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Shifting Baselines: Texas Gulf Coast | Jan 2016

In Victoria Sambunaris’s 2015 photograph Untitled (Intracoastal Waterway with red barge), the color of the water is the pale tan of over-creamed coffee. The camera angle emphasizes the flatness of the landscape; it is as if you could see the ...
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Mel Chin: Rematch | Mar 2015

Cities cling in perpetuity to a hometown boy made good. Mel Chin left Houston in 1983, and was clearly influenced by the time he spent in our diverse, surreal and polluted swampland. Mel Chin: Rematch, is an epic set of ...
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The Menil Reinvents its Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Starting With “The Infinity Machine” | Feb 2015

In Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's installation "The Infinity Machine," a cluster of mirrors dangles from the ceiling, slowly rotating in the darkened interior of The Menil Collection's Byzantine Fresco Chapel. There are oval mirrors, gilt mirrors, beveled mirrors, ...
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More on Carrie Schneider’s “Care House” | May 2012

I cried all the way home from Care House, Carrie Schneider’s installation and memorial in her childhood home. The house was where Schneider’s mother lived until she died from pancreatic cancer in September of 2010 at age 57. Just a ...
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Tierney Malone and Robert Hodge at Galveston Arts Center | Jul 2017

When the pirate Jean Lafitte captured slave ships in the 1800s, he brought them back to his headquarters in Campeche, as the island of Galveston was then known.  The “hero of the Alamo” Jim Bowie and his brothers acted as ...
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New Exhibits at Rice University’s Moody Center For the Arts | May 2017

Women in hijabs bend over a table painting pieces of wood white. At another table, a man sits and sands triangular lengths of raw wood. Others fit the sections of wood into 3-D printed green (recycled) plastic joiners or perform quality ...
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“The Beginning of Everything Review at the Menil | Apr 2017

Phillip Guston’s Head is one of the best things in “The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections,” while pervy Balthus’s Study for Nude in Front of a Mantel is the most problematic. The wide-ranging show of nearly ...
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Sol LeWitt: Glossy and Flat Black Squares | Mar 2017

After more than 20 years of stunning, nationally and internationally acclaimed installations, Rice Gallery is being closed — making way for a Rice University welcome center. For the final show, the walls have been painted black, as if the gallery ...
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David Snyder’s Work at the GAR Tackles Trump and Guano | Oct 2016

Donald Trump, cockroaches and bat guano — all part of David Snyder’s work on view at the Galveston Artist’s Residency. Trump’s voice is center stage in “Knock-off Oracle, Undecider’s -Anthem...And a Disaster, After,” Snyder’s sprawling installation in the main gallery, ...
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Oscar Muñoz: El Coleccionista | May 2016

Oscar Muñoz conjures up a mysterious figure in his masterful video installation, El Coleccionista (The Collector). On view at Sicardi Gallery, it is the first U.S. presentation of the 2016 work. In the downstairs exhibition space, videos projected over an ...
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“Thorsten Brinkmann: The Great Cape Rinderhorn” | Feb 2016

Thorsten Brinkmann collects random crap. A lot of artists collect random crap. Few, however, transform their gleanings so deftly and so evocatively. Brinkmann’s junk piles become a skewed world of decaying grandeur, opulence and nostalgia. His visual references run the ...
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The Paintings at Isabella Court Run the Gamut | Jan 2016

Running the gamut from wonky abstraction to goofy realism, the galleries of Houston’s Isabella Court have some pretty great paintings on view. Inman Gallery presents the hard-won abstraction of David Aylsworth in “Sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea.” The artist’s ...
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Shifting Baselines: Texas Gulf Coast | Jan 2016

In Victoria Sambunaris’s 2015 photograph Untitled (Intracoastal Waterway with red barge), the color of the water is the pale tan of over-creamed coffee. The camera angle emphasizes the flatness of the landscape; it is as if you could see the ...
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“Intersections” Uses Geometric Patterns to Create a Transcendent Environment | Oct 2015

With only a lightbulb and a six-foot cube of laser-cut wood panels, Anila Quayyum Agha has commandeered Rice University Art Gallery. Her installation “Intersections” transforms the gallery into a haunting space of light, pattern and shadow. The geometric patterns cut ...
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