Villagers gather scrap metal atop a crashed spacecraft in Northern Russia’s Altai Territory, while thousands of white butterflies swarm all around them. In a related image, five cows lay dead in a field.
With 13 curators and about 70 artists, the TX 13 Group Survey Exhibition is a cacophony of sounds, images and styles that tries for the first time to jam all the artists selected in a statewide open call for the Texas Biennial into a single space — the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.
When violinist William Fedkenheuer steps onto the stage this month with his colleagues in the Austin-based Miró Quartet for a series of six concerts at the Butler School of Music at UT-Austin (Sept. 6-8 & 27-29), he will achieve a distinction that few other professionals can claim. He will be one of the few living violinists who have performed all sixteen of Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartets for two violins, viola and cello as both a first and second violinist.
Another day, another identity for The Contemporary Austin. That’s the new moniker for the recently reunited AMOA-Arthouse, whose parent organizations, before splitting and undergoing various name changes throughout their complicated histories, once constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.