"...For close to 30 years, the Austin Museum of Art has clung to the dream of a permanent Downtown home on a block south of Republic Square Park, a dream it held on to even through the collapse of three separate building plans that were publicly announced. But the news last week that Travis County had contracted to buy the block AMOA owns between West Third and West Fourth and Guadalupe and San Antonio streets means that the museum has finally let go of that particular dream..."
"...When the Austin Museum of Art unveiled its latest plans for a new permanent facility in the block just south of Republic Square Park, one could hardly help noticing the dramatic contrast with the museum's previous plans for that site. The 2000 design by New York architect Richard Gluckman filled the entire block from corner to corner – 140,000 square feet of space contained within a structure distinguished by striking elements: a curved facade, an overhang of metal bars, terraces, aluminum fins..."
"...Cue the wedding bells. They sealed the deal – "they" being the boards of Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art, who, after months of exploratory talks about merging the two visual-arts institutions, voted on Nov..."
"...Dana Friis-Hansen, who's worked with the Austin Museum of Art since 1999 and served as its executive director for the past nine years, is leaving that institution. The news was made public by AMOA board of trustees President Lynn Sherman on Friday, Jan..."
"...After two attempts to construct a new Downtown museum collapsed in economic turmoil, first in the mid-Eighties, then in the late Nineties, the Austin Museum of Art seemed finally to have hit on a scheme for success last year. In February 2008, it announced a partnership with Houston-based developer Hines Interests LP, which would acquire from AMOA the western half of the block at Guadalupe and Fourth for a 30-story office building called Museum Tower, thus helping the museum fund a new 40,000- square-foot, three-story facility on the eastern half..."
"...The third time looks to be the charm for the Austin Museum of Art, which made official on Tuesday its latest plan to build a Downtown home on the block at Fourth and Guadalupe, just south of Republic Square Park. As announced by AMOA Executive Director Dana Friis-Hansen, the new plan involves a partnership with Houston-based development firm Hines, which will acquire the western half of the block for a 30-story, 425,000-square-foot office building to be called Museum Tower..."
"...The clay medium suits her; it is a common material given to uncommon grace in the right hands. As a potter, she harnessed the elements -- earth, fire, and water -- to do her bidding..."
"...Everybody loves winning the lottery, even museums. And while the Blanton Museum of Art's recent score doesn't approach Mega Millions levels, it's pretty sweet: a dozen contemporary works by Texas artists, including a 1987 painting by 2011 Texas State Visual Artist 2D Melissa Miller and a mixed-media work by San Antonio art icon Jesse Amado...."
"...Giant, a film by "Austin- and Berlin-based" artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, features an imagined 1950s Hollywood studio office juxtaposed with scenes of a decrepit movie set outside Marfa, Texas. Young female secretaries sit at their desks typing letters, one of which we get to read along with..."
"...Last June, Jessie Otto Hite made the decision to retire as director of the Blanton Museum of Art, drawing a close to her 15-year run in the position and a full 28 years on the staff of the University of Texas art museum. That leaves some sizable shoes to fill, but UT is confident that Associate Director Ann Wilson, who has been with the museum since May 2004, is up to the job..."
"...And at the time he made them – that would be 1986 – the building wound up not being made. But the idea of the building didn't leave Kelly when that happened, and for three decades, while this eminence of the art world continued to make the abstract paintings, sculptures, and prints that had earned him worldwide recognition, models of the building sat in his studio..."
"...We love this place, and not just because we’re a bunch of liberally biased, fact-believing, true-newsmongers. There’s so much to see and do and learn in this elegant and knowledge-rich retreat from the madding urban throng, and now Austin’s Art in Public Places has Steve Parker’s Tubascopes enhancing the Center’s woodsy goodness, and at the end of the sun-dappled day we, yeah, we might just wind up hugging a tree or two...."
"...Visual artists of all ilk have a thing with money. Most don't have enough of it, at least not enough to live on while they produce their art..."
"...2) Andrew Long This new Chronicle contributor made a new body of work and just generally had a huge year with shows at the Austin Museum of Art, Butridge Gallery, Texas State University, and Houston's McMurtry Gallery...."
"...What had been the Austin Fine Arts Festival is now Art City Austin, and one way the producers (Art Alliance Austin, previously the Austin Fine Arts Alliance) want to distinguish the new version of the art fair from the old is with a variety of temporary art installations on the fair site. So the alliance is soliciting proposals for temporary art installations at spots along the banks of Lady Bird Lake:..."
"...By now, Austin has been the subject of so many stories in national magazines that you'd figure it was no longer news when another one hits the stands. Maybe it isn't, but as Charles Dee Mitchell points out in the introduction to his "Report From Austin" in the December issue of Art in America, most of the associations people outside the city make with Austin involve music, film, or high tech..."
"...3) 'LIFELIKE' (Blanton Museum of Art)..."
"...We're going to hear the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's senior curator of film and media arts, John G..."
"...Combined, they form our city's personality, its genius and fragility, its power and swerve. I consider any object wielding this kind of totemic force as worthy of the name "art." By art, I don't mean the things we look at in a gallery or public works commissioned by professionals..."
"...The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Festival (AHFF) is the first national conference to be devoted to the art of the screenwriter. Now celebrating its sixth year, this annual gathering has grown more impressive than ever..."
"...The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Festival (AHoFF) is the first national conference to be devoted to the art of the screenwriter. Now celebrating its sixth year, this annual gathering has grown more impressive than ever..."
"...Because on that date, from 11 in the morning until 6 at night, is the debut of the New South Festival of Literary Arts and Cartooning, an event packed with vendors and guests and the general milling public. And the festival is being held outside: on the spacious grounds of the French Legation Museum, that Oldest Building in Austin that's just a few blocks east of I-35..."
"...As of today, the visual arts institution born of the merger between Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art will no longer operate under the ungainly name that reminded everyone it used to be two organizations. After a lengthy effort to redefine its mission and direction, AMOA-Arthouse has rebranded itself The Contemporary Austin...."
"...How many years does it take to build an art museum? In Austin, we're up to 18 years and counting...."
"...Ooh, ooh, big giant numbers. The implications would chill you, maybe even inspire heart-racing terror, if only you could wrap your head around all those big fucking numbers..."
"...Since its inception, collage has thrived in the corners of the art world. From scrapbook pages to fine artworks, thoughtfully constructed mélanges of odds and ends so often turn out worlds greater than the sum of their parts, visually and conceptually..."
"...To give you an idea of how long Judith Sims has worked with the museum we now know as the Contemporary Austin, she had almost two decades on staff when the institution changed its name from Laguna Gloria Art Museum to the Austin Museum of Art, and that was in 1992. Now, 44 years after signing on with the museum, Sims is signing off...."
"...This weekend, the Blanton Museum of Art is taking its first steps toward realizing the 30-year-old vision of artist Ellsworth Kelly: a chapel called Austin. The project, announced in February, will break ground on Saturday, Oct..."
"...Chances are you'll notice at least one of the four modified "Exit" signs by Austin artist Kurt Dominick Mueller, installed in various places high up on the walls at Arthouse at the Jones Center. The sentiment expressed by the whole group, "Stay Here For a While," is a polite request that you might want to take Mueller up on..."
"...Nobody in Austin got too worked up when Neil Coleman's Pro-Jex Gallery and Frameshop moved from its spot on Fifth Street, between Congress and Brazos, to the ArtPlex at 1705 Guadalupe. The long, impossibly narrow, shirt-sleeve of a gallery that hung from Austin's arts community was for years the city's sole photography-only gallery..."
"...If you want the lowdown on artist Ellsworth Kelly and his final work – and masterwork – Austin, why not go to the man with an official work of Kelly's on his skin? That would be Carter E. Foster, whose forearm tattoo of four colored squares was actually designed by the artist and given an inventory number in his catalog of works...."
"...If you didn't know, the Austin Museum of Art is not going to build its new downtown facility at Fourth and Guadalupe. The reasons are numerous, but the ultimate deal breaker was the fact that even if AMOA had succeeded in raising the $43 million it would've taken to build the 250,000-square-foot Richard Gluckman design, it would still need $9 million a year just to operate it..."
"...A city of murals and outdoor sculptures and inspired graffiti, art is all around you in Austin – including, more traditionally, hanging on the walls of our very fine art museums and galleries...."
"...When Bobbie Barker, regional vice-president of Southern Union Gas, was chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance in 1997-98, she was determined to focus attention on the historic downtown parks (Republic Square, Wooldridge Park, and Brush Square). "That's when we began the process of surveying the parks, identifying the stakeholders around each of the parks, and working with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to give some attention to those parks..."
"..."Dance Show," Skylight Gallery (Mar 4); "Definientia II," Gallery Lombardi (Mar 4); "New Work by Virginia Fleck," Women and Their Work (Mar 4); "Standing, Sitting, Sleeping, Sinking," Lyons Matrix Gallery (Mar 4); "N-O-N," Terra Children's Gallery (Mar 5); "Texas Film Art," Pro-Jex (Mar 5); "C-21 Expo -- Metamorfosis," Austin Visual Arts Association (Mar 6); "David Douglas Duncan: One Life, a Photographic Odyssey," LBJ Library (Mar 6); "A Quiet Song," Tarrytown Gallery (Mar 6); "Models and Artists," Laughing at the Sun Gallery (Mar 11-12) Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center Mural..."
"...For the 16th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics have joined to recognize the year's most exceptional achievements in the visual arts, dance, classical music, and theatre. The nominations for the 2008 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2007, to April 30, 2008, were assembled by the following writers: the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual arts), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Salvador Castillo (visual arts), Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Amanda Douberley (visual arts), Michael Kellerman (music), Rachel Koper (visual arts), Nikki Moore (visual arts), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)..."
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"...For the 19th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for these awards, covering the period from May 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)...."
"...Give Bob Rauschenberg his due. With his groundbreaking modernist combines, the Port Arthur native got a lot of people to stop thinking of Texas art as an oxymoron..."
"...1. Artwork/Installation: Regina Vater's installation "Ita./Ota" (The Austin Museum of Art exhibition, Ceremony of the Spirit). While I didn't write about the show, I did make a point of going to the museum to hear Vater talk about her work..."
"...This Saturday night, when Pump Project Art Complex closes its exhibition "The Door by the Garden," it will also bring to a close 13 years of hosting art shows and artists on Shady Lane in East Austin. As a result of its landlord not renewing the nonprofit's lease, two dozen studios are going away, displacing more than 40 artists who have been using the space to make paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, and other kinds of art...."
"...A new canopy over the popular open-air deck on top of the museum's Jones Center for Contemporary Art will be part of a $3 million renovation of the building in the coming year...."
"...Seventy years after philanthropist Clara Driscoll donated her Lake Austin estate to the Texas Fine Arts Association to be used as a civic art museum, a multimillion grant to The Contemporary Austin will transform the grounds of Laguna Gloria into a garden for site-specific sculpture by prominent artists from around the world...."
"...Local critics have put their heads and pens together to recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. The nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2005, to April 30, 2006, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre/music), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual art), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), Tommy O'Malley (theatre), Joey Seiler (theatre), Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), and Holly Williams (dance); and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Heather Barfield Cole (theatre), Rachel Koper (visual art), Nikki Moore (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)..."
"...Hospitals can be scary places, especially for ill or injured children and their families, and, as I understand it, many people find art museums almost as intimidating. But fear gives way to wonder when patients and families enter the new Dell Children's Medical Center and stop to turn the knobs of the loopy, multisensory, hands-on contraption that greets them..."
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these seven Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years: some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."
"...On Monday, June 6, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club. This year's event was the 19th presentation by this informal association of local arts writers and the 10th anniversary of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."
"...The interim home will be at the 30,000 square foot SoccerPlex indoor football facility on Toro Grande Boulevard, with the 35 foot ceilings that the museum will require. The plan has always been to find a home in Austin proper, with the lot at 1800 Congress, opposite the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, as a prime contender..."
"...The birds are out, the weather isn't yet scorching, and the city is coming alive after some damp and dreary winter days, which can only mean that we're overdue for some outdoor festivities. Art Alliance Austin's annual Art City Austin will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, turning the Downtown blocks of Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lamar into a huge open-air gallery for more than 100 artists from around the country..."
"...You've no doubt heard Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Maybe you've read the words as well..."