David Dillon

  • “The Southern Voice”

    The Southern Voice, as recorded by Terry Allen, Vernon Fisher, and Ed McGowin, combines irony and sardonic humor with a touch of down-home charm. It is a voice for recounting dark deeds and broken romances, for making the ordinary seem extraordinary and the extraordinary seem normal. “The Southern Voice,” while more concerned with story-telling than with regionalism, captured this variety and suppleness. Narrative, character, action—virtually unknown ingredients in Modern art—were here shown working with painting and sculpture to create an engrossing exhibition.

    All three artists created mixed-media

  • Ulrich Rückriem

    Last fall, the Fort Worth Art Museum brought Ulrich Rückriem to Texas, found him a quarry in the small community of Fredericksburg, north of San Antonio, and told him to go to it. Ten days later he had completed the ten red granite sculptures that compose his latest show, and his first solo exhibition in an American museum.

    It is difficult to imagine 27 tons of red granite looking subtle, but Rückriem’s new work is precisely that—subtle and straightforward. The museum gallery looks like an ancient archaeological site, where fragments of crumbled buildings have just been unearthed. In one corner