Art Notes

Houston Art News for February 2014

Catherine D. Anspon  |  Photos by The Bridge Club’s "Waltz Across Texas," 2013, at Art Palace, Bert Long Jr.’s "Riding the Tiger," 2000, at Deborah Colton Gallery. Photo by Cyndy Allard.
Posted:
February 18, 2014

Surreal Scene to Cubist King: While Magritte makes a perfect Valentine at The Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the exclusive American venue for the Georges Braque (1882 – 1963) retrospective. This show seeks, via 75 definitive works, to pull Braque from the shadow of Picasso and show his own innovations, from Fauvism to his most pioneering phase — cubism (February 13 – May 11) … Speaking of Surrealism, don’t overlook haunting works by Lee Bontecou in the first-ever retrospective of the artist’s extraordinary drawings, which vary from the marvelous to the macabre, with a touch of sci-fi. The Menil’s Michelle White curates (through May 11) … Italian-based/Moscow Biennale-exhibited Andrea Bianconi, whose idiosyncratic practice verges on the surreal, returns to town via “Tunnel City,” opening Thursday, February 13, at Barbara Davis Gallery with a performance, book signing and showing of his latest canvases (through March 15).

Group-On: Art Palace engages with an edgy group view that struts the smartest work in gallerist Arturo Palacios’ stable. We’re mad for the performance art/photographic quartet The Bridge Club, accompanied by the latest by Elaine Bradford, Jeffrey Dell, Nathan Green and more, as well as a neat micro show of Nick Barbee’s wry watercolors (both through February 15).

Bert’s Back: February marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Rome Prize winner Bert Long Jr. To honor his memory, jump-start his foundation and move his volume penned by Thomas McEvilley to publication, Deborah Colton Gallery mounts a fund-raising exhibition complete with blues performances Saturday, February 1 (through March 8).

Paper Lover: Marco Villegas’ abstract woodcut monotypes, hot off Burning Bones Press, are showcased at Sharon Engelstein’s Front gallery, a lovely space sited in the artist’s bungalow (through February 22) … Handmade artists’ books are page-turners at Hiram Butler Gallery, continuing a long-standing dialogue with Bill Goldston’s U.L.A.E. (Universal Limited Art Editions). Acquire collectible limited-edition volumes by notables from Elizabeth Murray to Bob Rauschenberg (through February 22).

Installation Station: Check out McClain Gallery’s solo for the brilliant pair Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher. Trailer, serves up a surprising amalgamation of electrical engineering, odd mechanics, light show and miniature dioramas, set to a quirky score (February 6 – May 31) … One of my fave sculptors has been picked up by Devin Borden Gallery. Master of materials/Pop prognosticator/UH prof Paul Kittelson currently headlines with buoyant new work at Borden’s Isabella digs (through February 18) … FotoFest arrives next month. Follow @PaperCityCA for the best of the biennial.

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