In the fall of 2009, SMU inaugurated the Meadows Prize, sponsored by the Meadows School and the Meadows Foundation and selected by a committee of 12 international arts professionals. These awards were given to individuals or groups that “share the Meadows School’s commitment to creating art or scholarship that has had a transformative impact on […]Read More
Whiteread’s is a post-minimal approach, drawing on abstract histories but eliminating the binary opposition of representation and abstraction. This freedom is what disassociates Whiteread’s work from the dogma of modernism. It is her ability to be impure, combining the abstract and the real, the abject with the refined and fine art with design that make this work progressive and refreshing. But this progress is stifled when the piety of modernism creeps in. When these objects are treated as relics to be housed in the reliquary of the museum it robs them of their openness.Read More
Donkey Kong is for my generation what the madeleine was for Proust. The bright colors, jumpy video, and pixilation of 1980’s video games are so specific that one glimpse can provoke waves of nostalgia. Today of course this aesthetic is quaint and even primitive compared to the fine line that exists between the real and the virtual with Halo and Avatar.
But just as modernist artists like Picasso and Dubuffet looked to the “primitive” for greater purities of expression, a generation of artists have been mining the aesthetics of retro-technology to step out of the mad rush to the future.Read More
In the context of Gabriel Acavedo Velarde’s exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the critic’s encounter with a museum guard becomes part of the artwork. The artwork frames the gallery space as the set for a performance – in this case one that opens more questions than it answers.Read More
Ed. note: The following roundtable was held February 14 to discuss the show “Modern Ruin,” which will exhibit work by 15 artists in a never-used Washington Mutual bank building over two days. On Monday, February 22, the building will be demolished.Read More
Taking architecture as a starting point, Christina Rees and Thomas Fuelmer have curated a stunning show of work from a Dallas collection that is usually seen in the sleek white confines of a home designed by Richard Meier. The exhibition, entitled Floor Corner Wall: Selected Work from the Rachofsky Collection at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts […]Read More