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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Fine arts reporter

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia University Arts Journalism Program.

Latest from Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Best of Austin arts, July 29-30: Flamenco and a guitar concert
A’lante Flamenco dance company features, from left: Karen Vilches, Kara Leal, Celia Corrales, Jose Manuel Tejeda, Isaí Chacón, Olivia Chacón, Stephanie Keeton, Carisa Leal.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016

Friday“Total Flamencura.” After a run of sold-out shows last month at the Long Center, A’lante Flamenco presents a more intimate but no less intense experience, performed in the round at Esquina Tango, the small East Austin cultural center. Co-artistic directors Isaí and Olivia Chacón lead the troupe of dancers and ...
‘Book from the Sky’ is a visual work of fiction
Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky” is at the Blanton Museum of Art through January 22.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Artist Xu Bing first exhibited his “Book from the Sky” in 1988 at Beijing’s China Art Gallery.The post-Mao 1980s saw some reforms to China’s long-standing oppressive political system and a loosening of Communist Party censorship. And Xu was among the generation of Chinese artists first allowed exposure to foreign books, ...
Best of Austin’s arts July 24-30
Spectrum Theatre presents “Spunk,” based on short stories by Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Theater“Spunk.” Noted playwright George C. Wolfe adapted a trio of stories by Zora Neale Hurston, legendary writer of the Harlem Renaissance, into a music-infused theatrical piece. Produced by Austin’s Spectrum Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday through July 31. Austin Playhouse at ACC’s Highland Campus, 3001 Airport Blvd. ...
Impressive exhibit of Goya etchings casts new light on Spanish master
Francisco de Goya, “Modo de volar,” from “Los disparates (The Follies)” series. “Goya: Mad Reason” is at the Blanton Museum through Sept. 25.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

It’s been nearly two centuries since Francisco de Goya’s death.And yet the work of the Spanish titan of European art remains magnetic, arresting in its imagery and brimming with a kind of artistic enigma that still intrigues today.On view at the Blanton of Museum of Art through Sept. 25, “Goya: ...
Long Center for Performing Arts names Cory Baker new CEO
Long Center for the Performing Arts chief executive officer Cory Baker

2:36 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

The Long Center for the Performing Arts has named Cory Baker its new president and chief executive officer.Baker has been serving in the role on an interim basis since May, after former Long Center board member and retired high-tech entrepreneur Marc Seriff abruptly left the CEO post just four months ...
At Elisabet Ney Museum, a creekside talk with artist Jenn Hassin
Detail of Jenn Hassin’s installation “Receptacle” at the Elisabet Ney Museum. Hassin’s project invites visitors to write their thoughts, hopes, wishes and dreams onto paper made from donated clothing.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

(The online version of this story has been update to reflect information received from the Ney Museum after publication. BossbabesATX is the founder of the Meet Her Hand series.)Elisabet Ney loved a good conversation.By the time the German-born artist settled in Austin, she had already had a celebrated career in ...
Austin to be home to $100,000 international art prize
Installation view of Do Ho Suh solo exhibit in 2014 at the Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center. Patron Suzanne Deal Booth says the museum’s artist-focused philosophy was a factor in creating her new international art prize.

4:42 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016

Austin now has a major international art prize that elevates the city to a new status in the global art world.The Contemporary Austin announced Thursday that it will be host to the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, a $100,000 unrestricted biennial award given to an artist of any age, any ...
Art exhibit utilizes abandoned spaces and items
Adam Crosson used found building detritus in the basement of 721 Congress Ave. to create the installation “On Their Way Out,” lighting the space with pink fluorescent lights.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yes, Austin’s creative community faces a shortage of affordable and suitable space for artists and arts groups.But one small nonprofit visual arts organization is taking advantage of the changing landscape.For the next year, Co-Lab Projects will operate Demo Gallery at 721 Congress Ave., a long-empty retail space next to the ...
New generation picks up cultural satire of ’90s groundbreaking comedy
From left, Denah Benefield, Chelsea Bunn, Jarrett King, Da’Shade Moonbeam, Taji Senior and Maggie Maye rehearse “Black Friends,” one the sketches from the show “Doper Than Dope, ” on July 5 at the Institution Theater. The show opens July 15 and runs through Aug. 6.

12:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016

A few props are all that’s needed. A couple of chairs, a pair of umbrellas and a floor lamp.“Don’t forget to turn the lamp on when you bring it upstage,” Adrienne Dawes says.Playwright, actor, comedian and director Dawes is at the helm of “Doper Than Dope,” a new scripted sketch ...
Best of Austin’s arts, July 10-16
“Live Snakes,” collaged photo, from the exhibit “Peter Leighton Brown: Live Snakes.”

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016

Theater“Shrek: The Musical.” For this family-friendly summer production, Zilker Theatre Productions takes on the story about the ogre and his zany donkey friend. And here’s the drill: Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, but no glass containers. The theater’s concession stand has food and drinks for sale. No unattended blankets ...

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