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1994 Stories by Susie Kalil

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  • Going Public

    published December 15, 1994

    It's hardly news that advertisers take pleasure in a captive audience. And a prime target is the person waiting for a bus. Most who wait to get... More >>

  • Losing Focus?

    published December 1, 1994

    Any way you slice it, FotoFest 1994 -- the biennial international photography event that filled the George R. Brown Convention Center from mid- to... More >>

  • The Small and the Dreadful

    published November 17, 1994

    What we feel in relation to something monumental is not the same as what we might feel were the same thing diminished considerably. In the small,... More >>

  • Black and White World

    published October 20, 1994

    Franz Kline liked beer at the Cedar Bar and English tea in the studio. He could play the dandy or the clown, talk about rugs, vintage cars,... More >>

  • Abstraction Without Shame

    published October 6, 1994

    Since the early 1980s, we've been told time and again of the emergence of a "new painting" -- this despite the numerous and quite specific... More >>

  • Thoughts in Motion

    published September 15, 1994

    It was a guy thing. Standing amid the loaded iconography -- axes, broken beer bottles, real dogs in a cell-like cage -- that comprise their... More >>

  • Pushing the Artistic Borders

    published September 8, 1994

    In their "Poison Amor" collaboration now showing at Blaffer Gallery, Lubbock-raised Terry Allen and James Drake use junkyard refuse to make... More >>

  • Big Show, Small Vision

    published August 18, 1994

    Don't go to Lawndale's "Big Show" expecting the alarmingly raw and rigorously heterogeneous works that often characterize juried exhibitions. My... More >>

  • Plastic Jesus

    published July 14, 1994

    Raw, unrepentant and grisly, Paul Kittelson's provocative new series of life-size figures is simultaneously elegant, seductive and beautiful. His... More >>

  • Art of Darkness

    published July 7, 1994

    The modern world at war is not a place to live. The "smallness" of human beings in a time of war bespeaks the meaninglessness of human life. This... More >>

  • More Than Just A Pretty Face

    published June 9, 1994

    Edgar Degas always regarded the human figure as the most important subject for art. He built himself a reputation as the principal figure painter... More >>

  • The Last Warhol

    published May 26, 1994

    Although Andy Warhol died in 1987, his art continues to pose questions -- questions concerning the nature of art and life. His work and personal... More >>

  • The Secret Life of Plants

    published May 12, 1994

    Botany occupies a peculiar position in the history of human knowledge. For eons it was the one field in which humankind had anything more than the... More >>

  • Trash Men

    published May 5, 1994

    Although Moody Gallery is filled with recent works by veteran Texas artists David McManaway and Jim Love, the exhibition will most likely send you... More >>

  • Amazing Cleveland

    published April 28, 1994

    Drive north on Highway 59 toward the forest and lake district of east Texas, out past the master-planned communities and shopping malls under... More >>

  • The Naked Eye

    published April 21, 1994

    Let's face it. We're all fascinated by anything that repels us, whether it's crocheted toilet-seat covers or images of crime, car crashes and,... More >>

  • What's It All Mean?

    published April 14, 1994

    Robert Cumming's work first appeared in a Boston Sunday paper as part of a contest in which kids had to incorporate a given printed curlicue into... More >>

  • Socialist Surrealism

    published March 31, 1994

    While Cuban photography of the 1960s and '70s was characterized by epic imagery and heroic representation and sentiment, "The New Generation: Two... More >>

  • Wink Wink

    published March 24, 1994

    "Did you hear what the Art Guys did?" That line has been a sporadic refrain for almost a decade in the Houston art world, prefacing yet... More >>

  • What Moves Us Deeply?

    published March 17, 1994

    To be a painter is to assume an immense load of cultural baggage. After more than a century of questioning and refining, what in painting still... More >>

  • Art as Ecstasy

    published March 3, 1994

    To understand oneself and the place and time in which one lives and dreams, to make oneself not just more responsive to the visual world but more... More >>

  • Black on Black

    published February 17, 1994

    On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King present his dream of freedom,... More >>

  • Art of Contradiction -- Art of Change

    published February 3, 1994

    Anyone familiar with Dean Ruck's rough-and-tumble installations will probably expect something on the order of shredded hay bales rather than the... More >>

  • Three-Ring Museum

    published January 27, 1994

    Until his death in 1992 at age 79, John Cage carried out a revolution that aimed to break the hold of the cultural elite. More than a composer,... More >>

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