Noah Simblist

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This is Not a Photo Show

This is Not a Photo Show was organized by the artist Kimberly Aubuchon for Blue Star Contemporary Art and Unit B Gallery in San Antonio. The title makes reference to Rene Magritte’s famous painting cum philosophical conundrum, This is Not a Pipe. Many of the artworks included use photography but following Magritte’s penchant for paradox, this show about photography also includes sculptures, video and paintings.[…..]

Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960’s

Psychedelia is a state of mind. It is a particular mode of perception that upends our assumptions about the way that the world works. It is about heightened color, glimmering patterns, and swirling constellations of form that challenge gravity and the very boundaries between discrete objects. The exhibition Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960’s at the San Antonio Museum of Art takes these[…..]

Maurizio Cattelan: Is There Life Before Death?

A myth is a foundational narrative that may be based in truth or fiction but either way it tells a story of who we are. Thus self-consciousness is constructed by a shared narrative and helps us to give shape and even name our identity. If we think of identity in the usual terms of religion or nationalism, some examples of these mythological narratives include the[…..]

Jeff DeGolier: Southwest Jalopy

Now on view at SOFA gallery, a DIY space in the living room of an Austin apartment, is the work of Jeff DeGolier. This pairing is fitting since both the artist and gallery make due with what is on hand. DeGolier, who is based in Brooklyn, came to Austin for a week and harvested bric-a-brac from trash piles and swap meets. Day by day, he[…..]

Interview with Richard Patterson

Richard Patterson emerged in London at Damien Hirst’s Freeze exhibition in 1988 as one of the YBA group. After moving to New York he eventually settled in Dallas. He is represented by Timothy Taylor Gallery in London and James Cohan Gallery in New York. He is known for paintings that combine imagery culled from popular culture and art history with painstaking detail. Combining car culture,[…..]

Blueprint

The curatorial conceit of Blueprint, a group exhibition at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, is that the work included somehow embodies a plan from which one could build something. None of these artists do this literally but in some sense the curator James Cope has included work that evokes generative possibilities is different ways. Edward Setina has included a series of videos and sculpture that revolve[…..]

Reduced Visibility

Trevor Paglen It is a common belief today that abstraction and politics don’t mix. We tend to think of formalism as either transcendent of problems like race and war, or on the other hand, beholden to its limitations as decoration, bought and sold in the marketplace. Reduced Visibility, curated by Core Program Critical Studies Resident Kurt Mueller at the Glassel School of Art in Houston,[…..]