Here is some of the art we'll be checking out this weekend.
Forrest Bess, Dedication to Van Gogh, 1946, Oil on canvas, 15.6" x 17.7"
Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible at the Menil Collection, 7 pm (on view through August 18). This is the show I have been waiting for. In addition to a selection of his paintings, it will also incorporate the Robert Gober curated mini-exhibit that originally was seen at the last Whitney Biennial. To get you primed, we recommend this personal remembrance by Bess's last studio assistant, this excellent page devoted to Bess (lots of pictures and a reprint of the incredible Texas Monthly article about Bess), this Facebook page and this episode of Antiques Roadshow.
The 50th Annual Student Exhibition at the Rice Media Center from 6 to 9 pm and in Sewell Hall at the Matchbook Gallery from 8 to midnight. Features film and video at the Media Center, followed by art over at Sewell Hall both up in the studios and in the Matchbox Gallery. Hard to believe that this has been going on for 50 years!
woodcut print by Josh Bernstein from the exhibit
The First Aid Kit, an boxed edition of prints by Seth Mittag, Nick Barbee, Josh Bernstein, Emily Link, Mike Beradino, Massa Lemu, and Galina Kurlat, at the Emergency Room in Sewell Hall at Rice University, 8 pm. Sales of this portfolio by artists who have had exhibits at the Emergency Room will benefit the space--a cause I wholeheartedly support!
The SHILO Group, Untitled, 2012. From the series Timoschenko’s Escape
Timoshenko's Escape or the first step to the exhibition on Mars: A performance by The SHILO Group (Vlad Krasnoshchok, Sergiy Lebedynskyy and Vadym Trykoz)
at FotoFest, 7–8 pm. I don't know what to expect, but if it involves blurry naked Ukranians on Mars, I'm there!
George McNeil installation at Peveto
GEORGE McNEIL: The Beginnings of NeoExpressionism, 1960 – 1969 at Peveto, 6 pm (on view through June 1). George McNeil (1908-1995) seems to have undergone a similar transformation as Philip Guston--from abstract expressionist in the 40s and 50s to a return to figuration in the 60s forward.
Houston Indie Book Fest at the Menil Collection, 11 am to 6 pm. Not exactly a visual art event, but one I look forward to every year. And after you check out the books, magazines and zines, you can go see the Forrest Bess show!
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
The Galveston Driftwood Festival & Best of the Beach orchestrated by Bill Davenport at the Galveston Artist Residency; Friday April 19th,
1pm to 3pm - Media and public preview at GAR;
Saturday April 20th,
10am to noon - Adult workshop on driftwood painting,
1pm to 4pm - Children's workshop and crafts,
6pm to 9pm - Opening of Best of the Beach in GAR gallery;
Sunday April 21st,
1 to 3pm - Ask the Experts, a team of experts will evaluate different beach finds. Galveston Island's beaches are a magnet for the Gulf Coast's crap, so why not make art out it?