What they’re doing to San Fernando Cathedral tonight will make you see it in a whole new light. Light -- that’s the key word here. Lots and lots of light.
"It’s a video painting of the cathedral," said Xavier de Richemont, who is the one projecting light, pictures, images, and textures onto San Fernando Cathedral. The film, of sorts, is called "San Antonio|The Saga," a chronological telling of the San Antonio story.
"I’m a storyteller telling stories from history," said Richemont. "The Indians, the Comanches and the Spanish coming and the missions being constructed."
The San Antonio Museum of Art opens an exhibition on one of the art world’s giants: Henri Matisse. Matisse shook things up when he was first becoming known. In fact, he and his contemporaries were given a derisive name.
"They were called 'fauvists' by art critics of the time, which in French means ‘wild beasts,” like a javelina, basically," said SAMA’s William Keyes Rudolph.
The art world was much more narrow back then, much less open to new ideas.
The Main Plaza Conservancy is asking Bexar County to contribute to the funding for a visual art exhibit coming to the San Fernando Cathedral.
Officials hope the artwork will become a national attraction, and have gone to Bexar County commissioners to ask for their support of the project's ongoing maintenance.
Father David Garcia is the director of the Old Spanish Missions, but it was in his additional capacity as a board member of the Main Plaza Conservancy that he went to commissioners to seek support for a new public art project on the plaza.
The idea isn’t a completely original one, but as is often the case, Boerne puts its own spin on it. It's called the "Art Waddle" and Boerne’s Mary Morton came up with it.
“My husband and I have gone on outings to other art walks throughout San Antonio and we’ve just enjoyed it tremendously and had gotten to know a neighborhood that we had never been to before. So that’s what we decided to do, and last year was our first year," Morton said.
“Now, you didn’t call it an 'art walk,' you called it an 'art waddle.' What’s the deal with that?" I asked.
San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.
It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.
Many local schools are beginning to think about graduation but SAY Sí, the afterschool youth program that says it “unfolds lives through art,” is getting ready to graduate 18 seniors in just a couple weeks.
“On Friday, May 2, which is the First Friday here in the Southtown Arts District, and it’s from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.,” said Artistic Executive Director Jon Hinojosa. He said that for the graduation, graduates’ art output will be showcased for all to see.
Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:57 am
Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum just added another gallery and this one is outdoors. The grand opening of the one-third acre McNutt Courtyard on the east end of the Briscoe’s Market Street museum on Thursday morning unveiled eight western sculptures.
I spoke to the museum’s Executive Director Steven Karr about the process for finding the sculptures.
“It was really trying to find pieces that were emblematic of the American West,” Karr said.
Emblematic, but, Karr hopes, not necessarily what you’d expect.