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Phillip King’s “Four Decades with Colour”

Phillip King’s “Four Decades with Colour” continuing through Feb. 12 Blue Star Contemporary Art Center San Antonio, Texas Beginning in the early 1960s, Phillip King helped revolutionize British sculpture with his dramatic use of color and non-traditional materials such as fiberglass and plastic in large-scale abstract forms. “Four Decades with Colour” is an intriguing survey […]

“Chinese Jade” at SAMA

“5,000 Years of Chinese Jade” continuing through Feb. 19 San Antonio Museum of Art Subtle and intricate, Chinese jade carving can seem coolly aloof and perplexing to Western sensibilities, but “5,000 Years of Chinese Jade” presents a tightly focused, high quality, chronological survey of 89 objects drawn from the National Museum of History in Taiwan, […]

Jeff Williams at Artpace

“There is Not Anything Which Returns to Nothing” continuing through Jan. 8 Artpace If a Cro-Magnon somehow obtained an architectural degree, he might come up with the crude, clunky creations of Jeff Williams. Working with non-traditional materials and eschewing the sleek lines of modernism, Williams is presenting proposals for a new kind of ill-conceived architecture. […]

Unit B: Michelle Monseau’s “Elephant in the Room”

Lucky has been anything but. A 46-year resident of the San Antonio Zoo, the sixtyish, female elephant became a cause célèbre for animal rights activists after her longtime companion Alport died in 2007, leaving Lucky alone. Since then, she’s gained a new friend, Boo, but Lucky remains, as she has been since she was captured […]

David Shelton: Kelly O’Connor’s “Post-Utopia”

Somewhere between childhood wonder and adult disillusionment, Kelly O’Connor is creating a psychic landscape from fragments of familiar movies, TV shows, vacationlands and fairy tales. While she’s been making the collages mined from her childhood pop culture for years, O’Connor’s “Post-Utopia” show at the David Shelton Gallery seems more intimate and introspective, inspired by a […]

Gallery Nord: 21 Centuries of Abuse; Earthly Bodies

For 21 days representing all the societal and environmental abuse of 21 centuries, San Antonio artist Carla Veliz beat, scraped, tore, kicked, stomped on and generally tormented a soft, innocent piece of silk. Then she spent another 21 days trying to undo the damage to create “XXI: Who We Are and Who We Could Become.” […]

Gudjon Bjarnason: Sculpture Goes Boom

Before the era of car bombs and IEDs, Icelandic-born sculptor Gudjon Bjarnason began using high explosives to create unorthodox shapes and forms in his work. He was looking for unexpected dimensions to use in his architectural designs for unconventional houses. A maquette he created for a house he’s planning has a front entrance that looks […]

Tracey Moffatt at ArtPace: Mothers, artists and lovers

Emotions roil and crest like crashing waves in Australian-born artist Tracey Moffatt’s “Handmade,” seven cinematic mashups made from 1999 to 2010 on view through Sept. 11 at Artpace. Her movie montages are made up of nearly 1,000 TV and film clips linked by common themes, ranging from the various permutations of motherhood in “Mother” to […]

Meredith Dean’s Transpositions” at REM

Meredith Dean’s “Transpositions” REM Gallery Through July 1 Fleeting glimpses and the multiple levels of information they can contain merge in Meredith Dean’s “Transpositions.” Responding to a specific place on a given date, each of her puzzle-cut relief prints incorporate layers upon layers of information derived from various types of maps, including geographic, topographic, sky, […]

Guadalupe’s “Trans/Action” faces tough economy

Artists generally can’t afford to be too materialistic, but they can be counted on to come up with creative responses to tough economic times. Director Patty Ortiz has assembled four artists who “tend to look for deeper values, such as beauty” in “Trans/Action” through June 25 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. “You are what […]