De Young

Photo of the De Young Museum in San Francisco by Heather Powazek Champ.

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Klee and Houston

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” –Paul Klee (1879-1940) When I was a grad student at the Iowa Writers Workshop in the late 80s, I consumed Paul Klee’s notebooks, staying up late studying them, becoming them.  I left Klee behind me in the 90s for no reason at all, as far… Continue reading Klee and Houston

Houston, R U Board?

On November 3rd the Commerce Street Artists’ Warehouse hosted the biggest skateboard deck art show in Texas featuring local and national artists. We’ll get another chance to see the skateboards at the Mackey Gallery on November 11.  All proceeds from art sales are going to help P.U.S.H. Houston build the biggest free skatepark in the… Continue reading Houston, R U Board?

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Surrealist Lunch

SUrREALISt “Lunch ”   A walk through the Menil’s world-renowned Surrealist Galleries; followed by selections from Surrealist poems read by poets   Joshua Beckman Joshua Clover Gillian Conoley Valzhyna Mort Dara Wier Matthew Zapruder _________   The Menil Collection 1515 Sul Ross, Houston 77006 Thursday, October 12, 2006 ∙ Noon Free & Open to the Public… Continue reading Surrealist Lunch

Julie Mehretu

Back in the late 90s I met the artist Julie Mehretu.  I doubt she’d remember me, but  she had won a CORE Fellowship at the Glassell School and lived here in Houston for a couple of years.  I think I remember that she was obsessed with maps.  Both of these paintings I have posted explore… Continue reading Julie Mehretu

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Free Ecards from WITS

You can send free e-cards from a new website created by Writers in the Schools.  It’s called The Meeting House, and it is a virtual structure built out of writing and art created by Houston kids.  Any image can be sent via email.  Give it a twirl?

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Get on the Bus

Stopping at 50 cities in 50 days the 2006 Poetry Bus Tour, sponsored by Seattle-based independent press Wave Books, might be headed toward a landmark near you. Beginning September 4 and ending October 27, the bus tour will visit a variety of venues, including the Space Needle in Seattle, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD,… Continue reading Get on the Bus

Rachel Hecker

Houston-based artist Rachel Hecker brings a sharp edginess to the naive imagery of childhood.  Or, should I say, imagery that at first appears to indicate childhood.  This painting is called, "They couldn’t see the Black Cloud that hung over their relationship."

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Kiki Smith Comes to Town

Houston’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is the place to see art of many genres by Kiki Smith spanning the past 25 years.  Here’s the official description, from the CAM website: Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 – 2005 is the first full-scale major museum presentation  of Kiki Smith’s work over the past 25 years. Smith’s  art… Continue reading Kiki Smith Comes to Town

Greetings from Arkansas

We’re in Arkansas for the week — visiting my family.  My father took this photograph.

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Gee’s Bend Quilts

Some very amazing quilts are part of an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston this summer.  For more information about Gee’s Bend, click here.

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