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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fisch's Texas Biennial Index (apologies to Harper's)

Posted on Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I'm gonna spare you the whole press release, but let's just say there's a Texas Biennial this year. Which, for the uninitiated, refers to a happens-once-every-two-years art show. Venice has one. As does the Whitney. And now, we have one too, which is, in fact, pretty cool in my opinion.

Scuttlebutt is that the first Biennial, in 2005, was a real grassroots thing, that by '07 it had grown a little usual-suspects-y, and after scanning the list of exhibiting artists in the group shows this year (you can find this list here ),I've come up with the following fascinating factoids (â?¦as well as the preceding shitty alliteration).


Number of artists exhibiting in Texas Biennial 09 group exhibition: 61

Number of Texas Biennial artists chosen from San Antonio: 7

Number of Texas Biennial artists chosen from Dallas: 7

Number of Texas Biennial artists chosen from Houston: 5 (?!)

Number of Texas Biennial artists chosen from Austin: 27

27/61 expressed as a percentage: 44.262%


Percentage of San Antonio artists exhibiting in the Texas Biennial who are female: 71.428%

Percentage of male exhibiting artists from San Antonio who are named Justin: 100%

(e.g., Justin Boyd and Justin Parr. San Anto's lady biennialistes include: Angela Fox,

Jeannette Hernandez, Susan Budge, Paula Cox, and Katie Pell . Felicidades, all!)

Moving on, here's another interesting tidbit from the Biennial press release:


The Texas Biennial website, TEXASBIENNIAL.COM, features weekly releases of videos taken during our studio trek across the state back in September 2008 . Each short video highlights one artist in their workspace discussing candidly with Michael Duncan their specific sensibility. This video blog is just one facet of the Biennial's effort to engage the community in a comprehensive study of the contemporary art climate of our state.

Look for videos from our Temporary Outdoor Project artists coming soon, as we prepare to do studio visits with the 7 of them in January 2009.

Furthermore, if you're interested in driving to Austin a lot and have free time:

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS We understand that often our bank accounts do not match the spirit of our generosity, however donations of time are just as significant. We would like to invite individuals who have an interest in being a part of the Texas Biennial and the Texas art scene, to provide a few hours a week can assist with the tremendous labor effort that the Biennial requires. With your time investment, you can first hand experience the artists, artwork and curators of our ambitious exhibition series.

For more information, please contact Anthony Romero.



And now, to make this blog post more visually stimulating, here's a photo I took recently. Just what the Hell do you suppose is going on here? Keep me apprised of any thoughts you may have.

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