A quirky, sprawling expo of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The title of this new exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art sounded like overkill from the start. Profligate Beauty conjures up rapturous visions like fever dreams of glittering Swarovski crystals or grand ballrooms bursting with bejeweled Faberge eggs.
Rubem Robierb at Octavia Art Gallery and Vanessa Centeno at The Front
The cities with the most interesting art scenes usually have unique visual identities. Miami can be notoriously crass, but it's also dynamic and colorful thanks to Hispanic and Caribbean influences, which are seen in its art.
The monumental installation makes its Southern premiere in New Orleans
It's about time. Christian Marclay's video collage, The Clock, focuses on time in an age when nobody seems to have enough of it.
The shantytown is reborn on Rampart Street
The stellar trajectory of New Orleans Airlift's landmark project, The Music Box, began with a bang, when an old cottage on bounce impresario Jay Pennington's Bywater property collapsed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A co-founder of New Orleans Airlift, Pennington brainstormed with fellow founders, visual artist-curators Delaney Martin and Taylor Lee Shepherd, and the result was the transformation of the wreckage into a dozen or so shanties designed to function as oversize musical instruments.
The river and the Delta inspire works at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
"Did you ever stand and shiver ... just because you were looking at a river?" So sang Bob Dylan's early mentor, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, about a youthful trip to New Orleans where the Mississippi River's inscrutable currents embodied the sense of mystery he felt here — a sensibility echoed by Simon Gunning in this sprawling retrospective.
Works at Antenna Gallery and Second Story Gallery
"Such a nasty woman." Doreen Garner is an artist, not a politician, but she embraces the pejorative terms often used to describe her explorations of the black female body as a nexus of sensuality and oppression.
Abstract expressionist works and mixed media sculpture at Octavia and Callan Contemporary
New Orleans native Fritz Bultman was one of the founders of the modern art movement known as abstract expressionism. Nicknamed "The Irascibles," its godfather was German expressionist Hans Hofmann, with whom Bultman studied as a precocious teenager in Munich in 1935.
Collage, installations and works on paper by Audra Kohout
Astrology is an approximate science that relies on poetic license, but its art world parallels are striking. Scorpio is identified with the mysteries of the psyche, and many of the most psychologically intense artists, including Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte and Francis Bacon, were born under the Halloween sign.
Dimensional paintings and photomontages at Arthur Roger Gallery
There is an old controversy in art and science regarding the way some mystics and schizophrenics see the world as a glowing network of interwoven patterns. Is it a nutty hallucination or were they on to something?
Abstract works from contemporary women artists from aboriginal Australia
Lately, there have been a lot of art shows in New Orleans featuring the work of women artists dealing with contemporary identity issues. This group exhibit of nine mostly elderly female Australian Aborigines artists takes a slightly different approach, focusing on Mother Nature.
Local artists explore soundscapes, cyberspace and psychological dimensions at the CAC
Filling all the Contemporary Arts Center's (CAC) exhibition spaces, this huge 40th anniversary exhibition features more than 50 artists, including some CAC founders as well as emerging talents. Inspired by city life, it harks to Anarchitecture, a 1970s art movement that included Louisianans Tina Girouard and Richard "Dickie" Landry as well as Laurie Anderson and Gordon Matta-Clark, who became famous for carving old buildings into sculpture.
A portrait of “Florida Man” in his environs
Besides heat, humidity and serious coastal erosion, Louisiana and Florida have long been linked by a flair for imaginative extravagance. As New Orleans evolved into an unlikely multicultural gumbo, Florida parlayed its mythic paradisiacal history into an appeal to the American Dream as a Southern Shangri-La with a permanent vacation lifestyle.