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.



“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.

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