"...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...."
"...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..."
"...If you desire to see "DESIRE," the new exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art, on opening weekend (and why would you not want to see this provocative survey of the subject as treated by a host of contemporary artists), be sure to pack a couple more sawbucks than you did when visiting the museum last year. As of Jan..."
"...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..."
"...Since opening in 2006, the Blanton Museum of Art's Michener Gallery Building has been a major success for the University of Texas institution, drawing record crowds and national attention. Still, it's only half the home that has always been intended for the Blanton; another building was planned to house administrative offices, classrooms, and those crucial revenue streams for the modern museum, the gift shop and cafe..."
"...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..."
"...Last week the University of Texas' Blanton Museum of Art announced the departure of Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, curator of Latin American art, marking a major shift in the curatorial staff on top of the upcoming retirement of longtime director Jessie Otto Hite next year. Pérez-Barreiro has accepted a position as the director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, an internationally acclaimed Latin American art collection that has been engaged in a scholarly collaboration with the Blanton for several years..."
"...Two years inside an arts institution can feel like a generation given the intensity involved in planning and preparing projects, setting budgets, raising funds, and all. And maybe that's how it felt to Ned Rifkin, director of the Blanton Museum of Art, because he'll be leaving that position on May 31, only two years after taking it on, according to an announcement from the University of Texas last week..."
"...The atrium of the Blanton Museum of Art's Michener Gallery Building was designed to make a statement, and until recently that statement seemed to be: white! Here was this vast open space, with natural light streaming in on walls two stories high, and they had nothing on them but paint the color of a snowman's back. Since the staircase leading to the second-floor collections cuts through the atrium, walking up or down gave one plenty of time to notice those bare walls and the conspicuous absence of art...."
"...The Blanton Museum of Art's new gallery building is getting all the attention these days, what with the opening a mere two weeks away, but that doesn't mean the structure's companion, the education and visitors pavilion, is lacking in activity. Construction is under way for the 56,000-square-foot building, and it has just acquired a name, thanks to Houston businessman Edgar A..."
"..."No one who loves art wants to be an administrator. I am at the point in my life where I am going to be careful about the next job..."
"...When painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya died in 1828, he left his Disasters of War series unpublished. The series of prints depicts Goya's perspective on Spain's war with the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte, then ravaging the country and its people..."
"...Frequenters of art museums tend to be discerning and knowledgeable about food as well as art; consequently, there's been a trend nationwide to bring the level of concessions at museums up to the high standard of the art within. It is a happy idea in every way to place a really good restaurant in the middle of such harmonious surroundings, and the university's Blanton Museum of Art will be following suit today, Thursday, Nov..."
"...Ellsworth Kelly's Austin at Blanton Museum of Art on February 8, 2018..."
"...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..."
"...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:..."
"...There has always been plenty to love about the Blanton Museum of Art...."
"...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...."
"...With the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of policemen in Ferguson, Mo., and NYC, respectively, a movement overtook the country in 2014, centered around the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. This unification came in the wake of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who killed black Florida teen Trayvon Martin only the year before..."
"...Eventually, I would find real appreciation for the music, but that was a cultural moment I simply missed. So while I get why the Blanton Museum of Art named its new exhibition "Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s" after a Nirvana song, it doesn't really represent my Nineties..."
"...1) TEXAS BIENNIAL (Big Medium) In the hands of curator Leslie Moody Castro, an expansive road trip provided a revelatory survey of the visual arts landscape statewide. The culminating exhibition gathered some of the best from the trip in an eclectic show that felt timely and nonetheless cohesive...."
"...In the rendering of the latest (preliminary) design for UT's Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art -- unveiled last week at a meeting of the facilities planning and construction committee of the UT System Board of Regents -- we see a monumental plaza about the size of Monaco, leading up to and then between the two museum buildings (classrooms on the left, galleries on the right), with their artfully appropriated Florentine arcades and trees positioned just-so..."
"...So what's all this about the University of Texas being a slow, confused bureaucracy? When UT sets its mind to a task, and applies the proper power and grease, things happen. And so it is with "Blanton: The Sequel." A mere three days after presentations by six architects competing to design a new world-class art museum, the University's blue-ribbon committee on August 21 announced its two finalists: Princeton powerhouse Michael Graves, one of the world's most visible design stars, and Harvard eminence Michael McKinnell (of the Boston firm of Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood), an architect's architect specializing in big-deal public buildings dripping with class...."
"...Held between quotation marks, as in a snug embrace, is one word. No obligatory colon followed by a phrase expansively (or reductively) making explicit the point of this assemblage of art..."
"...That is, of course, the future home of the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, long recognized as one of the foremost university museums in the country despite being kind of stuck in a corner of the art building..."
"..."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..."
"...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...."
"...Imagine being able to walk into an Ellsworth Kelly painting – to be surrounded by his exquisitely simple, playful shapes, to bathe in his pure, bright colors. Well, soon you'll get to do something like that in Austin in Austin, which is the title of a building designed by the artist and being built by the Blanton Museum of Art...."
"...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..."
"..."The City," comprising Vincent Valdez's paintings The City I and The City II, fills an isolated room in the Blanton Museum of Art, long and narrow to accommodate I's 30-foot panoramic length. To see the whole piece, you must walk the length of the room, taking in each larger-than-life figure, making uncertain eye contact as you go, as you might at a party..."
"...Ellsworth Kelly's posthumous Austin has been drawing crowds and attention to the Blanton Museum of Art recently, but a visitor could easily miss a small room upstairs, reserved for what the museum calls a "Contemporary Project." In this long and narrow room, reminiscent of a nave like that in Kelly's secular chapel, Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin shows a sampling of her work in "Meeting of Waters," an exploration of the confluence of globalization's streams of production and the Amazon River's streams through Brazilian port city Manaus...."
"...Blanton, who passed away aged 86, is best known in Austin as the man after whom the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art is named..."
"...In the opening scene of Lenka Clayton's video installation The Distance I Can Be From My Son, a toddler waddles down the grassy hillside of a city park. At first, he looks back at the camera, hesitant to go any farther, but eventually he's off, stumbling toward trees in the distance..."
"...Given the torch our town carries for retro/vintage fashion and design, not to mention the way the whole country's mad about Mad Men right now, an exhibition like "Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture at Midcentury" is as natural a fit for Austin as your backside in an Eames chair. Maybe that's why more than a dozen local shops, clubs, and cultural groups have signed on with the Blanton Museum of Art for its three-month run of this toast to Fifties and Sixties "cool culture" assembled by the Orange County Museum of Art..."
"...When you look at the vitality of the arts and culture in Austin, it isn't just the current crop of creators who are responsible. It's the artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates who have devoted their time and effort into making the work, founding the institutions, and providing the support for the visual arts, classical music, dance, and theatre, over many years, who have made the difference..."
"...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...."
"...An empty space is where it always begins, the empty space of a sheet of paper or parchment, a canvas or block of stone. What the material is doesn't matter so much as the fact that the space is blank; it starts with a void..."
"...Members of the Austin Critics Table have considered the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018, and settled on what was outstanding in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in that span and announced the nominees for the 2018 Critics Table Awards...."
"...Donald Moffett's work is as much about a philosophical experience as a tactile one. Though the Blanton Museum of Art's exhibition of his work represents an effort by the institution to procure more work from Texas artists, it also marks a shift in programming, which has arguably been a little apolitical in past years but is now beginning to take on a more timely cultural tone..."
"...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..."
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2015 Critics Table Awards...."
"...The "Swimming" group exhibition at Phillip Niemeyer's Koenig Lane arts space was sufficient unto itself, but also contained this separate room of abstract paintings-on-Plexiglas that, via cycling illumination, transmogrified Camp's usual precise brilliance to completely different, back-lit vistas like pieces of frozen aurora borealis. 2) Year of the Rooster (Capital T Theatre)..."
"...Earlier this month, I made my first trip to Art Basel, a major international art fair that's been held in Switzerland for 33 years and in Miami since 2002. Galleries from all over the world competed tooth and nail to get one of the pricey spaces at the Miami Convention Center, where the international accents and haute couture of the jet-set collectors swirled amidst the earthier speech and scruffy attire of the artists, and blue-chip works by art stars like Picasso and Basquiat shared space with art of the living young..."
"...Each step along the way makes its own perceptive statement about us and our culture over the past 70 years. You leave it having traveled thousands of miles and seen more than if you'd driven them yourself. “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip”Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E..."
"...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..."
"...Biennials are by nature a combination of a curator's microscope, trend snapshot, forecaster, forgotten artist reviver, and emerging artist's career launch. Each biennial's incarnation is received with either enthusiastic fervor or repeated yawns...."
"...The source of the record donation – the largest ever to a music school at a public university – was hardly a surprise. Ernest and Sarah Butler are well-known and active in the local cultural scene (he serves on the UT College of Fine Arts Advisory Council; she's chairwoman of the Ballet Austin board of directors and a member of the Blanton Museum Council), and they have a history of major gifts to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts..."
"...Oh, not the ones you voted into office and who spend every week arguing policy on the dais at City Hall. I mean, the creative representatives of those districts as established by the public art project Drawing Lines..."
"...We know you're hot to gorge on turkey this month, but there's something else you should feast on first: art. While we have no shortage of the stuff to savor in other months, November is the one when it's the most bounteous, what with the East Austin Studio Tour, Creek Show, and POP Austin..."