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February 1, 2023

The Line-up: Six exhibitions to see in December

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What’s freshest to see at Austin’s galleries, art spaces and museums.

 

America Martin
America Martin, “Guardian of the Messenger Rabbits,” 2022, oil & acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Wally Workman Gallery

America Martin

Through Dec. 30, Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth St., wallyworkmangallery.com
Los Angeles-based America Martin describes herself as a painting anthropologist, exploring the human experience and the human form. Taking inspiration from Mid-Century Modernist masters, her distinctive style is underscored by the use of boldly brushed lines and punctuated bursts of color to imply tone and mood.

 

ICOSA
Annie Lauri Erickson, “Gaslight River” from “This is Now” at ICOSA Collective Gallery.

This is Now

Through Jan. 7. ICOSA, Canopy, 916, Springdale Road, icosacollective.com
The first iteration of an exchange between an art collective based in New Orleans and ICOSA collective of Austin, this exhibition introduces Austin to the work of 13 members of the Antenna Collective.



 

Jasmine Zelaya
Jasmine Zelaya, “Unrequited Love,2022, mixed media on panel. Courtesy Ivester Contemporary

Late Bloomer: Jasmine Zelaya

Through January 14, 2023. Ivester Contemporary, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, ivestercontemporary.com
Honduran-American artist Jasmine Zelaya uses portraiture to explore themes themes of identity, assimilation and the brown body through a familial narrative rich with symbolism, specifically from the perspective of a first generation, Latinx artist. Graphic floral masks, a subtle head tilt, teary eyes, and explosive gradients of color all coalesce to capture the strong, mixed emotions of introspective teen years.

 

Yard Dog
From left, work by Lex Gjurasic, Johnny Taylor and Margaret Sullivan. Courtesy Yard Dog Art Gallery

Lex Gjurasic + Johnny Taylor + Margaret Sullivan

Through Dec. 31, Yard Dog Art Gallery, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, yarddog.com
Yard Dod features three artists. Tucson painter Lex Gjurasic presents her “Super Bloom” series. Los Angeles artist Johnny Taylor combines painting, screen printing, and stencils on canvas in his pop art compositions. and Margaret Sullivan’a one-of-a-kind jewelry, handmade from silver, brass, and copper, is inspired by the Old West and an irreverent sense of humor.

 

Design Shine
2021 Design Shine at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Design Shine

Through April 15, 2023. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road, umlaufsculpture.org
Three local design teams — Crux Celestia, Introspectacle and Prismascope — were selected to create light-based installations for the grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden in this annual exhibition organized by the Emerging Professionals Committee of AIA Austin.

Blanton Museum
Carlos Alonso, “Que corrían mordiéndose [Those Who Run Biting Each Other],” 1968, colored wash and black ink on paper, 19 13/16 x 27 5/8 in. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Gift of John and Barbara Duncan, 1971

Medieval X Modern


Dec. 10 through July 9, 2023. Blanton Museum of Art,blantonmuseum.org
Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s permanent collection, “Medieval X Modern: offers a wide array of 19th and 20th century artistic responses to the European Middle Ages, including one of the museum’s most iconic works — Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin.”

 


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