The holiday break offers a chance to travel out of town, and while most day trips to Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and beyond involve shopping (at least before Christmas), those destinations do have touring art exhibits that some may want to see. Here’s a quick overview of some notable shows.
• “The Fisherman” by George Bellows, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Free.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art recently added “The Fisherman” by American painter George Bellows to its superlative collection of American art and photography. Public exhibition of the 1917 oil painting started this week. The museum holds 230 lithographs by Bellows, best known for his studies of early 20th-century urban life in New York, and this is its first painting by him. “The Fisherman,” painted during a summer spent in California and part of Bellows’ sizable body of seascapes, is being displayed alongside his 1909 lithograph “A Stag at Sharkey’s.”
• “Monet: The Early Years,” through Jan. 29, 2017, Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. $18, $16 for senior adults and students, $14 for children 6 to 11, free for children 5 and younger. Free admission to permanent collection.
Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum takes a look at the career beginning of Claude Monet, one of Impressionism’s leading artists. The exhibit spans the years from Monet’s professional debut in 1858 to 1872 , when he and his family settled in Argentuil near Paris. The show follows the evolution of his artistic style and the establishment of his career as painter in his 20s and 30s.
• “Kermit Oliver,” through Jan. 7, 2017, Hooks-Epstein Galleries, 2631 Colquitt, Houston. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 713-522-0718, hooksepsteingalleries.com. Free.
Acclaimed Waco painter Kermit Oliver has a show of works created during the past two years, following his retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, in the Houston gallery that has represented the artist for much of his career. His latest group of paintings and drawings include works titled “Saul on the Road to Damascus” and “The Wedding At Cana,” which feature his signature fusion of detailed, realistic images and deep symbolism drawn from the Bible and classical mythology.
• “Xu Bing: Book From the Sky,” through Jan. 22, 2017, Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Austin. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. $9, $7 for senior adults, $5 for students, free for children 12 and younger.
Chinese artist Xu Bing, a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner, invented a fake, 4,000-character Chinese script written on panels, books and scroll-like hangings in this installation and commentary on language. Completed in 1991, “Book From the Sky” was a landmark in Chinese avant-garde art, and the Blanton Museum’s exhibition is its first full-scale installation in Texas.
• “American Flags” and “State Of Deception,” through Jan. 16 and Jan. 8, respectively, Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. $13, $11 for senior adults and military personnel, $9 for youth 4-17. www.thestoryoftexas.com, (512) 936-8746.
Given the intensely political tone of 2016 and its presidential election,three exhibits at the Texas State History Museum in Austin might provide some historical context. “State Of Deception” looks at the propaganda machine of Nazi Germany and its use of radio, film and recordings while a companion exhibit,“On The Texas Homefront,” examines how events in 1930s Germany were reported in Texas media, Texans’ reaction to German internment camps during World War II and Texas soldiers’ reaction to and liberation of Nazi concentration camps.
“American Flags” displays 25 flags covering more than 200 years of American history, including ones flown during the War of 1812 and the Civil War, as the nation’s growth merited the addition of new stars to the original 13. “American Flags” also includes interpretations of flags by such artists as Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.