Temple of Small Wishes by Carroll Swenson-Roberts

“Temple of Small Wishes” touch the commonality of ordinary life. We often forget the pleasure derived from meeting our basic needs. We take them for granted. But as trivial as shaving, indoor plumbing or comfortable napping, it is the universal desires all humans share. For some, they are the luxury of obliviousness. For others, they are out of reach. Roberts neither comments nor criticizes. Here, she simply paints the joy and enshrines such happiness so we all can embrace.

Talavera Pottery at Crow Collection of Asian Art

The show coincides with an election stirred by a rhetoric promoting nationalism, in the phrase of “America First”. Apolitical as it may seem, Talavera pottery states that cultural identities are sediments of innovation and development, through generations of both indigenous and foreign minds, all becoming possible when the world revolves into one global community. Sure, Chinese, Muslim, and Europeans all have left their marks on this pottery, so what? In the end, it is uniquely and truly Mexican.

Miles Cleveland Goodwin at Valley House Gallery

All art is autobiographical, Fellini declared. For Miles Cleveland Goodwin, those snippets of life in rural Mississippi make up his artwork in the current solo exhibition at Value House Gallery and Sculpture Garden. As a city of concrete and glass, Dallas hasn’t been at the forefront of persevering vanishing America. But the imageries of Goodwin, if nostalgic by nature, are less about the old South than a reflection of his reality. The relentless process of ruin and abandonment, in an eerie way, is sort of romantic and comforting.

"Vanitas Still Life” (1640-'90), by Gerrit van Vucht. (Photo: Milwaukee Art Museum)

Rarely-Seen Old Masters from Private Collections at Milwaukee Art Museum

The age-old tradition of art collecting is highlighted in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s current exhibition- From Rembrandt to Parmigianino: Old Masters from Private Collections. On view now, this exhibition gives the public a rare chance to see treasured artworks from the private collections of regional residents, including several works from Wisconsin homes. During this exclusive […]

A. F. King (Albert Francis King) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, Carnegie Museum of Art

A. F. King

(1854–1945) A. F. King (Albert Francis King) made his living by painting portraits for the residents of the growing city of Pittsburgh including Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. He is best known however for his landscape, and especially still-life painting, including a commission used in early advertising for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. King followed […]

Peale’s George Washington Tops Auction of Sam Wyly Collection in Dallas

Rembrandt Peale’s, “George Washington” from the collection of Dallas entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist, Sam Wyly brought $293,000 earlier this month at Dallas Auction Galleries (DAG). The high estimate was $175,000. The portrait of our first president is making its way around Dallas, having sold at Heritage Auctions, where it brought $662,500.00 including buyer’s premium, in May […]