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Zoya Tommy Contemporary

Catherine D. Anspon
Posted:
April 24, 2013

Since 2009, Caribbean–born Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and University of Houston (MFA) grad Zoya Tommy has been on a mission — to carve out a spot as one of the new crop of taste-makers in Texas. Not content to merely curate pop-up shows in borrowed locales around town, she opened in a series of micro spaces on Milam, incrementally inching up to the prime time — at the 4411 Montrose Gallery Building, where she rubs shoulders with neighboring dealers of import Barbara Davis, Anya Tish and Wade Wilson. Success in the way of a nearly sold out booth at last September’s Houston Fine Art Fair was Tommy’s ticket to 4411. Best evidence that she’s arrived — exhibiting this past December an underknown Japanese-NY master, Ushio Shinohara, concurrent with the action painter’s group turn in MoMA’s “Tokyo 1955 – 1970”; weeks after her opening, Shinohara appeared on ARTnews’ cover, affirming Tommy’s astute eye. Now up at ZTC: Dutch-born, Houston-based Guus Kemp’s riotously pigmented canvases (through April 20). 4411 Montrose, 713.523.7424; pgcontemporary.com.

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