Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2), 2014, Photo by the New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa. Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2), 2014, Photo by the New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.

She’s a Genius!

The artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby was one of three artists who won the 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. This generous grant is awarded to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity … Continue reading

Carl Frederik Reuterswärd, Non-Violence, 1985, bronze, Plaza at the United Nations, New York. Carl Frederik Reuterswärd, Non Violence, 1985, bronze, Plaza at the United Nations, New York.

Non-Violence

When you visit the United Nations headquarters in New York City, the first thing you will see is a large bronze sculpture entitled Non-Violence created by Carl Frederik Reuterswärd. The Swedish artist sculpted the work of art at the request … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan. Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, 2015, Waller Creek Delta on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, Photo by Rachel Zein for The Daily Texan.

Make the Time: Ai Weiwei in Austin

Next time you are out on Butler Trail in Austin, TX, make your way over to the Waller Creek Delta to see Chinese political activist artist Ai Weiwei’s public art installation, Forever Bicycles. The dramatic assemblage of over 1,200 bicycles … Continue reading

Sharin Neshat, Video still from Rapture, 1999, Photo via Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY. Sharin Neshat, Video still from Rapture, 1999, Photo via Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY.

An Open Invitation from Shirin Neshat

Born in Qazvin in Iran and educated in Berkeley, CA, Sharin Neshat creates images of the strong contrasts between Western and Islamic society as an invitation to open a dialog between the cultures. Neshat left Iran in 1975 to attend school and didn’t return … Continue reading

Nina Katchadourian, Photograph from “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style,” from Seat Assignments, 2010 and ongoing, Photo by Sally Coleman. Nina Katchadourian, Photograph from “Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style,” from Seat Assignments, 2010 and ongoing, Photo by Sally Coleman.

Make the Time: Nina Katchadourian at the Blanton

If you are in Austin, TX anytime before June 11th, I highly recommend you visit the exhibition, Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser at the Blanton Museum of Art. Expertly curated by Veronica Roberts, the show allows you to view the world as … Continue reading

Wolfgang Tillmanns, Freischwimmer 190, 2011, color photograph (c-type print), 5'9" x 7'3", Photo by Yakshini via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License Wolfgang Tillmanns, Freischwimmer 190, 2011, color photograph (c-type print), 5'9" x 7'3", Photo by Yakshini via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License

Wolfgang Tillmans in London

If you are fortunate enough to visit London sometime between now and June 11th, visit the Tate Modern to see the exhibition of photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans. The artist, who is equally happy showing his work in fine art museums as he … Continue reading

Diego Velázquez, Juan de Pareja, 1650, oil on canvas, 2′ 8″ x 2′ 4″, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. © 2016 . All rights reserved.

Take Five: The Artist Project

The website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art has many interesting and inspiring pages to explore. A current favorite of mine is The Artist Project which has a series of videos of artists talking about various works of art in the museum. It … Continue reading

Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1987-1991, Ink on Paper, Photo by Sally Whitman Coleman. Xu Bing, Book from the Sky, 1987-1991, Ink on Paper, Photo by Sally Whitman Coleman.

Make the Time: Xu Bing at the Blanton

Contemporary Chinese artist Xu Bing’s groundbreaking work of art, Book from the Sky, currently is on view at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX. Belonging to a group of artists who emerged from the Cultural Revolution with an … Continue reading

Etel Adnan, artist, Photo by P. K. via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Etel Adnan, artist, Photo by P. K. via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Etel Adnan, Renaissance Woman

Etel Adnan did not make a splash in the art world until she was 87 years old, and that’s just fine with her. She has been busy. The Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist is recognized in academic circles to … Continue reading

Yayoi Kusama, Floor Show, 1965/2013, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, photo by Christian Ramiro González Verón via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License. Yayoi Kusama, Floor Show, 1965/2013, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, photo by Christian Ramiro González Verón via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

Happy Birthday Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama turns 87 today. Known for her irreverent and experimental work, Kusama probably is most famous for her Infinity Rooms in which she explores her obsessions with particular patterns and forms by setting them in a mirrored … Continue reading

Graffiti by SLOKE, Photo by Rob Larsen (drunkenfist.com), Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Graffiti by SLOKE, Photo by Rob Larsen (drunkenfist.com), Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Make the Time: Graffiti Artist SLOKE at testsite Austin

If you are free on a Sunday afternoon in the near future, check out Nathan “SLOKE” Nordstrom: FATCAPPED at testsite in Austin. SLOKE is famous for his wildstyle graffiti, which is characterized by intricate and complex lettering that is virtually … Continue reading