Art

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

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November 1, 1993

All American

The Dallas Museum of Art spent $55 million on a splendid new wing—and redefined itself in the process.

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September 30, 1993

Hoof in Mouth

The biggest brouhaha in Dallas isn’t about taxes, potholes, or garbage collection. It’s about seventy bronze steers.

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June 30, 1993

Moving Pictures

A provocative San Antonio exhibit captures the flash and fervor of the Chicano movement in art and politics.

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January 1, 1993

Shooting Stars

With wit and grit, Amarillo-born photographer Mark Seliger persuades reluctant celebrities to show their true selves.

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November 1, 1992

The Cowboy Boot Book

This fall, photographer Jim Arndt and Western props supplier Tyler Beard visited the annual event in Burnet to chew the fat with many of the craftsmen featured in The Cowboy Boot Book (Peregrine Smith Books), their pictorial guide to fancy footgear. Arndt and Beard have dressed Western since…

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November 1, 1992

Raw Visions

A Houston show introduces new black Texas artists in works that range from personal vision to political agitprop.

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August 31, 1992

Bull Snake on a Sofa

When James H. Evans moved to Marathon in 1988, he was struck by its abundant wildlife. “Anything unattended will be overrun with animals,” says the photographer. Evans takes up that theme in his “Lucille” series, focusing on a house vacated by the death of an elderly friend of that name.

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July 31, 1992

Rodeo Reliquary, 1991

After a visit abroad in 1987, Sean Earley transformed his art. He returned steeped in Italy’s ubiquitous religious imagery, eager to paint the icons of his home state’s country and western myths (see “Earley Texas,” TM, December 1990). In this memorial scene, the Rodeo Queen presides over ascending contestants. Set…

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June 30, 1992

Hot Shot

Haven’t heard of Geof Kern, Texas’ most famous photographer? You must live here.

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June 30, 1992

Arcola Cafe

When Birney Imes began working on his juke joint series in 1983, the black honky- tonks that nourished the Mississippi Delta’s rich blues tradition were being replaced by discos. “What attracted me,” Imes says, “was the creativity that went into that special atmosphere. The older places have a timeless quality.”…

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June 30, 1992

Southern Exposure

At Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Mexican photographers portray their culture with rare empathy and a sense of wonder.

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May 31, 1992

Fay Ray at Siesta Time

William Wegman’s subtle portraits of his weimaraners have elevated the pet photo to high art. But few connoisseurs have known the range of his creativity—until now. The &first retro- spective of the artist’s output, on view at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum, offers more of his trademark pups but also plenty…

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April 1, 1992

The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup

Photojournalist Jim Cammack was struck by an odd sight at Sweetwater’s annual spring rattlesnake roundup: a man with a tail. No, the man, a Jaycees volunteer, was not participating in a roundup-sanctioned snake-wrestling contest. He was demonstrating one technique for holding the powerful Western diamondback while milking its venom.

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March 1, 1992

Roadside Veterans

The grand scenery of the American Southwest draws hordes of tourists bent on capturing calendar-perfect panoramas on film. In “Revealing Territory: Photographs of the Southwest by Mark Klett,” an aptly titled show opening March 14, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth presents quite different views, ones that the vista-hungry…

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February 1, 1992

Danny Turner with Roy Rogers

On assignment for Country America magazine, Dallas freelance photographer Danny Turner traveled to Southern California’s Roy Rogers—Dale Evans Museum to snap a portrait of the singing cowboy. Turner just couldn’t resist grabbing the opportunity for a “me and Roy” photo, and it turned out so well that Turner put it…

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February 1, 1992

Long Shot

Bert Long comes to Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum by way of the Fifth Ward, the Marines, haute cuisine—and the Prix de Rome.

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January 1, 1992

Robert Rauschenberg

Texas’ celebrated son Robert Rauschenberg joined the ranks of more than 150 American artists—from Robert Motherwell and Lee Krasner to Keith Haring and Sherry Levine—who have posed for the classic portraits of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The photographer, working in the past few years with a huge studio camera that accommodates 24-…

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November 1, 1991

Fishing Cabin on the Pedernales River

Austinite Rebecca McEntee’s nostalgic view of a Hill Country retreat appears in Texas on a Roll–Images of Texas by Texas Photographers (Thomasson-Grant, $50), a project of the state’s three chapters of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Members were asked to submit the best of their work. Some 160 photographers…

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November 1, 1991

Double Visions

Melissa Miller’s latest paintings are a dark departure from her past; a Rauschenberg retrospective examines his youthful eye.

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September 30, 1991

Firefighter at the End of the Day

Paris-based Sebastião Salgado was among the international corps of photographers who converged on Kuwait last February to document the oil-field inferno that the retreating Iraqis left behind. On assignment for the New York Times Magazine, Salgado also captured the crushing weariness of the firefighters, many of whom worked for Texas…

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September 30, 1991

Buried Treasures

Sifting through stored collections, the Dallas Museum of Art discovers a tradition of spiritual subtlety among Texas artists.

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July 31, 1991

Earl Campbell on Mount Bonnell, Austin

Photograph by Michael O’Brien Michael O’Brien put the legendary Heisman trophy winner on the highest available pedestal for this shot. Campbell joins the trio of other famous Texans —Nolan Ryan, George Strait, and former Miss USA Gretchen Polhemus—who have posed looking spiffy for Wrangler’s “Western originals” advertising campaign, created…