Saturday, December 25, 2010

Beasts and Bunnies

2011 will begin with the most anticipated exhibition to see, for me, in a long time. Don't miss this exhibition!

Opening Reception - Saturday, January 8th 5:30pm - 7:30pm @
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204

Helen Altman, Frances Bagley, Celia Eberle, Margaret Meehan: Beasts and Bunnies
Beasts and Bunnies is a group exhibition that investigates the phenomenon of four artists’ crossed aesthetic paths involving animals literally and conceptually as subject matter. The exhibition features an installation titled Call and Response.
Animals have appeared in varying cultures, religions, mythologies, literature, art and entertainment throughout history. This project will bring together four artists to investigate “the animal” both literally and metaphorically. Helen Altman, Frances Bagley, Celia Eberle, and Margaret Meehan have all worked using animal imagery before and share a similar sensibility. Through sculpture, painting, photography, works on paper and video these artists each push and prod at the boundaries between nature and culture as well as the assumed distance between animal and human behavior.
As a group, they will look at the symbolism of the animal body and the tension between wild and domesticated. Using critical reflections on social and gender issues, the exhibition will cause the viewer to look deeper at what is “animal” and consequently at their own human nature.
Helen Altman lives and works in Ft. Worth, Texas. Altman earned her MFA from the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1989. Frances Bagley lives and works in Dallas, Texas and received her MFA from The University of North Texas, Denton.
Frances Bagley’s work is included in museum and corporate collections including The Dallas Museum of Art, The El Paso Museum and the National Museum of Women in Washington D.C.
Celia Eberle's professional record spans over twenty years with work that has frequently garnered critical attention. In 2007 she completed a residency in sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her work can be found in the Dallas Museum of Art and numerous private collections.
Margaret Meehan has exhibited across Texas and the United States. Meehan is currently living and working out of Austin, Texas. Her drawings and sculpture-based installations derived from 19th c. daguerreotypes let the innocent collide with the monstrous, evoking race, gender, and empathy for otherness.
Exhibition run through February 12th

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gabriel Dawe: Pain Series

Saw these stunning works today at Conduit Gallery. They are from Gabriel Dawe's Pain Series.

pain series no. 6 + shirt collar and pins + 2.75" x 2.75" x 2.5" + 2008

pain series no. 1 + shirt collar and pins + 5" x 5" x 3" + 2008

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art

Visited the Nasher Sculpture Center today to see the latest exhibition entitled "Form, Balance, Joy". This exhibition included Calder's work along with an emerging generation of artists that are interested and/or influenced by his work. Along with Calder are works by 7 contemporary artists: Martin Boyce, Nathan Carter, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook.

Aaron Curry, American, born 1972 - Black Cat, 2009, Steel

"Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy"
until March 6th, 2011

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Butcher

Went on hunting trip with a good friend and this is the video - Warning this is not for the faint of heart.

Tracy Hicks, self portrait

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bulldog 6 (Headgear)

by Betsy Odom

tooled leather, paint, fabric, 8 x 12 x 8”
image from Betsy Odom's website.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

PAW performed by Corbin Doyle as part of Someone to Play With exhibition by Celia Eberle @ Mulcahy Modern in 2001. Video by David Bacon 2001

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ft. Worth Community Arts Center

Stopped by the Ft. Worth Community Arts Center today to catch Janet Chaffee's and Benito Huerta's collaborative efforts. My favorite were the sculptural pieces in the form of their home and the house numbers.

Paintings by Randall Yarbrough

Recognition by Steve Hilton

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dallas Contemporary

I was blown away by the Dallas Contemporary. I was late to see this space - a huge raw industrial space, unbelievable - maybe my new favorite place for seeing art.

Ruben Nieto painting in one of the raw spaces.

Plush Gallery: J O Y R I D E

Stopped by Plush Gallery to catch the latest/first exhibition in the Design district. Loved Brandon Behning's and Robert Moore's work.

Photos from Plush Gallery's Facebook page.

Brandon Behning, installation view
Robert Moore (Dallas) "PTSD" oil and acrylic on wood, 11 x 8-1/2 x 3-1/4 in.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"It is What it is (Unless it isn't): New works by Janet Chaffee and Benito Huerta,"

November 5 - December 18, 2010
Reception: Friday, November 5th, 6 - 9pm

"Residence" 2010 Graphite on paper, 30" x 22"
Janet Chaffee & Benito Huerta

The exhibition will explore the physical and psychological boundaries of the living and working spaces of the two artists. They will utilize personal visual vocabulary and intertwine it with architectural materials and plans that are integral to their residencies and working studios. The majority of the new work created for this exhibition will be the first time the artists, who are married to each other, will have worked collaboratively.

Fort Worth Community Art Center
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Friday, October 22, 2010

John Robert Craft

I became aware of John Robert Craft's work a few years ago and now there is a website with some awesome work reproduced. Check out John's work:

Installation shot of two pieces from “Geomorphic Series”, cast steel at Exhibitions 2d, Marfa, TX   
Image from John Robert Craft's website.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


October 16 - November 13, 2010
opening reception Saturday October 16 6-9 pm
(featuring an 8:30 pm performance by experimental jazz act Swirve)

Plush Gallery is reopening with a new space in the Dallas Design District!

Jeff Parrott

The debut exhibition of the new Plush Gallery will be "Joyride", a group show featuring new and established artists, and setting the tone for the gallery's new presence.
Artists include:
Brandon Behning (Santa Fe), member of the seminal Meow Wolf collective, and maker of elemental sculpture and painting.
Dylan Hollingsworth (Dallas), talented documentary and situational photographer, whose camera of choice is the Hasselblad.
Peter Ligon (Dallas), known for his idiosyncratic landscapes in oil and pen and ink.
Harlan Lovestone (Detroit), expressionist paintings on unstretched tarps reflect on African American experience.
Robert Moore (Dallas), painter and installation artist whose work combines shamanistic and narrative overtones.
Jeff Parrott (Chicago), a graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago, and graduate of Texas A&M Commerce; his paintings render a compressed space of surreal and subconcious imaginings.
Robert Reedy (Dallas), printmaker/collage artist and experimental electronic musician.
Mark Todd (Los Angeles), reknowned illustrator whose work is published in GQ, Business Week, The New York Times and many others, showing his remixed comic book panels.
Plush Gallery 1222 Commerce Street, Suite 403

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mark Williams @ SMU

Stopped by SMU on Friday 10/8/10 to see Recent Paintings by Mark Williams in the Pollock Gallery and Small Drawings & Studio Notebooks in the Mildred Hawn Gallery. I became interested in Mark Willams art when I first saw it @ Barry Whistler Gallery in 2007 "Recent Paintings: Opportune Planes" exhibition.

These 2 exhibitions left me wanting to see more.

Thank you Mark for allowing us to peek inside your notebooks.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Richard Thompson @ WCCA

Visited the William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery in Ft. Worth to see Richard Thompson's latest work.

The exhibition ends October 16th so there is still time to catch it.

This little gem was my favorite.

"Horizon - Blue House", 2010, oil on canvas, 16x20 inches

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Robert Moore installing 88 Snowman paintings

Don't miss the much anticipated paintings/installation/performance by Robert Moore at The Visual Art League of Lewisville on Saturday, October 9th from 7pm until 9pm

10 : 10 : 10

summer passing to winter & return of

altar of glib : cult of bee/cult of rabbitt

melting pot of old&new/lofi&hifi
american carnival sideshow&japanese noh play/
i ching tossing&spiral making
an almost 48 month hibernation has allowed a
slew of multi functioning sculptures&objects
to bee added to the mix...a
multi layered rolling totem garment/a
wavy grid transmission device made
of copper wire&plastic netting&old paintings/a
sound track from 8 different sources/a
live transmission feeding the future the past/an
interactive video projected thru layered grids...
the last 2 will bee accomplished by
niloo jalilvand&mary benedicto...

& it might bee possible to book
orchestra out of tune - valkyrie&RazoR

& there is mic reserved for RXS randall garrett

speaking of books, there is a red boxed set
of handmade gift books of performances past

& then interspersed through out the gallery & hopefully,
my work, are the members' 8 x 8" paintings

Michael Miller at Barry Whistler Galley

Stopped by Barry Whistler to see Michael Miller's latest work and gallery talk. I enjoyed meeting Michael and this was the best exhibition of his work I have seen.

There's still time to catch this exhibition.
Barry Whistler Gallery
through October 9th
2909-B Canton Street
Dallas, Texas

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Peregrine Honig

Peregrine Honig at Dwight Hackett Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

If you happen to be in Santa Fe you may want to check out Peregrine Honig's exhibition.

Stripe Puke, 2010, mixed media on on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/16 inches

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Joy of Cool

"The Joy of Cool"
new work by Lauren Gray in the MFA Project Room
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - October 31,2010

Attended the opening reception for Lauren Gray's new work at Mighty Fine Arts on Saturday the 18th. Great new work by Lauren, the Burt Reynolds painting (in cake frosting and ground pepper) is a must see.

Dolly Python Art Show

Monday, September 6, 2010

Felix Gonzales-Torres Billboard in Carrollton

This billboard is on Fairway Drive as you drive south just before Beltline Road.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lewisville Public Art

City of Lewisville installs first public art piece. The sculpture, by noted American sculptor Herb Mignery, was formerly on display in the lobby of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. "Slicker Shy" was removed when the hotel was renovated in 2008 and has been placed in Lewisville until a buyer is found.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Erik Tosten

Spicy Weather Girl from Erik Tosten on Vimeo.

National Gallery East Building

During my recent visit to Washington DC I had my first opportunity to visit the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. I could have spent the better part of a day visiting this wonderful place. The National Gallery of Art's East Building, opened to the public on June 1, 1978 designed by architect I. M. Pei.
Entrance view just inside the East Building of the National Gallery in DC.
Robert Motherwell and Richard Serra "5 Plates,2 Poles"

David Smith, several CIRCLE pieces.

While staring at the Andy Goldsworthy I literally tripped over this Carl Andre piece.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nasher Sculpture Center

Alberto Giacometti, "Bust of Diego", 1954 and "Diego in a Sweater", 1953

Richard Deacon, "Like a Bird", 1984, laminated wood.

Mark di Suvero, "Eviva Amore", 2001

Monday, August 23, 2010

National Gallery Sculpture Garden

My 2nd visit to the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in about 3 years. I believe the is the newest art venue on the Mall.
Absolutely one of my very favorite artists, Louise Bourgeois. This is Spider, 1996 (cast in 1997), bronze.

Sol LeWitt, "Four-Sided Pyramid", 1999

Mark di Suvero, "Aurora", 1992-3, steel

Richard Thompson @ WCCA

William Campbell Contemporary Art
Fort Worth, Texas
September 11, 2010 - October 16, 2010
(from WCCA press release)

Horizon - Red Vessel and Pine; Oil on canvas; 47x 54" ; 2010
New Landscapes: Horizons and Prairies, an exhibition of new works by Richard Thompson, will be on display September 11 - October 16 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held on Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 11, 2:00-9:00 p.m. The show will feature more than a dozen new oil paintings, along with several watercolors, that address the artist's ongoing fascination with the American landscape and what he calls its "still life quality."

This body of work is the result of several cross-country drives Thompson made in 2006, during which time he found new inspiration in the American vernacular: vast tracts of farmland, old wood barns, grain silos, and overall bucolic domesticity. Long recognized for his astounding technique and compelling aesthetic, Thompson presents such traditional themes through the lens of a Modernist. He has reduced objects to their most basic elements (line, color, shape) and has compressed the space, uniting foreground and background to underscore the two-dimensional surface of the canvas. The subsequent images celebrate the building blocks of the paintings as much as their content. "The world enters through my eye, travels back out through my hand, reformed by my brain and informed by my heart." In Horizon - Red Vessel and Pine (above), Thompson visually explores the exterior landscape against an interior still life. Here, he presents the scene with an ambiguous perspective, leaving the viewer to wonder if he/she is gazing out of the car window or the house window-or each in turn. A strong horizon line in the upper quadrant grounds the objects and works in conjunction with the sill-like stripe at the bottom to frame the space, while additional lines throughout the painting compartmentalize each segment of land, acknowledging the canvas's grid. Rotund glass vessels, ripe fruit, and blooming flowers (still life subjects common throughout the canon) have been abstracted but still reference age-old notions of fertility and florescence. This composition sets up a dialogue between the geometric and the organic, the empty and the full, and traditional and Modernist mindsets.
Horizon - Prairie Fields #9 (immediately above) signifies the passing of time, in this instance as the viewer visually moves through the landscape. Heavily flattened and compartmentalized, the scene displays the striking geometry and abstraction of Modernism, but still captures the essence of the traditional Americana that enthralls Thompson. As with all his pieces, human figures are absent. Their presence is referenced, however, in the manicured fields, the man-made structures, and the planes with contrails spanning the sky.
Horizon-House (with Green Door)
Thompson creates a more intimate landscape scene with Horizon-House (with Green Door). Again, there is a tension between full and empty, fertile and decrepit objects. As the tree shapes echo those of the clouds, nature appears to become a singular force, encroaching on the closed-off barn and reclaiming the land.

Richard Thompson's paintings do not simply examine, but relish, the quintessential American Scene. They are at once reminiscence and contemporary visualization of the domestic landscape, gracefully intertwining pictorial brilliance with Modernist ideals.

Widely recognized in Texas, throughout the United States, and internationally, Richard Thompson has worked as a professional artist for more than four decades. His work has appeared in dozens of solo and group exhibitions across the state in large and smaller venues in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, to name a few. Nationally, he has exhibited in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and Portland (Oregon); internationally, he has shown work in Australia, Singapore, and South Africa, among other countries. Some of his most notable exhibitions include New York's Whitney Museum Biennial in 1975 and 1981 and Contemporary Self-Portraits from the James Goode Collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. in 1994.

Thompson boasts an extensive bibliography and has been featured in such notable publications as Art in America, ArtForum, ArtNews, the Paris Review, the Village Voice, Fort Worth's Star-Telegram, and various exhibition catalogues. He has received a number of grants and fellowships throughout his career, among them awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Michigan Council of the Arts. Thompson has been invited by several institutions to be artist-in-residence, and has lectured at universities throughout the United States and abroad, including presentations at College Art Association annual conferences. He is also a founding board member of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio.

Thompson's work may be found in many private collections and museums, including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and the Orlando Museum of Art. Corporate collections housing his work include Standard Oil Corporation (Chicago), the Sprint Corporation (Kansas City), Apple Computer (Austin), and Fidelity Investments (Fort Worth), among others.

Richard Thompson received his BFA and MA from the University of New Mexico and also studied drawing and printmaking at Oregon State University. He has served as dean and professor of painting at Alfred University in upstate New York, and held a post as professor of art at the University of Texas in Austin. He taught at Houston's Glassell School of Art, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Albuquerque, in addition to holding visiting artist positions at many other universities across the United States. He has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1984.
William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 737-9566