It’s been awhile since an exhibition prompted me to play the “Whither Texas art?” parlor game—to check in on what, if anything, we mean when we use the term and how, if any way, we feel about it.
In 1913, Agnes Ernst Meyer, the wife of financier Eugene Meyer, Jr., and pregnant with her second child, was out of sorts and unable to make her rounds to the art galleries, where, as a former New York Post reporter on the art beat, she had been dubbed “the Sun Girl” by photographer-gallerists Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. Writing to Stieglitz, a brooding Meyer quipped, “I am now your Eclipsed Sun-girl.”
Anyone who delights in the freshness and immediacy of oil sketches should make a beeline for Conduit Gallery, where the show’s up through Jan. 6.
The breakthrough exhibition HOME—So Different, So Appealing, a seven-decade survey of works by Latin American and U.S. Latino artists who address the universal, elastic theme of home, draws part of its landmark status from its organizers, both encyclopedic museums, and the vast real estate they’ve given the show.
During the past 10 years the Dallas Museum of Art has hit many important milestones signaling its emergence as an encyclopedic institution and a player on the international stage.
Zack Ingram wasn’t entirely optimistic in spring, when he applied for the inaugural Tito’s Prize, a collaboration between Big Medium and Tito’s Handmade Vodka to help develop an Austin-based artist’s career.
“Today, when I came to meet you, was the first day I didn’t have a pistol on me,” Paul Middendorf said recently, as he sat at Black Hole Coffee in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood—his first such outing since Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic flooding to Southeast Texas.
Audiences rarely flock to exhibitions about 18th century European art with the enthusiasm shown for Impressionism and ancient Egypt, but the Kimbell Art Museum is hoping Casanova: The Seduction of Europe, on view Aug. 27 through Dec. 31, will change that.
Even as an undergrad, ceramic sculptor Annabeth Rosen was known as a “rabble rouser” for constantly testing the limits of clay.
“Keep Austin weird,” the bumper-sticker admonition goes, but German filmmaker John Bock—the latest of many European artists to take a cinematic crack at Texas, has envisioned a weirder Austin in Dead + Juicy, an exhibition combining an “uncanny musical” with an installation of transformed versions of the film’s props and sets.