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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 16 Jun 2010

Today in the roundup: Rothko won’t go away, Austin becomes less weird and Anne pulls back the curtain on Art&Seek.


BACK TO LIFE: He’s been dead 40 years, but Mark Rothko seems to be everywhere these days. In May, there was the dust-up concerning Dallas collector Marguerite Hoffman auctioning one off. Then Red, a play about the artist struggling with a commission, won six Tony Awards on Sunday night. And now Harvard is using high-tech methods to refurbish a few Rothkos it owns. If that’s got you interested in learning more about Rothko, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth also has one of his works – Light Cloud, Dark Cloud. The museum’s blog dissects the painting and looks at the conditions surrounding its creation.

NOOOOOOOOOOO: Whenever you make it down to Austin, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Keep Austin Weird sticker or T-shirt, sign, etc. For more than 20 years, Vince Hannemann has taken that credo to heart with his Cathedral of Junk, an amazing structure that he’s slowly constructed in his South Austin back yard out of found items. Though I’ve climbed around on it several times, it’s a place I always try and stop by when I’m down for SXSW. And now, the structure will be no more. Hannemann will dismantle the 33-foot-tall Cathedral because the city says it doesn’t comply with building codes. And when the Cathedral is no more, Austin will be a little less weird and a little bit more like everyone else.

ETC.: A historic house in South Dallas may be converted into a children’s theater. (Unfair Park) … Neil Young’s Greendale is now available in graphic novel form. You might remember seeing Undermain’s staging of Greendale not to long ago. (nytimes.com) … And I don’t know what’s taken me this long to post this, but Art&Seek top banana Anne Bothwell is the special guest on the current This Week in the Arts podcast. She talks about the new coat of paint we recently put on the Web site. (This Week in the Arts)