Former Fort Worth Art Critic Dave Hickey is retiring. See our story
about his 2003 UTD lecture, teaching teachers how to teach art
Former Fort Worth resident and noted Art Critic Dave Hickey is retiring — sort of, according to The New York Observer.
Dallas Contemporary announced Pedro Alonzo and Lilia Kudelia as Adjunct Curators. Pedro Alonzo is a Mexican-American freelance curator living in Boston. Lilia Kudelia is an independent curator and writer with interests in new media, technology and Ukranian contemporary art.
Cornelious Brackens is the $2,500 winner of the 2012 Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition, and his work, When the Troops Come Marching Home, will be shown for one year on the back of the downtown cathedral.
Noted national artist/educators Mary Walling Blackburn and Brittany Ransom have been appointed to faculty positions in the Division of Art at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Blackburn, a New York-based artist and writer known for conceptually dense, multi-disciplinary projects, is assistant professor of art and urbanism. Ransom, whose practice centers on art/technology and interactive installations, is assistant professor of digital/hybrid media and video art.
Video of Ceramic Artist Marty Ray.
Former McKinney Avenue Contemporary Director Liliana Bloch is now Kirk Hopper Fine Art's Gallery Director. Hopper says she "will attract an array of outstanding artists new to the gallery." [See story below.]
Am I Allowed to Paint This? — a short history of graffiti in Dallas without all the silly dates.
New Art Space: Brand10, 3418 W 7th Street, Fort Worth,Texas, 76107, open Friday and Saturday 1-6 or by appointment, 817 584-7638, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Viramontes sends out contentious emails either about the litigious Dallas artist Chapman Kelly or — he was up in arms about Alexander Calder's mobiles at The Nasher that were supposedly immobilized, but when I visited, they were moving in barely perceptible interior breezes — some other slightly Dallas, strongly artistic, event, real or pseudo-controversial issue.
To get the real flavor of what Viramontes' Chicago-based "Council for Artists' Rights," is up to you'd have to subscribe. But his ConstantContact emails offer no such opportunity. Probably just email email@example.com with Subscribe would do it. Mine are addressed, "Dear ally of artists' rights."
In this latest screed, Viramontes claims, "The perception is that in Kelley's hometown of Dallas, Texas, news media, arts organizations, arts patrons and even artists themselves are reluctant to write about or speak out about this important artists' rights cause. Perhaps folks are nervous about being labeled as rabble-rousers; other people may fear being ostracized after getting drafted into an often crippling art museum, gallery or art dealer blacklist."
I suspect the real reason nobody here gets very excited about this rabble-rousing is that it's just nuts. — J R Compton
Is that What Dallas Thinks is Public Art? in D Magazine's online Front Row.
member Two scraffito incised pots by Marty Ray are included in the book 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. Both pieces, August Winds (on Marty's member page) and Summer Day, were influenced by the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2006.
Report on Creative Time Meadows Prize Report, “Building a Thriving Artistic Community," as discussed on KERA-FM's Think show Tuesday February 1. The report by four New York-based writers assesses Dallas' arts scene, includes the visual arts. SMU hosts a PDF of the actual report with photographs.
Dallas-area artist Ann Huey has opened
a storefront at Imagekind.com online
gallery and marketplace that provides prints and framing. Ann says,"If and
when you check it out, you'll click on an image and a bunch of options appear
(suggestions I've made for framing and paper, prices, sizes, condiments). You
can purchase prints either unframed or super-nicely matted and framed, and there
are tons of options beyond what I've suggested. Even if you don't buy anything,
it's fun to run barefoot through the vast field of artwork. Thank you for your
time and patience!"
Member Sonia King was recently interviewed by George Fishman for his internet radio show The Mosaic of Art. The full interview can be heard online Sunday, January 16 at 3pm EST or in the archive later. And there's also a five minute excerpt. Doing a radio interview is new for me so I'm looking forward to hearing what I said!
Rest In Peace, Guerrilla Arts, which has begot a bit of dialog that's interesting enough to perhaps base a story about temporary galleries, although, of course, they almost all are, eventually.
DARts Member Cecelia Feld is among the area artists who show KERA's Art & Seek where they make art who are now featured in Studio Tour: Show Us Where You Make Space for Art. A story about Feld also appears in The North Texan.
Follow bold links to see art by DallasArtsRevue.com Supporting Members.
The updated DART Green Line's new map. Click on a stop to see the mostly local art there.
The Board of Trustees of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art announces the appointment of Andrew J. Walker, Ph.D., as Director Designate. Walker begins January 31, 2011, and will officially become director on April 1, the retirement date of current museum Director Ron Tyler, Ph.D.
J. Lynn Kelly Downtown Playground
J. Lynn Kelly of Hurst, Texas, is the winner of the 5th Annual Catholic Foundation Plaza Artists Competition. His mural, Downtown Playground, is now on display in the plaza behind the Cathedral.
And I have to wonder what these judges were thinking? Strangely commercial art for a long series of very large printed fine art pieces the size of the back of a downtown church in a competition that has featured work by some of our best artists. Then this. Good judges; what they got must have been dreadful. - JRC.
The obituary for John Brough Miller has moved to our new Obituary Index.
Plush Gallery is back. Now at 918 Dragon Street (where else?) open noon-5 Wednesdays-Saturdays but closed for the summer after their May show.
Dallas painter and video artist Ann Huey says about her short film that won Texas Monthly's film contest, "This is the link to the short film I made for this competition. Before you wet your pants at my “grand prize” winning status, take a look at the other finalists*. I don’t mean to be critical of any of us in any way, just to note that this is not exactly Sundance. I plan on making this little video into a longer, more polished version someday — maybe I’ll call it Beaumont Still STINKS — with all the things I wanted to put in this one, but didn’t have time."
The Texas Biennial has extended its Call for Entry deadline for the 2011 statewide show to August 31. More info on our Ops page.
When guests of the Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, stroll into the hotel’s redesigned Atrium II space later this fall, they will discover Nebula, a structure, made by world-reknowned artist Reuben Margolin, with 10 miles of aircraft cable, 1,780 pulleys and over 4,500 amber crystals, floating above in a wavelike dance. For information about Margolin’s work, visit www.reubenmargolin.com or see videos on YouTube, Vimeo and YouTube.
New Dallas Contemporary Executive Director Peter Doroshenko
Dallas Contemporary has named Peter Doroshenko as their new Executive Director. Recently the President and Artistic Director of the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Mr. Doroshenko was selected from a field of national and international candidates.
“Peter impressed us with his knowledge of and his energy and passion for contemporary art. He is an internationally respected curator, director, and writer whose appointment is exciting for both Dallas Contemporary and the City of Dallas.” said Board President-elect, Patrick Collins. Mr. Doroshenko will assume directorship in October.
Ray-Mel Cornelius Outside 2010 acrylic on canvas 36 x 60 inches
This painting by Ray-Mel Cornelius debuted at the opening of Medical City Hospital's new Childrens' Hospital Wing, Dallas, Texas June 17.
Ray-Mel wrote, "It was commissioned (... pro bono) by the hospital for their new Childrens' Hospital wing. They wanted something fairly large to hang at the end of the hallway of their reception/admittance area leading to the elevators going up to the treatment facilities and rooms. I was chosen as the artist because a lot of my work uses a high keyed palette and imagery that suggests nature themes, which fit with the designers' concept of the facility's decor.
"Of course the design and imagery had to be very kid-friendly. My reasoning for the title and concept other than the obvious reference to the imagery, is that being outside is equivalent with being healthy. "Outside" in the fresh air, running, playing, all those things we associate with kids being outside, and what being treated in the hospital and getting better will help us get back to.
"That's what I was thinking, anyway. I like to think the painting will give the kids something to think about other than whatever treatments they may be about to undergo. Better to talk to the parents about floating fish and elephants shooting rainbows from their trunks than of needles and such."
See Ray-Mel's blog for photos of the event at rmcornelius.blogspot.com/2010/06/outside-secret-project-revealed.html or his DallasArtsRevue Member page for more of his work.
Click name links to see more work by this DARts Supporting Members.
Decorazon Gallery is relocating. Owners Hugo Garcia Urrutia and MK Semos thanks everyone for their support and friendship and invite all to stop by the Bishop Arts location before it closes July 26. The new location will be announced via their website at www.DecorazonGallery.com.
Not much on DPAP's website. No projects. No goals. No real plans. I assume they're a legit org, but from the scant info there, they don't seem to be active or doing anything in particular or know what they hope to do specifically — except trying to raise money.
According to a recent update on their website, "Programs in development for 2010 include: Exhibitions, Juried Exhibitions, Gallery University, Figure Drawing Classes, Performance Art Exhibitions, Music." Could they be any less specific?
Performance Art Exhibitions? Yeah, right. That's pretty naive.
In a private email protesting what I'd written here then, Frances Grinsfelder (no title or affiliation noted) states, "We plan to implement privately funded compelling Public Art in Dallas. We have our first project underway expected to be completed next year at this time." yet without a single, solitary specific.
Who is the artist? Are they from around here? What's it going to look like? Where's it going? If it's a public org, even in name only, shouldn't they be telling the public something?
I wonder why anyone would want to give them money. They don't even claim to be an official nonprofit organization so donations would be tax-deductible. What gives?
Ro2 has credibility here, but Dallas Public Arts Project has zero, and they're talking about replacing the official City Arts Program, now in one of its periodic financial down-turns. Who elected these people? Who are they? What are they really up to?
—J R Compton
ArtWalk Dallas Pegasus photox
Public ArtWalk Dallas is a 3.3-mile free, self-guided tour of public art in downtown Dallas.
Dee Mitchell writes about John Pomara in Art In America.
art collector's suit says Rothko resale violated secrecy" on
This obituary is from Don Mangus, whose Art Man Comix graced the on-paper pages of DallasArtsRevue many years ago:
Dig Him: The unassuming prankster with his solid, colored T-shirt and its lone pocket. A salt and pepper beard — or —cream and coffee. A bit of a longhair, judging by the scruffy chest hairs poking through the T-shirt's neck hole. Below that — blue jeans, and well-worn moccasins. In the bulging shirt pocket, a batch of 3 x 5-inch index cards, and a fancy fountain pen with jet black ink. On the table, a New Yorker magazine or perhaps a cryptically annotated news article (some wags might say it has been re-faced). You can bet David's pals make this scene.
Happy Daze: Kick it off in a java joint with cross words for the NYT puzzle that takes it in the Shortz again from a gang of sardonic doctors, including our Snider Plaza shaman. Later that afternoon, chilled cocktails and Scrabble for a spell. In the evening — turn on, 'toon in, and top off the day with a long pull from the boob tube. That's the stuff.
Sin Co-habitated Dance: Drop a dime, Juke Girl — hit it, Satchmo, Jelly Roll, Bix, and Django — beat me daddy, eight to the bar. Jitterbug Krazy Kat, Offisa Pup, Igntaz, Little Nemo, Flip, Felix, Mickey, Sheena, Ka'a' nga, Maggie, Jiggs, and Judge Rummy. Notary sojac and banana oil –Ain't Misbehavin.'
Sound Off "Frenzy New:" gem love, roof edge, build common door, rajah winner, and Siam gunbelt. Yo, y'all.
"Halloween" Party on Welborn. "This is not a Halloween party. They would just have parties in his studio," says Paul. Photographs by Paul Rogers Harris.
"Juan High at a Dime": Take a super slo-mo motor scooter skid down the gullies, blind alleys and crossroads of a musing metaphor. Blaze a torrid Texas-sized trail towards uncharted garage sales, secluded second-hand shops, and forgotten dime stores — these are the stops on an endless scavenger hunt for jazzy juxtapositions. Or as Doug McAgy would call it, "going for a ride with a line."
Meanwhile for the rest of us — kix just keep gettin' harder to find. At day's end, those chance encounters with the karmic cast-offs and pop culture pick-ups would be cajoled into just-so jo-mo boards, pinned forever with artfully placed nails, brads, screws, glue, paint, varnish, glitter, and liquid glass. "Jomo Sectional?" you might ask. To which I gleefully reply, "Don't rasp, don't tile."
And So Dear Friends — Once More Into the Zone We Jomo: Ouija believe — for the jazzy hot tune needed for the cul-de-sac of my "McMan Away" second line, I called in a super-star soloist — TV legend Rod Serling? Let's all trade fours with his beatific riff. Hocus-Focus and Q-Rod.
"You're traveling through another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination…"
J - O - M - O
David McManaway at the Dallas
Museum of Contemporary Art
with Oldenburg's store from the "1961" Exhibition in the background.
Photographs by Paul Rogers Harris, who says,
"He was a good friend and taught me to see the world anew."
Long-time DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member Nancy
Ferro is featured in New American Paintings' 15th Anniversary juried
exhibition in print available at some bookstores for $20.
Tomas Bustos y David Newton El Vaquero
Say goodbye to The Vaquero, the 20-foot-tall sculpture Tomas Bustos (best known for Zoe the Zeplin at Our Children’s House at Baylor Hospital) and David Newton (best known for the Freedman Memorial Cemetery) have been working on for the past year and a half at Tomas’ studio. When complete, the piece will be the City of Fort Worth's first public art to honor Hispanic culture, and the work will be cast at a foundry in Azle, Texas, a process that is expected to take about eight months. The final sculpture will be placed near The Stockyards, owned by the City of Fort Worth.
Selective Memory: A friend tipped me Sunday morning that Haley-Henmann Gallery (or somebody) has used an extensive quote from me about my initial impressions of HH on the first page of a Call for Submissions for a competitive show that Haley-Henmann Director/Owner John Marcucci will jur at Eclectic Expressions in Arlington .
No one asked my permission to use copyrighted material from "part 1" of a series — Visiting Art Spaces I'd Never Been to Before — I have not added to, although we visit new spaces all the time, since galleries come and go with such alacrity. The quote, which they did not link, is about 2/3rds down the page.
I refuse to go back to Hanley-Hellman, because a server there was overtly rude to me. I heard that HH (not the real surname initials of anybody at the gallery; they just liked the way it sounds) has apologized to others, but not to me, even though I've written about it previously on these pages. I stayed in the car last time Anna went in.
My quote is on a PDF peculiarly named "microsoft-word---entry-form-p1.pdf," I know HH reads DallasArtsRevue, because they often feature work by DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members, almost as quickly as we add new ones — perhaps an undocumented feature of Supporting Membership here.
Soon as that offensive woman (I'm told she was fired.) was rude to me, while the rest of the group was still laughing at me, I left the building and will not go back until I have been properly apologized to. No big deal. There's lots of galleries in Dallas. Just it seems so very odd to have a quote from me promoting a gallery I won't even visit.
The more I think about it, the less likely it seems that Haley-Henmann is behind this. More likely it's the goofy Eclectic Expressions gallery in Arlington. Despite some faults, HH is still a class act, though I wonder why Marcucci would jur a show at EE.
Although nobody recognizes their faces or body forms in it, the Editor's mother and father supposedly were featured in Jeff Knurek's Jumble published in newspapers across the country on Thursday April 29. The third figure in that puzzle will be Knurek himself, and he will give the original ink of that Jumble to them. All this because I titled the photo of my father doing the Jumble at our Clare Family Reunion in Estes Park, Colorado in August 2008, Knurek saw it, liked it and started thinking about it, all while keeping us up with his thoughts and graciously asking for permission to use the photograph on his office desk.
Intersting that of the three artists recently touted by Haley-Henman Gallery, all three are DallasArtsRevue Supporting Members. As previous reported here, Susan Lecky is on June Mattingly's blog that went up February 5, Jerry Lee Dodd's Tether was selected by the Lampasas Association for the ARts to show in their year-long exhibition, Art in the Park 2010; and Studio Visit Magazine selected Esther Ritz' Lost Dreams (third down on her member page) to be in their 2010 Summer Edition of that juried publication that introduces work to a serious national audience. We should probably mention that several other DARts Supporting Member Artists are also often featured in H-H exhibitions.
Click members' links in bold to see more of their work on their DallasArtsRevue Membership pages.
Juanluis Gonzalez installs work at Henderson Art Project (Facebook).
Story on NPR pits Fort Worth and Dallas' so-called arts districts, happily ignoring Dallas and Fort Worth artists, of course. I couldn't listen to the whole thing for the smarm and stereotyping them big city boys gush on us and our sister city to the west... –JRC
She got it moved to Glass Street near the Trinity River, now Dallas Contemporary Director Joan Davidow is retiring. Read the following press release with a boulder of salt. I always have to wonder what planet these people are from. They don't know who they are or where they are going. Except where they lie again about their founding, the following is verbatum, and the punctuation and grammar is all their own:
"Dallas, TX - February 17, 2010 - Dallas Contemporary today announced Joan Davidow will retire from the position of executive director effective May 31, 2010. The institution will shortly begin a national search for a new director. Davidow will continue in a consulting role until the end of 2010."
It is interesting to this curious student of local art organizations' histories that after claiming that Patricia Meadows alone founded that group in 1980, then that she and Judy Smith Hearst founded the group, the board of directors of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, more recently known as The Contemp — though many of us just call it The Contempt, because it has ignored its founding purpose, to create an art center for Dallas artists and craftspersons, while refusing to show local artists who have not achieved stardom — now cites that it was "cofounded in 1978 by Patricia Meadows and two [unnamed] arts leaders."
In 1978 there was no D-Art. There was only the Artists Coalition of Texas (ACT), the organization that Mary Wachoviak Ward approached to help her sent up a center for Dallas artists. ACT became D-Art. Although Patricia Meadows was clearly instrumental in popularizing the organization and worked tirelessly in its behalf later, she did not found D-ART. Mary Washoviak Ward did.
Veronica De Anda Tosten died Wednesday, February 3. Her husband, Erik, said that it was "after a six-year battle with pancreatic cancer. It was a long and painful struggle, and its a comfort to know that she is now free of her suffering. She was an artist, wife and good friend." Veronical wrote the following eulogy that was presented at the memorial service February 13 at 500X:
"This of course wasn’t easy to write, but, heck, at least I didn’t have to read it aloud in front of all of you. By the way, thanks for coming. I appreciated everything you did and continue to do for me and Erik. I feel so fortunate to have had such a wonderful family and friends. You all made my life rich and exciting and worth living.
I always said that attending UNT was the best decision I made and I meant it. Besides meeting the love of my life there, I made wonderful life-long friends (even though my life was not as long as I thought it would be, go figure).
But, enough about you all, this is about me, and how great I was, right? Erik said I was a great artist and I couldn’t argue with that. Almost each artwork I made was praised and lots of it sold, too. Even though I was shy. I wasn’t afraid to express myself through my art.
What else … what else … oh!, even though I was short, I still looked great in my leather boots and form-fitting dresses.
Well, the good thing about my life being so short is that I didn’t have time to make any major mistakes or have many regrets. Of course I regret that I was not able to grow old with Erik, but he’s a great catch and will make a great husband again some day. Especially now that I’ve smoothed out all the rough edges. I hope his next wife likes beards.
The best I can hope for now is that my body, which I’m donating to medical science, helps others live longer, healthier lives. I also hope that at least some of my viable organs like my eyes can be reused, too. That would be kinda creepy and cool, for someone to be walking around with my eyes. Anyway, I hope you all consider checking that organ donor box on your driver’s license and donating your body to medical science as well. Thanks."
Dallas artist Pat Forrest died on January 30, 2010. Details of a scholarship in her name to come.. She requested there be no memorial service.
Randall Garrett on Art in Dancing Ganesha
Centraltrak's founding director Charissa N. Terranova, PhD, has announced her resignation from that institution. Her replacement — if that is even possible — is Kate Sheerin, whom San Antonio's Witte Museum calls "an expert on early Texas Art," will be the new director of the University of Texas at Dallas art residency program housed in a building beneath elevated Central Expressway in Deepest Elm, near where the depot of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad tracks used to be.
As Terranova states in her public resignation letter PR, she brought artists from "France, Germany, The Netherlands, Argentina, Russia, Mexico, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to work in our avant-garde compound on Exposition Avenue." Her stated reason for stepping down is to "focus all of [her] energy on teaching at the university and [her] scholarly writing, in particular the completion of [her] manuscript Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn in Contemporary Art."
Terranova "will continue working at UTD in the capacity of full-time tenure-track assistant professor," and in the best news of all to Dallas artists, she "will also continue work as freelance art critic." Hooray for that! We need her unfettered art opinions, despite the complicated Marxist theories. — J R Compton
David Hickman and Eliseo Garcia at Childrens Medical Center
Here are pictures from the Garden at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. David Hickman has three dragonflies, and Eliseo Garcia has carved the children's story wall in limestone at left.
David Hickman Dragonfly - images provided by the artist
Their works compliments each other and it is a lovely Garden by two Texas State Artists.
Pan American Art Projects on Dragon Street bites the dust
Joining Gerald Peters in me-too-ing into Dragon Street Art District just as the Recession recessed, Pan American Art Projects closes at the end of this year. Like Gerald Peters, they had much nicer, more luxurious digs before they moved to Dragon, and the parking was better, although PanAm's director may fare better than GP's who banished itself back to Santa Fe.
Now I'm wondering how The Contemp will fare. The Meadows Foundtion offerred that name-changing organization space to get established many years ago with the proviso they stay less than that, so they pretty much gotta move to new digs. Dragon Street is not the nicest art neighborhood in Dallas.
The Thornwood may also be in that same financial boat. Unlike Gerald Peters and Pan American, however, they suck as a gallery and apparently deserve their fate, although there's plenty other galleries in the vicinity that suck worse.
Last year, the Contemp was braying
about how close they'll be to Dragon Street. I wonder if maybe they
could have found a better, less expensive place farther from the devouring
Dragon. I can only assume the inside has changed. But there's a lot
of it for an organization that's dependant upon the kindness of strangers
who might be as poor as they get.
Part of the crowd of 135 at
the PAC-WE Flash Mob Performance Rally for Health Care.
Our Community Performance Art page has more than 30 pics of that Sunday Event.
Dallas artist Ann Huey's latest, all-original Halloween animation is Skellikin Feet on YouTube.
Dallas artist Martin Delabano singing The Bear Song on YouTube.
The Bath House Cultural Center has lost 50% of its budget and may lose one of its staffers. There is a community effort afoot to mail out 3,000 fundraising letters and set up fund-raising events. More info when it becomes available.
It hardly seems likely that who might leave will be Enrique Enrique Fernández Cervantes, since he is now running art at The Bath House Cultural Center and the Latino Culture Center art shows, too. I figure if he can pull that off, keep both centers running, he ought to, when this economical mess is over, get a lot more money and a better job, running one of the two.
I'm fonder of the Bath House than the
LCC, but Enrique is a talented guy who is much loved in his community,
and he will be mightily appreciated whatever he does next.
When some cut in finances is initially announced, people tend to panic. Oh, gosh. What will we do, if that happens. Then it happens, and it almost always works out better than before, almost no matter what. When it was announced that the City Arts Program was going to be taken over by the Dallas Public Library, first I wondered what idiot savant bureaucrat thought that one up. Then I decided it was probably a good time to change who's running the CAP. I mean, how could anyone do a worse job?
Some of those people are wonderful. But whoever's in charge is not and never will be. It's always got more to do with politics than with art. Mighten it be a good enough time to have it run differently? To give money to the smaller, more independent, upstart organizations that need it just to get started instead of the big already well-endowed mega-orgs who probably should be supporting themselves by now?
In Europe they treasure art and artists. In the U.S., we the people clearly do not, and the gummint blames art for our ills. But then they gotta blame somebody else. A couple weeks after the initial panic, we learned that the Library wasn't going to run it, after all. That the City Arts Program gets to keep their bailiwick. What a surprise. Mixed emotions here.
I'm not a fan of the government paying arts organizations any more than I am of governments paying banks or oil companies or anybody else who should be supporting themselves. Although I love the idea of the government or anybody paying artists to make art. It is a job, after all. And the government needs art more than most peoples.
But I'd love to see somebody else distribute public money for the arts. If only for the sake of doing it differently and changing it around for again a little while.
— J R Compton
CADD ArtLab Drive-by 9 1 09
Just earlier the day (August 31 2009) the news came out that CADD's downtown Art Lab was closing, I'd been wondering how they could possibly keep open a gallery down there where the parking is anything but easy (even when it's free), where few go unless they work there, and then they work and go home. Downtown Dallas has been a dying place as long as I've been acquainted with it.
Many more people live there now, but any quick trip to downtown Fort Worth is a harsh reminder of what a real downtown can be like, and Dallas' just isn't.
Once thriving with used and new bookstores, newsstands, haberdashers and hubcap shops — as it was in the early 60s, the day and night life down downtown has steadily dwindled. The Contemporary Art Dealers Association, in direct competition with DADA (Dallas Art Dealers Association) bought into a large, gotta-be-expensive place downtown to show work from member galleries.
Always seemed a contradiction of a contradiction, a gallery that galleried gallery artists once removed. Now, after one year of the noble experiment, they are "regretfully" announcing "the end of the collective gallery Art Lab, effective with the closing of the current exhibition on September 3." In that year, they "received almost 7,000 visitors, opened six exhibitions, and hosted numerous education programs."
We proclaimed their beginning, attended the grand opening, partied along with the Vernissage (and part two) that summer, documented placement of one of Mark Collop's 2D deer near there and have mixed feelings about them leaving that space, essentially a gallery of galleries.
The press release continues that "CADD will continue to be a leader in the art community creating new programs focusing on other education endeavors including art tours, lectures, studio tours and collector home tours," and we look forward to those. They're not quitting, just quitting the space that had to be tying them down.
I remember when DARE (the nonprofit organization that didn't really become The MAC, although it's closer now than it ever was before) decided that we absolutely did not want to bog us down with a space, then we found a space that was way too expensive to own and operate and got thoroughly bogged down in it. It's easy to do. DARE mostly died that way. I wish CADD more luck.
CADD's was an experiment. It failed. CADD lives. —J R Compton
There is an online Memorial dedicated to former Dallas artist Wayne Amerine who died Monday August 3 2009. He was cremated, and his ashes go to Kansas, where he was born. Another former Dallas artist, TJ Mabrey, remembers Wayne's "beautiful folded, painted paper images — chosen for inclusion in the first-ever exhibit in the then brand new Dallas City Hall. "Exquisite!" and she asks, "Who — who saw them — can forget his black and white painted cows and the ladies who rode them?"
"The Ice House Cultural Center will be closing in September 2009, as we prepare for our transition to the Oak Cliff Cultural Center in 2010. For over a decade, the Ice House has provided Oak Cliff and the surrounding communities with diverse art and cultural experiences. We are grateful to the patrons and artists that have supported the center over the years and we hope that you share our excitement as we look towards a new era of artistic and cultural opportunities at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.
The Oak Cliff Cultural will be located at 223 E. Jefferson Blvd., next door to the Texas Theater. The center will include an art gallery, a multi-purpose studio and some classroom space. Stay tuned for updates on the opening of the new center."
R Boland Running Spiral in
the Old Casket Factory
June 21 2003 J R Compton photo
Former Dallas artist Robert Boland (whose superb Running Spiral performance was one of the most impressive pieces of Performance Art in Dallas Art History) who now makes video and sculpture in Austin, Texas has accepted the prestigious Fullbright grant to research pilgrimage rituals and engage with the contemporary art community in Kyoto, Japan for a year.
"To renew the rich landscape of authentic, independent art that has been the life blood of Deep Ellum for years, this year’s mural projects will follow in the footsteps of previous mural art projects in this beloved historic neighborhood. Phase I of the 2009 Mural Project will be the Good Latimer Corridor Murals. This phase will introduce murals along the Good Latimer/DART rail line in the very area that the Good Latimer Tunnel Murals have been buried. Dart line passengers will exit the Deep Ellum rails and be welcomed with murals from the following Phase I artists: Luke Harnden, Cathey Miller, Sergio Garcia, Mark Nelson, Brian Crawford, Amber Campagna, Issac Brown, Issac Davies, Tyson Summers, Judith Lea Perkins and Frank Campagna." from Kettle Art — Murals will begin along the corridor in July and August 2009.
Friend and longtime DARts Member James Michael Starr told me that "Two art & culture blogs started up just in the past couple months. KERA's Art&Seek was first, then more recently Renegade Bus. KERA has been less confrontational than the Bus (confrontational is good), but to different degrees they've each honestly addressed issues about the art scene here. Recent conversations have centered around Road Agent owner Christina Rees's article about Dallas art and collectors in State of the Union, Part 1, on Glasstire and D Magazine's Art Slam."
Lucia Simek's Crash Bam Slam in Renegade Bus discusses the f.i.g. and D Magazine's D Art Slam, but so does this site's Editor J R Compton's illustrated take on that lowly, turd-encrusted event in Art Here Lately, and all of this is again mentioned in the latest ThEdblog.
new Real FX Creative STudios and Brad Oldham's design for DART's new Deep Elm Rail Station. but with a URL like that I was expecting the gateway art that replaces the now buried Good Latimer Underpass. Everything's a commercial.
The Kimbell Art Museum has acquired Michaelangelo's earliest known painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony (1487-99). The full story is in the Dallas Morning News website.
North Lake College art teachers Marty Ray and fellow teacher Chris Fulmer are designing two stations along Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) stations on the Orange Line from downtown Dallas to Irving and North Lake College in late 2012.
Click Member's links to see their work.
Eliseo at work
Haley-Henman artist Eliseo has been named Texas State 3D Visual Artist for 2009
member Sonia King's Nebula Chroma, her newest wall at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, won an international Spectrum Award for Design and Detail. The brightly colored mosaic wall in the main lobby continues her long relationship with Children's. (Her first four mosaic walls at Children's Medical Center also won a Spectrum Award in 2006.) The Spectrum Awards recognize creativity and excellence in the use of tile and are sponsored by the Tile Council of America, the Association of Ceramic Tile Manufacturers of Spain, Assopiastrelle (the Italian tile association), the National Tile Contractors Association and the Ceramic Tile Dealers Association.
Former Dallas painter Dave Lambert's tribute to the late Dallas artist George deMerle is online at www.indigodave.com/demerle.html
The Creative Arts Center's Spring Schedule is online
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture's Spring 2009 Catalog of Course and Events is available via www.dallasinstitute.org
Centraltrak introduces 14+1: 14 Minutes of Fame and 1 to Keep, their criticism site accessible through this link. Cursor over the hot pink panel in the center of the menu and click. Link dedicated to critical thinking on the arts and politics. Centraltrak has decided to go green and publish their exhibition essays online at 14+1 in lieu of printing paper brochures to accompany their exhibitions.
See Richard's Member page for examples of his work.
member A video of Rita Barnard's Tribute to the Fallen that was exhibited at the Bath House Cultural Center and at UTD, and will be at North Lake College through October 15, that was produced by Enrique Fernandez Cervantes is on YouTube.
Helping celebrate EASL's 15th Anniversary, the 2007 EASL Coloring Book has work by 64 area artists ready for coloring, available at Craighead Green, Conduit, David Dike's Dallas gallery and maybe 500X for $10 each.
Sometimes, if EASL's official website is down, they may refer people to the EASL page on DallasArtsRevue at www.DallasArtsRevue.com/EASL.shtml. They never tell me when that happens. Oh, and if you call EASL, don't get excited about them contacting you back quickly. It can take months, but it can be worth it. I know. I wrote about them saving my bacon on their site.
2009 Moss/Chumley Award
The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University has announced that David W. McCullough is the recipient of the 2008 Moss/Chumley Artist Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and who has a proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts.
David McCullough was selected for his body of work in painting and mixed media, some of which creatively incorporated ceramics and photography. McCullough received his MFA from the University of Dallas in 2007 and is presently working towards his doctorate. He has exhibited extensively in Texas and in other areas of the Southwest and is represented in numerous museums, including the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. He has been actively working and participating in the Dallas arts community for over 30 years, and his role as an advocate for artists in the area includes public lectures at all local universities, the personal mentorship of local artists of varied media and participation in exhibition of other artists' works at the Dallas Visual Art Center, the Dallas Contemporary and Contemporary Art Center.
The jury included Elizabeth Hunt-Blanc, Deputy Director of the Meadows Museum; Amanda Dotseth, Assistant Curator of the Meadows Museum; and Cheryl Vogel of Valley House Gallery in Dallas.
Frank Moss and Jim Chumley were Dallas art dealers who made outstanding contributions to the visual arts in North Texas during the 1980s. The pair operated the Nimbus Gallery on Routh Street from 1980 to 1987 and the Moss/Chumley Gallery at the Crescent from 1986 to 1989, where they showcased numerous new artists. The Moss/Chumley Memorial Fund was begun in 1989 by Frank Moss and the Meadows Museum as a tribute to Jim Chumley; Moss's name was added to the memorial fund upon his death in 1991. Established in 1995, the Moss/Chumley Award is given in their memory. The award is open to artists working in any medium who reside in one of the 11 North Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise. Past recipients have included Catherine Chauvin, Kaleta Doolin, David Dreyer, Susan Kae Grant, David Hickman, Tracy Hicks, Bob Nunn, Sherry Owens, Ludwig Schwarz, Noah Simblist, Janet Tyson, Marie Van Arsdale, Mary Vernon and Marilyn Waligore.
For additional information or to obtain an entry form, please visit the Museum's Web site at www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org.
The Texas Biennial Again
The Texas Biennial has announced their "Solo Artists," a term that baffled me throughout their abstruse online, digital application process (a term never explained that I could find). Apparently, they've selected "more focused, solo shows awarded to individuals representing North, South, East and West Texas. Their curator "took a concentrated examination of the art making in Texas and culled (?) a list of 35 artists to seriously consider for the solo exhibitions." picking "artists who, in one way or another, embody the creative ingenuity that makes our state so exceptional."
Included are North - Lee Baxter Davis, Greenville; South - Jayne Lawrence, San Antonio; East - Kelli Vance, Houston and West - William Cannings, Lubbock.
This is to weird to synopsize: "The Texas Biennial
is delighted to introduce these new artists and their specific modes
of working with the Texas community. In response to the number of studio
visits conducted with artists in all stages of their career, the Texas
Biennial sought fit to pay homage to one great, pioneering artist who
has made significant contributions to Texas art. Michael Duncan has
chosen Kelly Fearing for this 2009 honor. During our grand opening in
March, the Biennial will introduce and re-familiarize some with this
artist’s life, work and process in juxtaposition with the 72 other
selected Biennial artists." Wonder who he is.
The Texas Biennial opens 2-4 March 6 at the Mexican American Cultural Center at 600 River Street in Austin, Texas. The only way I know that is because I entered their competition, hoping they would finally communicate with me about openings and other associated TX BI events. I didn't get in, but I'm sure somebody from around here did, and I know that I cannot depend on the TX BI people to tell me. I've written extensively about the TX BI exhibitions, interviewed the event's founders, publicized every morsel I've found, pleaded with them to send me regular PR, all to naught. So this is a giant step forward, despite me not getting accepted, which was an awe-fully long shot anyway, through April 11
After the first exciting, Austin-area centric, community-based TX BI, they dumped all their community-involved curators (and most of their worker bees) and skyrocketed to have only veddy professionals judging. Big disappointment for this writer. I loved the dynamics of true community involvement. Thought they should have stayed funky, free and unique. Keep Austin Weird, indeed.
They never have, unfortunately, got anywhere near professional quality publicity, which task continues to escape them. What I see of their PR is indifferent. They called recently asking if I thought they should do a press conference here and maybe Houston to announce the local winners. I doubted any local press would attend such an event. I doubted even I would. Seemed like a big waste of time and money, which has to be in short supply. I suggested next time they instead do a press party to announce the event, maybe scare up more local entrees.
9 artists were accepted from Dallas, and 1 each from Arlington, Denton and Fort Worth (!), 6 from San Antonio, 8 from Houston and 27 from Austin proves they're still getting the word out in their own bailiwick, and failing miserably everywhere else.
There are not three times as many good artists in Austin as in Dallas or Houston. Houston, for those who may not know, is Texas' largest and most art-intense city (and also happens to be the fourth largest city in the United States). Dallas is second in Texas. Austin may be fifth.
Who got accepted into this elite exhibition is less surprising than who did not. Hard to know who did not enter, of course, or who got in last time but didn't think the process professional enough to subject oneself to the ordeal again. That I recognize names for all but two artists from this area is disquieting. If this exhibition were successful at attracting artists beyond Austin, there should be many more unknown DFW-area artists revealed thereby.
A Google Instant [this] Site Search for any but one of the bold black names below, reveals many mentions — some quite laudatory and with extensive images — on these pages. Only two of the DFW-area artists have not been exhibited on DallasArtsRevue.
Linked names below are not DARts Members but they link to DallasArtsRevue pages. Some of these names are linked to pages of links.
Christie Blizard (Lubbock), Justin Boyd (San Antonio), Leigh Brodie austin Susan Budge (San Antonio), Marc Burckhardt (Austin), Jeanne Cassanova (Houston), Susan Cheal (Denton), Catherine Colangelo (Houston), Beau Comeaux (Houston), Andy Coolquitt (Austin), Paula Cox (San Antonio), Adrienne Cullins (Austin), Celia Eberle (Dallas), Heyd Fontenot (Austin), Angela Fox (San Antonio), Kana Harada (Dallas), Jeannette Hernandez (San Antonio), Juan J. Hernandez (Dallas), Simeen Ishaque (Dallas), Jules Buck Jones (Austin), Kathyrn Kelley (Houston), Natalie Kleinecke (San Marcos), Helen Kwiatkowski (Belton), Ryan Lauderdale (Austin), Jane Lawrence (San Antonio), Paula Leighton (Austin), Anne Longo (Lubbock), Ivan Lozano (Austin), Christa Mares (Austin), Mona Marshall (Austin), Tom Matthews (Edinburg), Carolyn McAdams (Valley View), Mary Morse (Austin), John Mulvany (Austin), Olga Nicalaevna Porter (Houston), Katy O’Connor (Austin), Dawn Okoro (Houston), Kim Cadmus Owens (Dallas), Harmony Padgett (Arlington), Jamie Panzer (Austin), Justin Parr (San Antonio), Katie Pell (San Antonio), Gladys Poorte (Austin), Anila Quayyum Agha (Houston), William Rosshirt (Austin), Winter Rusiloski (Ft. Worth), Cody Scrogum (Austin), Charlotte Smith (Dallas), Morgan Sorne (Austin), Keith Allyn Spencer (El Paso), John Spriggins (Dallas), Mary Stengel (Austin), Raychael Stine (Dallas), Barry Stone (Austin), John Swanger (Austin), James Talbot (Austin), Terri Thomas (Austin), Raymond Uhlir (Austin), Paul Valadez (Edinburg), Kelli Vance (Houston), Marilyn Waligore (Dallas), Jade Walker (Austin) and Vivian Wolfe (Austin)
Just entering was a tech-heavy booger taking hours of my time and energy as I tried to figure out what the hell they were trying to say with the words they used. How'm I supposed to know if I'm entering a group show or a solo show? Do I even get to decide?. I hope it'll be easier as they ease into online entering technology, and that they figure out terminology that means something to those who enter as well as those who booger up the entering process. My congratulations to anyone who entered and actualy got in.
If their notification that I did not get in is any indication, they ran a full 6 weeks behind schedule notifying artists of their status.
I also hope that some day they will finally put me on the P R list, but I won't hold my breath.
Longtime Dallas photographer, chronicler of arts and social events and collector Andy Hanson died last week. Andy and I shared a darkroom at the Dallas Times Herald what seems like several lifetimes ago, and he has photographed me, and I him, many times over the years. Several of the online links about him include: http://www.kera.org/blogs/culture/2008/10/22/andy-hanson-rip/. There's a great photo of him and one of his photographs on the Dallas Morning News Shopping Blog; the same picture appears on a personal account in UnFair Park. I'll miss seeing him at openings and social events.
Thanks to photographer Sheila Cunningham for the links.
CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) Artlab, a 4,000 square foot gallery next to Neiman Marcus downtown and the new Joule Hotel opens 11-8 Saturday September 20, noon - Curator's Walk-through with CADD Director Anne Lawerence; 2 pm - Artist's Talk by RustyScruby of PanAmerican ArtProjects; and another curator's walk-through at 4 and an art show by Ted Kincaid, Kristin aLucas, Kenda North, Ludwig Schwarz, Allison V Smith "and many more."
Texas Sculpture Association's 25th Anniversary Celebration Symposium opens with gallery receptions at Gerald Peters and Craighead-Green Friday September 19, continues with a Symposium at the Nasher Sculpture Center Saturday September 20 and concludes with tours and a picnic at the Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco Sunday September 21, 2008
The symposium at the Nasher Saturday, September 20 will feature Texas sculptor James Surls and speaker Dr. Edmund P. (Ted) Pillsbury. A panel discussion, "Collecting, Public Art and Sculpture Trends" moderated by Gail Sachson. Panelists will be Thom Andriola, Ashley Tatum Casson, Margaret Robinette, and Kevin Vogel. A reception hosted following the symposium at Bryan Tower Lobby Gallery, with Winning Works curated by curator Gail Sachson. TSA events continue Sunday, September 21, at Hall Office Park in Frisco with a sculpture tour and barbecue luncheon. A juried TSA exhibit, “Art: Off the Wall,” will be at Haley-Henman. Registration is $150 per person and includes the all events. Visit www.txsculpture.com for registration information, or contact Nan@nan-art.com.
members all the names Art in the Metroplex, juried by Art in America conributing editor Eleanor Heartney with artists Paul Abbott, Samuel Beck, Lou Chapman, J R Compton, Matthew Cusick, Mark Doerfler, Ann Ekstrom, Steve Fisch, Jon Flaming, Jacque Forsher, Paul Harris, Sharon Jacobus, Lola Kantor, Norman Kary, Richard Lane, Susan Lecky, Patrick Lewis, Frank Lopez, Sara Lovas, Roma Misra, John C.Moore, Jan Partin, Nathan Porterfield, Don Radke, Teresa Rafidi, Eddy Rawlinson, Jason Reynaga, Matt Sacks, Joel Sampson, Diane Sikes, Libby Slone, Jerry Smith, James Michael Starr and Sarah Tune at TCU's J.M. Moudy Building opening Friday, September 19, Lecture by juror 7:00 p.m., Awards 8:00 p.m." One source says there are 11 artists in the show. Another says 11 Fort Worth artists, 13 from Dallas and some from other places to a total of 37 artists. through October 1
9 from Dallas. 9 from Fort Worth. 3 from Richardson. 2 from Plano. One each from Weatherford, Lewisville, Southlake and Denton
Thanks to Karen Weinman for sending me a list of names and cities.
Heretofore, the AIM folk never publicized artists' names, though I've been after them to send a list of artists for more than a decade, they just won't. So if you ever get in this nice, little DFW-area competitive exhibition — the only one of its kind, really, don't expect those bozos to promote your name, although the grand prize winner gets their art's picture and name on the prospectus the next year. I've got in this show seven times now, and the publicity for doing so is dismal.
a service from KERA for North Texas and beyond that includes radio news
reports, television programs and a website at artandseek.org. The Web
site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek
television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a
co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. In June,
Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee
Cullum. At artandseek.org you’ll
find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks
and contributors and related stories and headlines from National Public
Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights
from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North
Texas – and tell us what you think."
I caught a longish, thoughtful, gentle art review by Jerome Weeks on KERA-FM Friday. First art review I've heard there in a long time, although Joan Davidow's fiancé said she still did those for that station sometimes.
EASL's Art Heist 2008 at ArtSpace 111 in Fort Worth August 23
See our exclusive coverage of the 2006 Dallas Art Heist
Dallas artist photographer Tom
Jenkins, 54, died from a heart attack Sunday night. frontburner.dmagazine.com/2008/07/07/tom-jenkins-rip/ www.tomjenkins.net/.
The memorial service was at The MAC on July
This artist deduction bill (S.548) would give artists the right to deduct the fair market value of their work when donating it to a charity.
We artists are always asked to donate work to charitable causes for fundraising purposes but when our work is auctioned, the buyer gets the benefit of being allowed to deduct their contribution above the market value, whereas the contributing artists and artisans can only deduct the amount of the material costs of creating their work (the cost of paint, canvas, clay, paper...)
This bill is non-partisan and fair. Please click on this link and simply by typing in your zipcode, a letter of support will be sent to your senators and congresspersons.
http://capwiz.com/artsusa/issues/alert/?alertid=9521951 — submitted by Julia Echols
http://capwiz.com:80/artsusa/issues/alert/?alertid=9521951 — Two minutes is all it takes to tell congress you support the arts and art education.
Norwood Flynn presents Artful Wednesdays, open "late" till 7 pm for Wednesdays in March for wine, cheese and, one supposes, art
member Modern Dallas Luxury Magazine has a story about DARts Member Norman Kary in the current edition available free at local galleries.
Afterimage Gallery owner/director Ben Breard has notified us of a 3-minute, video of the late Fort Worth photographer Peter Feresten's work, and narrated by him, on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV6uGSiwL3c&mode=related&search by StarryDynamoFilms
KERA (FM, TV) "is launching a multimedia, community-based arts initiative in late May that will bring unprecedented attention to the arts in North Texas.
Unified under the name Art&Seek, the project includes the upcoming launch of a new Web site developed as a gathering place for the arts. The site will include an automated calendar where organizations can post their own events as well as original Web content provided by KERA staff and community partners. In addition, the site will be home to the Arts+Culture blog where artists, curators, performers and other arts professionals contribute to discussions about what’s happening in the arts in North Texas. In addition, KERA will provide expanded coverage of the arts on its public radio and television stations through interviews, reviews and special programs."
See for yourself at www.kera.org/blogs/culture/?p=452#more-452 about Houston's Rowhouses that DallasArtsRevue published three years ago. See DARts contributor, Dallas artist Tracy Hicks' 13 Stories logging his participation — especially very short stories Spine and Tadpoles at the Rowhouses.
ArtCast is interviews with artists and art-related folk
"The Arts need a strong voice in this years elections. There may be artists on your mailing list that are unaware of what we can do to increase funding for the arts - if we lobby our candidate of choice - now. And then support the Arts Action Fund. More about Americans for the Arts." — submitted by TJ Mabrey
Latino Culture Center Media & Development Coordinator Gabriela Bucio leaves February 8 to work in Mareting in Atlanta, Georgia.
Art Conspiracy donated $14,500 to St. Anthony's Community Center in Dallas. See our story of Artists Arting at ArtCon3 for this annual acution to benefit a nonprofit community art organization.
Former McKinney Avenue Contemporary Director Elizabeth
Hunt is the new Deputy Director of The Meadows Museum at SMU.
It's a scam. It's a scam. It's always a scam! If you get emails from South America or Nigeria or Irving, Texas promising to send you a "certified cashier cheque" (or other wording) for your art or your boat or your Sousaphone, pay attention. It is very possibly — if not likely — they are attempting to scam you.
The classic format involves them sending you a check for more than you agreed to charge. You are expected to go to a bank, cash the (probably bogus) check and send the difference back to the thieves who are preying on your desire to sell art.
That said, many people see something on the internet and assume it is for sale, even if no price is mentioned. They flail about attempting to buy it or multiples of it. There are legitimate buyers of art out there, and they may contact you, and you may do business with them. But pay attention. Google the phrasing they use, and you'll find pages warning about scams. I googed "certified cashier cheque" and found More internet scams, Wedding Photographer, Musical Instrument Sales and Fraud Attempts on your Classified Advertisements.
Warning: If it involves you cashing checks, then sending the difference between what you earned and what they sent you, it's a scam. Beware! You will be prosecuted. The Nigerians are out of reach of the short arm of the law.
Norwood Flynn presents Artful Wednesdays, open "late" till 7 pm for Wednesdays in March for wine, cheese and, one supposes, art
I caught a longish, thoughtful, gentle art review by Jerome Weeks on KERA-FM Friday. First art review I've heard there in a long time, although Joan Davidow's fiancé said she still did those for that station sometimes.
new EASL's Art Heist 2008 at ArtSpace 111 in Fort Worth August 23
See our exclusive coverage of the 2006 Dallas Art Heist
Dallas sculptor John Snygg (stories in Small Sculpture in Texas and J R's Collection on this site) died from cancer February 28. The funeral was Monday March 3, and the obituary should appear in the Saturday March 1 Dallas Morning News. There is talk of a memorial exhibition of John's kinetic sculptures at a future date.
PDNB exhibiting artists Peter Brown and Kent Haruf were featured in an interview on KERA's Think program last week, discussing their book, West of Last Chance. You can view their interview with Kris Boyd on KERA's podcast website. Another PDNB-er, David Graham's exhibition in Pittsburgh was featured in the February 28 Dallas Morning News and is available online.
500X' recent P R person has moved away, leaving behind shambles in several long-term press relationships — for a change, I wasn't the only one she feuded with. Sure hope their next press personage does a better job. When a gallery takes an arts writer off their press list for daring to express opinions, it's obvious professionalism is not a goal.
DARts Member Warren Harris will teach photography classes in January and February at Cedar Hils Visual Expressions' new classrooms. The classes are every Wednesday for six weeks, beginning January 9 and February 20. Schedule here.
Beware of large-print inkjet printing companies in general. Many have lousy reputations. Nobody wants to say anything specific but several sources have mentioned Dragon Street's ArtiZen in this regard — making extra copies without telling the artist, not paying artists for work sold, damaging original artwork, etc. No single artist wishes to complain, but there's a general malaise. -JRC
Margaret Robinette has retired from the City Arts Program, and though The City may not have noticed, the Dallas art community will. Margaret was the kindness and human face there who knew what was going on and gave time to explain to those of us who were curious or confused. A gentle woman who was in it for the community. She will be missed.
The Kettle celebrated its second birthday with a UTube Myuvie.
Heard that George deMerle died. They don't make artists like that anymore — self taught & theory-free: his later sculptures, of fluorescent-painted gossamer, were deliberately ephemeral, impossible to reproduce, and of an unearthly beauty. From graywyvern:
George De Merle invented his own medium, vinyl webbing blown across wire armatures and spraypainted in fluorescent tones; and has brought it to such perfection that the pieces he makes nowadays, one or two a year, seem eerie lifeforms from an alien continuum. Yet their passionate human origin gradually unfolds as you ponder, in the illumined darkness, this indescribable complexity and unfathomable beauty that is, after all, part of the world we live in. (Since the technique is both fragile and impossible to photograph, visiting de Merle's latest in his Irving studio is less like museum-going, than being privileged to witness a rare natural phenomenon, an aurora or double circular rainbow. by Michael Helse
Mulcahy Modern, which used to be on 8th Street
in Oak Cliff, is closed for the summer while they relocate to a new
space to open in the fall.
The Dallas Morniing News no longer has an art critic or a regular art column. Neither does The Observer.
rumor "The Arlington Museum is closing or restructuring. Apparently they were having funding issues and could not overcome them. Not sure what's going to happen from this point," a friend told us recently, after talking with a very reliable source.
Informative online vid about Tunnel Vision with nice visuals of the wildly diverse art that once graced the walls of the Good-Lattimer Tunnel and what that place looks like now.
No M Street / Lakewood Art Tour this year this year, maybe one in April 2008, says organizer Silia Thornton.
member Long-time (the longest) DallasArtsRevue contributor Michael Helsem (his member page and his reviews) has a new book, Almucantar: Folksongs, lays, and chanteys of World War 4, a selection from his ghazal-blog Diwan: A Wind. It is available from www.lulu.com/content/715006.
Angstrom Gallery on Parry is not dead, their current show, of and pertaining to the Minnesotal Muliphasic Personality Inventory 2TM tests we all took in high school to determine our personality is there (although it sounds like a traveling show and some who've seen it said it wasn't as good as their usual fare -JRC) through October 23. They are promising more shows.
questionable Studio 2600 is seeking art to go on their walls, but at least one Dallas-area artist smells something funny. See our feedback page for more information.
"art zombie is
moving to los angeles..next week (insert record screech here) — yes
an unanticipated move and the web site has yet to be updated, but hopefully
friday night.. I plan to break the news — I was so ready to rock
this gap in dallas.. but now beverly hills.. — awaits. — hopefully
if logistics are kind in the future, dallas won't be forgotten by me
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