(1904-1957) “Ben Jorj Harris” is actually the nom de brosse of the combined talents of Benjamin R. Harris and his wife, Georgette, who joined forces to freelance after both had worked for various design firms. The birth/death years are his. He is erroneously listed as African-American in many online bios. Ben Harris is born and […]
In August, 1972 Newsweek ran a story on the Oak Cliff Four, a group of talented, media-savvy artists in Dallas. Excitement abounded in the art community, and some predicted the group would lead the city of Dallas to “art center” status. A few months later the Tyler Museum of Art launched a show featuring the […]
We interviewed Frances Bagley and Tom Orr just before the Christmas of 2014. When discussing what has change in Dallas scenes, both talked about the shift in artists’ temperament. The ‘60s and the ‘70s was a pretty wild time for a lot of reasons. You’d go to openings and people would get into arguments, not: […]
We met James Surls in Waco at the Martin Museum of Art for this interview. There is so much good material, it was really hard to choose a take-out clip. But here it is- his recollection of the now infamous Dog Show, held in 1975 at SMU.
Art critic for the Dallas Morning News for more than 40 years, Janet Kutner got her start in working as the director of public relations at the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, the long-gone not-so-stodgy alternative to the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. The museums merged in 1963 to become the Dallas Museum of Art. […]
We have seen works by Barney Delabano in various locations. Although he kept painting when he worked as the curator of installation at the Dallas Museum of Art for decades, it was not until his retirement that he began to show his works again. A few weeks ago, Heritage Auctions sold one of his paintings […]
Roger Winter was in town for the Transfer of Spirit exhibition at Kirk Hopper. We sat down with him the next morning to discuss Texas art and his multiple decade history here. Roger talks about artists Bob Wade, Otis Dozier and about what it will take to put Texas art on the map. Here’s an […]
The current exhibition A Transfer of Spirit at Kirk Hopper Gallery features a selection of work from students who studied with Roger Winter from the museum school in the 60’s and SMU. The opening was well-attended and included a visit from Laura and George W. Bush, who studied with Gail Norfleet, one of the featured artists. We had […]