true pluralism found in texas; discovery of jackalope expected soon
Post #605 • August 18, 2005, 11:00 AM • 11 Comments
Elsewhere I have distinguished between true pluralism, a hypothetical state in which art world denizens treat all styles as potentially valid, and false pluralism, the actual state of affairs in which trendoid poobahs disregard the tradition of art like it was last year's skirt length. But I have dropped by Glasstire and found real pluralism in place - a review of new-media-heavy Treading Water at Ballroom Marfa (featuring Miami's own Maria Jose Arjona), and another of Dan McCleary, who is working handsomely if a bit stiffly in a realist figurative painting style that the Miami Art Museum has forbidden from the premises, even in the course of putting together its own tritely-titled figuration show.
At his opening at Ingalls a few months ago, Nate Cassie told me that art is doing well in Texas. He lives in San Antonio and likes it a lot, saying that warm weather, cheap real estate, and a burgeoning community of artists is making for an exciting place to work.
I now have the answer to the bothersome question of where artists will go once real estate prices force them out of Miami. Forget Hialeah, forget Ft. Lauderdale - we're going to San Antonio, where we'll trade in our flip-flops for cowboy boots, slow down our Spanish to match the locals, and start our own little Wynwood on the Gulf. (Well, not really on the Gulf. More like our Wynwood A Couple of Hours Away from Any Significant Body of Water. But still.)