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
What to watch, read, listen to, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
As one of Texas’ fastest-changing cities, Austin’s visual identity has shifted a lot, too—but at least one artist is determined to capture the days of neon and weirdness.
A look at what to hear, read, watch, and see this month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
Behind the lens with photographer Laura Wilson.
The indie filmmaker is days away from the end of his Kickstarter campaign to tell the story of one of the nation's most vibrant public access television scenes. Here's what he's learned.
What to hear, read, watch, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
Four other Confederates will maintain their vigil over the university, but Jefferson Davis is being moved out of plain sight.
What to read, hear, watch, and look at to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
How the Spindletop gusher turned one prospector into an arts patron with an unusual flair for self-recrimination.
A guide to three great Texas museums.
Museum-goers in Texas will have to live with snapping their art selfies the old-fashioned way.
The Flower Man House, RIP.
One of Houston’s most cherished art landmarks can’t survive the ravages of the climate or the loss of its hyperkinetic, ever-improvising creator.
The legendary Texas comedian may have died in obscurity 20 years ago, but he’ll be remembered in bronze.
Amazing Pictures of the Houston Zoo’s Big Cats From National Geographic and Photographer Vincent J. Musi
Your move, cat pics people.
We'll never know who Farrah truly loved, but everybody has agreed that the painting belongs to Ryan O'Neal.
Mother! Tell your children to enjoy our local bars and restaurants!
Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock reflects on his East Texas roots.
His "World Leaders" series of portraits opened last week at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, albeit to mixed reviews. What should the former President paint next?
For all the criticism of the festival's co-opting by big brands, the power of art, music, and community were on display in the wake of tragedy.
Chitra Divakaruni’s Houston libretto.
Paños, small cloth swatches decorated with detailed illustrations by inmates, now hang in New York museums and are snapped up by worldly collectors.
No matter how you feel about him, hearing the former President declare, "Well, uh, I've become a, uh, painter" over the faint strains of "Good King Wencelas" is pretty darn charming.
Could the iconic Lonestar flag get even more iconic?
Elmgreen thinks TxDOT needs to change their definition of an advertising sign.
Whose idea was it to install a Playboy sculpture in Marfa?
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 is the
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.
In the right designer’s hands, it’s not just a bony appendage or a hunter’s prize. It’s art.
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will take on the role of Lyndon Johnson in a play next month titled "All the Way."
Can the famous piano competition survive without Van Cliburn?
He signs his landscapes, dog portraits, and bath scenes "43."
Does the George W. Bush presidential library need some art? A hacker who goes by "Guccifer" may have rustled up some options.
How the sex scandal consuming Amarillo art patron Stanley Marsh 3 also might bring down America's most famous roadside attraction.
Carrie Rodriguez, Singing Bach on the Flues, A Day With Dangerous Guitar, and the Eighth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium . . .
Tales from Dell City, Texas, "Taquerías of Southmost," Terry Allen, and lessons in method acting . . .
Just over forty years ago, Texas was the kind of place dismissed as hopelessly provincial and culturally mediocre. But then came the Kimbell Art Museum.
There are whispers that the company's production of a musical version of Giant could leap to Broadway.
Dallas-based photographer Allison V. Smith took over Texas Monthly's Instagram account during her trip to Marfa this weekend. Here are some highlights from her trip.
Last week, a man dressed in a suit and sunglasses casually spray-painted the word "conquista" and stenciled a bull over a 1929 Picasso at the Menil Collection before walking out.
From Fort Worth’s Kimbell to Houston’s Menil, Texas’s museums are home to some of the world's most important paintings and sculptures. To devise a list of our ten greatest works on view, we asked more than sixty curators, gallery owners, critics, and other insiders for their favorites.
Houston and that brilliant artist of light James Turrell have proved to be an enduring couple, what with the California native’s inspiring work at the Live Oak Friends Meeting house and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. But the Skyspace installation Turrell created to honor Rice University’s centennial is perhaps
The Dallas photographer shows us where she works.
In September 1985 this magazine published twenty portraits from Richard Avedon's landmark "In the American West" series. I worked with the celebrated photographer on those shoots, and I documented the making of many memorable images. Here are five great behind-the-scenes stories.
Before cameras were allowed in courtrooms, artist Gary Myrick and his assortment of colored pencils provided Texas television audiences with a vivid look at the state’s high-profile legal proceedings against figures like T. Cullen Davis, Henry Lee Lucas, and Charles Harrelson.
My journey in early Texas art began while I was a student at Southern Methodist University, where I studied Frank Reaugh pastels and met Jerry Bywaters. After 24 years at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, curating exhibitions and traveling the state, I’ve come up with a list of greatest hits.
More than sixty art insiders gave us their list of favorite works of art to see in Texas. So grab your notepad, sketchbook, or iPad and take the ultimate tour of must-see art in Texas.
The associate editor on covering the arts scene in Texas.
A round-up of impressive art exhibitions.