Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday Night openings - MFA

The highlight of the openings tonight was the packed house at Steve Cruz's Mighty Fine Arts for the "Houston vs. Dallas Smackdown II" exhibition. Ran into lots of friends and artists I have worked with at VAL.

Houston artists in the exhibition included: Kelly Alison, Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak,Yousef Balat, Penny Cerling, Noah Edmundson, Carter Ernst,Chris Hedrick, Pam Horsman, Sharon Kopriva, Kelly Moran, Gail Siptak and Bonnie Young.

In the back gallery space we all had a good laugh at what Rosemary Meza-DesPlas' work would have caused at VAL. We all loved her and her work!

mighty fine arts is an artist-run gallery located in the scenic and historic Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. Artist Steve Cruz started the gallery in June of 2004 with the intention of providing an alternative space for innovative and underrepresented artists. mfa presents an eclectic array of shows with the guiding criteria of presenting work that is resonant, thoughtful and highly accomplished. From mid-career to fresh and unknown artists, mfa hopes to enlarge the perceptions of contemporary art in North Texas. The gallery is located at 419 N.Tyler between 8th and Davis St.

Saturday Night openings - Haley Henman Gallery

Stopped by Haley-Henman Gallery to see a group exhibition titled "Three Places" including Betsy Daves Bass, David Mitchell Dillard, and Jerry Lee Dodd.

Haley Henman Gallery
2335 Hardwick Street
Dallas, Texas 75208

Dunn and Brown then the MAC

Stopped by Dunn and Brown to see the latest from David Bates - has been a favorite of mine since the MAMFW 40 paintings back in the late 80's. This exhibition does not disappoint. Following Dunn and Brown stopped by the MAC where I learned that bigger is not always better.

Rick Maxwell studio visit

Ran into Rick Maxwell on Saturday morning and took a quick studio tour of his place on southside.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ron Hoover Retrospective

On Saturday afternoon and evening visited the Art Car Museum to see my close friend's (he passed away in 2008) retrospective exhibition.

It is a emotional overview and first class exhibition of Ron's work. As you may know I was close to Ron for 14 years. This recognition and exhbition was long overdue. The Art Car Museum recognized this and I could not be happier for a more deserving artist (I wish he could have been here for this) and a great venue for this work.

There is a catalog being produced for this exhibition.

(more to come)

Bill's Junk Shop - Houston

On Saturday afternoon the whole family visited Bill Davenport's Junk Shop in the Heights area of Houston. You can find all kinds of inexpensive treasures at his shop including paintings, sculptures, books, yarn, used locks, driftwood, pottery, and macrame' owls.

Not sure why I haven't added several of these wonderful little sculptures by Bill - Next Time!.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth

On Sunday January 3rd headed over to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to see 2 exhibitions - Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place and a focus exhibition of Gardar Eide Einarsson's mixed media work. Photography was not allowed for temporary exhibitions. I still managed to get in trouble by taking a photo of a Felix Gonzales-Torres installation - however, the guard let me take some candy with me. They did not take my digital camera from me either. The guard was so nice he walked with me the rest of my visit telling me all kinds of stories of the work on view. He encourage my wife to stomp all over the Carl Andre floor piece - I couldn't bring myself to step on his work. Oh well, photography was allowed of the permanent collection which I have included a couple of photos here.

“How could I not take a picture of Bruce Nauman's video since his wife's work was featured at the museum. The video was titled "Setting A Good Corner (Allegory & Metaphor)", 2000 - It was nice to watch someone else work for a change. The 2 pieces to the left are by Richard Prince and Yasumasa Morimura.

“This was an awesome set of portaits by Nicholas Nixon entitled the "Brown Sisters, 1975 to 2007” For more information Click HERE.