The great Bert Long has died. He was 72. Long didn't become a full-time artist until 1979--prior to that he was a chef. But he more than made up for his late start, becoming one of Houston's most beloved artists. Here are a few of the obituaries and articles that have been written about him over the past few days.
"Houston artist Bert Long Jr. Dies," Claudia Feldman, The Houston Chronicle, February 1, 2013
"Bert Long, Texas Art Paradigm, 1940-2013," Bill Davenport, Glasstire, February 1, 2013
"Iconic Houston Artist Dies," Tyler Rudick, culturemap, February 1, 2013
Bert Long, Field of Vision, 2002
You can see a lot of Bert Long art reproduced on his website as well as that of his dealer, Kirk Hopper.
On Thursday, February 14, the Menil will be screening A Valentine for Bert Long, a documentary about the man. And Houston Baptist University will be hosting an exhibit of Long's work from February 28 through April 18.
Long's work is in many museum collections (for instance, Dama is in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont). I hope these museums will pull his work out of storage and let people see his work. But one place you can always see Bert Long art, day or night, is at the corner of Elgin and Bastrop (one block west of Dowling). That's where the Long's sculpture garden piece Field of Vision is. I will be driving over there later today with a few flowers for one of the great of Houston.
Bert Long, Dama, 2981, mixed media