Cover Girl

Zoya Tommy Contemporary

Catherine D. Anspon
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;