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    PrintAustin

    There’s one sure way for art to make a lasting impression: When the marks comprising a work are made transferable and forced into contact with another surface. Then, suddenly, look – born from an industrial matrix still wet with ink, it’s a print! It’s the product of a woodcut, an engraving, an etching. It manifests as a mezzotint, an aquatint, an image of drypoint. Hell, maybe it’s one of those screenprints that concert promoters use for pimping their bands, a bold AF poster created with the same sort of process that, when displayed in a Very Serious Museum, is called serigraphy.

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    There are so many different kinds of prints, we confess, that it’s better to direct you to Wikipedia for detailed background. But we wouldn’t be surprised if an eye-popping majority of those kinds – to say nothing of the abundance of subjects depicted, the profusion of styles engaged – were available for viewing during the sixth annual PrintAustin celebration.

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    This year’s iteration of PrintAustin runs from January 15 to February 15 and features a wide diversity of events throughout the city – including exhibitions, artist talks, demos, workshops, and more. We’ll be highlighting several of those in your Chronicle's visual arts listings as the fest continues, of course, so keep your eyes peeled this-a-way.

    Through Feb. 15  
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    Wander

    Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
    All the time, any time
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    AARC: Storied and Pop Japan

    Two new art shows at the Asian American Resource Center. First, there's STORIED, in which Katherine Leung reflects the Tuvan culture in her Faces of Central Texas series, incorporating the folklore of golden light gods; and JU Salvant draws upon the personal history of a young girl’s journey from Vietnam to America for the visual story, Red Sky in the Morning. And then there's POP JAPAN, curated by Guzu Gallery's own Vincent X. Torres, presenting an array of notable characters from Japanese television, film, anime, and manga.
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    Ai Weiwei Sculptures Now In Your City!

    The Contemporary Austin and Waller Creek Conservancy present a free public event to celebrate the unveiling of two monumental sculptures by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The mesmerizing Forever Bicycle is at the Waller Delta, 74 Trinity. And Iron Tree Trunk is on view at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th.
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    Atelier 1205: Post-Apocalyptic Harvest

    Three artists, three strong views of this complex life. And now our journo-about-town Brenner has reaped the visions that Erika Huddleston, Amy Scofield, and Tammy West have sown – and here's his report.
    Through Jan. 27. Artist talk with Tammy West: Sat., Jan. 26, 1pm
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    Butridge Gallery: Despite It All

    This is a solo show by the celebrated graphic designer Dave McClinton. Can faces, bodies, and historical references be used to tell stories? You bet your bold narrative hooks they can, citizen.
    Through Feb. 9  
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    Davis Gallery: Past and Present

    It's no secret that Randall Reid's meticulous works – painstakingly constructed from shards of our commercial and natural past, perfectly displayed among the ruins of our present – are some of the rare objects on this planet that bring a deep joy to our eyes' sense of beauty and amplify any yearnings in the forlorn wasteland of our heart. So what can we tell you about the man's career retrospective at Davis Gallery right now? What can we tell you about four decades' worth of Reidian excellence on display, except that we recommend it highly? Let's hope that'll do – because you shouldn't miss this show.
    Through Feb. 23
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Women of Flatbed

    This part of Print Austin features work by leading female figures from the past and future of Austin's own Flatbed Press, including Alice Leora Briggs, Suzi Davidoff, Sandra C. Fernández, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Sandria Hu, Sharon Kopriva, Mary McCleary, Melissa Miller, Celia Munoz, Liliana Porter, Linda Ridgway, Julie Speed, Sydney Yeager, and more. And, oh look, our Robert Faires gives you a fine preview right here.
    Artist talk: Sat., Jan. 26, 2-3pm  
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Listening Closely

    Where do we come from? Where are we going? Is there a bigger something out there that will always be out of reach? (And what might it mean to try to connect with it?) The artists in this show listen closely to their materials, history, the land, and the stars – and often end up hearing things they did not expect. Bonus: New works by Jong Oh in the Project Room.
    Through March 23
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    OLA Gallery: There and Back

    This is a solo show by Leslie Wilkes, featuring psychedelic paintings that experiment with color and momentum.
    Through Jan. 31
    201 E. Fifth #104
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    Saddle Up: Texas Ranching Tradition

    This exhibition, produced by Joe Vitone and Lori Najvar, honors hardworking ranch families from Jeff Davis and Lavaca Counties, as they wrangle livestock, battle weather, and study markets to stay on the rugged landscape they love.
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    The Blanton Museum: Liliana Porter's Drum Solo

    Through straight-forward animation and accompanied by a Sylvia Meyer music score, vintage figurines perform in humorous, absurd, and moving vignettes in this Liliana Porter video. It'll be screening, accompanied by Porter's Labor forzada installation, through February.
    Through Feb. 2  
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    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Umlaufs Unveiled: Recent Gifts and Unseen Umlaufs

    This exhibition celebrates the museum’s recent receipt of major gifts and loans from private collectors that enhance the understanding of Charles Umlauf’s oeuvre.
    Through Jan. 27. $1-5.
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Seeing Through Darkness

    The Austin-based artist Eliza Thomas works with ink on kozo paper, exploring the beauty of decay. This results in a visual dynamic of strength and unexpected calm that dominates Thomas’ large-scale works.
    Through Jan. 26
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    Women & Their Work: If I Could, I Would Cover Everything With My Drawings

    Hedwige Jacobs invites viewers into an almost meditative state of observation with her drawn surfaces, video installation, and cut patterns, in which "figures move about, hover on the edge of the impossible, and reconfigure themselves in endless variations drawn from everyday interactions."
    Through Feb. 28
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    Yard Dog: 'Scuse Us While We Kiss the Sky

    Here's a new show of art by brothers Jad & David Fair – you know, Half Japanese, right? – featuring Jad's cutout paintings of album covers and David's silly tribute paintings.
    Through Feb. 10
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