Art Notes

Houston Art News for October 2013

Catherine D. Anspon
October 21, 2013

It’s the heart of the fall season. While the brash and bold Texas Contemporary Fair comes to town, other offerings are more nuanced. Don’t overlook the small splendors of West Coast talent Rachel Phillips’ mail art, made from letters from the past, some dating to the 19th century, at Catherine Couturier Gallery (through October 19) … Speaking of works on paper, collage is all the rage. Meanwhile, concurrent with the Guggenheim survey of Robert Motherwell’s pioneering modernist collages, McClain Gallery mounts its own view of the mighty Motherwell’s way with the art of collaged papers (October 12 – November 16), alongside a special collage show pop-up organized by NYC gallerist Pavel Zoubok … End of month, Howard Sherman goes 3-D and adds collage to his canvases at McMurtrey Gallery (October 26 – November 30), while Laura Rathe Fine Art serves up Don Morris’ exuberant collaged comic strips, as well as Paul Rousso’s pop-inflected mixed media sculpture (October 26 – November 27) … Just in: artist Carlisle Vandervoort is leading the charge as co-producer of a cinematic documentary on the life and times of Texas political rabble-rouser Molly Ivins, with Sundance as executive producer. Fund-raising is underway on the film, which is expected to complete in the spring of 2015 … Celebrate 65 years of the most cutting-edge art at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s painting show, “Outside the Lines,” a museum-wide look at new directions in abstract painting that opens 65 years to the day that the CAMH unveiled its first show — Thursday, October 31, with a wild Halloween-costumed reception with PaperCity as media sponsor (through March 23). Watch our November issue for the controversies and shows that defined the CAMH’s seven decades — an exclusive culled by digging deep into the museum’s archives … Lensman David Jay’s SCAR Project makes a timely arrival at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art to raise awareness about breast cancer (October 17 – 28), sponsored by Pink Ribbons Project; for more, … The catalytic Kerry Inman curates a smart overview of Texas talents who employ photography, up now at important dual art spaces FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography in “Moving/Still.” Inman highlights a dozen smart lens protagonists who probe paradoxes between the built and natural environment (through December 7) … Have you been to The Brandon yet? Dan Fergus’ reborn gallery, next to Brasil, is led by the oddly brilliant Cody Ledvina. We’re covering its loosely organic scene and happenings next month. For more art topics and the latest tweets, follow @PaperCityCA.