Arts History Update for mid November 2012

8 Nov

Arts History Update for mid November 2012 by David Cummins


Daytona State College operates Southeast Museum of Photogrpahy in Daytona Beach Florida. The current exhibits are appealing.




Wealthy people follow their money. Raymond Nasher, a Duke University alumnus, founded the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. In October 2012 his daughter Nancy Nasher and her husband David Haemisegger, donated $5 million to the Museum, one for a visiting curatorship and four for acquisitions of modern and contemporary art. Here is the website Yes, Raymond and Patsy Nasher made the lead gift creating the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas Texas. He was a North Texas real estate developer 1921 – 2007.




Art Forum International provides a guide to worldwide art fairs for the coming year. By clicking on one of the items one can get to the fair’s website and discover more information. You can bookmark the website of Art Forum to keep informed. A one year ten issue subscription to the physical magazine is $46. Texas Tech Library Periodicals / Journals has many issues for exploration at N1.A814 Here’s the table of contents for October’s issue




A friend telephoned to report that she was home from her recent trip to Esalen Institute at Big Sur south of Monterey California on the coast. The West Coast of this country has for generations been a region that William James called “Mind Cure”, where seekers have engaged in magical thinking. People have learned about themselves as if it were a recent discovery. Chris Johanson, The Award of Self (2009) is an installation piece by a San Francisco artist who grew up in San Jose. He has a series of pieces at Altman Siegel Gallery at 49 Geary Street In print he’s published This is What Is .




Liberty Enlightening the World (1886) by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, more commonly known as The Statue of Liberty, rests on Liberty Island, formerly Bedlow’s Island, in New York City harbor. Here’s a 4 minute video on her construction in France, ocean shipment in crates, and emplacement. She is now 125 years old. She is a gift by the Franco-American Union in France, and the pedestal was commissioned and paid for by United States private subscriptions and donations as a responsive show of unity with France. Liberty is the most well-known sculpture in America and a United Nations designated World Heritage Site. Gustave Eiffel, civil engineer, designed the interior superstructure for the statuary. Elizabeth Louden Ph.D at Texas Tech University College of Architecture led a laser maping preservation project on Liberty recently.





An exhibit Randy Bacon: The Colors of West Texas opened October 26 and extends through December 1, 2012 at William Reaves Fine Art Gallery, 2313 Brun Street, Houston Texas. This is the catalogue of 27 recent paintings and you will recognize some from his recent exhibition Familiar Territory: The Art of Randy Bacon at the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University. Judy Tedford Deaton is chief curator at Abilene’s Grace Museum and she wrote an essay on Randy and his art for this catalogue. Painting # 11 is titled Near Lubbock (The Spade Ranch) (2011) and painting # 18 is titled Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos (2012). The north fork of the Double Mountain runs through Lubbock rising from the confluence of Yellowhouse Draw and Blackwater Draw at Mackenzie Park and flowing southeast through Buffalo Springs, Ransom Canyon and Yellowhouse Canyon. The Spade Ranch with south pasture headquarters near Smyer Texas was at one time ten miles wide and 54 miles long there were ranch operations at multiple locations from 1889 onward led by Isaac Ellwood [co-inventor of barbed wire] and his heirs. Breakouts of ranch land sold off by Ellwood Farms yielded several farming communities such as Ropesville, Wollforth, Roundup, and Spade.


Randy Bacon’s website is and if you scroll to the right you will see some of his recent paintings.


Speaking of the National Ranching Heritage Center, Scott White, curator of art, compiled and organized Pitchfork Ranch correspondence during the Great Depression. The newly issued book is Getting By In Hard Times: Letters From the Pitchfork Ranch: 1938 – 1939 (ed. Scott White, NRHC 2012, 240 pages) available from NRHC Cogdells General Store $25 phone 806-742-2497 . This is not the first book about the historic ranch. Jim Pfluger, Pitchfork Country: The Photography of Bob Moorhouse (NRHC 2000) Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 51.3 P682 M825. Pitchfork Land & Cattle Company website is David J. Murrah, The Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company: The First Century (Texas Tech University Press 1983 maps by Jim Rogers) Texas Tech Library Southwest Collection TEX 51.3 P682 M979


See also Wyman Meinzer & Henry C. Chappell, 6666: Portrait of a Texas Ranch (Texas Tech University Press 2004) Texas Tech Library OVERSZ F392.K45 M45

and 6666: the Four Sixes (NRHC 2003) Southwest Collection F392.D4 A15


The ranch website is descended from Captain Samuel “Burk” Burnett founding it in 1870. Burk’s son Tom became friends with Quanah Parker. Here’s a 1908 photograph of them. Burk, Tom, Quanah and another rancher organized the famous wolf trap for a visiting Theodore Roosevelt who fashioned himself quite the hunter of wild game.




Art Monthly is the United Kingdom’s leading magazine of contemporary visual art. A one year subscription is $74 for us in the former “colonies”. It might be possible to subscribe online to the digital edition but the price is listed in pound sterling. Perhaps the current exchange price is used to extract dollars. Free access therafter to the archive of issues since 1976 is very attractive. The digital price is about $48 per year. There are two issues that you can read online free to see if you like it.




A really good film is watchable anytime, and the 1947 postwar slice of life in every day East End London film It Always Rains on Sunday (Ealing Studios, directed by Robert Hamer) is on screens again in London beginning October 26, 2012. Surely we will soon see it, again, in the states. It’s remastered with current state of the art technicals, so it’s not grainy and “old”.


A really good play is not to be missed. John Lithgow stars in The Magistrate at the National Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames River, opening November 14, 2012. Here’s Lithgow telling about the role




An Evening With Alex Danchev is planned for Monday November 12 at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Danchev and Texas Monthly writer Michael Ennis will converse about Danchev’s new book Cezanne: a Life (Pantheon October 23, 2012) 512 pages $24.07 hardcover at $15 tickets but free for members of DMA.




Doug Starn and Mike Starn, See It Split, See It Change (2009) is a 240 foot long glass tile mural in the South Ferry Subway Station in New York City borough of Manhattan. The Sandy storm flooded the station. Here’s a picture The good news is that after pumping out the water and restoring transportation service, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority MTA now reports no damage to the mural. The arboral images were on glass within the ceramic outer layer so an initial cleaning of the outer layer revealed the art in full splendor.


When the emergency services website is no longer needed, the old website of MTA will be back in operation and you can see images of the Arts for Transit project at


The artists’ studio is at




















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