Art

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

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?…

Art |
September 21, 2016

The Checklist

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

Art |
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?…

Art |
August 24, 2016

Dream Life

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

Art |
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.

Art |
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…

Art |
May 13, 2015

Oil on Canvas

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

Art |
October 23, 2013

So, Is It Art? Talking to Playboy Marfa Artist Richard Phillips

On August 28, 2013, we talked to Richard Phillips, the artist behind the controversial Playboy Marfa installation. Read more about the art-versus-advertising debate here. FRANCESCA MARI: When were you tapped to do this piece for Playboy? RICHARD PHILLIPS: I was contacted before the New Year by Neville Wakefield, who…

Art |
October 21, 2013

What Is Art?

When Playboy Enterprises—yes, that Playboy Enterprises—erected a forty-foot-tall sculpture near Marfa, it was convinced the town would appreciate its take on the local art scene. Instead it started a revealing debate.

Art |
September 23, 2013

Antler

In the right designer’s hands, it’s not just a bony appendage or a hunter’s prize. It’s art.