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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 more than 42 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: Let the Colors Speak

    Rashmi Thakur and Supriya Kharod, both born in India and both proud Austinites now, document their individual journeys through watercolor and acrylic paintings, depicting the colorful traditions, vibrant life, and diverse culture found in the two communities they love.
    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 6-8pm. Through March 30  
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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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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: L.A. Women

    This group show of six female artists from Los Angeles – Marnie Weber, Tanya Hayden, Alexia Lewis, Shelli Tollman, Tami Demaree, and Bettina Hubby – brings an array of works embracing such diverse themes as fantasy, myth, dreams, fairytales, race, and horror.
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-10pm
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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

    The bright anchor of PrintAustin's inkstained vehicle of wonders is this exhibition of printmaking from 35 artists from around the world, juried by Anna Katherine Brodbeck of the Dallas Museum of Art. There's so much here that's so good, but, listen, there's also a new large work called Oversight by Art Werger – and that alone should be enough to draw you to Big Medium before the show ends.
    Through Feb. 16
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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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    Coronado Studios

    The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists.
    6601 Felix.
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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.
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 7-9pm
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    Dimension Gallery: Little Soldiers

    Here's Part 1 of a two-part exhibition by Jade Walker, investigating the human body in collision with disease. The concept of healing runs deep through the installation, with each stitch connecting back to the body and how we as humans fight to heal, grow, and evolve.
    Through Feb. 16  
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    Flatbed Goes South: Moving Show and Sale

    Ah, Flatbed will be moving south in April of this year! Help them lighten the moving load by finding a framed or unframed print to add to your collection. The art will be hung in salon style, covering those already nostalgia-tinged walls, with more than 200 works – and most of 'em available at a discount. Illegitimi, we say, illegitimi non carborundum!
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 5-8pm
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Amze Emmons and Yoonmi Nam

    The wonders of PrintAustin are heralded in the excellent grayDUCK space, with Emmons presenting his records of informal temporary structures and ingenious vernacular designs, with Nam offering images of man-made environments and objects and cut flower arrangements, with a two-person show that complements and contrasts across the common ground of expert printmaking.
    Through Feb. 24
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    ICOSA: When Everything’s Been Said

    New works by Jonas Criscoe and Mark Johnson that explore the illusion of direction and the indeterminacy of visual language, charting the cacophonous nature of our contemporary environment while reflecting upon the incoherent facets of information that saturate our daily lives. Highly recommended graphic lingogasm in 3 … 2 … 1 …
    Through Feb. 16  
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    La Peña Gallery: Latino Artists in Printmaking

    Mas PrintAustin aqui? Indeed, as La Peña presents a group show of different themes and techniques, featuring work from artists in México, Chile, Perú, Guatemala, and Texas. Bonus: The reception will have live music by Ecuador's own Victor Murillo.
    Through Feb. 9  
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Viscosity

    This early part of the glorious, sprawling PrintAustin initiative is an exhibition, organized by Flash Collective, featuring hand-pulled prints from 24 female artists of varying ethnic backgrounds from around the United States, Canada, and Finland. Note: "Viscosity" is a declaration against marginalization.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 9, 6-8pm
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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.
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 6-8pm
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    MASS Gallery: Interwoven

    This is an exhibition featuring six contemporary artists who work in textiles, from traditional forms of artwork like Navajo weaving, natural dyes, embroidery, and chain stitching, to the more contemporary approaches of site-specific installation and free-standing sculptures. Including work by Melissa Cody (Flagstaff, AZ), Orly Cogan (Hudson Valley, NY), Fort Lonesome (Austin, TX), Amada Miller (San Antonio, TX), Haleh Pedram (Richmond, VA), and Suzanne Wyss (Austin, TX).
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 25, 7-10pm
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: La Huella Magistral

    Two new exhibitions are opening in this Downtown powerhouse of cultural expression this week, amplifying the inky might of PrintAustin. There's "La Huella Magistral: Homage to Master Printmakers," with a set of 19 prints paying tribute to master printmakers who inspired the artists of Consejo Gráfico, and "Mix 'n' Mash: Migration," new works by more than 200 artists. Bonus: John Patrick Cobb's "Chapel Shrine" paintings.
    Reception: Fri., Jan. 25, 6-9pm. $10.
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    Mi Casa Gallery: Alfonso Huerta

    New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Magical Creatures

    Featuring artwork by Helen Faythe Green, Jennifer Polnaszek, Beatrice Baldwin, and Suki Gluzinski.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 1, 5-7pm
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    Roadhouse Relics

    Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
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    SouthPop: Carnaval Brasileiro Show

    This year's carnival is coming up fast, but first get you a happy eyeful of graphics at SouthPop as the exhibition of all the posters from Austin’s Carnival Brasileiro returns. Also, the annual SouthPop Calendar is hot off the presses and ready for you to take home. Gonna be a fun night this Sunday, with music from Austin’s Samba School, a costume contest, and the usual whistle-wetters.
    Thursdays-Sundays, 6-9pm  
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    Texas State History Museum: Texas From Above

    Here's an original exhibition featuring aerial images captured by photographer Jay B. Sauceda during a six-day flying journey around the state. This show highlights the beauty of Texas borderlands and explores the process of capturing the images.
    Opening: Sat., Jan. 26, 9am-5pm
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    The Blanton Museum: Zulu Time

    This new solo exhibition of two-dimensional and sculptural works by Brooklyn native Kambui Olujimi, now on view in the Blanton's Contemporary Project gallery, will revitalize your awareness of what's coordinated and universal.
    Jan. 26-July 14
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    The Contemporary Austin: Paper Dance

    This is both a dynamic retrospective spanning 30 years of photographs and sculptures by Janine Antoni and a solo dance performance by the artist developed collaboratively with pioneering dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin. Antoni performs 15 times throughout the exhibition for an intimate audience, exploring the materiality of brown paper and responding to her own artwork within the gallery. (Click here for schedule.) On view during museum hours, the artist and art handlers will pack, unpack, and reinstall the work, before and after performances.
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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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    Visual Arts Center: Fall 2018

    View the new exhibitions brightening this premier UT-based visual arts space here in the fall of 2018: "Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows," "Exploring the Arctic Ocean," "Like the Lonely Traveler: Video Works by María Magdalena Campos-Pons," "Another Green World," and "Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames."
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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."
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19, 7-9pm
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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.
    Reception: Sat., Jan. 19. 7-9pm
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