1. Our annual October art issue coincides perfectly with a big architecture story that amplifies the art energy emitting from Houston: Blaffer Art Museum’s redux, an innovative reimagining of the original ’70s-era structure into a futuristic kunsthalle. WORKac, New York–based architects whose other clients include Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova, do the razzle-dazzle, at a modest $2.25 million budget that breathes light and air into the University of Houston art destination. Take in the new Blaffer at the Tony Feher opening, come October 12 (through March 17). Gaze upon this American sculptor whose fave substances range from plastic water bottles filled will colored liquids to all manner of extruded polystyrene.
2. Pop is top, but how many know the Brit kingpins of this movement? See who was there in the beginning and get a view from the other side of the pond when brilliant Glassell School of Art teacher/MFAH lecturer David Brauer presents a slice of his personal trove of Pop prints, collected from artist pals from back in the day. This rare view at The Jung Center (October 2 – 29; lecture at The Jung, Saturday, October 6, 6:30 pm) promises revelations from the same eye who co-curated The Menil Collection’s intriguing U.S./U.K. survey in 2001.
3. Don’t you love “Simple Machines and Simple Dreams,” the title of Ariane Roesch’s next solo at Redbud Gallery? It proves that emerging hipster-innovator Roesch and Gus Kopriva, a stalwart gallerist/patron since the “Fresh Paint” days, can concoct a very compelling show (October 6 – 27).
4. Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ArtScan Gallery deserves to be on every collector’s path of perusal. Its latest, “On Walden Pond,” brings together four painters/installationists — Martin Amorous, Joanne Brigham, Tudor Mitroi and Seth Mittag — who share a penchant for the hallucinogenic or the macabre regarding landscape, but in a good, creepy way (through October 27).
5. Speaking of fresh talent, investigate Regina Agu’s “Visible Unseen” at the Fresh Arts ARC (Artist Resource Center, 2101 Winter Street, B11). Self-taught Agu’s vision has been honed on travels throughout Africa and Europe, and study at Cornell, from which she holds an undergraduate degree (through October 26). We’re eager to check out her graphite, collage and pen and ink works on paper, which put forth a dainty, deconstructed, almost scientific stance.
6. Australia calling: Pick up the transmission about aboriginal art. First up, Booker-Lowe Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with mixed-media paintings by aboriginal visualist Karen Mills (through November 3). Late month, Vaughan Christopher Gallery presents “My Country,” a survey that examines aboriginal talents from the desert to the reef (opening Thursday, October 25).
7. After seeing Richard Stout at the Houston Fine Art Fair, we’re determined to make tracks to William Reaves Fine Art, where Stout shines in a group view detailing “Texas Expressionism” and those who shaped the state of our art scene (through October 13).
8. Who could possibly be better than Dorothy Hood? Thom Andriola/New Gallery rolls out a series of the late Houston artist’s canvases filled with deep space and luminous color that can only be described as transcendental (through October 27).
9. “Paper Work” at Darke Gallery frames sublime creative types who mine works on paper to memorable effect. Seven Texans are in the mix: Wendy Wagner, whom we can’t wait to see well again, and her fantastical creatures; Lillian Warren of the epic traffic-scapes; twiggy beauty by pen man John Adelman; Kia Neill, whose rocksrimmed with glitter are extraordinary (what will her works on paper be like?); Rabea Ballin of the revealing drawings of braided hairstyles as identity pieces; Lovie Olivia; and Steven J. Miller.
10. A parting accolade to Houston Arts Alliance for doing good with its power2give.org initiative fueled by founding sponsors Bank of America and the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Check it out to make a difference for one of our town’s cool and important arts nonprofits. Speaking of notable diverse arts groups, savor the riches of Indian Film Festival at Studio Movie Grill, CityCenter, October 3 through 6, capped by a black-tie (or Indian chic) fête Sunday, October 7, at Hotel Sorella, celebrating Indian cinema’s centennial (tickets iffhinc.org).
See you art and about.