceived that this week’s list is unusually full of sincere figuration, (heck, it’s the holidays!) read on:


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1. Borderland Collective, Joe Lopez, Fernando Andrade & Spatial Planes
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio
December 4 – February 15, 2015
Opening: December 4, 6–9 pm
Community Participation Day: December 13,  2–5:30 pm

A new project by Borderland Collective documents unaccompanied children at the US/Mexico border. Artists Jason Reed and Mark Menjivar and art historian Erina Duganne with contributing artists Adriana Corral, Noah Sadowski, Vincent Valdez, Jennifer Whitney, and Ricky Yanas. Also opening tonight at Blue Star are shows by Joe Lopez of Gallista Gallery, Fernando Andrade‘s disturbing pencil drawings of violent kids’ games, and, incongruously, Spatial Planes, a group printmaking show about illusionary geometry!

2. Cassie Phan: Are you frustrated with me?
December 7 – January 30, 2015
Opening: December 7, 1–4 pm

Founded by local artist, educator, and curator Iris Bechtol, TERRAIN Dallas is a new exhibition space in Oak Cliff, will focus on exhibiting site specific, temporary interventions in and around a suburban lawn. First up: recent UNT MFA Cassie Phan.

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3. Secret Sandwich
Fresh Arts, Houston
December 5 – January 16, 2015
Opening December 5, 6-8 pm

Billed as “a fun show by fun people,” artists Monica Foote, Jonathan Jardin, Paris Jomadiao, Geoff Smith, Alyssa Stephens, and Alonso Tapia turn their attention to dissecting an All-American lunchtime favorite using video, soft sculpture, collage, and painting. The collective started by creating and distributing limited edition Zines and this is their first full-scale exhibition as collaborators.

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4. co | action
500X, Dallas
December 6 – January 4, 2015
Opening: December 6, 7–10 pm

A solid lineup of artists and their artist/mentors including Adam Fung > Alyssa Hawkins; Darryl Lauster > Jeff Gibbons; Margaret Meehan > Devon Nowlin; Colby Parsons > Anastasia Gabriel; and Linda Ridgway > Teresa Rafidi. Also opening, upstairs: Michelle Thomas: Soft Space, and Kate Colin | Lauren Kirchner.

5. The Power of Insanity
02 Gallery (in the Flatbed building), Austin
December 6, 2014 | 12:01–12:01 am
Opening: December 6, 2014 | 2–5 pm

Outsdier art by street pastor and painter José Antonio Galvan and residents of his Vision in Action asylum on the fringe of Ciudad Juarez, a privately funded refuge for the area’s homeless, infirm, and mentally ill.

Top Five: Nov. 27, 2014


Or, if you’re too full of turkey to watch another video, here’s the list in text form:



1. The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion
Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas
October 22 – February 22, 2015

Postmodern wearables by Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo.


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2. Odd Brothers: Bruce Lee Webb, Andy Don Emmons, and Clay Stinnett
The Kessler Theater, Dallas
November 25 – January 1, 2015

Dripping eyeballs and other folky grotesqueries by Webb, Emmons and Stinnett, three colorful peas from the same odd pod.



3.Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
September 3 – January 4, 2015

70 paintings from the era when “avant-garde” and “plein-air” went together. See it now, else you’ll have to stop in San Francisco, Seattle, Rome or Tokyo!


4. Jules Marquis
And Now Gallery, Dallas
November 21- December 20

New York artists Colin Snapp and Daniel Turner, operating as a synthetic female conceptual artist Jules Marquis scatter little bits of metal and dirt  in Cope’s hyperwhite cube.  They also run an art farm in Virginia!



5a. Margarita Cabrera: Sewing Our Landscape
Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas
October 24 – December 13

14 soft cacti at Talley Dunn explore immigration, fair labor, craft traditions, and economic empowerment. Catch more of Cabrera’s work at Sewing the Line at El Centro College, and in:


5b. Contemporary Artist Series 2014: Margarita Cabrera
Museum of the Southwest, in Midland
November 21 – December 30, 2014

Top Five: Nov. 20, 2014


Or, if you prefer to cut to the chase:




1. Hand Crafted Artwork by Peter Ligon
RE gallery, Dallas
November 21- Jan. 2015
Opening Nov. 22, 6-9pm

Ligon “paints on location from observational subjects” e.g. “en plein aire,” but he’s no Sunday painter. Re Gallery is but one stop on the 12th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour, happening November 22, from 12-6.





2. James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
October 19 – January 4, 2015

1,242 drawings of wild animals, landscapes, studies of human anatomy, scientific formulas, and representations of classical art and family photographs, all animated by Drake’s Texas-sized sense of drama.




Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas
November 22 – January 3, 2015
Opening: November 22, 6–9 pm

Described as a collaboration, with potential for more collaboration, it’s artists Jesse Morgan Barnett, Nino Baumgartner, C.J. Davis, Jeff Gibbons, Pierre Krauss, Daisuke Kuroda, Karin Lehmann, Mitsuo Maruhashi, Kris Pierce, Omar Rosales, and Gregory Ruppe’s post-stidio, biennial-ready big sculpture (and video, etc.) show.




4. Drive
Lawndale Art Center, Houston
November 21 – January 22, 2015
Opening: November 21, 6:30–8:30 pm Artist Talk at 6pm.

Curators Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski pick art about freeways. Artist include Anthony Álvares, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Claudia Casbarian, Bryan Gardner, The Art Guys, Heather Johnson, Cody Ledvina, Lars Lerup, Mike Osborne, Flash Gordon Parks, Susie Rosmarin, Thumb (Luke Bulman and Jessica Young) and Charisse Weston.



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5a.& 5b. East Austin Studio Tour weekend #2 and Artcrawl Houston
All over Austin and Houston
EAST: November 22-23, 11-6
ARTCRAWL: November 22, 10-9

Two sprawling open studios events give access to literally hundreds of spaces and artists, some you’ve seen before, some you’ve never seen, and some you wish you hadn’t. It’s an unfiltered, vegetable-market view of the creative energy lurking in unlikely places. The specifics are here for EAST in Austin and here for Artcrawl Houston.


Top Five Nov. 13, 2014

Or, for those of you seeking a more nuanced, text-based dialectic:


1. Through the Lunchbox: Selected Works by Paul Kittelson
One Allen Center Gallery, Houston
October 20 – January 5, 2015
Opening: November 13, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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!


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2. Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle the Second: The Black Guys
Art League Houston
November 14 – January 3, 2015
Opening: November 14, 6–9 pm, artist talk at 6:30

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.



3. Houston Cinema Arts Festival
November 12 – 16
Venues all over Houston

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.



4. Jennie Ottinger: Postal Mortem
The Reading Room, Dallas
November 15- December 13
Opening and stamp trade session Nov. 15, 6-9 p.m.

Ottinger’s one-woman campaign to reimagine the U.S. postal service as a slower, more personal type of Twitter feed has captured the imagination of the internet.



5. Kelly Fearing: Lucid Dreams
Grace Museum, Abilene
November 7 – January 10, 2015

Selected works curated from private and public collections demonstrate Fearing’s lifelong fascination with surreal, mythic and metaphysical themes.

Top Five Nov. 6, 2014

Or for those of you who prefer to cut to the chase:


1. Vertebral Honorees: Haveron, Lee, and Roberts
Pump Project Art Complex, Austin
October 10 – November 8

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.



2. Vernon Fisher: Dissent of Man OR Faces
Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston
October 4 – November 29

More meticulously crafted, deadpan goofy works from Fort Worth’s own Vernon Fisher. Internationally celebrated for well over three decades. He just stays in Texas and keeps making stuff.



3. Alejandro Almanza Pereda: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts, El Paso
October 9 – December 19, 2014

UTEP grad Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s industrially poetic sculptural installations force the viewer to confront precarious situations.



4. Laurisa Galvan: South Central Dallas
Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas
November 1- December 7
Opening: November 8, 6-9 p.m.

Galvan photographs people in South Dallas with an outsider’s eye.



5. Vincent Falsetta: New Paintings
Conduit Gallery, Dallas
October 11- November 15

Using cardboard spreaders, palette knives and dry wall spatulas, Falsetta carves rich textures into large scale paintings on canvas and smaller paintings on panels in his eighth solo show at Conduit.

Top Five: Oct. 30, 2014

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1. Draftsmen of the Apocalypse
CentralTrak, Dallas
November 1 – December 13
Opening: November 1, 8–10 pm

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.


3. I, Daughter of Kong: Primum Movens
Co-Lab, Austin
Closing/Halloween Party November 1, 2014 | 7–11 pm
On view only during opening and closing or by appointment.

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.

4. The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Isles of the Dead
McClain Gallery, Houston

Brooklyn art collective shows degraded silkscreens based on Arnold Böcklin’s famous painting, and a floating record player. Scary!

5. Domokos/Future Blondes: Fekete 31
Civic TV Collective, Houston
October 31 – November 7
Opening: October 31, 8 – midnight

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.

Top Five: Oct. 23, 2014

Or for those of you who prefer pictures that hold still:


1. Joanna Pousette-Dart: New Paintings
Texas Gallery, Houston
October 16 – November 22

Hard-edge abstraction on shaped canvases like stacked surfboards or swirled frozen yogurt might seem gimmicky if they weren’t so tasty.

2. John Wilcox: Private Words
The Wilcox Space, Dallas
Opening Oct. 24, 5-7 pm
By appointment thereafter.

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.


3. Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
Stark Museum of Art, Orange
September 20 through January 3, 2015

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.



4. Mike Osborne: Monopoly
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
October 11 through December 20

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.



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5. Either or, Or Both: Nate Cassie & Ethel Shipton
Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio
October 9 – November 1
Opening: October 9, 6–8 pm
Artist talk: October 25 1–2 pm

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.

Top Five Oct 16, 2014


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.


2. Jim Roche: The Basic Rules
Art Guys World Headquarters, Houston

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.



3. George Grammer | Rachel Hecker | Ronald Rozencohn
Old Jail Art Center, Albany
September 20 – January 4, 2015
Artist talk: September 12, 2014

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.


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4. Calling Planet Earth: The Graphic Cosmos of Sun Ra and El Saturn Records
Rice Media Center, Houston
October 2 – December 4, 2014

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.

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5. Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
October 19 – January 25, 2015

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.

Top Five: Oct. 9, 2014


And here’s the list, for those subject to motion (picture) sickness:

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1. Chinati Weekend
October 10-12

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.



2. Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase
Brasil Cafe, Houston
October 10, 7:30–8:30 pm

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.

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3. How the Light Gets In
Glassell School of Art, Houston
October 10-January 11, 2015
Opening October 10, 6-8 p.m.

In homage to the building that has been the MFAH’s Core program‘s home since its inception, Mary Leclère and Lily Cox-Richard have organized a show of seven former Core fellows. Featuring works by Mequitta Ahuja, Vasco Araújo, Nick Barbee, Steffani Jemison, Karyn Olivier, Fraser Stables, and Jeff Williams. After this show, the Glassell will host the spring 2015 Core Exhibition and then THAT’S IT for this iconic building.


4. Jodie Mack: Dusty Stacks of Mom
Aurora Picture Show, Houston
October 7, 7-9 p.m.

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.


5. NEW – USED – AMUSED the artwork of Anthony Dominguez
Webb Gallery, Waxahachie
October 5 – November 16, 2014
Opening: October 5, 2014 | 4–7 pm

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.

Top Five: Oct. 2, 2014


And here’s the list, for you video-dissenters:


1. Ulterior Motifs no. 13: The 15th Year Anniversary
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center For The Arts, Lubbock
October 3 – November 29
Opening: October 3, 6–9 pm

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.



2. Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
October 2 – January 18, 2015
Opening: October 2

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.


4. Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
October 3 – January 4, 2015
Opening: October 3, 6:30–9 pm Artist Walk-Through at 7pm

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.



5. Dallas Video Fest
Venues all over Dallas
October 5 – 18

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.

Top Five: Sept. 25, 2014

And here’s the list:


1. Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias
Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont
September 21 – January 4, 2015
Opening: September 27, 2014 | 5–7 pm

A survey of Eberle’s subtly surreal, intensely worked,  highly original sculptures, organized by AMSET.



2. Isa Genzken: Retrospective
Dallas Museum of Art
September 14 – January 4, 2015

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.


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3. Richard T. Walker: the predicament of always (as it is)
September 20- January 11, 2015
The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria

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!

Top Five for Sept. 18, 2014


Or, just read the list here:

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1. Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s
Fort Worth Modern
September 21 – January 4, 2015

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.



4. Larry Graeber: Traces
Houston Baptist University – University Academic Center Gallery
September 11 – October 17

An exhibition of oil paintings, dumpser-dive sculpture and distressed foam board pieces by the San Antonio fixture.



5. Russell Etchen: About Thirteen Hundred People, About One Hundred Rocks and Thirty More People
Test Tube, Austin
September 19 – October 10, 2014
Opening: September 19, 2014 | 7–10 pm

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.


Top Five: September 11, 2014


And here’s the list, for the video-impaired:


1. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
September 13 – January 4
Artist talk: September 13, 2014 | 2–3 pm
Thomas Heatherwick in conversation.

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.

2. Willem de Kooning vs. Christie Blizard: MUD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP

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. . .


Tom Sachs by Adam Tetzloff

photo by Adam Tetzloff

3. Tom Sachs talk @ Contemporary Austin

It’s not a show, just a talk in anticipation of his show next year. But, from the man who brought you “Satan Ceramics,” I’m interested.



4. Eric Schnell: The Book of Pure Science
Devin Borden Gallery, Houston
September 5 – October 25

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.


5. Everything we want it to be…at all times
Rice University Media Center, Houston
September 11 – 18
Opening: September 11, 6:30–9 p.m.

“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!


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: 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.



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