At the end of the year, we like to look back at what you, our readers, were most interested in. As always, in 2023 we covered breaking art news across Texas, blockbuster exhibitions organized by local institutions, the changing of Texas’ art ecosystem, and so much more.
Below, you can find a list of our ten most-read stories from 2023.
The most-read article on Glasstire this year was a profile of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art by writer Barbara Purcell. The piece is a meditation on what makes the museum unique, its founding by Walmart heiress Alice Walton, and the impact it has had on the town of Bentonville.
Late in 2022, the Winter Street Studio building in Houston was damaged by an act of arson, leaving dozens of artists with destroyed art and without a place to work. Then, just a few days later, the man who was believed to have started the fire died of suicide.
Three: Vinod Hopson, 1975 – 2023
In February, the Houston-based artist, storyteller, and cultural worker Vinod Hopson died at the age of 48. Hopson was known around town for his longtime position with FotoFest, and for his research and storytelling project, Those Who Desire.
In this piece, Jessica Fuentes, Glasstire’s News Editor, took an incisive look at the landscape of Fort Worth’s art scene, dissecting the landscape of the city’s galleries, museums, and nonprofit spaces.
In addition to opening a new location in Grapevine this year, the arts and entertainment company Meow Wolf announced that it will open a new location in Houston in a forthcoming development in the city’s Fifth Ward.
In April, longtime North Texas artist Vernon Fisher died at the age of 80. In addition to his respected and successful career as an artist, Fisher had an extensive career as a professor at the University of North Texas, during which he taught and mentored many Texas artists still working today.
Seven: Aimee Cardoso, 1990 – 2023
In August, Aimee Cardoso, who was known in North Texas as an artist and one of the founders of the artist-run project gallery Art Tooth, and her husband, Lucas, died in a car accident. Cardoso’s death caused an outpouring of support and remembrances from Fort Worth’s and Dallas’ art communities.
This complex article traces the story of and fallout around a performance by Fort Worth artist Sophia del Rio, for which she cut up a copy of a print by another Fort Worth artist, Billy Hassell.
In January, Jerry Saltz, who is perhaps the world’s most famous art critic, came to the Dallas Museum of Art to deliver one of his signature lectures in promotion of his new book, Art is Life.
People love “Best of” lists! This year’s Glasstire Best of featured picks from across Texas by more than 20 Glasstire staffers and contributors.