The other day I shared a Facebook meme. It was a two-panel cartoon. On the right panel is a bookmark. On the left panel is everything one might use in place of a bookmark — sticky note, bus ticket, etc. The left side says," Things I've used as a bookmark." The right side says, "Things … Continue reading A life between the pages
MFAH exhibit introduces Venezuelan Informalists HOUSTON — From the 1955s to 1975, a group of Venezuelan artists sought to make sense of the world following the end of the Marco Pérez Jiménez dictatorship as the country transitioned to a democracy, as well as the societal shifts that came with Venezuela’s burgeoning oil business and wealth … Continue reading ‘Modernity’ and chaos
MFAH royal portrait show a historical feast Sometimes, one gets a nice surprise. I decided to take a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston early on Jan. 1 to start the new year with an art fix (by the way, at 8 a.m. on new year, the highway is practically empty. What a pleasant … Continue reading Easy Lies the Crowns
Review: McTeer shines in Rebeck's 'Hamlet/Bernhardt' NEW YORK — Sarah Bernhardt was the biggest theatrical sensation of her time. In the late 1800s, Bernhardt was the toast of fin-de-siécle Paris. In Theresa Rebeck’s play “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” the actress, played here by Janet McTeer, having played and mastered all the great female roles is about to tackle … Continue reading Undressing the Masculine
The Menil Collection in Houston recently opened its Drawing Institute, dedicated to unique works on paper. Here is my story from the December 2018 ISSUE magazine.
My review of "Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line" ran in the December 2018 ISSUE magazine. Here is the link to the article and below is the page layout.
Menil Drawing Institute hosts "Jasper Johns: Condition on Being Here" The new Menil Collection Drawing Institute has chosen Jasper Johns to be the inaugural artist to be featured in its gallery. “Condition of Being Here,” on display through Jan. 27, comprises 41 pieces from 1954 to 2016 and covers a range of mark making, from … Continue reading Review: Johns’ drawings on target
LU's production of Ibsen classic shines light on secrets The ghosts of our past decisions seem to have a way of visiting us, no matter how hard we try to bury them. In Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, “Ghosts,” presented by Lamar University, Nov. 8-11, Mrs. Helen Alving (Caitlin Grammar) is on the eve of unveiling … Continue reading Review: ‘Ghosts’ of morality
My recent story in ISSUE magazine followed the theme of arts figures who died 100 years ago in the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. This time I looked at the poet Guillaume Apollinaire who was one of the most influential figures in the birth of 20th-century art. In the early years of the century, Apollinaire's influence … Continue reading Guillaume Apollinaire remembered
Kudos to Beaumont Community Players for the funny and heartwarming “Calendar Girls.” An excellent ensemble had the packed audience laughing on opening night and there were a few sniffles as well. I review most of the plays I see, and I write this one with the disclaimer that my significant other, Ramona Young, is in … Continue reading Calendar Girls’: a totally unbiased review