5 Must-See Austin Exhibits to Visit
By Molly Todd
1. After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints
Feb. 7-May 9
Art historian Leo Steinberg began studying and collecting European printmaking traditions in the early 1960s, captivated by Renaissance and modern art. And while he’s well-known for his impact on the field of art history, his time as a print collector is less acknowledged. In this exhibit hosted at the Blanton, approximately 200 of the collector’s prints will be on display, which will include works ranging from Henry Matisse to Pablo Picasso. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
2. Not Alone: Working Together in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Jan. 9-May 30
Different than the Bullock’s typical temporary exhibits, Not Alone brings videos and stories from survivors of human trafficking to help answer five guiding questions about the issue. Learn more about the gallery’s inspiration and impact in an interview with the museum’s curator here. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.
3. Deborah Roberts: I’m
Jan. 23-Aug. 15
Austin-based artist Deborah Roberts will be featuring all new works in her first solo Texas museum exhibition. Roberts is described as a mixed media artist who questions “notions of ideal beauty” and creates works featuring young, Black female subjects. The exhibit will include new collages, paintings, and interactive works on the first floor of The Contemporary Austin. Currently, her work is also on display at museums across America, including New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave.
4. Torbjørn Rødland: Bible Eye
Jan. 23-Aug. 15
Along with Deborah Roberts: I’m, The Contemporary Austin will also feature work from Norway artist Torbjørn Rødland for the next several months. Displaying recent and older photographs in addition to new works created here in Austin, this will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Texas. Rødland uses analog technology and describes his works as, “transpluralistic photography,” conveying both qualities of art historical paintings and contemporary media. The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave.
5. This is Now
Taking their two-part mission to heart (producing dynamic shows and making exceptional art accessible), West Chelsea Contemporary‘s latest exhibit is your opportunity to see rare artwork from over 40 creators—including famed artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Salvador Dalí. All pieces included have been carefully curated from the gallery’s collection of over 700 works which has been in the making for six decades. West Chelsea Contemporary, 1009 W. Sixth Street, Ste. 120