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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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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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Gabriel Kuri at the Blaffer Art Museum | Sep 2010

Receipts, parking stubs, old newspapers, plastic bags, crumpled cans, worn down slivers of soap and hotel-size shampoo are the stuff of Gabriel Kuri’s art. Kuri has a particular fascination with cast-offs and the ephemera generated by the commerce of daily ...
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“Luc Tuymans” at the DMA | Jul 2010

In Luc Tuymans’ 1997 painting Der Architekt, a man wearing skis has fallen in the snow. Almost monochromatic, the image is rendered in frosty blues that lean to black. The figure’s skis and poles are strong linear elements, as is ...
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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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Habsburg Splendor: Great Art and Inbreeding at the MFAH | Jul 2015

“Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections” at the MFAH has everything: armor, a carriage, a sleigh, crucifixes, paintings of naked women, a painting of a hairy kid with werewolf syndrome, tapestries, walrus tusk and rhino horn tchotchkes, Roman statuary, ...
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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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Buildering: Misbehaving the City | Oct 2014

Buildering: Misbehaving the City at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston is an interesting show with possibly the worst title ever. “Buildering” derives from the rock climbing term “bouldering” and refers to climbing the buildings and features of the urban ...
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A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James at the Menil Collection | Jun 2014

“His ball gowns look like furniture and his furniture looks like ball gowns” quipped one Texas socialite upon observing the creations of fashion designer Charles James (1906-1978). In viewing the Menil Collection’s  exhibition “Charles James: A Thin Wall of Air,” ...
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Plexiglas Makes it Possible! Francisco Sobrino at Sicardi Gallery | Jun 2014

Patented in 1933, Plexiglas was arguably the most “futuristic” material of the 20th century – it was as transparent as glass but lightweight, durable and able to be used structurally. When you think about it, it still seems pretty space ...
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