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Gallery Nord: “Four Emerging Artists”

Russian-born Mark Cheikhet is a master violinist who also paints, seeking to fuse the arts into something that Wassily Kandinsky called “Gesamtkunstwerk,” or the total work of art. With a palette that conjures Marc Chagall, Cheikhet creates abstract paintings of shimmering colors and vibrating bands of white that he considers part of his struggle for […]

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 […]

Donna Simon’s Seeing Art San Antonio tours

Providing a behind-the-scenes peek at the work of San Antonio artists, Donna Simon, a retired Brackenridge High School art teacher, conducts guided tours of the city’s studios, artist-run spaces, galleries and museums, which she organizes through her Web site at www.SeeingArtSanAntonio.com. On a cold day in early December, she led a small group of art […]

“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. […]

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.” […]

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 […]

South Texas artists heart Blood and Tissue Center

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center strives to deliver the highest quality blood and tissue services for the lowest possible cost, but the center still manages to devote 1 percent of its construction budget to building a remarkable collection of contemporary art by San Antonio artists. The center’s board recognizes the connection between healing […]

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 […]