Oscar Muñoz – Retrospective

Oscar Muñoz at Phoenix Art Museum 2021

Like many retrospectives, chronology dictates the flow of the work and we start with intense figure drawings in black and white. Learning to draw in school is learning illusion and acquiring an ability make marks on a page look like full round life-like forms. These drawings show the Muñoz can do just that. What else do we see that fools us? Step along through this show and we will find out

Portland Museum of Art

new building at Portland Art Museum

January 8, 2020 We flew into Portland and made out way to the Portland Museum of Art to see several things: one was a show of work by Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976) addressing the visual systems that perpetuate inequality and bias – with new and old images comparing the 50s and today as…

Arp – First Dada

Arp exhibition at Nasher Scupture Center

– Nasher Sculpture Center – September 15, 2018 – January 6, 2019 Descending the staircase to the lower level of the Nasher Sculpture Center, you are centered on the gallery in front of you. Like walking into the sunset, you can’t help but notice it, and now, autumn 2018, this gallery is filled with sculpture so…

Protest Quilts

Joslyn Museum, Omaha, November 2018 I drove across Kansas, up into Nebraska and on to the Missouri River. We rode our bikes along the creek that I grew up near, when it was a stinking puddle next to railroad tracks and the Interstate. We rode a bike path that is half my age at best.…

Clyfford Still Painting

Clyfford Still painting from 1973

A Daughter’s Eye/A Daughter’s Voice – Sep 14, 2018–Jan 13, 2019 – Several galleries of the Clyfford Still Museum have been curated by Still’s daughter Sandra and are part of the current exhibition which will run through January. I walk into the middle of it and into the middle of a performance the museum calls…

Rembrandt – Printmaker

Rembrandt Etching of a shell from the Biblioteque Nationale de France

100 prints from 350 + years ago Ballcap and fedora from Bally of Hollywood 2018, and Rembrandt’s cap – Denver Art Museum – Sept. 15, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019 There are more than 100 prints from 350 years ago from one of the most prosperous countries on earth – the Dutch Republic – and…

New Territory

Pivot Irrigation #10, High Plains, Texas Panhandle, USA by Edward Burtynsky

Landscape Photography Today – Denver Art Museum – June 24 -Sept 16, 2018 – Some technically, difficult-to-make photographs hang on the tall museum walls along with some photos I know would be physically hard to take, along with some that are here by a whisper of good luck. Matthew Brandt – Lake Isabella CA TC2,…

Biennial Alert – Review 2016

Margarita Cabrera's Space in Between from SITE Santa Fe biennial 2016

SITE Santa Fe — To prepare ourselves for a new biennial exhibition at SITE we send up a short conversation with Margarita Cabrera regarding her project called “Space in Between” that was featured in the 2016 exhibition. SITE opens a new biennial August 4, 2018. Since I interviewed Ms. Cabrera she’s shown this project in…

Black and White – Are We Making Art?

Cleon Peterson large wall painting MCA Denver 3018

Denver- Museum of Contemporary Art – March 3, 2018 — Three current shows at the MCA Denver seem to be about fitting into society or, as is obvious in the case of the videos on the lower level by Arthur Jafa, they are pointing out how we don’t fit in sometimes. Diego Rodriguez-Warner ‘s Honestly…

First Sculpture

Nasher Exhibition First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone January 27, 2018 - April 28, 2018

Nasher Sculptuer Center — Dallas — Handaxe to Figure Stone January 27, 2018 – April 28, 2018 Lost It One of her gifts was a poem that I thought was written only for me, once, on this scrap of paper that had been previously printed with news about the paper folding workshop she’d attended where…