But Jimenez spare no mercy on how the public should see him and his legacy, with the ultimatum of death. He had been no strangers to controversies – Determined to move his art out to the public, he worked on fiberglass monuments for many commissioned public installation by mixing high art with popular, and sometimes low, art. But here , unlike his provocative, rapturous public work, he presented him as an aging man, frail and vulnerable, staring outward. The double imagery that blends the living with the dead is striking, because it is visually uneasy. It is uneasy, because it is true, like his other public work that has been criticized as vulgar, violent or politically incorrect.
Maryanne Meltzer (1922-2014) is remembered as a vibrant personality and a strong voice for women in the art community. Having studied with Otis Dozier and Jerry Bywaters in her earlier years, at the age of 67 she went to complete her masters degree in Aesthetic Studies, under Argentina-born artist Kazuya Sakai. Figures are the core […]
Handcrafts have traditionally been associated with feminine activities, especially in a domestic setting. Brewer nevertheless embraces low art into her artistic pursuit. In her own modest words, she is not a master of any medium, but she is willing to let each medium guide her into a terrain unknown, searching for her own artistic voice.
Like Tarkovsky’ movies, Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University takes long. Each long-waited color transition blends the boundary between artificial and natural, and blurs our perception with memory. In doing so, the hour-long program functions as a lullaby for adults. The initial ecstasy recedes into a spiritual form of self reflection.
“The hero is dead. TJ knocked him down.” Said the owner of RO2 Gallery – Jordan Roth, about the current exhibition “Animal Instinct” by TJ Griffin. He pointed to one of the drawings from the previous exhibition “Remove Your Mask.” It has a red dot, so it is gone. If there were a funeral march […]
These are not the artists on the list of art investors or brokers. Yet their works connect rural Pennsylvania with national art scenes, often through a reference to their indebted influence from European modernism, American regionalism or New York school. It shows that while public art may not be democratic, individuals can blossom regardless their root and locale.
Once again the first stop during the art walk was Conduit Gallery. Here Billy Hassell’s new exhibition Illumination at Conduit Gallery challenges whether a decorative tradition, once in full bloom, can be perceived beyond its decorative nature. Whimsical and cheery, flora and fauna are flattened into opaque shapes interlocking within giant canvases. Its maniac nature-inspired […]
At both the Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show and the Heart of Country Antiques Show, dealers were finding ways to discount the effect of information explosion. In many cases, the items were so unique that you can hardly describe them in a few words, not to mention to find catalogues for comp. The term “one of the kinds” has gone to a new degree of dimension.
Albert Sack once said about antiques: If the proportion isn’t right, nothing is. The American decorative art from 18th and 19th century, regardless of regional preferences and regional characters, has been well defined as a set of specific visual vocabulary, beyond which authenticity and originality would be cast in doubt. But often, Americana has its […]
When the first modern art gallery in Texas opened in 1950, Betty Blake, the owner of Betty Maclean Gallery, struggled. “I worked like a dog but I still didn’t sell much,” she told the Dallas Morning News (March 28, 2012) “People in Dallas then would rather buy Cadillacs!” Yet she considered the art scenes in […]