MBG Issue #138: Best of 2009

Issue # 138Best of 2009 December 25, 2009 share with a friend: This word cloud represents the frequency of the most common words printed in …might be good in 2009. from the editor 2009 was a hell of a good year for seeing visual art in Austin. The year opened with a series of shows that brought us back to Austin’s DIY … Read More

MBG Issue #137: Huh? Wow!

Issue # 137Huh? Wow! December 18, 2009 share with a friend: Katri Walker, State of the He/Art (Serenata), 2006, Video still. Courtesy the artist and Women & Their Work. from the editor This is new for …might be good: we’ve added a donate button to our site.* For the first time, we’re asking you, our readers, to invest in the work … Read More

MBG Issue #136: Okay Mountain receives 2009 PULSE Prize

Issue # 136Okay Mountain receives 2009 PULSE Prize December 7, 2009 share with a friend: Okay Mountain, Corner Store, 2009. Presented by Arthouse at Pulse Miami. Courtesy Arthouse. from the editor Fluent~Collaborative congratulates Austin-based collective Okay Mountain, the winner of the 2009 Pulse Prize for best emerging artist at the fair, where they showed Corner Store, an installation presented by Arthouse at the Jones Center. … Read More

MBG Issue #135: Punished with Beauty

Issue # 135Punished with Beauty December 4, 2009 share with a friend: Mel Bochner, Blah, Blah, Blah, 2008, Oil-based printing ink on paper, 30 1/8 x 22 1/2 inches. Courtesy Lawrence Markey, Inc. from the editor Joan Jonas’s recent workshop on drawing and performance, held in Austin just before Thanksgiving, centered on the idea of the list. Artists, Jonas pointed … Read More

MBG Issue #134: A Breakthrough Moment

Issue # 134A Breakthrough Moment November 20, 2009 share with a friend: Adrian Esparza, Dream Drought, 2009. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. from the editor I just got back from San Antonio and I saw a Thanksgiving-worthy cornucopia of great work. Highlights included Adrian Esparza, Adriana Lara, and Mario Ybarra, Jr. at Artpace, the Mel Bochner show at Lawrence … Read More

MBG Issue #133: Let your freak flag fly

Issue # 133Let your freak flag fly November 6, 2009 share with a friend: Carlos Rosales-Silva, Untitled (Chamberlain Alamo), 2009, Modified Found Objects, 36 x 36 x 19 inches. Courtesy the artist and Art Palace Gallery. from the editor Here’s what rocks about Austin: the turnover. You think I’m joking? I’m not. As Art Palace prepares for a move to … Read More

MBG Issue #132: Stumbling through the Imaginary Brush

Issue # 132Stumbling through the Imaginary Brush October 23, 2009 share with a friend: Erin Curtis, Foliage View, 2009, Acrylic on paper, 34 x 25 inches, (framed). Courtesy the artist and Women & Their Work. from the editor At a moment when contemporary art practices may feel almost paralyzingly diverse, standards about how to look at art, and how to evaluate … Read More

MBG Issue #131: Lingering Woozy Feeling

Issue # 131Lingering Woozy Feeling October 9, 2009 share with a friend: Pablo Vargas Lugo, WorkSpace 12: Eclipses for Austin (production). Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art. Photo: Douglas Marshall. from the editor And I am sunburnt. On Tuesday I spent four long, sticky hours in UT Austin’s football stadium as a volunteer for artist Pablo Vargas Lugo’s Eclipses for Austin, the … Read More

MBG Issue #130: Angry Me/Calm Me

Issue # 130Angry Me/Calm Me October 2, 2009 share with a friend: Levi Dugat, Calm Me Waving at Angry Me, 2009, 18 x 24 inches, Graphite on paper. Courtesy the artist and Domy Books. from the editor Today, Fluent~Collaborative is hosting a Satellite Summit for this year’s National Summit on Arts Journalism. This year, the summit is focusing on new models in cultural … Read More

MBG Issue #129: Earning Your Keep

Issue # 129Earning Your Keep September 11, 2009 share with a friend: Anne Collier, Woman With A Camera (35mm), 2009, 35mm slides, slide projector, slide projector stand, Dimensions variable, Originally commissioned by Artpace San Antonio. Photo: Todd Johnson. from the editor After my latest visit to Artpace San Antonio, I’m thinking about artist residencies. Austin has long clamored for a residency … Read More