Arts History Update for early December 2015

23 Nov

Arts History Update for early December 2015 by David Cummins

Robert Rauschenberg: Art and Life in Real Time is an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum August 29 – July 4, 2016

Robert Hughes, My Friend Robert Rauschenberg, The New York Review of Books, November 14, 2015

Explore the Life and Work of Robert Rauschenberg 1925-2008, a presentation by Christian Conrad Ph.D. occurred on Saturday November 21 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at LHUCA Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in the Firehouse Theater, 511 Avenue K downtown Lubbock, a free event focusing on his pioneering work with assemblages and collages. It was marvelous. Look for more presentations by Conrad at LHUCA.


Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is an exhibit at Dallas Museum of Art November 20 – March 20, 2016, formerly at Tate Liverpool in England June 30 – October 18, 2015 Art News article

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
November 20, 2015 to March 20, 2016
Chilton I Gallery

Requires a $16.00 special exhibition ticket.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is only the third major U.S. museum exhibition to focus solely on the artist hailed as “the greatest painter this country has ever produced.” On November 20, the Dallas Museum of Art will present what experts have deemed a “once in a lifetime” exhibition, organized by the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty: the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. This exceptional presentation, which critics hailed as “sensational,” “exhilarating,” “genius,” “revelatory,” and “revolutionary” on its UK premier at Tate Liverpool, will receive its sole US presentation in Dallas and include many works that have not been exhibited for more than 50 years.

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career and provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. With more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, the exhibition will first introduce audiences to Pollock’s work via a selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950. These works will serve to contextualize the radical departure represented by the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings that Pollock created between 1951 and 1953. An unprecedented 31 black paintings will be included in the DMA presentation. Exhibiting works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings will offer the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the “blind spots” in his practice


Also in Dallas is The McKinney Avenue Contemporary The MAC that is currently shuttered since June 27 after twenty years in the uptown location and will reopen in 2016 south of downtown Dallas in the Cedars neighborhood. Look for that event.

Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University 5900 Bishop Boulevard is another Dallas museum.


The Nobel Prize for Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian [White Russia] author and this is her website Born in western Ukraine in 1948 she grew up in Minsk the capital of Belarus. She uses a journalistic approach and interviews many people to tell stories about life and culture in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. She calls her recent books Voices of Utopia or Big Utopia. Her story about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the toll it wrought on people will be published in English as Time Second Hand (2016). Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (transl. Keith Gessen, Dalkey Archive Press 2005)

Timothy Snyder, Svetlana Alexievich: The Truth in Many Voices, The New York Review of Books, October 15, 2015


Diane Lewis, Open City: Existential Urbanity: The Architecture of the City Studio 2001-2014 (Charta 2015) 368 pages hardcover $49.


An exhibit A Train Story: Original Watercolors from the Award-Winning Children’s Book goes up Friday December 4 at 10:00 am and comes down Sunday January 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm at Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Avenue in downtown Lubbock.’s-book The illustrator of the enchanting book is Nathan Jensen of Portland Oregon. The book was written by Dolores Mosser of Lubbock, formerly of Slaton and a train spotter [whatever that is] published by Adrian Street Productions in 2009 and Adrian Street Books in 2011 $17 at hardcover 40 pages. Copies are able to be read at Lubbock Public Library E MOSS and at Texas Tech University Southwest Collection 42.2 M913 T768.


An annual event enjoyed by many is South Plains Nativity Exhibit at Lubbock Texas Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7016 Frankford Avenue, a free event. Thursday December 3 through Wednesday December 9 from 1:00 – 9:00 pm daily. Evening concerts from 7:00 – 8:00 pm will be performed live Thursday through Saturday December 3-5


Joan Jonas, Shawl (2016) is available for $640 as a hand printed and signed shawl with a drawing by the artist, edition of 160 with signed certificate of authenticity shipped from Italy news article


Ken Burns & Dayton Duncan, The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History (Chronicle Books 2012) $25 Texas Tech Library F595.D93 also DVD (2012) $15


Capitol Steps will play the Amarillo Civic Center-Globe News Center stage on Friday January 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at $42 and $28 with surcharge website

I have seen this lively musical comedic parody on the news of the day, and it is well worth a trip to Amarillo to enjoy.


NADA Miami Beach Art Fair 2015 is December 3-5, 2015 at 4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach Florida at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. NADA is New Art Dealers Alliance a collection of professionals working with contemporary art.

The location is less than 3 miles from the main Art Basel in America, Miami Beach on December 3-6, 2015 at Miami Beach Convention Center from which there is a shuttle bus to take patrons to the nineteen art fairs in Miami and Miami Beach during the first week of December 2015. Daily tickets at the Convention Center are $47 or $30 for seniors see

Here is the map for the week of art and art related events

The other annual Art Basel art fairs are located in Basel Switzerland in June and Hong Kong China in March.

The 56th Venice Italy La Biennale International Art Exhibition just closed on November 22 after a run from May 9, 2015 logging 501,502 visitors.



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