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News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

New work by San Antonio-based art provocateur Cruz Ortiz is currently on display at The Contemporary in Dallas. The exhibit, entitled "Coyote Girl Steals the Raspa," is the latest installment in the Contemporary's Mix Series, which is dedicated to showcasing ethnically diverse artwork from around the state. Although locally notorious for his cheeky interventions and brassy, graphic sensibility, Ortiz is poised to take the Metroplex by surprise. Many of their denizen art makers tend to be reserved in their depictions of cultural identity. (It's doubtful that Ludwig Schwartz would advertise Wienerschnitzel on the front of the Modern.) Ortiz' installation, which includes silk-screened prints of images culled from videos and bilingual audio samples, runs through December 20.

Whitney Museum of American Art recently announced what work will be included in the 2004 Biennial Exhibition. The roster includes the large-scale drawing, Everything that stands will be at odds with its neighbor, and everything that falls will perish without grace, by Robyn O'Neil (Houston), whose work is currently on exhibit at ArtPace. The Biennial has been instrumental in launching the careers of several Texas-based artists in recent years, including painter Shahzia Sikander (then based in Houston), sculptor-turned-video artist Brian Fridge (Ft. Worth), and SA's conceptual prodigy, Dario Robleto - the three are also ArtPace alumni.

The O'Neil triptych, along with new work by fellow residents Jeremy Deller (London) and Kim Jones (New York City), will be on display at ArtPace (445 N. Main, 212-4900) through January 25.

Rumor has it that Perla Magazine might be up and running again soon. At the very least, the collective plans to put out its fourth issue, which was placed on the backburner due to funding issues last July. For more information, contact managing editor Elaine Wolff at •

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