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MBG Issue #119: The Dirty Cheap Made This City

Issue # 119The Dirty Cheap Made This CityMarch 27, 2009share with a friend:Lee Baxter Davis, Sister DeeBee (detail), 2007, Ink wash, watercolor and collage on paper, 28 x 20 inches. Courtesy the artist and the Texas Biennial.from the editorAustin’s got its fair share of round-up exhibitions these days: Arthouse’s annual New American Talent, AMOA’s triennial New Art in Austin and the Texas Biennial. Do … Read More

MBG Issue #118: What’s so sexy about a cat fight?

Issue # 118What’s so sexy about a cat fight?March 13, 2009share with a friend:Freeway flyovers and the Buffalo Bayou, Houston, 2008, Digital print, 22 x 14 ½ inches. Courtesy the CLUI Photographic Archive.from the editorRecently, LA Times critic Leah Ollman mentioned to an audience at The University of Texas that critics publishing on the internet trade the relative silence of … Read More

MBG Issue #117: comic book literati and professorly UT-types

Issue # 117comic book literati and professorly UT-typesFebruary 27, 2009share with a friend:William Cannings, Kink, 2008, Steel and paint, 48 x 38 x 16 inches. Courtesy the artist and Texas Biennial.from the editor“The Texas art world.” In anticipation of the 2009 Texas Biennial, opening in Austin next weekend, we’ve been hearing this phrase bantered about. But what does it mean? … Read More

MBG Issue #116: Take that, Cathy Horyn

Issue # 116Take that, Cathy HorynFebruary 13, 2009share with a friend:Heyd Fontenot, Dan Reclining, 2007, Oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches. Courtesy the artist and Art Palace.from the editorDan Reclining and, for that matter, Heyd Fontenot’s entire show at Art Palace right now, reek of Lone Star Style. In that infamous article printed in the pages of the August 2006 New York … Read More

MBG Issue #115: The Art of Entitlement

Issue # 115The Art of EntitlementFebruary 6, 2009share with a friend:Carlos Rosales-Silva, Untitled, 2009, Gold helium-filled balloons. Courtesy the artist.from the editorYesterday, Leah Ollman (of Art in America and the LA Times) and Phong Bui (of The Brooklyn Rail and P.S.1) offered a few gems of wisdom about art criticism to those who attended the first in a series of three Viewpoint 2009 lectures at UT Austin. … Read More

MBG Issue #114: Restraining Order

Issue # 114Restraining OrderJanuary 23, 2009share with a friend:Taryn Simon, Sepia Officinalis, 2008, Mixed-media installation, Dimensions vary, Installation detail. Photo Kimberly Aubuchon. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio.from the editorHello readers, are you reading this? We’re pleased to note that you’ve made it to the 18th word. Words 19 through 43 are even more rewarding: in them we … Read More