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Urban-Themed Artworks Explore the Privilege of Ignorance

Urban-Themed Artworks Explore the Privilege of Ignorance

Works on display later this summer at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center will explore the topic of privileged ignorance. Local artist Allison Proulx depicts flourishing city centers layered over elements of frequently catastrophic current events. “The ease with which we are able to overlook global chaos and suffering reflects how desensitized and disconnected we

Artspace Selfie with Anne Weary, Vera Barnett and Eric Miller

Regional Talents Shine in Fort Worth

The first regional juried exhibition at Artspace 111 opened on June 20. It limits its geographical scope to artists residing in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. Although including neighboring states opens the door to more talent, majority of the participants are local. Dr. Ron Tyler, former director at the Amon Carter Museum of American

James Turrell Skyspace @Rice University

An Ecstasy That Rocks Into A Lullaby — James Turrell’s Skyspace at Rice University

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.

James Surls Houston

Public Art Blooms in Houston

It’s not often that a piece of public art of any consequence is added to a cityscape. The recent installation of a work by James Surls in the Upper Kirby neighborhood in Houston warranted a drive. The 35-foot tall Tree and Three Flowers sculpture is unmistakably Surls. The pointed petals spiral out from the stainless

Dan Helsel SAMA

Preserving Western Pennsylvania Through Art

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.

Billy Hassell Conduit Fort Worth

From Nature to Nudes — Art Scenes from Dallas Art Galleries Opening Night April 5

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

Dallas Art Fair

In Pursuit of the Transaction at the Dallas Art Fair

Little can be found for an overarching or coordinated curatorial effort within participants. To maximize the likelihood of sale, galleries boost the variety in the spirit of “there is something for everyone”. The result was like a holiday bazaar with pricier tags. The art, in consequence, feels and looks, more like commodity than any other time.

David Bates at Fort Worth Modern

On Bates and Regionalism

p5rn7vb In an article published in Fort Worth Star Telegram, David Bates commented: “Regionalism is a nasty comment. It makes art seem small-minded. There is no difference between what I do or what Marsden Hartley or Diebenkorn did. What I do couldn’t be more American. You can look at German art as regional, Chinese art

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