Saturday, December 22, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Wein Prize Goes to Trenton Doyle Hancock

"Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock has received the 2007 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, a $50,000 award given out by New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem. Founded last year -- the first went to Lorna Simpson -- by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, the prize honors the artistic achievements of an African-American artist who demonstrates innovation, promise and creativity. Hancock is represented by James Cohan Gallery." Link to Artnet article HERE.

Spitting In Your Eyes

Paul Hill, an extremely angry man writing for the People's World Weekly, uses an exhibit at the Texas Southern University Museum of Art to try in vain to defend Priscilla Slade and TSU's financial situation. Its nice to see some delusional writing like THIS every once in a while, and Hill's diatribe seems to fall into the same language as the last post from the Australian- but with less pretty words.

" “Homecoming: The Third Biennial TSU Art Alumni Invitational” spit[s] in the eyes of the university’s detractors."

"Unabashedly political, one painting by Cedric Franklin titled “What If Rice Was One of Us?” portrays Condoleezza Rice with a bared back showing intricate scars, presumably a result of the lashings that African Americans receive routinely from racism. "

"It is not hard to see why the Bush cronies would make it a prime target for attack."

The assumptive tone and illogical relationship between the art exhibit, the university's history and recent embezzlement issues make it a horrible article, but it expresses a worldview that is held by many people.

"With an affinity for clothing and shoes from Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and St. John, Slade would sometimes spend up to $4,600 at a time at Neiman Marcus, according to court records. At TSU parties, [Priscilla Slade] served Johnny Walker Blue Label, a luxury whiskey that can cost $200 or more a bottle." I don't think you need Bush cronies to attack that.

last bit via wiki

Two Weeks Notice

The Houston Chronicle has not published an arts article in two weeks. Expect less in the future.


Send letters to the editor, 250 words or less, as part of e-mail text to Include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers for verification purposes only. Letters subject to editing.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Deep in the Art of Texas

For a political tongue-lashing and an emotive tour of Houston's best museums, check out THIS article from Down Under newspaper The Age!

A five-minute ride takes you to the Menil Collection.
"If you have tears, prepare to shed them now."

"Remember, all this happens in Houston — George Bush's domestic Green Zone." Go fuck yourself Patrick McCaughey! Bush ain't safe from attack in Houston...

Late is Better than Never

A few pics from Devendra Berhardt at Diverseworks... the show is already down but check out what Dworks has coming up soon HERE!

Maria Elena and Cheyanne Ramos

White Light Underground Toddlers

The upstart punks at White Light Underground have just three months under their belt, but with user-generated content they won't need to break their backs keeping up with their site.

Christine posted a great video made by Frank Rose walking around the Artcrawl with Kara Duval; FF to 3:00 to see Elaine Bradford and 5:40 for Kathy Kelley!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


O'Brien and Titus (weird google match)

Titus O'Brien takes a swing at Maggi Battalino on glasstire HERE.

Developing... Playing With Fire

End of days... End of years...

American Wandering Club

Art Event @ the Silo for New Year's Eve
December 31st
participants and happenings under wraps...

be prepared for flames in a reproduction of the first Happening in Paris

Red the Fine Print

free beer for all... how are they gonna ask at the door if you're an artist?

"Sorry sir, but that painting you have sucks. You're not an artist. Please pay for your beer."

Artist Saloon @ Winter Street Tonight

BBAP & Spacetaker Present: The Artist Saloon

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 at 6:30pm

Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, Texas

This month BBAP & Spacetaker, in conjunction with Winter Street Studios, present Brian Piana and YET Torres in the December edition of The Artist Saloon.

Every third Wednesday of the month, the salon and the saloon meet. Two or three artists present creative dialogues about their work. The evening is designed for artists and drinkers.

Let's introduce artists to each other to encourage conversation and cross-disciplinary pollination between artists.

Cross-disciplinary pollination... sounds like interspecies sex... a sculpture bee pollinates the pistil of a performance artist with the germinating pollen of a drunken painter he rubbed up against last night...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Houstonist Flick Photo of the Day

From over at the Big Block on Montrose...

via Houstonist

Black Sky, White Eagle, Grey Legal Territory

Haha! Artshouston Editor Frank Rose has been named in a lawsuit by the CCC alleging defamation over statements in a youtube video documenting the plight of residents of the Ponca Reservation. Go Frank! Fight the (Taiwanese manufacturing company) Man!

Ponca City News

News Staff Writer

The Continental Carbon Company has filed a civil judgment in the Ponca City chapter of the Kay County District Court against Houston resident Frank Rose and 10 others identified as John Does asserting claims of defamation in a 16 minute video titled "Black Sky, White Eagle."

The video was posted on the Web site Nov. 28, 2006, and as of today has been viewed 2,964 times. (Since publication that has risen to 3,753)

The carbon company operates a production facility near White Eagle and manufactures carbon black materials used in tires and other applications.

In the petition, attorneys for the carbon company state that the video contains multiple false, deceptive and misleading statements and visual representations which defame the company.

The video contains interviews with White Eagle residents and former employees of the plant and interviews with officials from the Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ would not comment directly on the video.

Skylar McElhaney, spokesperson for DEQ, said the reputation of DEQ speaks for itself and that DEQ does not intend to comment on every allegation made in the variety of formats available to people today.

The suit is seeking injunctive relief which requires defendants to stop publishing the video and prohibits the defendants from further publication of the video in the future.

The company is also seeking monetary damages and attorney fees.

Fat chance!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Notsuoh sez:

Jack Massing of the Art Guys will speak at Notsuoh
on Wednesday, December 19th 2007

click the link HERE for Art Guys and techno in Times Square

"Jack will speak and possibly grunt about art and spirituality 730 on Wed dec 19...
it should be fun and informative...
it is notsuoh's salon night and this month's topic is philosophy and religion...

"our speaker on Zorastrianism has the flu so Jack is our back up...
i don't think Jack Knows shit about ancient persian religions
but it was the best i could come up with on short notice
..thanks jack"

Bayou City History

here's a couple of link for waxing on about history and checking out old pics...

Main at Texas, Dec. 1959
Larry Evans : Chronicle file

That's So Cold

Maggi Battalino's Christmas card for CSAW residents


Pics from the Will Boone opening at Domy on Saturday!

Stolen Ideas

Overrun With The Odor of Impending Doom

Pissing Contest

God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You

My War

Kill ’Em All

Love Them That Hate You


Long Live Nothing

Death Like Sentence

Signs in Los Angeles Restaurant 10/14/2007

"Perry, I'm breaking up with you."