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Art Lies, Volume 2, May-June 1994

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necessity of a self-willed, autonomous, potentially dangerous supplement: ARTlies.
What superheroes are to legitimate law-enforcement, ARTlies is to legitimate art
media. Our name is a catchy, slightly corny compound; our costume sleek, but
slightly outlandish; and, while protecting the innocent, we try to deliver a wisecrack
with every punch. However, our identities are not secret (for the most part).
Rather, if you have something to say, or some energy to contribute (editing,
str ' r 0o lya chng), YOU tco n e e
suerher4~ Ate , f
When we solicit your views or o or other permutations f voice, it is a call to
a gathering, to the collection of ideas and perspectives that constitute the life of a
community. Because these things happen from the ground up, our aspiration to be
all-inclusive is limited to those who contribute, directly or inadvertently. If our
limitations - demographic, ethnic, racial, aesthetic, religious, institutional, or media-
based - are only too apparent, then it is up to you, as well as us, to effect the
The politics of our art coverage and editorial policies is this: we have a rotating
editorship; a semi-permanent editorial board guides our aesthetic principles and
facilitates our quest for writers; and we solicit and accept reviews or other writings
primarily about visual art in Houston from whoever takes the time to put it on paper.
Having established our theoretical attitude(s) in ARTlies #1, in this issue of ARTlies,
we've tried to focus on reviews and reflective takes on the art experience. In our
humble, haphazard way, we set out to touch as many bases as possible from as many
angles as offered themselves to us. And if you feel we've missed anything, or missed
any points, we beg you to differ - that's what a discursive community is about! What
we want to give our readers is the sense that, in a community where occasions are
plentiful and press is scarce, every opinion (that is an opinion) should have the
opportunity to be reprinted and glorified - or reviled - in a glossy high-tech format.
Because every opinion has the right to become an art lie. *

that the page-size of
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sized the mag to save
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will get smaller and
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,eryone should use to
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showing a little support? Imagine that! We are all
adults who understand the nature of money, and
we know you want to see this mag continue, so we
know you will lick one of those "I Pledge
Allegiance ..." stamps you've got kicking around
and send us a contribution! And we know you'll do
it now. We know that.
By the way, we will be taking the summer off; we
plan to be back next Fall with a September/October
issue. We need your contribution to insure that
we'll still be here, spewing something about the
p.s. Special thanks to Lori Nelson and Janet
Meyer for helping get Art 2 off the
ground. And congratulations to Nestor
Topchy and crew on their new theater
space. Pizza Boy was a really wild romp
through a nuttily wonderful treat.


Chandler, Wade & Schwab, Eric Jonah. Art Lies, Volume 2, May-June 1994. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed May 3, 2016.

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