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Reviewing George W. Bush's World Leader Portraits
George W. Bush Portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy no date or title
My latest Art Here Lately story reviews Dallas Artist George W. Bush's portraits of world leaders at the Bush Presidential Library at SMU. National Review asked me for "professional art criticism" of the former President's new pastime, and since I'd already been thinking about reviewing the show, I accepted.
They said they liked it, rewrote a few confusing parts without changing my opinions, and published it in National Review online April 14. But their version uses really bad photos, like the ones on the Internet that fueled the crazy attacks on his paintings. I sent them all of the images they asked for, but they have not used them.
Now, after waiting the obligatory 24 hours since their publication, I've posted my story with my best photos, so you can see Bush's portraits as they really are. Because NR's rewrites actually improved my writes, and it has my name on it, I thought I'd incorporate them into my story, but I decided against plagiarizing myself.
Couples — Half & Half at The Bath House through April 19
Frances Bagley Blown resin and fabric
That review I've been promising…
Quilts: The New Geometry at The MADI April 4 – July 6
Eleanor McCain 9 Patch Color Study: Triptych side C 2012 61 x 61 inches
more info on the calendar
There's a couple new Calendar stories about upcoming shows (like this one) I think will be interesting, plus some great Art Opportunities for Dallas artists, and I may have just finished the one review and only just started the one story about something else entirely that's not far distant, and I'm still slogging through data recovered from my hard drive crash. - J R
Following The Nasher Trail to Sculpture around Dallas
The main video module for CURTAINS by Good/Bad
Art Collective of Denton on the 14th Floor of
the Bryan Tower downtown is just one, large element of an impressive 3-D and multi-media show
Following the Nasher Trail of XChange - 10 Years, 10 Sites, 10 Artists — mostly from out of town, scattered around Dallas. My journey ended one day before the tour did. In the last three stops, I discuss work by the only two Dallas-area artists/groups.
The DallasArtsRevue Calendar Page Lives!
have attended a performance by Artist/Dancer
Danielle Georgiou and found it as startling and captivating
as I have — multiple times, you will probably want to check out our Art
Calendar page with the listing
for the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group's Dirty
Filthy Diamonds February
26 through March 8 at the Margo Jones Theatre at Fair Park. And you might
see us there, too.
David Bates Retrospectives: sculpture + painting in DFW
David Bates Self-Portrait 1998-2013 aluminum and paint
Two David Bates Retrospective stories are now on the Art Here Lately page. Both — his paintings at the Modern in Fort Worth and his sculpture and drawings at The Nasher in Dallas — include extensive images and commentary.
There's also a
pre-review of one of the new Dallas
Biennial 2014 (DBI) shows,
complete with a list of other DBi14 shows, also on Art Here Lately.
Tol Hay performs in Alison Starr's Action
9/Wrestle at the opening reception for
Objective Strategies, curated by Randall Garrett at El Centro College downtown.
Objective Strategies, an intriguing show curated by former Plush owner Randall Garrett at El Centro College features eight Dallas artists — Val Curry & Robert Reedy, Jeff Gibbons, Michael Morris, Ryder Richards, Alison Starr, Nicky Tavares and Monica Ugartechea, all working in three-dimensional and time-based media including sculpture, installation, video and performance.
Val Curry and Robert Reedy One Day 2013 cast
Little Friedrich Nietzsche Spin-a-spin-spin over the dark soft landscape — sideways
That same night, Anna and I happened into a strange exploration of UTD in the Dark.
I finally moved Preserving
Octavio Medellin's Windows from the calendar to its own page.
Differences at 500X: The 35th
Anniversary Exhibition at 500X was a remarkably impressive
exhibition that sets the standard for 500X anniversary exhibitions that have
often been crammed to the gills.
The Lost Paintings of Mary Iron Eyes: When somebody told me he wanted to sell "The Lost Paintings of Mary Iron Eyes," I was intrigued enough to do some serious sleuthing to learn all I could about her and the paintings. And I ended up buying one major piece that I always want to keep and two that I'd love to sell to somebody who loved Mary when she was alive.
Julie Cohn and Diana Goldberg Luminaria
New Art Installations at
Dallas Love Field: Two
new public art installations will greet travelers at the Dallas
Love Field terminal entrance. Tom Orr’s Intersected
Passage [top] and Diana Goldberg and Julie Cohn’s Luminaria [above]
are the latest additions to the Love Field Art Program, a collection of newly-commissioned,
permanent public artworks at the airport.
Michael Wynne - Life's
Short, Play Naked; Val Curry + David Reedy at Ro2 downtown; Colette Copeland
+ Shelby David Meier videos; Pinky
Diablo at Webb in Waxahachie; the DMA and two Art
Event E-lists reviewed on Art
Here Lately #18
Charlotte Smith + Lance Letscher shows reviewed by Norman Kary
opus review/revue of The
Age of Picasso and Matisse exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum
in Fort Worth is
different, with two dozen big photos, plus 84 & counting links to
more info, thousands of images and gobs of history.
suggest new writers for this rag
start by writing about one piece. That's what I've done
Here Lately #18.
Jeanne Sturdevant Veiled Passion digital painting
Notes from a Tired Artist — DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member Jeanne Sturdevant essays about The Artist's Eternal Question: Should we make meaningful art that expresses our deep-down Self? Or pieces to decorate other people's homes or offices? Should our art be somber, frightening and audacious, or ornamentation? Read Jeanne Sturdevant's essay, then visit her DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member Page of even more of her art.
See Also: How to Make Art & Life — Advice to the Artlorn
The 2014 David Bates show's so big two major DFW museums will share it: The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. More info on The New Calendar.
by Ansel Adams' friend and worker, Photographer John Sexton's lecture
at Richland College and his and his wife Anne's show at Sun to Moon Gallery,
I shot art and surroundings along this week's art tour a little differently. •
Really, really, really bad art are in the new
art wing of Valley View Mall. •
Danielle Georgiou and Justin Locklear's intense redux of their Pizzicato
Porno in Fair Park's historic Margo Jones Theatre. • Delta,
the 2014 MAC Member Show was not altogether amazing, but there
are some winners. • New
Texas Talent's 20th Anniversary show at Craighead Green. • What
Art doesn't engage? • Danielle
Georgiou's I Hate It When a Book Smells Bad, and PerformanceSW's
pre-panel discussion at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Celia Eberle Wither 2013 copper, brass and barite crystals 8.5 x 36 x 2.5 $2,800
Art Reviews: Celia
Eberle's exquisite work at Cris Worley. • "Recent
developments in sculpture" from four area Latino artists at the Latino
Culture Center. • Akirash's
Oda Performance Art in Pegasus Plaza downtown • Dueling
Performance Art at the DMA. • Paul Abbott,
Simeen Farhat & Joel Sampson in Art
Here Lately, and Danielle Georgiou's Beauty/Beast
performance at Red Arrow.• Engaging Art at the
Shamrock Hotel • Danielle
Georgiou and Justin Locklear's Pizzicato
art at Ro2 downtown • Reviewing the
Cushing Gantz' Estate Sale • Shards, lines, masses;
Foam, strings, gases; Lumps, bumps & performance art flashes in
Art Here Lately • Georgia
Stafford: Stuck in a World Not My Own • Talk,
Splatter, Funk + Zags on Art
Here Lately #15 • Glam
Cars, Eyes left, Geo Glow, Nutty-Putty Monuments And
Beyond • Cool Art
Days in Winter • One Piece Behind Every Open Door
at the Continental Gin • Color
vs. B&W at
500X • Dallas
SITES: Charting Contemporary
Art, 1963 to Present • Rockwall
Fine Art? • Our
Personal Journey on the White Rock Lake
Artists Studio Tour • Big
Tex Burned Out, but The
State Fair was a hoot. • Nada Dada • The 2012
500X Open show • Bernini:
Sculpting in Clay • the
of Impressionism • Dueling Performance
Art Series at 500X & CentralTrak • Art
and Not Art in
Rich Kid Park
The 2012 Oak Cliff Visual Speed Bump Art Tour
Kim Cadmus Owens — I don't think there could be a better painting for an art tour.
Visit our most popular art community pages:
Some of the more
interesting shows in awhile include: Modern
Ruin Sustenance Demolicious Mod
Roo, Too Cura!
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DallasArtsRevue is an online publication whose supporting members each pay $100 for the first year, and $75 each succeeding year, for member pages showing their art. See the Member's Index for a link list of member artists, which include many of Dallas' best.
The title is DallasArtsRevue, not Review, but there are many
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Short History of DallasArtsRevue, which was published on paper during the
last century and online all of this one.
INDEX of DallasArtsRevue Supporting
Members' Art — See the link list of area
artists who financially support this site and link to their pages of their art.
Interviews with artists and art-exhibitors (arranged alphabetically by the artist's last name)
index of interviews on DallasArtsRevue
Very short interview with Veronica De Anda about her work called Removed
Speaking Out about Spoken/Unspoken by Alex Coyle — by J R Compton & Kathy Dello Stritto
Interviewing Dallas Center for Contemporary Art Director Joan Davidow by J R Compton
an informal interview with C J Davis
former Dallas artist Jeff Green
Jeff Hogan & The Ever Expanding Universe by Jim Dolan
Studio Visit and interview with Norman Kary
Being and Making in New Lebanon: Fused Glass and Free-range Chickens, an interview with Bert & Ann Scherbarth by Jim Dolan
Interviewing James Michael Starr, Part One Part Two and Selling, Not Selling and the Effects on Art –
Big Time Art Person From Outta Town Weighs In On Local Arts; Locals Breathe Sigh of Relief — interview with Charissa Terranova by Jim Dolan
Interview with D-Art Founder Mary Ward by Julia Frazier
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Cassandra Emswiler Gilding the Silk
Lily detail 2012 mixed media| at
Oliver Francis March 2012
in Art Here Lately #14
Studio and other visits with artists
Index of ARt Tour & Visit Stories through 2006
visiting art people and art places, an incomplete index
from Fierce, DallasArtsRevue's 4th Member Show:
Norman Kary Matt Kaplinsky Nancy Ferro Jason McPeak Elisabeth Shalij Enrique Fernandez Cervantes Ann Huey Kathy Boortz George Bailey Mark Collop Jeane McIntosh Gaby Pruit Ken Shaddock Charlotte Smith Bill Verhelst & Susan Lecky David Hickman Rita Barnard Randall Garrett Paul Rogers Harris Annie Davis Rebecca Boatman
Showing Process: DallasArtsRevue on the White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour — with Mark Williamson, Michael Helsem and Art Shirer at J R Compton's home.
Marty & Richard and Susan & Bill, a too-brief visit with four friends who are also Supporting Members
Studio Visit with Karla Leaphart
Exploring the art of Tom Orr & Frances Bagley
Jim & Marylynn Bowman at the Tin Art Ranch
Robert Bruno 110 Tons of Steel 23 Years — photographs by Buck Johnston
Almost too short to be called a visit — Preview of Momento Mori - a visit with Ellen Tuchman
Art Shirer & Sherry Owens — Hanging Rocks at Connemara
Visiting the Continental Gin Building —
There are many tour stories on DallasArtsRevue, but few achieve the feeling of actually visiting artists and studios like our story, 2008 Oak Cliff Visual Speed Bump Tour.
Visiting: Sculptor David Duncan clay artist Angela Gallia fiber artist Jack Brockette The White Rock Weaving Center from the 2004 White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour
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Finding anything on this site
When I'm looking for something on DallasArtsRevue, I use our Google Site Search near the top of most of our pages. Then there's
A Simple Introduction
The Site Map indexes our indexes, not all of which are thoroughly updated, but it's a start.
Index of Sub indexes - all our departments
The DARts Archives from the 18 or so years we printed ink on paper (includes only a few stories.)
The Reviews Index lists most of our stories that aren't linked on this page of more recent pages.
After here — eventually links move to the Reviews Index, although it's been years since I had the time to do that.
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Kary Ascending (detail) collage 8
x 12 inches
from The Iffy Progress of Altering Style from Art Here Lately #5
The Condition of Being an Artist
The Iffy Progress of Altering Style — It's about one specific artist, but it is applicable to us all.
Advice for the Art-lorn
Is Your Real Self in Your Art? — an autumn essay
Autism vs. Artism — a short summer essay
Quacks, Critics & Charlatans - a short summer essay about critics (See also Profiles in Aesthetic Courage just below.)
Between Liminal & Subliminal — a summer essay that crosses weird movie reviews and what artists do with their mind, brain and heart
Profiles in Aesthetic Courage — story and illustrations by Tom Moody — a bit of humor
Dave Hickey Lecture at UTD on Sunday March 1, 2003 — " motionally Abused and Battered, Grad Students See Hope!"
Artist Obituaries are
indexted in the Artists Obituary Index
How to Join DallasArtsRevue as a Supporting Member.
How to Photograph Art is this sites most popular page and full of information about photographing art or anything else.
How to Start Showing Your Art
How to Design & Distribute Invitational Postcards
How to Look at Art is a panel discussion by that title, but there's a short poetic essay called
Didactic Exposition about how I relate to sculpture that's much more important.
Submission Guidelines - How to send us stuff
How to Join DallasArtsRevue - the easy way
How to Join DallasArtsRevue - This way's more dense and difficult, but it includes everything you'll need to know.
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Index of Resources and C O N T E N T S
Artists with web sites
Art Opportunities includes potential jobs, competitions and other art possibilities.
Dallas-area Visual Art Groups
Museums & Art Centers
Art Schools & Classes
Art-related Movies reviewed & one thousand and six hundred and counting other movies reviewed
Aesthetic Crisis Center
Summer Essays On & Around Art
I Want - Readers want; I post
Lost Artists - people looking for artists
Art Spaces - places that have art
The Aesthetic Crisis Center has hundreds of links to visual, animated, interactive, art and political sites.
Index of Art Tours and Visits
ThEDblog follows The Editor's thoughts, issues, activities and plans for and about this site and other stuff. Now there's Art Here Lately. Before that there was EAT ART.
Gallery & Art Space Information Page
Visual Art Groups in Dallas & Texas
J R's Collection - my art collection
Small Sculpture in Texas - 3-D art stories
Dave Hickey from Emotionally
Abused and Battered, Grad Students See Hope at UTD in 2003
The 2010 Hecho en Dallas show at the Latino Culture Center
WAMU/Modern Ruin— photos of the two-and-a-half-day exhibition in a former future WAMU bank on Greenville Avenue turned into a gallery then got smashed to smithereens.
Short story about Dallas artist Valton Tyler in Short Shows 2010
PAC-WE Flash Mob/Action Art Happening and Performance Rally for Health Care Reform downtown in which 135 artists performed.
The Self-portraits show at The Bath House.
CADD's Downtown Experiment Fails after the first year.
Failure & Success in XV, The MAC's 15th Anniversary Member Show.
How to get your work reviewed on DallasArtsRevue.
The 2009 Oak Cliff Speed Bump Art Tour.
The big 2009 Texas Biennial Page; the places statistics; and the Dallas artists in it
Saturday Night of Art
Index of unDO Columns - from when the editor was supposedly being considered for art critic for the Dallas Observer
Tats, Sistahs, 50/50, Verse & Eggs was popular because it mentioned tattoos.
Emotionally abused and battered, Grad students see hope: Dave Hickey at UTD in 2003
Jim Dolan writes about Teresa Elliott's portraits of cows in The Strange Familiar
Katja Zimmerman's Bill Traylor Beyond Plagiarizing shows artists ripping Bill off.
EAT ART and Midnight Rambles were early attempts.
D-Art 2005 Member Show;
Modalities of the Visible; 2002 Gallery Night Extravaganza ; Pix2 - The Critics' Choices
Wallpaper & Other Repeating Patterns is still popular.
Artists Arting at ArtCon3
The Dallas Contemp's New Building
Showing Process, Again - We tour the 15th Annual White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour.
Sculpture Superb, the Shaped Addendum
My Art Ennui and Objectivity Indexes
Texas Sculpture Association's Silver Anniversary at the Plano ArtCentre
500X '08 Open Show & Kettle's Spring Cleaning
Barnstorming The Contemp.
A Reluctant Review gets the editor in more trouble that it was worth.
DallasArtsRevue member shows so far
The White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour
Big As Night, Too (link fixed April in 2010
Fierce - my all-time favorite DARts Show
The Fierce Blog
2008's The Winter Show
The Dallas Arts REVUE, our 30th Anniversary Member Exhibition & The Back-room Invitational were at the Bath House Cultural Center through January 30, 2010.
And once upon a time, a long time ago, we held a short series of events we called Gatherings. One of those, sans any kind of identifying captions or text, happens to have got online, even with its hit counter left over from a Texas Biennial page somewhere else. It shows that this event, held at Kevin Obregon's former gallery that's not there anymore, was fun, even if it didn't draw nearly as many people as we'd hoped.
Recent stories by other writers
James Michael Starr's story, What Memory Looks Like is about Aqsa Shakil's art
Yellow-read, Red-yellow, and Burnt Umber, Too — A Brief Encounter with the work of Fannie Brito by Jim Dolan.
Trampling Man by James Michael Starr
The Adventures of Yen-Hua Lee Story and Photographs by James Michael Starr
Interview with [former] Centraltrak director and art critic Charissa Terranova by Jim Dolan
Witness to an Apparition: Ken Shaddock's and my story about sculptor Kelly Rathbone.
D-Art, a Timeline — the fact-based herstory of D-Art from the Artists Coalition of Texas to Dallas Visual Arts Center and beyond.
Accompanying the timeline comes the opinionated parable, The Squeaky Wheel — The Noise that Just Won't Go Away by Tahlia Marmo.
Jim Dolan Michael Helsem Norman Kary Ken Shaddock Kathy Dello Stritto @rt Shirer Anna Palmer Katja Zimmerman James Michael Starr Gerald Burns Stories, Art and Poetry and before that, Marian Henley, Dan Piraro, Tom Moody, Suzanne Weaver, David Gene Fowler, Karen X, M.J. Smith, Robert Trammell, Julian Riepe, Stuart Kraft, Georgia Stafford, Tim Schuller, Glenna Park, Peter Feresten, Julia Frazer, John Shown, Susan Whitmer, Chuck Taylor, Ron Lowe, Philip Lamb, Gordon Hilgers, Greg Metz, Robert Razka, real D-Art/The Contemporary founder Mary Ward, Luanne Standish, James Surls, Paul Rogers Harris, Joe Stanco, Gary Deen, Gillian Conoley, Alex Troup, Robin Milsom, Roger Gruben, James Megar, Lou Ann Kunshick, Mary Riffe, John Walker, TJ Mabrey, Steve Pusin, Dwayne Carter, Murray Smither, Pam Burnley, Terri Thoman, Ranelle Bain, Richard Hoeffle, Rick Lambeth, Daniel Barsotti, Michael Helsem, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Don Mangus, Marilyn Waligore, Lee Murray, Jerry Sutton, Frances Bagley, Barbara Simcoe, Julie Ryan, Wade Wilson, Tre Roberts, Johanna Drucker, Roxy Gordon, Alan Sondheim, Amanda Milsom, Lisa Pritchard, Jon Held, Jr., Jill Parr, Rowena Bush, Karen ERXleben Weiner, A.M. Hudson, Kim Edge, Dottie Allen (Love), Tracy Hays Harris (Flavin), Carol Wilder, Beth Ray, Daryl Baird, and many others.
Kathy Boortz Starry Night Peacock (detail)
The Editor's Photography-related pages
How to Photograph Art
Cameras & Lenses: An An Introduction to Digital Photography, Its History, Terms, Types and How Sensor Sizes, Megapixel Ratings and Other Factors Affect Image Quality
Cameras & Lenses I Have Known or Lusted After
My Nikon D7000 Journal
My G5 Journal - learning two new Panasonic Lumix cameras - My G2 Journal
My Canon S90 Journal - learning the camera before that and exploring what I photograph and whyLinks
The editor's other links
Amateur Birder's Journal
My DallasArtsRevue Supporting Member's Page, usually of recent photographs
JRCompton.com — mostly images & ideas
My full Resume, including Art Exhibitions Produced, Exhibitions my photographs were in,
some of the places my photos have been published in, Press Mentions
J R Since High School
Various Blogs: ThEdBlog very nearly 1,700 movies reviewed this century — including art movies
I was named "Dallas' Best Local Arts Promoter" by D-Magazine in 2004
and I tied for Best Bird Nerd by readers of The Dallas Observer in 2009.
my essay comparing Artistm and Autism about the difficulties in representing emotions in art,
and another essay called "Quacks, Critics & Charlatan."
The index of all four summer essays.