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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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    Angela Shelf Medearis: Our People

    During 2018, Medearis – known to millions as The Kitchen Diva – donated several books, manuscripts, photographs, awards, and research papers to the Carver Museum. Now, they’ve been curated and presented as this new exhibition.
    Through June 23
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    Atelier 1205: Paper Fields

    This show unites the work of Austin art educators Kiley Grantges and Jennifer Schroeder. Grantges elevates drinking straws and office copy paper into bas-relief arrays; Schroeder reconstitutes the exuberant mess resulting from her young students’ art explorations into paper mosaics.
    Artist Talk: Sun., March 31, 2pm
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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.
    Through April 28  
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    Georgetown Art Center: Floating Points

    Up there in G-town they've got a sharp exhibition of seven artists offering separate perspectives on digital creativity, their different philosophies of the artist-computer interface expressed in works: as varied as the creators themselves. Featuring new pieces by Leslie Kell, Thomas Athey, Charles Heppner, Tyler Hobbs, Chalda Maloff, Paul McGuire, and Shirley Steele.
    Through March 24
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    Harry Ransom Center: The Rise of Everyday Design

    Here's a new and detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and America, showing how it transformed the homes and lives of ordinary people and how it continues to influence modern design.
    Through July 14
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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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    Old Bakery Gallery: Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Magical Creatures

    Featuring artwork by Helen Faythe Green, Jennifer Polnaszek, Beatrice Baldwin, and Suki Gluzinski.
    Through Feb. 27
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    Por Fin: Impresiónes y Expresiónes de México

    Cat Quintanilla presents a solo exhibition of sculptures, photography, and block prints, reflecting the artist's focus for a future that is diverse and rich with her family’s Mexican culture.
    Through March 23
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    Russell Collection: 2000 Farenheit

    This is the first major U.S. exhibition for Chinese ceramic master Guo Aihe. "Guo’s depiction of classical beauty with colorful and everlasting Sancai-glazed paintings blurred the boundary between traditional craft and fine art."
    Through Feb. 28
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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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    Stuart Wallace: Future Artifacts of Sprawl and Sting

    Yes, this might take a little while to get to, as Georgetown is kinda up there, isn't it? But never mind that, because the end of the world will also take a while to reach, yet that's where we're all eventually headed.

    And a local artist – Stuart Wallace – has gotten there first, is the idea here, and he's brought back an array of artifacts that are as eerie as they are graceful. I can't properly express the odd and sublime aesthetics of what the man's wrought, but I can tell you that the pieces often include abandoned wasps' nests and ball moss and photos and rope, expertly arranged, and they're often framed in wood that Wallace has carefully charred with a flame thrower.

    Real talk: There's already too much to see in Austin, already too much for a listings editor to cover; WTF would make me take the time to promote this show up at the Georgetown Public Library? Answer: The sheer, stunning beauty of this work.

    Go ahead, make a whole afternoon of it, check out Wallace's "Future Artifacts" and that "Floating Points" exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center while you're moseying around, maybe stop for an exquisite meal at Jack Gilmore's Salt Traders Coastal Cooking on the way there or back. But FFS don't miss this show.

     
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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.
    Through June 16
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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.
    Through 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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    Wally Workman Gallery: You Should Smile, Darlin'

    In this new body of work, local pigment-wielding phenom Ian Shults focuses on the dynamic between the patriarchy and feminism, his figures idealized, revered, empowered, feared. It's a vivid, staggered exploration of our current culture – and the artist’s role as a white male figurative painter within it.
    Through Feb. 24
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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."
    Drawing Games with the Artist: Mon., Feb. 28, 7pm  
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    Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language

    Drawn primarily from the Blanton’s extensive collection of Latin American art, this exhibition offers an innovative perspective on how artists of the region have explored the links between visual art and written language since the early decades of the twentieth century, with examples ranging from Alejandro Xul Solar and Joaquín Torres-García’s creation of alphabets and metaphysical signs, to the visual experiments of Brazilian concrete poets in the 1960s, and the political codification of language by conceptualists since the 1970s.
    Through May 26
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