December through June Picks

Texas and beyond

December 2009 - June 2010
by Claire Ruud & Lauren Adams

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      Harry Shunk
      Saut dans le vide (Leap into the Void), 1960
      Silver gelatin
      10-3/4 x 13-7/8 inches
      The Menil Collection, Houston
      Photo: Shunk-Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

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      Okay Mountain
      Arthouse at Pulse, Miami
      December 3 – 6

      Arthouse has snapped up Okay Mountain for a booth at this year’s fairs in Miami. The collective has proposed to transform a booth into a convenience store, which perhaps bears more resemblance to an art fair than we generally admit. I like it. CR

      Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool
      Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
      January 30 – April 18

      The Birth of the Cool show got tons of great coverage when it opened at the Studio Museum (Frieze, NY Times, Time Out NY, Artforum In Print), so I’ll spare you more words for the time being. CR

      Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
      February 5 – April 25

      Desire, the museum’s big winter show, is another sign that the Blanton has firmly embraced the crowd pleaser. The last one was Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury, which came replete with coupons to Design [not] Within Reach. I'll admit, with Desire, I’m part of the crowd they're pleasing, and I’m excited. The catalogue is going to look perfect on my coffee table next to the little book of Alexandre Dupouy's French erotic postcard collection I bought last month at Domy. CR

      Leaps into the Void: Documents of Nouveau Réalist Performance
      Menil Collection, Houston
      March 19 – August 8

      What’s 40˚ above Dada? Nouveau Realism, of course. If documentation of ephemeral events sometimes runs the risk of being dry, this show doesn’t. Yves Kline, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle—those guys knew how to put on a show and spin a story. CR

      Luc Tuymans
      Dallas Museum of Art
      June 6 – September 5

      Luc Tuymans once called Jan Van Eyck his “most devastating” influence. Travelling from the Wexner and headed to SFMOMA, this is Tuymans’s first U.S. retrospective. A figurative painter nonpareil, you gotta love him. CR

      Claire Ruud is Editor of ...might be good.

      Lauren Adams is an intern at Fluent~Collaborative.


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