Austin Art Exhibitions

 

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Melvin Edwards: Wire(d) and Chain(ed)

 

Host: Art Galleries at Black Studies, Christian-Green Gallery, 201 East 21st St, Jester A232
Dates: September 15, 2022 – December 10, 2022

 

Over the course of his nearly 50-year career, Melvin Edwards (American, 1937) has explored materiality and its resonances, deploying abstraction to confront social injustice. The subtitle of this exhibition, Wire(d) and Chain(ed), alludes to two of Edwards’s signature industrial media, which he values for their evocation of energy, movement, and connection in the African Diaspora and his own life. In wall reliefs, freestanding steel sculpture, and works on paper, the artist presents narratives that engage sociopolitical and personal concerns. Melvin SEdwards: Wire(d) and Chain(ed) is **curated by Phillip Townsend, Curator of Art.

 


 

 

IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY

Host: The Contemporary Austin
Dates: September 17, 2022 – February 12, 2023

 

The Contemporary Austin presents IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY, a group exhibition featuring eight artists whose work explores how narrative and storytelling shape our senses of self, community, history, and identity.

The Jones Center: 700 Congress Ave.

Laguna Gloria: 809 W 35th St, Austin

 


 

 

PINNACLES: New Paintings by John Mulvany

 

Host: Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E 5th St
Dates: September 17, 2022 – October 9, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 6-10pm

 

This series of paintings by John Mulvany weaves together events – remembered, recounted, or directly experienced into an allegorical narrative documenting a singular imagined event set over a 24-hour period in the desert and mountains along the border of Texas and Mexico.

 


 

 

Beyond the Western Sky

 

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th St
Dates: September 17, 2022 – October 15, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 4-7 pm

 

“Visual reality is the starting point, but beneath this the true intention is the poetic vision. These twin poles – the encounter with reality and the imaginative transformation of reality – are the two opposing poles around which all artistic endeavour has been concentrated for thousands of years. Envisage the artist as a focal point in a three-way interplay between the individual soul, the outer physical world of nature, and the collective belief system of his society.― Peter Whitfield, The History of Western Art

Davis Gallery has brought together a group of artists that personify Peter Whitfield’s quote. Artists that embrace the visual reality of the west, with their own form of poetic personal vision. The West is a broad multifaceted place, rich with vistas of the naturalistic world as well as the human depth of experience and individuality. Beyond the Western Sky considers this diversity and celebrates it.

 


 

 

Fragments of the Landscape: Tiffany Heng Hui Lee

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: September 10, 2022 – October 24, 2022
Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 14, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm

 

As a multidisciplinary visual artist and licensed commercial interior designer, Tiffany Heng Hui Lee utilizes shape, color, and texture to create abstract mixed media collages, paintings, and sculptures to capture segments of the natural landscape. Expressing movement and energy, Fragments of the Landscape reflects the changing, unstable characteristics of nature and the fragmentation and uncertainty of life.

 


 

 

The Bliss of Solitude: Saul Jerome E. San Juan

 

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd

Dates: September 10, 2022 – October 24, 2022
Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 14, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 5, 7pm

 

Saul Jerome E. San Juan presents his plein-air paintings in The Bliss of Solitude, featuring new watercolors painted in Wimberley and the Big Bend region of West Texas in July 2022. San Juan explores insider-outsider relationships in framing views of fenced-in yards, deserted lakeside parks, low-water crossings, swimming pools, hill-top views from vacation homes, and exclusive HOA properties with river access.

 


 

Nature in Vogue: Neena Buxani

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: September 10, 2022 – October 15, 2022
Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 14, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm

 

Nature in Vogue celebrates the beauty of nature by combining vibrant color schemes, patterns, and textures that can be found both in the natural world and in the world of fashion. Inspired by runways, stores, and fashion magazines, Neena Buxani’s vibrant paintings of flora and fauna highlight the glamour of the natural world.

 


 

 

Eastside Stories: La Lucha Sigue

 

Host: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center and Arte Texas, 600 River St
Dates: September 10, 2022 – October 8, 2022

 

An expression of East Austin Cultura – passion, pain, knowledge, sweat, decades of hard work, and history. Arte Texas’s mission is to create a forum to connect veteran artists with emerging talent and for artists to give back to the community they are rooted in and draw inspiration from their works of art in their environment. Arte Texas is focused on preserving, restoring, and celebrating the murals of street art, public art painting from the heart and soul of East Austin, a historical community where our Indigenous people are rooted: Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a.

 


 

 

Joyce Howell

 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th St
Dates: September 10, 2022 – October 12, 2022

 

Howell’s palette is informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. She describes it as an ongoing conversation.  Each color and mark applied to the canvas informs the next; colors give the impression of physical weight and become instruments, much as in a musical composition.  As the work progresses, the painting becomes a collaboration, a dialogue between Howell and the canvas.

 


 

 

“Beyond” by Rama Tiru

 

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E 6th St, #102
Dates: September 8, 2022 – October 1, 2022
Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 17, 2022, 3-4pm

 

“Beyond” comprises Tiru’s new work and features digital, mostly surreal paintings, both full color and black and white. Augmented reality is added to some of the paintings.

Tiru reflects that her image collection evolves from her dreams, memories, and collective experiences from the past, “Beyond” the experiences of today. She starts with a blank canvas and without a plan, she creates an organic image. When she is satisfied with one of the iterations of the image, she completes the image. Adding Augmented Reality provides a technological sparkle.

 


 

 

EVERYONE: Prints by Connie Arismendi

Host: Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 3701 Drossett Drive, Suite 190
Dates: September 3, 2022 – October 15, 2022
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, September 24, 6-8 pm

Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking is delighted to present EVERYONE, an exhibition of large monoprints and etchings created by Connie Arismendi during her collaborative residency at Flatbed during 2021-2022. The Flatbed Press publication Connie Arismendi EVERYONE will be available on September 24th. Essays by Tatiana Reinoza, Benito Huerta, and Flatbed Director Katherine Brimberry provide insight into the collaborative process and Arismendi’s work.

 


 

 

Pulp Alchemy: A solo exhibition of new work by Jenn Hassin

 

Host: Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 STE 107
Dates: September 3, 2022 – October 15, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 3, 7-9pm

 

Hassin has spent her career collecting clothing and personal artifacts that have embedded histories of trauma. The work in Pulp Alchemy features military uniforms from all six branches of service, medical uniforms, children’s clothing, blue jeans, carved bone, and porcelain. As a United States Air Force veteran and rape survivor, Hassin’s main intention is to transform the materials she uses from her own past and the materials donated to her by fellow vets and survivors of trauma into beautiful, raw memorials of these stories. Her work invites the viewer to visually sift through the pulped materials and contemplate the history of the people who wore each item.

 


 

 

Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Blvd
Dates:  August 27, 2022 – November 27, 2022

 

Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), whose monumental last work, Austin, is in the Blanton’s collection, is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His abstract paintings, sculptures, and prints are masterworks in the exploration of line, form, and color. In a lesser-known part of his practice, Kelly made over 400 collaged postcards over the course of more than fifty years. Some were exploratory musings, while others served as preparation for larger works in other media. They show a playful, unbounded space of creative freedom for the artist and provide an important insight into the way Kelly saw, experienced, and translated the world in his art. “Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards” will present a survey of Kelly’s lifelong practice of collaged postcards.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring newly commissioned writings and never-before published images.

 


 

 

Charlotte Smith: Entangled

 

Host: Camiba Gallery, 6448 Hwy 290 East STE A102
Dates: August 25, 2022 – September 24, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 25, 6-8:30pm

 

Charlotte Smith is well established as royalty in Texas contemporary abstract art. Gallerist Troy Campa muses, “For me it is forever awe-inspiring to watch the never-ending creativity of Charlotte Smith as she pursues her passion of experimenting with paint – the result is always a unique object of beauty.”

With many of the artworks in the exhibit, Charlotte pushes her paint drips, drops, and marks in a more formal direction; stringing them together into bands that collectively begin to create larger elements that appear to drift, flow, or dance across the canvas. Yet other artworks in this exhibit continue Charlotte Smith’s recent creative trajectory of soft environmental works, but instead of the soft off-white hues of recent works, she is using a bolder, more dramatic color palette. When examined closely, even these environmental works seem to have bands of tangles that weave in and out of the mist.


 

 

Wura-Natasha Ogunji: earth, body, spirit

 

Host: Art Galleries at Black Studies – Idea Lab, 210 W 24th St, Gordon-White Building 2.204
Dates: August 25, 2022 – February 23, 2022

 

Wura-Natasha Ogunji: earth, body, spirit provides a glimpse of the artist’s lyrical, dreamlike landscape. In the drawings and video, lines, colors, shapes, and figures convey much more than can be understood through a quick glance. By working with African and African diaspora knowledges to blur the often rigid Western dualism between body and spirit, Ogunji makes the unseen visible and eternal.

 


 

 

Yo trabajo con la tierra / I work with the earth

 

Host: Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101
Dates: August 20, 2022 – September 24, 2022
Panel Discussion: Saturday, August 20, 11am-12pm

 

The show features five women artists that explore movement and place in relation to landscape, geological bodies, and other nonhuman intelligences. Using their own body as medium, the artists share ecofeminist sensibilities through video, installation, sculpture, photography, and performance works. The title of this exhibition recalls an interview by Ana Mendieta, where she begins describing her Silueta Series with the phrase, “I work with the earth, with nature, and I make sculptures in the landscape, in the environment outside.” Her sentiment evokes a collaborative relationship with nature and offers a lens shared by the exhibiting artists. This exhibition aims to reveal marginalized perspectives in the environmental movements prompting a sense of kinship to the earth, and consequently, a more compassionate understanding of ourselves and each other.

 


 

 

Les Satinover: Conjunction

 

Host: Artworks, 1214 W 6th St STE 105
Dates: August 20, 2022 – September 24, 2022
Reception: Saturday, September 10 from 2-5pm

 

A series of monumental figurative paintings, mostly male, confront the viewer with Satinover’s unapologetic offer to ‘produce an emotive sensual evocation of skin, muscle and form with a subconscious connection to BEAUTY as TRUTH.’


 

 

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates:  August 14, 2022 – January 8, 2023

 

Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America addresses the social roles of textiles and their visual representations in different media produced in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela during the 1600s and 1700s. Beyond emphasizing how aesthetic traditions of European and Indigenous origin were woven together during this period, the exhibition showcases the production, use, and meaning of garments as well as the ways they were experienced both in civil and religious settings. A culmination of many years of collaborative research among scholars in Mexico, Peru, and the U.S., Painted Cloth is the first major exhibition developed by the Blanton to explore art and material culture of the Spanish Americas.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue and public programs, including a Curated Conversation, symposium, and performances of Casta, written by Adrienne Dawes and performed by Salvage Vanguard Theater.

 


 

Rachel Wolfson Smith: The Future Is Behind Us

 

Host: Women & Their Work, 1311 E Cesar Chavez St
Dates: August 13, 2022 – September 29, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13, 7-9 pm

 

In The Future Is Behind Us, Rachel Wolfson Smith focuses our attention on the essential and grounding effect of beauty in nature. In portraying constructed, intricate, and imagined landscapes, Smith creates an antidote to the imbalance many of us experience as we lurch from impulse to impulse in our tech-laden, consumer-driven, modern existence. The scope of The Future Is Behind Us includes a series of floral cyanotypes that could be at home in the Victorian era, large scale graphite drawings alluding to the complexities of the modern self, and an imagined future where landscapes arrive in sci-fi-esque pre-packaged boxes. It is in these historical and cultural influences that we observe history repeating itself, and better understand our relationship to natural beauty and the role it will undoubtedly play in the digital future. Smith invites us to pass through time, searching landscapes for beauty and finding guidance in eras past, present, and imagined.

 


 

 

 

EVE: Cindy Elizabeth

 

Host: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St
Dates: August 4, 2022 – October 30, 2022

 

Eve is an homage to all the women, girls, and femmes who, like Elisabet Ney, have shaped and are still shaping the landscape of Central Texas. Mostly captured over the course of the pandemic, this collection of images showcases portraits of Black women and girls, who are central to the culture of Austin and yet are often erased and dissociated from the culture they have created. Eve is a celebration of the presence, work, and beauty of Black women in Austin; to disrupt white supremacist culture as much as to credit Black women for their contributions to the arts and fashion.

 


 

 

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: July 23, 2022 – December 4, 2022

 

Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby has described her desire as an artist to “center Black life, my experience as a Black woman, and the complexity of Black life—and to infuse every piece I make with…this deep love I have for my Black experience.”

This intimate exhibition presents four recent paintings on paper by Akunyili Crosby.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming

 

 


As It Was

 

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #102
Dates: September 30, 2022 – October 29, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 7-10 pm

 

ICOSA collective is proud to present As It Was, an exhibition of new works by Jonas Criscoe and B Shawn Cox exploring the transformative power of quilting. Through the use of traditional patterns, manipulated surfaces, and found materials, each artist employs a patina of touch to transform the familiar and nostalgic into a palimpsestic rendition of itself.

 


 

 

Day Jobs

 

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates:  February 19 2023 – July 23, 2023

 

The first major exhibition to examine the overlooked impact of day jobs on the visual arts, Day Jobs is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike. The exhibition will make clear that much of what has determined the course of modern and contemporary art history are unexpected moments spurred by pragmatic choices rather than dramatic epiphanies. Conceived as a corrective to the field of art history, the exhibition also encourages us to more openly acknowledge the precarious and generative ways that economic and creative pursuits are intertwined. Day Jobs includes approximately 75 works in a broad range of media by emerging and established artists such as Emma Amos, Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Gibson, Tishan Hsu, Ragen Moss, Howardena Pindell, Chuck Ramirez, Robert Ryman, and Fred Wilson, among many others.

Day Jobs will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring artist essays as well as a podcast.

 


 

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