Busy week! I think it will be difficult for any one person to see all these shows, and there are probably a few I missed.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
Thistles & Currants, c. 1885. Artist unknown.
International Quilt FestivalHouston at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.
And you thought there were only two art fairs in Houston! The trade show portion was held earlier this week, but now we civilian fans of snuggable art can take a gander.
I don't know what this is, but you can find out yourself at Front Gallery
Betwixt and Between featuring work by Mark Flood, Tina Marin, Ann-Sofi Siden and others at the
6–8 pm. This is a show drawn from the Engelstein/Parazette personal collection--I love seeing what artists collect.
Outside the Lines and 65th Anniversary Celebration
at the CAMH,
6–11 pm. OK, this is a bit complicated. This is a six-part (!) exhibit of contemporary abstraction. Each of the CAMHs three curators will each present two exhibits, three Thursday and three more in January. So we have UIA (Unlikely Iterations of the Abstract) curated by Bill Arning, featuring work by Tauba Auerbach, Chris Bogia, Carol Bove, Tom Burr, Julia Dault, Gabriel Dawe, Cheryl Donegan, Christian Eckart, Mark Flood, Danielle Frankenthal, Jeffrey Gibson, Nathan Green, Gilbert Hsiao, Paul Lee, Daniel Levine, Gavin Perry, Jack Pierson, Stephen Prina, and Brian Zink; then Outside the Lines curated by Dean Daderko featuring work by Travis Boyer, Sarah Cain, Leidy Churchman, Katy Heinlein, Fabienne Lasserre, Siobhan Liddell, Benny Merris, Dona Nelson, and Susie Rosmarin; and finally Black in the Abstract, Part 1: Epistrophy curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver featuring work by AfriCOBRA (Kevin Cole, James Phillips, Frank Smith), Candida Alvarez, Romare Bearden, Nick Cave, Abigail DeVille, Sam Gilliam, Richard Mayhew, Jayson Musson, Floyd Newsum, Angel Otero, John Outterbridge, Howardena Pindell, Shinique Smith, Kianja Strobert, Alma Thomas, and Jack White.Interestingly, each of the curators includes at least one Houston artist in their group--that appears the way that Houston artists get int the CAMH these days, as parts of group shows. I predict that this will be a visual cacophony, but viewers will undoubtedly find individual pieces of art that they fall in love with.
SPOOKY as HELL featuring work by Heather Bause, Jamie Davis, Lauren Moya Ford, John Forse, Zaeed Kala, Bradley Kerl, Melinda Laszczynski, Jennifer McClish, Sebastian Montes, Eric Ockrassa, Caroline Roberts, Caroline Sharpless, Michael Toskovich, & Amy Elizabeth Wright at the
University of Houston, 4th floor Projects Gallery,
6–9 pm. Trick or treat! U.H. graduate painting students put on a Halloween show.
LOKALKOLORIT featuring Jochen Plogsties, Johannes Rochhausen, Corinne Von Lebusa, Inga Kerber and Edgar Leciejewski at Inman Gallery, 6 to 8 pm. A group show of artists from Leipzig.
Raychael Stine, Vision 9. 2013. Oil & acrylic on canvas. 17" x 13"
Raychael Stine: a little ways away from everywhere at
6–8 pm. If you have ever wanted to know what a painting of a dog by Frank Auerbach might look like, this show may be helpful. Lots of thick, emphatic paint.
an older work by Danielle Frankenthal, Impulse: Moanin’ by Mingus,
acrylic paint on two transparent acrylic resin panels
23.75 x 11.75 in
Danielle Frankenthal: Turbulence at
Wade Wilson Art,
6–8 pm.The abstract painter who often works on transparent acrylic panels returns for a new show.
James Smolleck; Study for a Saturnine Night, 2013; ink, acrylic and collage on paper; 30 x 25.5 in.
James Smolleck: Sweat Bath with Saturn at
David Shelton Gallery,
6–8 pm. James Smolleck was included in the Shelton Gallery's opening show, and this is his first solo show at the gallery.
Heather and Ivan Morison, Go On, Cry (study), 2013
Slyk Chaynjis: Heather and Ivan Morison at Diverseworks,
7–9 pm. Slyk Chaynjis is the protagonist of a narrative constructed by U.K. artists Heather and Ivan Morison for this multi-media installation, which will include aspects both in Diverse Works and beyond.
a newer Matt Magee found on the internet:
Decoder, 2013, lithograph
Matt Magee: circa 1994 at Hiram Butler Gallery,
11 am – 1 pm. I'm not sure if these are artworks by Matt Magee from 1994 or if they are meant to evoke 1994 or what.
A. Conversation. With. Luc Tuymans at the El Dorado Ballroom,
5:30–6:30 pm. This could be fun. The Menil put a pretty opaque billboard up for the Luc Tuymans show, which had just the word "nice" and a detail of a Tuymans painting showing a pair of eyes. One went up over near Project Row Houses. In response, someone created an identical billboard with the word "nicest" and a close-up on the eyes of Tupac Shakur. So now Luc Tuymans is bringing his effete European self over to the Third Ward for a talk. Nice.
Jane Miller: Books Without Pages, Pages Without Books at G Gallery. Jane Miller was one of the first artists to do an installation in the Rice Gallery.
Mark Bercier: The Healin' Symbols at Redbud Gallery,
6–9 pm. Mark Bercier has developed a "visual language" consisting of 27 letters and 27 symbols, and I guess he makes art with them. The art on his website teeters on the edge between charming and cloying.
Empty Basket: Jake Wells at
BOX 13 ArtSpace,
7–9:30 pm. Box 13 is having one of their multiple openings this Saturday. Jake Wells' art for this show is made of painted wheat and grass, evidently. It looks pretty but fragile.
PlusPlus: Edward Ramsay-Morin at BOX 13 ArtSpace,
7–9:30 pm. The previous work I had seen by Edward Ramsay-Morin featured somewhat disturbing empty faces. This computer generated art looks quite a bit different.
Paul Middendorf: The Everyday at BOX 13 ArtSpace,
7–9:30 pm. For Box 13's webpage, Middendorf provided a supervague statement and the badass image above.
I think this one is by Andy Mattern
Trace by Andy Mattern, Leigh Merrill, and Pavel Romaniko at
BOX 13 ArtSpace,
7–9:30 pm. Three photographers, two from University of North Texas and one from New Mexico.
Brown, Studies for Lou, acrylic on
paper, detail, 2013
The Door : A Tribute to Lou Reed featuring Daniel Bertalot, Robert Boyd, Lance Brown, Georgie Flood, Erin Keelin (San Antonio)
Dave Murray and
with music by Brown Velvet,
Jane Schmitt and
The Pinky Lieder
at Notsuoh, 7 pm til closing. Dude isn't even cold! Anyway, here's my favorite piece of Lou Reed tribute art so far:
(I'm going to Hell, aren't I?)
Houston Cinema Arts Festival at Cinema on the Verge Gallery and Cinema 16 Screening Room and the Museum of Fine Arts, various times. The Cinema Arts Festival opens next Wednesday (and continues for a week). There are three screenings Wednesday: two of North of South, West of East and one of Cutie and the Boxer. It looks like a lot of great movies will be playing--I recommend you get your tickets early.