Can a Big, Texas-Wide Survey of Contemporary Art Tell Us Where We Go From Here?
It’s an exercise in oversimplification to pick out just one piece of art to represent an omnivore’s banquet of an art show like the 2021 Texas Biennial, a celebration of the best Texas art of the past few years open now through January 31 at five venues in San Antonio and Houston. Texas is a big, diverse place with all stripes of geniuses and troublemakers inhabiting its borders. Different visitors to the biennial exhibitions will be moved by different currents among the 51 artists on display. But for me, the key to the entire show is a small, unassuming work by an artist I’d never seen before, Houston’s Phillip Pyle II.Pyle’s Broken Obelisk Elbows is a satirical proposal for a public art intervention. It takes…View Original Post
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