Glasstire’s Top Ten Stories of 2021

by Glasstire December 29, 2021

What a year it’s been! As always, Glasstire strives to publish the articles, reviews, op-eds, conversations, essays, and news stories that matter most to you, our valued readers. This year, we covered art and other happenings across our great state of Texas and beyond.

Below, you can find a list of our ten most-read stories from 2021. Enjoy.

Beeple Generator NFT 3d Art


One: Make your own Digital Art with this Beeple Generator

The most-read article on Glasstire this year was a Drive By, a short-form article in which our Publisher, Brandon Zech, wrote about, a website that allows users to create their own Beeple-inspired images.

Two: 101 Black Artists Living and Working in Texas

In February, Glasstire’s then-News Editor, Christopher Blay, compiled a list of Black artists who live and work in Texas. A week after publishing, we were able to greatly expand the list, thanks in large part to suggestions from our readers.

Painting of two figures by artist René-Antoine Houasse

René-Antoine Houasse (1645-1710), Apollo Pursuing Daphne, 1677, oil on canvas, 62.2 x 47.6 inches, Château de Versailles. Photo credit: GalleriX / Trzesacz / Wikimedia Commons.

Three: Apollo and Daphne: A Tale of Cupid’s Revenge Told by Ovid and Bernini

This article, which is the first part of writer Ruben Cordova’s deep dive into one of love’s most enduring myths, is a chronological sampling of images of Apollo and Daphne from different times and places, ranging from antiquity to 20th-century fantasies.

Four: Houston’s Bayou City Arts Festival to Return October 2021

This news story announced the Bayou City Arts Festival’s return to in-person programming in the fall of 2021.

Five: The Progressive Hammers Are Out, Looking For Nails

In an op-ed, Glasstire’s then-Editor-in-Chief, Christina Rees, noted some disturbing patterns she had recently spotted in our art world.

Six: Jana Perez, 1966 – 2021

Denton lost Jana Perez, who was a beloved artist, designer, collaborator, and educator in the North Texas community.

Bernie Sanders inauguration Art meme

Seven: Meme of the Day: Bernie Sanders & His Mittens

Perhaps the most “2021” article on this list: we compiled a list of tweets of people poking fun at Bernie Sanders’ inauguration day wardrobe.

Eight: Curator Clint Willour, 1941 – 2021

Early this year Houston lost longtime curator, collector, and general arts advocate, Clint Willour. The impact Willour had on the careers of hundreds of Houston and Texas-based artists cannot be overstated.

Nine: Oliver Francis Gallery (OFG.XXX) Reopens in Dallas with Work by Francisco Moreno

Oliver Francis Gallery reopened in Dallas, taking over the space in Fair Park formerly occupied by The Reading Room. The gallery’s first show was an exhibition of paintings by Dallas native, Francisco Moreno.

Bartlett, Texas

Bartlett, TX. Photo by Leslie Moody Castro

Ten: Introducing the Bartlett Project

Leslie Moody Castro’s kickoff essay in her twelve-part series about the Bartlett Project, a citywide art project featuring Aimee Everett, Emmy Laursen, Jade Walker, and Mark Menjivar.

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