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Art

Storytelling, news, and reviews about works of art and the artists behind them

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May 18, 2017

Who Gets To Keep Austin Weird?

Murals at the intersection of Twelfth and Chicon on Austin’s East Side were painted over recently, while famous images in the city’s tourist neighborhoods have become institutions.

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December 12, 2016

Not Forgotten

For years, Austin drivers have passed by a familiar mural on North Lamar that recalls the fatal consequences of drinking and driving. But Mary Boyd and Bruce David Johnson's story isn't just theirs—it's the community's.

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November 30, 2016

Home Is Where The Art Is

Charles Stagg walked into the woods and decided to build something. Now, four years after his death, his daughter and grandson are trying to preserve his masterpiece.

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November 23, 2016

Wards Matter

Robert Pruitt’s art vividly portrays the lives and dreams of the people who have long called Houston’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods home.

Travel |
October 21, 2016

Objects of Our Affection

An armadillo incense burner. An Andy Warhol self-portrait. The keys to the Alamo. Who knew what startling treasures you could find without ever leaving the state?

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September 21, 2016

The Checklist

What to read, listen to, watch, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

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September 14, 2016

Fame in the Abstract

Dorothy Hood was one of Texas’s greatest artists, yet her work remains largely unknown. Now, sixteen years after her death, can her fans bring her the acclaim she never received in life?

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August 24, 2016

Dream Life

The incandescent unreality of Rocky Schenck is on display in the photographer's second collection.

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June 22, 2016

Miracle in the Desert

Robert Irwin’s long-awaited Marfa installation is a work like no other: a massive project that reflects the austere, light-filled beauty of West Texas.

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February 19, 2016

Making a Mural

How do you depict the "new Austin" on a magazine cover? By painting a mural on South Congress and photographing it, of course.

Arts & Entertainment |
December 23, 2015

How J. Frank Dobie Got His Groove Back

In 1975 the estate of J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) established an endowment that would allow the University of Texas Press to keep his books in print for decades to come. Forty years later, the arrangement is still in place, and the press annually sells thousands of copies of

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May 13, 2015

Oil on Canvas

How the Spindletop gusher turned one prospector into an arts patron with an unusual flair for self-recrimination.