Saturday, January 24, 2009

That's The Way To Do It

Kyle Resnik
Kyle Rislow's paintings, David Morllo's bed, pic by Aker

Kyle Rislow, former head of the Art Department at Houston Community College, is breaking all the rules. He's intriguing, but he's dead. He painted, hung out with painters and talked about art, but did not exhibit anywhere. He's also throwing an opening this Monday, which is totally artworld Sunday. It's all backwards, and that's a good thing.

Rislow figures prominantly in a House + Home article from July last year, but he's barely googleable besides that. In a related note, Bill's got a LINK to HCC's PR on the show, but why didn't he find THIS little flash gem? Per it's title "Pachyderm Presentation"- from some HCC student, perhaps?

Anyway, art show this Monday in Midtown :p

HCC Central's Gallery
Monday, January 26
5:30 to 7:30

will run through February 25

Friday, January 23, 2009

Opening Tonight at the Lawndale!

Lawndale Art Center

Kathy Kelley
Barry Stone
Patrick Renner
Aram Nagle

Opening Reception Friday, January 23, 2009
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artists talk at 6:00 PM

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Do Not Listen To It

houstonflashmob Mp3 is available for download on our website. Please do not listen to it until the event.

Buffalo Architecture (Walkin' Around Town in the Snow)

neil's place







Frank Lloyd Wright, Boathouse (1907- rebuilt 2007)




Burchfield-Penney Art Center

Albright-Knox Art Museum

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Next to Bill's Junk

Morris Chackas: Still Lives 1973-1982

Still Life with Yellow Mugs, 1982, oil on masonite, 24" x 18"

ALSO! Francesca Fuchs: One Night Open Studio
For one night only award-winning painter Francesca Fuchs opens her new studio to the public showing recent large scale works. Fuchs will be present and will talk about her work and methods. Fuchs is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

January 30-March 7, 2009
Opening reception Friday, January 30, 6-8 pm

Optical Project 1125 E 11th St., Houston, TX (near the corner of Studewood and 11th in the Heights) (map)
gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 or by appointment, 713 863-7112

In 1945, Morris "Charlie" Chackas returned from World War II and took up residence in the "studio," a wooden shed on Plantation Road in Oxford, England. A radical Marxist and eccentric, Chackas lived and worked alone for 55 years until his death in 2000. His studio was crammed with paintings that had never seen the light of day.

Old, Weird Winner

Congrats to Toby Kamps for winning an International Art Critics Award!

via Artnews

The International Association of Art Critics/USA bestows its annual awards honoring artists, museums and curators at the Guggenheim Museum on Mar. 2, 2009. The kudos are distributed by vote of the U.S. chapter of AICA, which now boasts over 400 members. To attend the event, contact

* The award for "best monographic museum show nationally" goes to "Jasper Johns: Gray," organized by curators James Rondeau and Douglas Druick for the Art Institute of Chicago in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Second place goes to "Dali: Painting & Film," which appeared at the Tate Modern, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

El Franco Lee II, All Eyes on Jack Johnson

* The award for "best thematic museum show nationally" goes to "The Old, Weird America," organized by curator Toby Kamps for the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston. Second place goes to "Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein," organized by Michael Auping at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

* The award for "best monographic museum show in New York City" [oh brother. New Spork gets its own categories] goes to "Louise Bourgeois," which was organized by Nancy Spector for the Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with curators at Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou. Second place goes to "Martin Puryear," organized by John Elderfield for the Museum of Modern Art.

* The award for "best thematic museum show in New Spork City" goes to "Action / Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning and American Art, 1940-1976," which appeared at the Jewish Museum as well as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Second place goes to "Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today," organized by Ann Temkin for the Museum of Modern Art.

* The award for "best show in a commercial gallery in New Spork City" goes to "Who’s Afraid of Jasper Johns" at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, an exhibition conceived by Urs Fischer and Gavin Brown. Second place goes to "Jess: Paintings and Paste-Ups" at Tibor de Nagy Gallery.

* The award for best show in a commercial gallery nationally" goes to "James Welling" at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Second place goes to "Jay Defeo: Applaud the Black Fact" at Nielsen Gallery in Boston.

* The award for best show by a nonprofit gallery or space" goes to "Frederic Kiesler: Co-Realities," organized by Dieter Bogner and Joao Ribas and appearing at the Drawing Center. Second place goes to "Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City," organized by Stephen Pinson at the New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

* The award for "best show in a university gallery" goes to "Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy," organized by Deborah Rothschild at the Williams College Museum of Art. Second place goes to "New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection," organized by Pepe Karmel for the Grey Art Gallery, NYU.

* The award for "best show in a public space" goes to "Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne," organized by Creative Time and curated by Anne Pasternak. [That shit is MAD. CLICK HERE and HERE for links] Second place goes to “Mike Nelson: A Psychic Vacuum," organized by Nato Thompson, also for Creative Time.

* The award for "best architecture or design show" goes to "Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe," curated by K. Michael Hays and Dana Miller and appearing at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Second place goes to "Design and the Elastic Mind," organized by Paola Antonelli at the Museum of Modern Art.

* The award for the "best historical show" goes to "Gustave Courbet," organized by Gary Tinterow and Kathryn Calley Galitz for the Metropolitan Museum and the Musée d’Orsay. Second place goes to "Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions," organized by Keith Christiansen and Pierre Rosenberg and appearing at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao.

* The award for the "best exhibition of digital media, video or film" goes to "California Video," organized by Glenn Phillips for the J. Paul Getty Museum. Second place goes to "Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz," organized by Klaus Biesenbach for the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

* The award for the "best performance" goes to "Allan Kaprow: 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (Re-doing)," presented by Performa 07 in cooperation with Haus der Kunst, Munich, at Deitch Studios in Long Island City. The curator was Stephanie Rosenthal. Second place goes to "Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: A Project by Paul Chan," co-produced by Creative Time and the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Doin It Well

Nancy Douthey, January 20, 2009

Thought Today

that's just the way it is

things will never be the same

Monday, January 19, 2009

FYI- Economic Tidings

Buried in the US Conference of Mayors US Metro Economies report is the projected loss of 43,800 jobs in Houston in 2009. The 7th largest job market in the country, Houston will lose less jobs than Dallas, but a slightly larger percentage of current jobs.

Faring better than the six larger metropolises as well as Miami, Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco, that puts us at #11 in total expected job losses; with a current low unemployment rate, 5.3%, that only ticks up joblessness to to 6.6%. Much better than the 180,800 job losses in New York or 164,100 in Los Angeles that will spike unemployment up to 7.6% and 9.8% respectfully.

Out of 363 metros in the US, only McAllen, TX, St. George, UT, Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK, and Ithaca, NY will escape the next year unscathed.

Big Head Party Tonite

HYPE's Suggested Event for Monday, January 19
David Adickes' 82 Birthday Celebration
7:30pm - 10pm
Pictures Plus Gallery, 115 Hyde Park Blvd

David Adickes will celebrate his 82nd birthday at Pictures Plus Gallery by debuting his U.S. President Head Sculpture of Barack Obama.

This is the first time Mr. Adickes will publicly display his rendering of the 44th President of the United States. He will also feature a collection of paintings that have never before been seen before. Pictures Plus Gallery is is topped by "The French Telephone", which weighs roughly 25,000 pounds, is 26 feet high and spans 22 feet across.

Trip the Light Fantastic

curated by Lisa Marie Godfrey

Brent Wadden, Renata Lucia, Rebecca Ward
plus Rene Cruz, Woody Golden, Stepan Agov and Lane Hagood

Domy Books

Opening Reception Saturday, January 31, 7–9pm
On view through March 14, 2009

PRISMATTAK is a show comprised of bright, psychedelic, and beautiful artwork I adore. If you were to fall asleep and wake up inside of a rainbow, this is what you may find... like some sort of prismatic attack! When speaking with one of the artists involved in the show, I jokingly told him to think about how it feels to take acid in the woods. I wanted to make him smile and laugh but to also try and channel a happy, slightly uncomfortable aesthetic.

Berlin-based Canadian Brent Wadden imagines intense, hypnotic visions, Houstonian Renata Jones' new work transforms crumpled paper into psychedelic landscapes. Austinite Rebecca Ward will be creating a site specific installation, sure to transcend you. Also participating in the show are Rene Cruz, Woody Golden, Stepan Agov, and Lane Hagood; a limited edition of tie-dye shirts by Lisa Marie Godfrey will be available at the opening.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Retrospective of the Bush Years

check out Darryl Cagle's retrospective of the Bush Years, just to refresh your memory :)

Tontons say

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Guess it is about art, anyway

Glancing over tabloid photos of singer Lily Allen with some old guy last week wasn't exactly riveting, but then again I didn't know who the dude was, or who he was married to.

Remember when Sam Taylor-Wood didn't show up for her talk at the Contemporary Arts Museum in the summer? I had heard it was all about a messy divorce, that she couldn't afford to leave England 'cause the shit hit the fan hard. I didn't know that she was married to Jay Jopling, the boss of fancy-pants gallery White Cube. I also didn't know that he was the white-haired dude making out with Lily Allen in those pics either. Too funny.

Good thing in England artists and gallerists are sucked into that all-to ugly celebrity limelight, and the Daily Mail has shit to spit galore:

"Some months ago Sam Taylor-Wood was asked the secret to a happy marriage. ‘Don’t compromise,’ she said."


"As a couple, Sam and Jay were the epicentre of a world which was glamorous and at the same time gritty. For them great financial success had not come at the cost of credibility – artistic or intellectual. Their profiles had risen without tipping into all-consuming celebrity.

Their position at the heart of an edgy, subversive scene and intricate network of friends and associates from every social stratum never once seemed in conflict with a family home, parenthood to two little girls and a marriage as conventional and stable as they come. That was then."


"Their marriage had survived so much, including two bouts of cancer for Sam, now 41. And it had brought them so much: their daughters Angelica, 11, and Jessie Phoenix, two, and – at the time the announcement was made – a reported fortune of £100million.

Each let it be known that this would be an amicable dismantling of their lives together and that they planned to continue living under the same splendid roof – their £10million three-storey townhouse in Marylebone, Central London (once famously thrown open for part of Kate Moss’s 30th birthday celebrations) until the details were settled.

But that, too, was way back then – and, crucially, before pictures of 45-year-old Jay and 23-year-old singer Lily Allen together confirmed rumours of a fling and left Sam ‘devastated’ by her estranged husband’s indiscretion."


"One close friend said: ‘Sam has said that the situation at the moment is very, very hard. She and Jay want to do everything they can to protect their girls, but the truth is that the situation is getting very sticky and unpleasant. Sam could not believe it when Jay started dating Lily Allen. She thought it was below the belt as they had agreed neither of them would start dating until the dust had settled. Sam was livid because it really upset Angelica.

'She is at an age where she reads the papers and it was awful for her to have to go to school the next day. Sam also felt very publicly humiliated. She had suspected that Jay was seeing people but she thought he would honour their agreement. Now she is having all sorts of doubts about how he behaved during their marriage.’

Those doubts have, perhaps inevitably, crystallised into a determination on Sam’s part not to walk away from the 11-year union without securing what portion of their wealth she believes she is entitled to."

Sam Taylor-Wood, That White Rush, 2007

via the Mail