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1996 Stories by Shaila Dewan

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  • Dumb and Dinky

    published December 26, 1996

    In a time when programming choices at non-commercial galleries are often made by committee or viewed mainly as grant-getting opportunities, a... More >>

  • Making Connections

    published December 12, 1996

    Seated in Lawndale Art & Performance Center's main gallery, artist Mark Lombardi tells me a story: Shortly after he arrived in Houston, a woman... More >>

  • Playing to Type

    published November 28, 1996

    At the turn of the century, German photographer August Sander began work on a project ambitiously titled "Man of the Twentieth Century." His... More >>

  • Street Walking

    published November 7, 1996

    The street of galleries known collectively as Colquitt (as in "Been over to Colquitt?" "Yeah." "See anything?" "Naw.") is a glorified strip mall,... More >>

  • Frill a Minute

    published October 31, 1996

    In the telling of his stories, Dr. Seuss often got wonderfully distracted. He dosed on long riffs of nonsense, gobbledygook that sounded good even... More >>

  • Jailed and Drugged

    published October 10, 1996

    "I am three face from the planet called the Texas Longhorn." "My name is up side down I am from the Planet II Face." "I am victory... More >>

  • Quiet, Please

    published October 3, 1996

    "Everything is on the move. Art should be still." This was one of the 12 strict rules for painters that Ad Reinhardt advanced in 1957. Today, his... More >>

  • Frank-ly Speaking

    published August 22, 1996

    You don't have to be much of a cynic to at least raise an eyebrow at the Museum of Fine Arts' exhibit "More than a Constructive Hobby: The... More >>

  • The Trouble with Beauty

    published August 15, 1996

    At first glance, "Crimes and Splendors: The Desert Cantos of Richard Misrach" appears to be so much exquisite photography for next year's... More >>

  • Sweet Stuff

    published July 18, 1996

    If there's one thing Houston's summer heat is sure to dissolve, it's any attempt at snobbery. If you're like me, by early June your radio is... More >>

  • Crossed Cultures

    published July 4, 1996

    The character of The Simpsons' convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetalon is as exaggerated as his name is long. But he's one of the few Asian... More >>

  • Man Oh Man

    published June 20, 1996

    Weekend Gallery director Martin Mercader had in mind an affirmative action of sorts when he put together his latest exhibit, "Atom." The title is... More >>

  • Shiny Happy Creatures

    published June 13, 1996

    In 1991, when she appeared on the Houston art scene as a Glassell School of Art Core Fellow, sculptor Sharon Engelstein's knack for distinguishing... More >>

  • Walking Man

    published June 6, 1996

    In one of Rice professor (and Art Forum critic) Thomas McEvilley's oft-given lectures, he speculates that the earliest known art-making consisted... More >>

  • Poster Points

    published May 9, 1996

    Visitors to "Crime and Punishment and Other New Paintings," Peter Saul's current exhibit at Texas Gallery, are greeted by a Day-Glo rendition of... More >>

  • Abstract Ideas

    published April 25, 1996

    Over the past few years, the Texas art world has become obsessed with the validity of abstract painting. In Houston alone, three large exhibits of... More >>

  • Faking It

    published April 11, 1996

    An exhibit saddled with a name that contains not only a play on words, but a sub-subhead, might well be cause for alarm. And indeed, "Justapose:... More >>

  • England's Edge

    published March 21, 1996

    You're not to think of proper manners, the Thames, Alistair Cooke or even Hugh Grant. You're to think, rather, of the Sex Pistols,... More >>

  • From the Beginning

    published March 7, 1996

    For half a century now, Jasper Johns has kept his public guessing. Each time he exhibits new work, be it abstract, figurative or something in... More >>

  • Graphic Ideas

    published February 22, 1996

    In 1942, Peggy Guggenheim opened a Manhattan gallery to exhibit the new "isms" that Americans were increasingly curious about: surrealism, cubism,... More >>

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