American art is taking on a broader focus in many museums. This is particularly true in Texas. A show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston that ended in January, Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975, was one of few I can recall which put a spotlight on South American Art. Museums also seem … Continue reading Contemplating on Argentinian works at the Blanton
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.
The Antique Elegance Show, formerly the Victorian Elegance Show in the Dallas suburb of Richardson, is a show of a different breed. Changing the name from Victorian to antique does not change the dandy nature of the show. If vintage clothing and jewelry have traditionally distanced some antiques dealers who strictly follow a thumb rule … Continue reading Antique Elegance Introduces New, Younger Crowds to Antiques (and they love it)
It may just be the vintage capital of the U.S. As you can see from the chart, Austin, Texas is a young city- and its one where while the larger antiques world may be in doldrums, people in Austin are living, eating and breathing vintage. It's not just clothing either. Walking into a store called … Continue reading Austin, America’s Vintage Capital
Austin feels young, so does its museum. The American collection at the Blanton Museum of Art does not cover the first 100 years’ art of the nation, not to mention colonial times. Yet the presentation succeeds in holding an inviting angel that solicits comparison, connection and communication. In one room that features works of the … Continue reading At Blanton Museum of Art – Connoisseurship with a Touch of Cool
The 2011 Theta Charity Antiques Show in Houston will have a special display of items from the Texas Governor's Mansion. For the first time since the devastating fire in 2008, the mansion will release a collection of fine and decorative arts to display at this year’s show. Jane Karotkin, Texas Governor’s Mansion Curator/Administrator of Friends … Continue reading 59th Annual Theta Show to Feature Collections from Texas Governor’s Mansion
News came from Heritage Director of Texas Art Atlee Phillips via Facebook that the long-lost and much talked about The Battle of San Jacinto by Henry McCardle more than tripled estimate to bring $334,600 at November Dallas Signature Art of the American West & Texas Auction on Saturday. A draftsman for the Confederate Navy, McCardle later served … Continue reading Give Me Glory and Blue Bonnets: Texas Art Results from Heritage
Whit Hanks collection includes 19th-century Indochinese Catholic artifacts The stellar Whit Hanks collection of European antiques and Vietnamese French Catholic religious relics serves as the centerpiece of Austin Auction Gallery’s June 26-27 East Meets West cataloged Estates Auction. A total of 600 lots will be offered, 350 coming from the Hanks collection. Owner of a … Continue reading Antiques of French Colonial Vietnam, Onderdonk Painting to be Auctioned in Austin