Art
In the immortal words of Huey Lewis: “That’s the power of love.”

Power Trip

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts reeks of avant-garde New York City.
ANTHONY MARIANI
No matter how long, notated, and well written an artist’s statement is, his or her art –– to paraphrase Sir Duke –– don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Conjoined black canes hanging from a small, transl...


Best Of 2012, Fort Worth Culture

Culture 2012

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
  Solo Dance Performances Critic’s choice: (tie) Leticia Oliveira, Carolyn Judson, and Michele Gifford Oliveira and Judson alternated in the title role of Texas Ballet Theater’s Giselle, bringing different views of the...



The Modern is one of more than 40 beneficiaries of government funding.

Bass Master

There may be more to this arts-funding fiasco than meets the eye.
ANTHONY MARIANI
So Fall Gallery Night happened last Saturday. Masses of people packed Fort Worth’s multiple galleries and impromptu art spaces, sipping on boxed wine, noshing on cheese cubes, and, of course, admiring the art on display. Ther...


Though not patently obvious, Smith’s painting “Western Vistas” was inspired by mapmaking and naturalism.

Geography, Class

Mark Smith’s abstracted panoramas are drawn from nature and technology.
JIMMY FOWLER
Painter Mark Smith, 60, came by his love of the natural world early. As a kid, he spent equal time in the countryside near Denton and in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, in a little house on a high plateau near the eastern edge of the R...



“B Hall” is Brackenridge Hall, a dorm on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Many famous Texans, including former Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and university president Harry Benedict, lived there. Though the hall has long since been razed, fascination with its residents, especially its famous residents, is still strong. In the tradition of B Hall, dormmates stitched their names into each other’s pillows. “It sounds kinda strange now,” Byrd IV said, “but it was tradition.” The photograph was taken in 1905 by Byrd Jr.

UT Acquires Four Byrds

A photo from each of the Williams generations lands in the esteemed Ransom Center.
Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth photographer and Fort Worth Weekly contributor Byrd Williams IV represents the fourth generation in a family of professional photographers dating back to the turn of the 20th century. (Each photographer has been name...


Chris Blay stands for art.

Frank’s Smarter

Christopher Blay is growing into a one-man army.
Anthony Mariani
Though multimedia artist Christopher Blay definitely has a signature style, the 44-year-old Fort Worthian had something of an epiphany last week, when he attended a lecture at Southern Methodist University by Chicago artist The...



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Second Annual Visionary Awards

Tim Harding, David Lowery, and Devon Nowlin are tops in our annual local-arts celebration.
Anthony Mariani
Here’s a conundrum: How can Fort Worth have such an incredible array of art-related institutions and not be an “art town”? (At least not yet.) Yes, there are arty aspects of the Fort that are the envy of many other, older...


Long, soft polyester tubes dangle from the ceiling in Janet Morrow’s startling new exhibit.

Enlightened by the Dark

Janet Morrow’s hearing loss sparked her growth as an artist.
JIMMY FOWLER
Anyone who’s checked out conceptual artist Janet Morrow’s current show Ambiguous Belonging at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center was probably intrigued and a little mystified by its contents. Long, soft polyester tubes da...



Sargent paintings at Amon Carter

Amon Carter’s Sargent

Big Ticket
Two exhibits opened last Sunday: the sprawling The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark at the Kimbell Art Museum and the intimate Sargent’s Youthful Genius: Paintings from the Clark at the Amon Carter ...


McAn’s Implied Landscapes

Fort Worth artist Robert McAn celebrates the disposable at William Campbell.
JIMMY FOWLER
Photographer, sculptor, and mixed-media canvas artist Robert McAn says that if you look hard enough at some of his work, you can probably find the influence of Duchamp, Magritte, and other art school gods. But McAn insists he...