August 4, 2021

Barbara Purcell

Barbara Purcell is an arts and culture writer based in Austin. She is the author of Black Ice: Poems (Fly by Night Press, 2006). In addition to Sightlines, her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Canadian Art, Glasstire, and Tribes Magazine. She is a graduate of Skidmore College.

Review: In Bartlett, building from the past

Bartlett, Texas looks like something straight out of the turn of last century. Fifty miles northeast of Austin, this quiet town, with its old-timey brick buildings and stock-still streets,...

Rock world: On the road, in the desert with Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone’s colossal rock sculptures, well, rock. The Swiss-born, Manhattan-based artist often combines natural elements and social constructs to tell a story about deep time in real time. His...

Message received: David Hammons’ ‘Global Fax Festival’

On an early May evening, just as life started to resume, pianist Myra Melford took to the stage at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles to perform a duet....

A weird, phantasmagorical dimension: Matthew Langland at Goodluckhavefun

Goodluckhavefun is a pandemic baby of sorts. The West Austin garage gallery, run by artist Tim McCool and designer Kira Prentice, opened last fall, after the couple decided to...

That’s all I’ll ever want: Carrie Fountain’s ‘The Life’

“This is the life,” writes Carrie Fountain, in her most recent poetry collection. “After a day of devout silence, the toilet starts up again.” Plumbers fix what prayers can’t. In...

On view until whenever: Northern-Southern’s ‘TOOO’

Northern-Southern Gallery’s pandemic programming is the gift that keeps on giving. Subtle interventions and spontaneous finds have appeared all over Austin since last May, what curator Phillip Niemeyer calls...

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