MBG Issue #128: Sycophantic Social Circles

Issue # 128Sycophantic Social CirclesAugust 28, 2009share with a friend:Logan Grider, Double-Dealing, 2009, Oil on canvas on panel, 20.5 x 25.5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Okay Mountain.from the editorLori Waxman, the 60 WRD/MIN Art Critic, spent three days in Austin at the beginning of the summer, and her performance at Arthouse sparked a series of conversations about art criticism among … Read More

MBG Issue #127: Fall Preview

Issue # 127Fall PreviewAugust 7, 2009share with a friend:Susan Rothenberg, Hands and Shadows, 1978-79, Acrylic and flashe on canvas, 48 x 58 inches. Courtesy Ann and Steven Ames, New York. (c) 2009 Susan Rothenberg/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.from the editorThis issue of …might be good is our guide to exhibitions opening in Texas and beyond this fall. So make yourself a … Read More

MBG Issue #126: An Unholy Experiment

Issue # 126An Unholy ExperimentJuly 31, 2009share with a friend:Jim Drain, I Will Show you the Woe-Joy Man, 2009, Detail of video still. Courtesy the artist.from the editorFirst things first: ever since Merce Cunningham passed away last weekend, I’ve been thinking about him. In particular, I keep flashing back to an installation I saw last summer at Dia:Beacon,Tacita Dean’s Merce Cunningham … Read More

MBG Issue #125: Spiritual Turmoil is the Subject

Issue # 125Spiritual Turmoil is the SubjectJuly 10, 2009share with a friend:Erin Shirreff, Still from Day is Long, Night is Longer, and Nothing is Longest, 2006, Single-channel video, 8 hours. Courtesy Lisa Cooley Fine Art.from the editorEver since the June 1 New Yorker arrived in my mailbox, I’ve been thinking about health care and the economic cultures of cities. Required reading in … Read More

MBG Issue #124: If the Exhibition Were a Cocktail

Issue # 124If the Exhibition Were a CocktailJune 19, 2009share with a friend:The Flower Man (Cleveland Turner), Untitled, 2009, Wood, Latex paint, found objects, flowers, plants, front lawn, Structure: 10 x 10 x 17 feet. Courtesy the artist. ©2009 Hester & Hardaway.from the editorIt’s hot out, and time for trashy summer reading. I picked up the Twilight books a couple weeks ago … Read More

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MBG Issue #123: Tween Regrets

Issue # 123Tween RegretsMay 29, 2009share with a friend:Tim Brown, Installation view of Generations, 2009. Courtesy the artist.from the editorSummer time, and …might be good will grace your inboxes every three weeks from here on out, through those hot sticky months of June, July and August. In this issue, Kate Watson recommends a few shows in Houston, and Dan Boehl and I review … Read More

MBG Issue #122: Twenty Dollar Babies

Issue # 122Twenty Dollar BabiesMay 8, 2009share with a friend:$29.51, Made by Nick McCarthy, (aka “Chinese Box”, 2009, 10 minutes). Commissioned at Flore, Los Angeles, Cinemad visa #41. Courtesy the artist and Lunchfilm.from the editorNed Rifkin, who resigned from his position as Under Secretary for Art at the Smithsonian Institution last spring, has been appointed director of The Jack S. … Read More

MBG Issue #121: What’s Yr Take on Cassavetes

Issue # 121What’s Yr Take on CassavetesApril 24, 2009share with a friend:Kalup Linzy, Video Still from Keys to Our Heart, 2008, Digital video, black & white, sound, TRT: 24 minutes 18 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Taxter & Spengemann, New York.from the editorIn the face of adversity, Austin artists and art institutions—from the most DIY to the most established—are rallying. … Read More

MBG Issue #120: Post-medium Attitude

Issue # 120Post-medium AttitudeApril 10, 2009share with a friend:Christina Fernandez, Lavandería #2, 2002, Chromogenic development print mounted on Sintra, 30 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica. © Christina Fernandez.from the editorWhen I say Birth of the Cool, do you think modish mid-century art and design or sleek large-scale portraits of African-American sitters by Barkley L. … Read More