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The Mid-Week Roundup
by Jerome Weeks 4 May 2011

Land art out West, not enough Texas art in Austin, a Dallas artist in Brooklyn and the 9th most innovative media company in the country: Looks like the Wednesday roundup!


DALLAS ARTIST GETS NYT GLANCE: Linnea Glatt’s delicate, sewn-paper works are in a show, “Art/Sewn,” at Five Myles in Brooklyn (“with no budget and a leaky roof, the alternative space …  has been producing polished, offbeat shows for more than a decade”), that won praise from the NYTimes. Those of us who’ve worked at the Dallas Morning News will have to set aside our memories of Glatt’s symbolic, giant, rotating screw (“Harrow“) next door to Belo HQ downtown. (Thanks to FrontRow).

TOO AUSTIN-Y? Anthony Mariani in the FWWeekly was less than impressed by the supposed state-wide nature of the Texas Biennial art survey in Austin. But he recognizes that a) this is only TB’s fourth shot and b) it has expanded with satellite shows around the state, including in North Texas. He quotes director Shea Little: “We are a small nonprofit with high hopes of reaching out and involving the rest of the state in the Texas Biennial,” he said. “This year’s efforts are a huge step toward that, and we will continue these efforts for the next event.”

TOO DUSTY? Texas Tech’s program, Land Arts of the American West, gets a major write-up in the NYT. It’s not just a class in ’60s-ish, conceptual, earthwork, environment-focused art like Robert Smithson’s famous “Spiral Jetty.” This Lubbock class involves two Ford vans and a 7,000-mile trip around the desolate southwest Texas, New Mexico and Arizona area, camping, making videos, digging dirt.

QUICK HITS: Fast Company names Texas Tribune the 9th most innovative media company (mingling with the likes of Twitter and the Huffington Post in the Top 10). … Modern Art Notes blogger Tyler Green has argued before that museums should go with free admissions (a case of ‘microphilanthropy’ for a city’s families who can’t afford parking and admission.) Now he has some evidence it works. Or at least, doesn’t hurt.