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2000 Stories by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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  • Flea Smitten

    published December 21, 2000

    Fleas typically inspire little more than creative ideas on how to kill 'em: One ancient Egyptian solution advises coating a naked slave in donkey... More >>

  • Cy for Him

    published December 14, 2000

    The fact that you are not required to genuflect upon entering the Menil Collection's installation of "Cy Twombly: The Sculpture" is no... More >>

  • Still Life with Mouse

    published December 7, 2000

    Picture a still life -- shiny fruit, pretty flowers, cleverly arranged objects -- the most innocuous of artistic genres. At their peak in Holland... More >>

  • The Women's Rooms

    published November 23, 2000

    The last thing I want to be called is a woman artist," says Annette Wilzig. The remark may seem like an attempt to distance herself from her... More >>

  • Epic Grids

    published November 9, 2000

    Jennifer Bartlett has formed an unholy alliance with the grid, some sort of Faustian pact to renounce all other forms of composition in exchange... More >>

  • In Plane Sight

    published October 26, 2000

    If you were to think of, say, the 100 most exciting premises for an exhibition, aerial photographs of Houston would probably rate No. 99, right... More >>

  • Project Crate House

    published October 12, 2000

    If you were one of those kids with a deep and abiding love of Legos, you are going to be terribly envious of Wolfgang Winter and Berthold... More >>

  • Timber!

    published September 21, 2000

    Known for its cuckoo-clock industry, half-timber houses and dense landscape of dark pines, the Black Forest region of southwestern Germany is a... More >>

  • King of Pain

    published August 31, 2000

    A scar is a record, like an archival document permanently attached to the body and mind. It can be a physical or psychological mark that results... More >>

  • Everyday Art

    published August 24, 2000

    Monkey Men from Mars Invade the North Pole is one of many possible names for Erick Swenson's untitled tableau of weird space baboons... More >>

  • The Jury's Still Out

    published August 3, 2000

    A juried exhibition is the art-world equivalent of the lottery, but with significantly better odds. Say an artist completes a conceptually and... More >>

  • Unmasked!

    published July 27, 2000

    The mask is an object and a concept common to many cultures. It speaks to us because we identify ourselves by our faces, not hands, feet or,... More >>

  • Biggers Is Better

    published July 6, 2000

    Walk in the door of the University Museum at Texas Southern University, and The Web of Life, a 1957 mural by John Biggers,... More >>

  • De-meaning Objects

    published June 29, 2000

    When viewing the work of Ludwig Schwarz, remember that the response to the classic "Hell, I could do that!" comment is "Well, you didn't." The... More >>

  • Sing the Body Electric

    published June 15, 2000

    At least since Paleolithic man carved the fecund shape of the Venus of Willendorf from a chunk of limestone 24,000 or so years ago, human beings... More >>

  • Art: The Third Dimension

    published June 1, 2000

    By way of hackneyed intro, a classic definition of sculpture: "The art or practice of creating three-dimensional figures or designs, as by... More >>

  • Contemplative Spaces

    published May 18, 2000

    Some people live for NASCAR, and some painstakingly build sailboats out of matchsticks. You see the same extremes in art, from Red Grooms's... More >>

  • Home Improvement

    published May 4, 2000

    Curated by Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe, Twelfth Round of Artist Installations gives free rein to seven artists who take these... More >>

  • Caution: Swoon Zone

    published April 20, 2000

    Let's say you hate contemporary art. You really hate it; you find it overrated, inexplicable, absurd, boring, obscure or a classic case of the... More >>

  • Young at Art

    published April 13, 2000

    With art derived from crocheted afghans, skateboards and glucose levels, the "2000 Annual Core Exhibition" gives the city of Houston a look at... More >>

  • A Room of Its Own

    published March 23, 2000

    The opening of the Audrey Jones Beck Building works into Museum of Fine Arts director Peter Marzio's grand plan to make the institution a... More >>

  • Old Age Question

    published March 9, 2000

    The Menil Collection's Willem de Kooning exhibition, curated by Klaus Kertess, seeks to explore the painter's creative process, but winds up... More >>

  • Opening Up His Files

    published March 2, 2000

    Miniature golf courses rank right up there with parking lot carnivals in the "antithesis of fun" department. Whacking golf balls into the pouch of... More >>

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