Art Notes


Painter%26#8217;s Progress: It doesn%26#8217;t get any better in terms of abstract painting than when Texas mid-career maestro David Aylsworth%26#8217;s %26#8220;That Thing That Makes Vines Prefer to Cling%26#8221; opens at Holly Johnson Gallery (May 8 %26#8211; June 12). Aylsworth, a former Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is one of seven recipients of an Artadia Award 2010 Houston. And in case you%26#8217;re wondering, his exhibition title references lines from once classic, but now obscure, American show tunes.
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Warhol Wow: Speaking of accolades, our vote for best museum show this spring goes to The Modern for %26#8220;Andy Warhol: The Last Decade%26#8221; (hurry, exhibition closes May 16). If you thought the late Pop master was just about soup cans, Brillo boxes and celebrity portraits, think again. This seminal survey includes collaborations (Clemente to Basquiat), camouflage canvases, those odd black-and-white ads and the very sublime %26#8212;%26nbsp;and spiritual %26#8212; Last Supper series, plus bonus videos including a very strange interview between Warhol and Larry Rivers, filmed for Warhol%26#8217;s early 1980s television series, TV.
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Up and Comer: Meanwhile, Deep Ellum denizen The Public Trust mounts UTD grad image-maker/print-maker Brent Ozaeta%26#8217;s %26#8220;Introverted Floating World%26#8221; (through May 29). The artist is a great bet for beginning collectors with his lively, action-packed graphic sensibility.%26nbsp;
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MAC Masters: The McKinney Avenue Contemporary taps UTD arts and humanities chair Richard Brettell to curate a double-header pairing two hot Austin artists who raid art history, showcasing Ginger Geyer%26#8217;s unorthodox ceramics alongside Kenneth Hale%26#8217;s compelling collages. And in the MAC%26#8217;s other gallery, New Orleans environmental and eco-activist Jacqueline Bishop exhibits paintings, drawings and installations that sound a wake-up call for our planet (all through May 15; complete with catalogs).
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Carnival Kings: Finally, we%26#8217;re entranced by the weird, uncanny world of circus sideshow performers, from sword swallowers to fire eaters and snake handlers, documented by Jimmy and Dena Katz in %26#8220;World of Wonders%26#8221; at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (May 8 %26#8211;%26nbsp;June 12).
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Image: David Aylsworth%26#8217;s "To Relieve That Pleasant Ache," 2009, at Holly Johnson Gallery

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