Sunday, February 28, 2010

Robert Moore - Studio visit

Visited Robert Moore's studio with VAL president Bekah Jewel to work out details for Robert's installation and performance at VAL in the fall. This will be one kick-axx show - that shouldn't be missed. More on this later.

Robert Moore

St. Sebastian

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Benito Huerta: Turning Pages opening

I attended Benito Huerta's opening reception for "Turning Pages" exhibition which was a mini-survey of works on paper. Although, in an opening reception setting the focus is not normally the art but a celebration (in most cases a relief) of the artist and their accomplishment, I was blown away by the work. For me, this work opened my eyes and ensured that I was well aware of Benito's influences in art history, literary works, popular music, and cultural identity. From the earliest dated work "Working Class Numbers" which was heavily influenced by Jasper Johns to the most recent work, my favorite, “Exile Off Main Street” which is a must see. A great exhibition and one that is well worth the trip.

"Exile Off Main Street", 1999-2004
Benito Huerta: Turning Pages
February 8 – March 3, 2010
Forum Gallery
Brookhaven College School of the Arts

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Artpace Announces First-Ever Comprehensive Survey of Felix Gonzalez-Torres Billboards in United States

In celebration of its 15th anniversary in 2010, Artpace will mount an ambitious state-wide exhibition of 13 seminal billboards created by Cuban-born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres between 1989 and 1995. Developed with special permission from the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, this presentation will be the first-ever comprehensive survey of Gonzalez-Torres' billboard works in the United States-honoring his participation as a fellow in Artpace's inaugural International Artist-in-Residence Program, while commemorating Linda Pace's extraordinary gesture in founding Artpace to encourage public access to contemporary art in Texas.Moving beyond the walls of the institution with this publicly-sited exhibition, Artpace aims to both capture the attention of cultural travelers and provide an enriching source of inspiration for the communities where the billboards will be installed. Artpace has secured more than 20 locations throughout Texas where the images-including a hand extended, a bird in flight-will, as curator Robert Storr wrote in Artpace's initial catalogue New Works for a New Space (1995), "quietly make one wonder at the nuanced flux of time, contingent freedom, intimacy, and loss…" Situated deliberately in the public's path, these artworks gracefully interrupt our daily routines with poignant reflections on life, love, and humanity.The transcendent quality of Gonzalez-Torres' work will be magnified in the Texas landscape-exporting Artpace's mission into the community and bringing art to areas without access to contemporary exhibitions. The billboards can be seen throughout the greater Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio areas. Major underwriting for this anniversary-year Felix Gonzalez-Torres Billboard Exhibition is provided by the Linda Pace Foundation, with generous in-kind support from Clear Channel Outdoor.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Francesca Fuchs: Paintings

Texas Gallery
February 18 - March 27, 2010
Opens Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 pm

Do not miss Francesca Fuch's exhibition of new paintings at Texas Gallery! Fuchs consistently challenges expectations with her often large scale representational paintings of domestic scenes and ordinary objects. In the past she has combined aspects of decorative geometric abstraction with the representational vocabulary of artists like Alex Katz and Luc Tuymans. More recently she has shifted from her practice of hard edged painting to a looser, more abstract form of representation. We love her work and look forward to seeing her new series of paintings.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Benito Huerta: Turning Pages

Benito Huerta: Turning Pages
February 8 – March 3, 2010
Reception: Friday, February 19, 2010, 6 – 8pm.
Forum Gallery
Brookhaven College School of the Arts

The exhibit is a mini-survey of works on paper beginning with "Working Class Numbers" created in 1975 and ends with the recently completed watercolor, "Shock & Awe," 2009. The exhibit will contain approximately 35 works in various media and sizes.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Trout Fishing in America with Mayonnaise, 1976
Charcoal, graphite, pastel on paper, 36" x 26",
Collection of the artist