Matthew Bourbon

Roni Horn

Nasher Sculpture Center

June 2017

Roni Horn’s glass sculptures, at first glance, could be dismissed as a collection of attractive and costly manufactured objects. A home-decor store might sell a smaller-scale, mass-produced version of them. Yet upon careful inspection, they… READ ON

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Carey Young

Dallas Museum of Art

March 2017

We are all painfully aware of the mechanisms, duplicities, and abuses of power omnipresent in our current political climate. Carey Young’s prescient exhibition “The New Architecture” focuses squarely on how human agency directs or is harmed… READ ON

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Stanley Whitney

Modern Art Museum | Fort Worth

February 2017

Joy is an uncommon aspiration in contemporary abstraction. The easy gratification found in art exclusively intent on formal pleasure leads many artists to pursue other approaches, such as irony or the suggestion of narrative. At a minimum, … READ ON

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Rebecca Warren

Dallas Museum of Art

May 2016

Satire, cleverness, and absurdity are at the core of Rebecca Warren’s art. Humorously undercutting platitudes from different sculptural genres, Warren both mocks and participates in the lineage of art-historical standards. In Reclining Figure,… READ ON

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Phyllida Barlow

Nasher Sculpture Center

June 2015

While once thought unusual, sculpture constructed from unpretentious, everyday objects is now deeply familiar to art viewers. Sarah Sze, Jessica Stockholder, and Thomas Hirschhorn are just some of the recognizable names of this ubiquitous … READ ON

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Marjorie Schwarz

Goss-Michael Foundation

June 2015

Hazy apparitions pose and grin in Marjorie Schwarz’s beguiling exhibition, curated by Michael Mazurek. Painting with water-based oil on thin hobbyist canvases, Schwarz creates portraits that suggest family snapshots or grade-school yearbook… READ ON

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Otis Jones and Bret Slater

Holly Johnson Gallery

June 2014

Otis Jones and Bret Slater each make spare, nearly monochromatic paintings that are injected with basic shapes of opposing colors. Both artists toy with oddly shaped canvases and an elementary language of marks and forms. Nominally, their … READ ON

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Robert Smithson

Dallas Museum of Art

March 2014

Few artists are as universally known for a single work of art as Robert Smithson is for Spiral Jetty, 1970. Yet this art-historical hallmark wouldn’t have existed had Smithson not been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for… READ ON

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Katharina Grosse

Nasher Sculpture Center

July 2013

Naming her current show at the Nasher Sculpture Center “Wunderblock,” Katharina Grosse harks back to a familiar toy that allows children to write on its surface and then erase their marks with the lift of a cover. By using this gadget as an… READ ON

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Mark Manders

Dallas Museum of Art

February 2012

Mark Manders is fascinated by the potential meanings embedded in objects. Displaying a sensitivity to the relationship of objects to one another, and the relationship of forms to their environment, Manders crafts and arranges his ambiguous … READ ON

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