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Austin Art Exhibitions to See in Spring 2021

New work from local talents and global artists has arrived in nearby galleries

From striking portraits to imagined alternate realities, new exhibitions from celebrated artists have arrived in Austin and nearby galleries. These art shows have something for everyone so stop by while you can—they won’t be around for long. Here are five of our favorite “must-see” upcoming and current exhibitions:

Patrick Puckett, San Antonio, 2021, Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches, $8500.

Patrick Puckett: Spring and All

Puckett’s paintings juxtapose leisurely characters with striking aesthetics. His latest exhibition, “Spring and All,” features portraits with vivid colors and background patterns that compete for attention with his subjects. “Spring and All” is available for viewing by appointment from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for walk-ins Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Through May 29, 2021
Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W 6th Street

In the foreground: Brendan Murphy, Boonji Spaceman, Fiberglass and steel sculpture with eight layers, silver based chrome finish, 81 x 32 x 32 inches. Behind it, RETNA, The Bottom Line Is Red, Acrylic on canvas, 88.5 x 189.5 inches.

Icons & Vandals

West Chelsea Contemporary’s (WCC) new show celebrates global artists who have subverted the contemporary art world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Works by Banksy, Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Ai Weiwei, RETNA, Andy Warhol and more will be on display. Icons & Vandals is open seven days a week at WCC’s downtown gallery. No appointment is required.

May 15 through July 11, 2021
West Chelsea Contemporary
1009 West 6th Street
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Gay Gaddis, Devils in the Details, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, $12,495 (photo by Kellie Woodin).

Gay Gaddis: Mi Casa Es Su Casa

In her latest collection, “Vistas,” artist Gay Gaddis shows us stunning depictions of Texas Hill Country skies and landscapes. The paintings will be on display at Fossil Ridge, Gaddis’ private studio and gallery. Viewing appointments can be made for May 15th and 16th, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

May 15 and May 16, 2021
Fossil Ridge Studio & Gallery
Double Heart Ranch, Burnet, Texas

EAST photo by Breezy Ritter.


BLOOM celebrates Austin’s women artists, with works on display from Eryn Brooke, Neena Buxani, Monica Ceniceros, Phoebe Joynt, Danika Ostrowski, Avery Price and Yasmin Youssef. The art show will be held at The Cathedral, a refurbished 1930s church in east Austin, where visitors can meet the artists, purchase their works, listen to music and enjoy a variety of complimentary drinks from local brands. The space is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased online.

May 15 through May 16, 2021
The Cathedral
2403 East 16th Street

Gladys Poorte, Nuevo Mundo IX, Graphite, Colored Pencil, Plastic Mesh, Aluminum Foil, on Paper 14 x 17 in Framed 18 x 24 in $1,200.00.

Gladys Poorte: Nuevo Mundo

Gladys Poorte’s newest exhibition, “Neuvo Mundo,” features whimsical, futuristic landscapes that challenge viewers to explore the familiar and the foreign. Her imaginative works are reminiscent of science fiction settings, with dreamy vistas and puzzling structures. Her artwork at the Davis Gallery can be viewed by appointment only.

Through June 12, 2021
Davis Gallery
837 West 12th Street