Top Five: January 13, 2022

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

To view our 2022 Spring Preview selections, go here.

Linocut over offset printing.  The artwork depicts a skeleton painting based on top of a George Washington painting.  The words are partially hidden, "THE FACE OF FREEDOM" printed in black ink on the chest of the figure.  Drawing by Eric Avery.

Eric Avery, “The New Face of Liberty”, 1983, Linocut through offset printing, 35 1/6 x 23 1/4 inches. Blanton Museum of Art

1. Pop Crítico / Politcal Pop: Expressive figurations in America, 60s – 80s. years
Blanton Museum of Art (Austin)
October 31, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Read our review here.

From the Blanton Museum:
“Pop art in America turned to the dark side in the 1960s. Artists in the United States and Latin America have increasingly manipulated the pop’s colorful and ostentatious representation known as an instrument of social and political criticism. This exhibition, which juxtaposes the works of American and Latin American artists in Blanton’s collection, examines how artists have adopted pop art language to express a political conscience, often obscuring the message in their art. “

Statue of a small stuffed animal.  The animal has a brown face and appears to be wearing a panda bear costume.  The chest of a stuffed animal is embroidered with red thread, creating two "AT" shapes where the pectoral muscles would be.  Artwork by Angela Faz

Angela Faz, “Feeling Tender Could Go to Grindr Later,” 2021, Plush and Embroidery Thread, 12 x 6 inches. Image: Gallery 500X

2. 2021 500X annual exhibition LGBTQIA +
Gallery 500X (Dallas)
December 18, 2021 – January 16, 2022

From 500X:

“This year’s annual LGBTQIA + exhibition is a jury of Odyssey Studios, an art space for events and a collective studio. Exhibiting artists are: Addie Rule, Angela Faz, Christopher Sonny Martinez, Christopher Najera, Darren Dobson, Derrick Hamm, Dre Burciaga, Enrique Nevarez, Gibson Regester, Henry Thomas, Jesus Lopez, Joey Brock, Krista Chalkley, Matthew Weimer, Morgan Grasham, Sean McGuire and Teresa Foster. “

Photo of a large sculpture of a cactus.  The cactus is painted in unrealistic colors with pink and blue on the left and green and yellow on the right.  The white text is drawn in painted colors and reads "this place is for all the people." Artwork of Nomad Lab.

Nómada Lab, “El Regreso Responsible”, 2021. Image: Rubin Center

3. Fund for Ethical Practices of Cross-Border Arts
UTEP Rubin Center for the Visual Arts (El Paso)
November 12, 2021 – February 25, 2022

From the center of Rubin:

“This exhibition documents inaugural projects funded by the Fund for Ethical Practices of Cross-Border Arts. The fund itself originated from Rafael Lozan-Hemmer’s Border Tuner | Sintonizador Fronterizo in 2019. It was created to give voice and visibility to cross-border projects produced by artists living in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas. The exhibition presents six projects that the fund is currently supporting, with ongoing videos highlighting the voices of artists talking about their work experience at the MX-US border during a global pandemic that has severely reduced cross-border borders. fronterizos movement ’.

Collage of patterned cut paper showing a portrait.  Nick Barbee's drawing

Nick Barbee, “Believers: Rudolph,” 2018, cut paper, 9 x 7 inches.

4. Nick Barbee: Undeniable
Galveston Arts Center
January 15 – April 17, 2022

From the Galveston Arts Center:

“The exhibition, a ten-year survey by artist Nick Barbee of Galveston, will begin with Galveston ArtWalk on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 6 to 9 p.m. Barbee describes her work as exploring “the role of representation in the construction of culture and meaning.” His studio practice focuses on historical characters and stories, often through secular objects and with some personal connection to these histories.

Ray Smith- Pansy Pensamientos at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art in Brownsville on January 28, 2022

Painting by artist Ray Smith

5. Ray Smith: Pansy Pensamientos
Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts
December 29, 2021 – January 28, 2022
Read our review here.

From the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art:

“Ray Smith is a Texas-Mexican cross-border migrant artist in all respects, living in NYC and Cuernavaca, Mexico for more than three decades, created in the challenging waters of postmodernism and the transition from analog to space. At the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century, what sociologists call the “hybrid generation” who experienced the Cold War and the birth of the virtual universe is an artist who migrates from one language to another with great ease. from the pictorial to the sculptural, from the sculpture to the drawing, and from the drawing back to the pictorial, in an endless loop, perhaps due to a transition point in his DNA. “

David Berry

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