If a distinction exists between art and social and political commentary, it vanishes in the current exhibit at the Kemper Museum, David Bates: The Katrina Paintings.
Remembering Katrina by Forgetting the Politics A Review of David Bates: The Katrina Paintings By Sarah Jesse, REVIEW It has been almost five years since Hurricane Katrina, and the tragedy is still a raw and dangerous subject for an artist to tackle. Complicating the matter is the role race and class played in both prevention…
As the death of the Gulf Coast ecosystem comes gushing blackly from the Macondo Prospect oil field 5,000 feet underwater, Dallas painter David Bates is in Kansas City for the opening of The Katrina Paintings, his exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Last year at the first Dallas Art Fair, David Bates was everywhere, in person and in paint, in numerous galleries. The second Dallas Art Fair opens Friday and, this time, Bates may again be the most overexposed artist – or he may be more discreetly low-profile. “After last year, it’d be OK to be the invisible man,” he says. “I was proud, but … “
Katrina On Film And Canvas David Bates Since 1982: From Everyday To Epic By Eric Swanson, AUSTIN DAZE BOOKING David Bates, a Texan by birth and still a Texan by choice, makes art. In a way, Bates’ art is like the city of New Orleans: both can mean different things to different people. You may…
Those who love to be out in nature won’t mind going inside the Austin Museum of Art to see David Bates Since 1982: From the Everyday to the Epic. In large paintings such as The Rookery, we’re encompassed by the cacophony of the bird world. The swampy landscape is devoid of people, glorious and dangerous: A snake eyes a bird in the marshes, the trail of alligators swimming registers.
Each spring, when the magnolias bloom, artist David Bates paints a still life of the white, waxy flowers.
With few exceptions, the 26 paintings and sculptures by David Bates at the Austin Museum of Art represent a fine and familiar overview of the artist’s oeuvre.
Artist captures Katrina victims’ anguish By Michael Granberry, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS When it comes to social activism, artist David Bates is the first to admit: “It’s not usually my deal.” But when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and tore asunder the New Orleans levee system in 2005, he found himself mesmerized, unable to…
What kind of art turns you on? Do you have a hot-blooded passion for the primitive? An enthusiasm for expressionism in extremes. Do you ardently admire Audubon wildlife prints? Well here’s the thing. If you’re into any or all of the above, then David Bates, whose paintings are on display at Arthur Roger Gallery, is sure to satisfy.