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Small Sculpture in Texas ©1993, 2000 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

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Marilyn Lanfear's designer lead blouses left me cold. But her un-witnessed performance (or conceptual sculpture) this summer was super. Called The Line, it stretched from the second story of 500X, out a window to the ground below, down Exposition Avenue and Canton Streets into downtown, and all the way into the Trinity River, where it disappeared altogether. Talking with the artist, it was difficult to discern whether it was actually visible once it left 500X.

The incredibly stupid statue that stands guard on the parking lot at Children's Medical Center in Dallas was separated from one of its wings last year. It's a phony Greek revival version of a work that once had arms, legs and a head-to say nothing of a realistically colored surface. But its recent recreator built it without such amenities.

A rich benefactor made the statue's presence "in a prominent location" part of their acceptance of her money. So when the statue lost its wing to gravity, vandalism and/or constructive art criticism last summer, the hospital's board had no choice but to replace it. Dallas sculptor T J Mabrey got the gig; she supervised the renovation by old-world craftsmen in Italy last spring and will re-wing the monstrosity when the weather breaks next spring.

Mac Whitney's retrospective at Temple's Cultural Activities Center must have been a most interesting show. I didn't see it, but they sent me a beautiful catalog, which, frankly, startled me. I knew the guy had a talent for giant, soaring steel structures, but his smaller pieces-including some superbly colorful abstract paintings, surprised and amazed me. It was the CAC's first sculpture exhibit, and the catalog-especially the photos by Dallas photog Les Wollam-was delightful.

Texas Arts Revue #10
April 1983

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