Bastrop is one of those towns with a sizeable artist community. Among them are Vicky Balcou and Tina Woodruff, who we met up with at R.A. Green Mercantile in Bastrop for their show titled “Old Friends, New Directions.” We had known Vicky from the Texas Art Expo shows in Fort Worth where many of her paintings […]
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.
“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.
A large, rare work by Texas painter Frank Reaugh brought $437,000 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas Saturday, more than doubling the previous auction record for the artist. The 20×40 Sheepherders Camp, 1893 is the larger version of a pastel in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum collection. Director of Texas Art at Heritage Auctions, Atlee Phillips told Urban […]
Julian Onderdonk is best known today as a painter of misty landscapes covered in bluebonnets. His work is the pride of museums and his paintings, particularly those of Texas Hill Country landscape, are highly sought by collectors. But a large portion of his work remains to be discovered. Julian’s father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, was a New-York […]
In Julian Onderdonk in New York: The Lost Years, the Lost Paintings, an illustrated book published by the Texas State Historical Association, James Graham Baker explores the artist’s New York years, so often neglected by previous scholars. Through painstaking research, Baker reveals that Onderdonk painted hundreds of images under pseudonyms during his time in New […]
If any Dallas neighborhood is most associated with being a place where artists live, it’s probably Oak Cliff. Sure, the area around White Rock Lake has a large number of artists living there. Oak Lawn was once known as the center for art galleries, a role that’s been taken on by the Design District and […]
It has been too long-American art institutes need to look into mid-century modernism outside of the New York school. Suddenly, there is a flourishing interest in the state of Texas, particular of Houston. Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the American Southwest just concluded at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams […]
Familiar strangers result from artworks displayed again at North Lake College after 30 years. Dallas Artist Maryanne Meltzer explored the topic of strangers and alienation in a 1984 exhibit. This month the works return, this time alongside those of artist Allison Proulx. Formerly a movie set designer in Los Angeles, Proulx’s seems to work in a parallel universe with Meltzer. […]
The first coordinated gallery-opening night of the year in Dallas brought many out for views of stunning artwork. We began at Conduit and made stops at Curcuit 12, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Mary Thomas Gallery, Craighead Green, the newest kid on the block- Erin Cluley Gallery and 500x (which we are oh so thankful stays open […]