Everyone’s a (Glasstire) Critic at the Texas Biennial!

by Bill Davenport August 25, 2013

This second of this year’s Texas Biennial shows, New and Greatest Hits: Selected Work by Texas Biennial Artists 2005-2011, opened yesterday at Big Medium‘s slick new space at the Canopy building in Austin. As part of the opening festivities, Glasstire was there, inciting people to make snap judgments, write them down, and publish them for all the world to see via our Instagram feed. If you were watching last night, this is what you would have seen:

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Hana Kim, who recently finished her Grad degree in painting at UNT, found Francis Bagley’s hair carpet “strangely repulsive.”

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But the comment-writing led to some interesting discussions. Kim and Jayne Lawrence (one of the exhibiting artists) agreed to disagree.

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Some people were cleverer than the art they critiqued!

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San Antonio’s Gary Sweeney found another outlet for his always-ready wit.

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Cheryl Finfrock liked Heyd Fontenot‘s and Jonathan Faber‘s pieces.

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This comment on Jules Buck Jones‘ foam-and-television installation was nearly as complex as the piece itself.

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Celia Eberle‘s bone and coal carvings were beyond words.

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Justin Boyd‘s rusty can and sound piece was difficult to hear amid the hubbub of the opening, but gathered a few comments anyway.

Becky Coe Nelson

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Texas Biennial August 25, 2013 - 18:22

Everyone’s a critic but we all love Bill and Glasstire! Thanks for keeping the conversation lively.

Dave Hickey August 26, 2013 - 11:21

Finally, art criticism in glass tire! How brave!

Steven Cochran August 28, 2013 - 11:56

Ha ha ha, That will be the day…Maybe it would rub off on Artforum.

P3ppppER September 2, 2013 - 12:46


Colette Copeland September 2, 2013 - 19:36

Love this project!


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