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2003 Stories by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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  • Supreme Show

    published December 11, 2003

    Imagine Russia during the early years of the 20th century. In the dark, gilded interiors of its onion-domed Orthodox churches, the air is heavy... More >>

  • Incest Is Wrong

    published November 27, 2003

    Art purists may say, "Why do a show about football?" predicted Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Peter Marzio, standing in front of a 20-foot... More >>

  • Secret Taping

    published November 20, 2003

    The drawings now hanging on the wall at Sicardi Gallery were almost tossed out. Harvey Bott was cleaning out his studio and had a barrel of... More >>

  • Image-Free Art

    published November 6, 2003

    Seeing artwork in person is different from seeing it in reproduction. Not just because of the quality of the visual but because we don't... More >>

  • Reverberations

    published October 30, 2003

    Panoramas of starkly beautiful desert landscapes, haunting vocals sung in a foreign tongue, dark-haired men in crisp white shirts, women wearing... More >>

  • The Eclectic Company

    published October 23, 2003

    In the late 1960s, Sister Corita Kent's Vatican II-inspired messages and supergraphics style started an ecclesiastical craze that led to a... More >>

  • Mo' Masterpieces

    published October 16, 2003

    Those blurry slides from second-semester art history survey have sprung to life at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Heroic Century: The... More >>

  • Extreme Makeovers

    published October 9, 2003

    Today we're hyperaware of learning disabilities of all kinds, but in the '40s and '50s, when artist Chuck Close was in school, kids with dyslexia... More >>

  • Blueprints for the Future

    published September 25, 2003

    Danielle Tegeder's paintings are as elaborately named as they are intricately constructed. Try reading this one aloud without taking a... More >>

  • The Good, the Bad and the Humidity

    published September 18, 2003

    Humidity. It's one of the defining aspects of life in Houston. It's always there to greet you on your return to the Bayou City. Walk out of... More >>

  • Degrees of Whiteness

    published August 28, 2003

    The Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery on Blossom Street is located in one of the few remaining non-town-homed, verdant patches located between... More >>

  • Right at Home

    published August 14, 2003

    This was the first year Lawndale Art Center's annual Big Show charged an entry fee. The $15 to enter three works was as much an attempt to keep... More >>

  • Peace Through Art

    published July 31, 2003

    When the Art Car Museum presented the thought-provoking exhibition "Secret Wars" shortly after September 11, 2001, it had the FBI dropping by to... More >>

  • Body Art

    published July 24, 2003

    People have been drawing people for at least the past 17,000 years. That is approximately when the first known image of a human, a crude stick... More >>

  • Popping Along

    published July 17, 2003

    Hear the name James Rosenquist and an image of the little girl sitting under a hair dryer comes to mind. F-111 (1964-65), the... More >>

  • Someone's Grandmother

    published July 10, 2003

    In the summer of '92, I wandered into the Rassensaal of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, where I was dumbfounded to find myself in the middle... More >>

  • Thinking Inside the Box

    published June 26, 2003

    Jeff Shore likes to control his space. In "Livefeed," his fifth collaborative exhibition with composer and programmer Jon Fisher, Shore has... More >>

  • POWerful Images

    published June 12, 2003

    As a kid, I always thought Wonder Woman, that ass-kicking female superhero, was so cool. I was never into the comic book but I loved the '70s show... More >>

  • Idiot Savant

    published June 5, 2003

    A skinny kid with a shock of blond hair wandered into my undergraduate painting critique at North Texas in the fall of 1989. Vernon Fisher was our... More >>

  • The Center of the Universe

    published May 22, 2003

    To move to New York or not to move to New York -- that is the eternal question for artists. But while New York remains the epicenter of the art... More >>

  • All in a Row

    published May 8, 2003

    One of the strengths of Project Row Houses' installation program is the row houses themselves. They aren't bland, white, neutral cubes. Shotgun... More >>

  • Modern Vintage

    published May 1, 2003

    single family photograph can conjure a host of memories: the taste of dry turkey, wriggling in the itchy dress your mother made you wear, trying... More >>

  • Short Stuff

    published April 17, 2003

    The Aurora Picture Show's Extremely Shorts 6 isn't a snooty film festival. "It's open to anyone with a camera," says Andrea Grover, Aurora's... More >>

  • Before the Boxes

    published April 17, 2003

    A car on the road to Marfa bears the bumper sticker "I JUDD." Here in Texas, Donald Judd is widely known because... More >>

  • Party on the Patio

    published April 10, 2003

    A guard is sitting on the front porch of the Glassell School of Art, resting his elbows on his knees in the fading afternoon sun. Greenish light... More >>

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