An Edifice to Adickes

Think you know artist David Adickes, the Houston-based king of the mammoth presidential busts? Think again. One of the most successful of our post-war painters, Adickes flourished in the boom era of the %26lsquo;50s, %26lsquo;60s and %26lsquo;70s, where his brand of Texas cubism meets School of Paris was among the biggest sellers at James Bute Gallery, then later DuBose Gallery. Every other home in River Oaks boasted a canvas bearing one of his attenuated figures, combining touches of Picasso with the attitude of a Utrillo. Flash forward 50 years, and he%26rsquo;s everywhere this fall. We%26rsquo;ve personally made the trek to his new eponymous museum in Huntsville, Texas, where he%26rsquo;s transformed his alma mater %26mdash; the Huntsville High School, erected in 1931, a patrician brick-and-stone Georgian-style edifice %26mdash; into his signature showcase. Six decades of works, with a focus on paintings, are on view, filling 15,000 square feet of the 80,000-square-foot building, including the gym (by appointment; next show this October). Adickes can also be seen in our town at the newly minted Esperson Gallery downtown in a career-spanning solo intriguingly titled %26ldquo;Love Street Light Circus%26rdquo; (September 11 %26ndash; October 10). And finally, when you roll off the I-10 exit ramp heading east at Heights/Yale, watch for Adickes%26rsquo; larger-than-life signage with the uplifting message %26ldquo;We Heart Houston,%26rdquo; located on land he owns. David Adickes Museum, 710 University Ave., Huntsville, 713.412.1771; Esperson Gallery, Mellie Esperson Building, 808 Travis, Suite 125; check Facebook page for updates.

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