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Tracey Moffatt at Artpace

“Loving mothers, slapping mothers, suffering mothers, protective mothers – I think I got them all,” Australian artist and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt says about “Mother,” one of seven cinematic montages featured in “Handmade,” a survey of her work from 1999 to 2010. From Woody Allen’s giant Jewish mother in the sky to Al Pacino arguing with […]

“Familiar Unknown” examines ceramics

Appeared in February 2010 Glasstire Seeking to reveal the range and depth of contemporary ceramics, curator Ovidio Giberga, head of the ceramics program at UTSA, showcases four female artists in “The Familiar Unknown” whose work reaffirms ceramics’ “historical relevance to global politics, economics, culture and the everyday human experience.” New technologies and the Internet, as […]

Goudstikker collection “Reclaimed” from Nazis

Appeared in Jan. 2010 Glasstire In 1940, the influential Dutch Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, his wife Desi and their one-year-old son Edo fled the invading Nazis on a cargo ship bound for England. But within 48 hours of their escape, he died in a freak accident, falling through an open hatch on the ship’s […]

“Communion of Saints” at David Shelton

“A Communion of Saints” brings together 12 artists from cities that share a Spanish colonial heritage, six from Santa Barbara and six from San Antonio, to see if perhaps there are any similarities. But in a fragmented art world fractured along conceptual lines, it’s hard to see much of a sense of place. Rather than […]

Tom Slick — International Art Collector

Appeared in Glasstire September 2009 Though a plane crash ended his life prematurely at age 46, San Antonio businessman and philanthropist Tom Slick Jr. had enough adventures for several lifetimes. He founded the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, the Southwest Research Institute and the Mind Science Foundation, but he also found time to travel the […]

“Lonely Are the Brave” elegy for an era

Appeared in Glasstire August 2009 Curator Hills Snyder provides a poignant end to an era with “Lonely Are the Brave” at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center . Inspired by the 1962 film starring Kirk Douglas that serves as an elegy to the finale of the Western frontier, the exhibit is also the last show […]

Public art enhances new Museum Reach

On the upper part of the new Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk, you walk into the gaping jaws of a jaguar as you descend from street level into a grotto with dripping stalactites and a splashing waterfall, a $3 million fairy tale creation by San Antonio artist Carlos Cortés . He carved […]

“Texas Draws” at Southwest School of Art & Craft

In “Confounded,” Corpus Christi artist Jimmy Pena combines an upside-down male torso with the right-side-up torso of a female, seamlessly joined at the mid-section in a maddening metaphor of our financial consternation. The skin of the headless figure with polar opposite genitals is plastered with headlines about last fall’s economic meltdown. But Pena, despite having […]

SAMA’s “Waterflow” heralds Museum Reach

Water is life. Without the vast underground reservoir known as the Edwards Aquifer, which feeds and sustains the San Antonio River, this city of 1.3 million probably would be empty desert. In conjunction with the opening of the Museum Reach, curator David Rubin of the San Antonio Museum of Art has gathered 15 local artists […]

Kelley Collection charts 150 years of African American history at McNay Art Museum

You can trace 130 years of African American art history through the nearly 100 works on paper – prints, drawings and watercolors – from the collection of San Antonians Harmon and Harriet Kelley on view at the McNay Art Museum through Jan. 3. On a national tour that began during the summer at Fort Worth’s […]