Out of State, Top of Mind
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Out of State, Top of Mind

On the Road, Texas Museums Loom Large in the Rear-View Mirror I used to joke…

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A Deeper Shade of Soto
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A Deeper Shade of Soto

Shortly after the late Jesús Rafael Soto’s posthumously realized Houston Penetrable went on view in…

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Beyond Buildings
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Beyond Buildings

This Museum Was Made for You and Me
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This Museum Was Made for You and Me

Unfortunately for Texans, It’s in Virginia   IMAGE: From left: Miriam Schapiro’s Another Red Room…

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Richmond Postcard: More Diverse than the Whitney Biennial
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Richmond Postcard: More Diverse than the Whitney Biennial

IMAGE ABOVE: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Nevadaville (detail), 1942. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Devon Britt-Darby…

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Jesús Rafael Soto and ‘The Will to Architecture’
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Jesús Rafael Soto and ‘The Will to Architecture’

Viewer-Completed Houston Penetrable Is Perfect for Social Media—and Mies   VIDEO AND IMAGES: Some views…

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The Best Public Art in Houston Right Now
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The Best Public Art in Houston Right Now

There’s a lot of good public art on view right now, from the sculptures the…

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Eat, Err, Hug, Die
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Eat, Err, Hug, Die

Flesh Made Word in the Art of Robert Indiana   IMAGE: Robert Indiana, The Demuth…

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Great and/or Mediocre Houston and/or Texas Art of the Past and/or Present in Houston Museums Now!
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Great and/or Mediocre Houston and/or Texas Art of the Past and/or Present in Houston Museums Now!

That’s the muddled message coming out of Randy Tibbits’s complaint about what he sees as…

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What’s the Matter with Rice? Part 3
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What’s the Matter with Rice? Part 3

VIDEO ABOVE and IMAGE BELOW of Art Barn demolition by Tish Stringer. Not much to…

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Robert Indiana Under the Influence
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Robert Indiana Under the Influence

Yesterday I finally got to see the McNay Art Museum’s presentation of Robert Indiana: Beyond…

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Maurizo Cattelan and Nobuo Sekine–Who Wore It Better?
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Maurizo Cattelan and Nobuo Sekine–Who Wore It Better?

IMAGE: From left: Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 2009; and Nobuo Sekine, Phase of Nothingness — Cloth…

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Of Paint, Peanuts, Potatoes, and Politics
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Of Paint, Peanuts, Potatoes, and Politics

IMAGE: De Scott Evans, The Irish Question (detail), 1880s. Oil on canvas. 30.5 x 25.4…

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The Painter and the Ad Man
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The Painter and the Ad Man

Braque, Magritte Had Overlapping Concerns, Wildly Different Visions   IMAGE: René Magritte, Le faux miroir…

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Wu-Tang Clan, the Single-Copy Album and Museums
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Wu-Tang Clan, the Single-Copy Album and Museums

IMAGE: Dario Robleto, At War With the Entropy of Nature / Ghosts Don’t Always Want…

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Nixon and the Treachery of Images
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Nixon and the Treachery of Images

IMAGE: René Magritte, La condition humaine (The Human Condition) (detail), 1933. Oil on canvas 100…

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Seeing Klimt and “Timeless Modernity” in Islamic Art
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Seeing Klimt and “Timeless Modernity” in Islamic Art

If this early 13th-century Persian tile, which we're using as our April cover image, looks…

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Ain’t We Fancy? Then and Now
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Ain’t We Fancy? Then and Now

The 21st-century status of Thomas Sully (1783-1872), a Philadelphia painter and leading successor to Gilbert…

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$argent and Binge Viewing
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$argent and Binge Viewing

IMAGE: John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass: Reading (detail), c. 1911, opaque and translucent watercolor and…

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What’s the Matter with Rice? Part 2
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What’s the Matter with Rice? Part 2

IMAGE: A view of James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany (2012) on the Rice University campus. Photo…

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What’s the Matter with Rice?
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What’s the Matter with Rice?

IMAGE: Reconstruction of Vladimir Tatlin’s model for the Monument to the Third International, 1967-68, in…

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Braque, Magritte and Brown
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Braque, Magritte and Brown

Are artists in Houston paying attention to Braque and Magritte, given the abundance of their…

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MFAH Moving From “Top-Down” to Participatory Pedagogy
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MFAH Moving From “Top-Down” to Participatory Pedagogy

Upon learning that the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has hired Caroline Goeser as W.T.…

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Looking at Milwaukee, Thinking About San Antonio
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Looking at Milwaukee, Thinking About San Antonio

At least from my vantage point in Houston, there don't seem to be many tea…

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The Corcoran’s Houston Connections
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The Corcoran’s Houston Connections

Tyler Green has a long, thoughtful Modern Art Notes entry on what the National Gallery…

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A Backdrop for Braque at the MFAH
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A Backdrop for Braque at the MFAH

The second-floor gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Law Building is one of…

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Layover Art
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Layover Art

It’s not unusual for a gallery to show renderings, models or other materials related to…

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Texas Twofer: Sargent and Sorolla
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Texas Twofer: Sargent and Sorolla

There are a few oil paintings in John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors, which opens Sunday…

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Are We World Class Yet?
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Are We World Class Yet?

Bigger Than Tut
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Bigger Than Tut

Museum in Transition
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Museum in Transition

One of my most powerful art memories of 2013 is visiting the traveling exhibition 30…

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Invading Art’s Territory
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Invading Art’s Territory

The second or third photograph you see in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s…

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The Many Lives of Artworks
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The Many Lives of Artworks

Hotel Texas Marks an Awkward Anniversary, recipe Reveals Art’s Shifting Signifiers IMAGE: Andy Warhol, Double…

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Populist Dallas
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Populist Dallas

DMA’s Move to Free Admission Belies The Big D’s Elitist Image I’m excited about Arts+Culture…

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European Reunification at MFAH
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European Reunification at MFAH

July Loose Ends:  What’s Back, And Making It Available to All Houstonians In a comment…

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MFAH Inflated Attendance Figures for Years
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MFAH Inflated Attendance Figures for Years

General Admission Visits Are Less Than 19% of Beck, Law Building Tallies Having spent two…

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Loose Ends:  May 2013
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Loose Ends: May 2013

Stray Tidbits, Blind Items and Unsolicited Advice Last year’s salutary exhibition American Made: 250 Years…

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Loose Ends:  April 2013
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Loose Ends: April 2013

Stray Tidbits, Blind Items and Unsolicited Advice Welcome to Loose Ends, a new monthly visual-arts…

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