Art Notes


New Masters: The final month of the spring season is packed with notables, both big art stars and promising up-and-comers. In the first category we cite James Surls, who returns for a show at Barbara Davis Gallery featuring an epic wall drawing (May 14 %26#8211; July 3), concurrent with his %26#8220;Magnificent Seven%26#8221; at Rice University campus (through August) ... Meanwhile, Surls%26#8217; pal since the days of Lawndale%26#8217;s founding, internationally exhibited Fifth Ward native son Bert Long Jr., shines in one of the Jung Center%26#8217;s most notable exhibits of the past decade; Long takes as his inspiration the just released, posthumously published The Red Book by Carl Jung (through May 28) ... Over in the Isabella Courts complex, Inman Gallery mounts an exquisite, sensitive installation by San Francisco painter Darren Waterston that may be the best work of the artist%26#8217;s remarkable career to date (May 8 %26#8211; June 19) ... Next-door neighbor Ctrl Gallery invites New York%26#8211;based Houston native Jackie Gendel (daughter of performing arts patrons Diane and Harry Gendel) to co-curate with Tom McGrath the intriguingly titled %26#8220;Precarity and the Butter Tower%26#8221; (May 7 %26#8211; June 19) ... On Gallery Row, Laura Rathe Fine Art serves up mid-career Austin painter Ray Donley, whose portraits bow to Rembrandt and other old masters, featuring hypnotic masked figures and archetypes such as the sorcerer (May 1 %26#8211;%26nbsp;29) ... Neighbor McMurtrey Gallery brings brilliant collage impresario Lance Letscher to town for the Austin artist%26#8217;s newest book, The Perfect Machine, a volume that%26#8217;s billed as a children%26#8217;s book but that would be a must for serious art collectors (Saturday, May 15).

Power Gals Plus Mr. Alexander: McClain Gallery showcases Rice University art department head Karin Broker, whose media range from Surrealist sculpture to Baroque-inflected still lifes in what will be one of the most anticipated openings of the season (May 6 %26#8211; June 10), coupled with a cocktail evening for John Alexander%26#8217;s debut of a major new canvas, accompanied by a new flight of drawings (May 7 %26#8211;%26nbsp;June 10) ... At Off the Wall Gallery, child prodigy/recent UCLA fine art grad Alexandra Nechita arrives for a PA (uncrating May 15; openings May 22 and 23); word%26#8217;s out Nechita will be adding glass, bronze, and aluminum sculpture to her repertoire as well as her signature expressionistic paintings.

Fast Cars/Perfect Pairings/Paintings as Poems: Photorealist extraordinaire Cheryl Kelley%26#8217;s latest love affair with muscle cars and tailfins takes over New Gallery (opening May 1) ... At Texas Gallery, Carl Palazzolo%26#8217;s quiet canvases are layered with understated metaphors that reference time and memory (through May 15) ... Two spaces pair hometown talents and New York types. At Wade Wilson Art, the father of Houston abstraction, Dick Wray, is highlighted via new black-and-white canvases, concurrent with translucent gestural paintings by Danielle Frankenthal (through May 29). At Deborah Colton Gallery, Artadia 2010 Houston finalist Nathaniel Donnett opens alongside Whitney Biennial-exhibited provocateur Marianne Vitale (May 8 %26#8211; June 26).

Get Crafty: At the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Valerie Cassel Oliver curates a topical exploration of the collision of craft and performance in %26#8220;Hand+Made%26#8221; (May 15 %26#8211; July 25; opening reception May 14) ... At Houston Center for Contemporary, it%26#8217;s %26#8220;ClayHouston,%26#8221; spotlighting two dozen talents who push the limits of clay (through May 23) ... Peel Gallery presents two top contemporary ceramicists, Tom Lauerman and Fabio Fernandez, in the intriguing collaboration %26#8220;Sculptures in Love with Architecture,%26#8221; based on a book of drawings by the late Menil-exhibited architect John Hejduk; on view are the duo%26#8217;s 100 winsome miniature glazed creations (through May 29).

The Sufis Are Coming: Mid-month, get a spiritual infusion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with %26#8220;Light of the Sufis,%26#8221; a look at this Islamic mystical practice told via 50 rare treasures from Syria and the Iranian world as well as Egypt, North Africa, Spain, China, Central and Southeast Asia and India (May 16 %26#8211;%26nbsp;August 8) ... Then DiverseWorks gets political with The Yes Men%26#8217;s %26#8220;Keeping It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism%26#8221; (through June 5).
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Image: Ray Donley%26#8217;s "The Sorcerer," 2010, at Laura Rathe Fine Art

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Art Notes


New Masters: The final month of the spring season is packed with notables, both big art stars and promising up-and-comers. In the first category we cite James Surls, who returns for a show at Barbara Davis Gallery featuring an epic wall drawing (May 14 %26#8211; July 3), concurrent with his %26#8220;Magnificent Seven%26#8221; at Rice University campus (through August) ... Meanwhile, Surls%26#8217; pal since the days of Lawndale%26#8217;s founding, internationally exhibited Fifth Ward native son Bert Long Jr., shines in one of the Jung Center%26#8217;s most notable exhibits of the past decade; Long takes as his inspiration the just released, posthumously published The Red Book by Carl Jung (through May 28) ... Over in the Isabella Courts complex, Inman Gallery mounts an exquisite, sensitive installation by San Francisco painter Darren Waterston that may be the best work of the artist%26#8217;s remarkable career to date (May 8 %26#8211; June 19) ... Next-door neighbor Ctrl Gallery invites New York%26#8211;based Houston native Jackie Gendel (daughter of performing arts patrons Diane and Harry Gendel) to co-curate with Tom McGrath the intriguingly titled %26#8220;Precarity and the Butter Tower%26#8221; (May 7 %26#8211; June 19) ... On Gallery Row, Laura Rathe Fine Art serves up mid-career Austin painter Ray Donley, whose portraits bow to Rembrandt and other old masters, featuring hypnotic masked figures and archetypes such as the sorcerer (May 1 %26#8211;%26nbsp;29) ... Neighbor McMurtrey Gallery brings brilliant collage impresario Lance Letscher to town for the Austin artist%26#8217;s newest book, The Perfect Machine, a volume that%26#8217;s billed as a children%26#8217;s book but that would be a must for serious art collectors (Saturday, May 15).

Power Gals Plus Mr. Alexander: McClain Gallery showcases Rice University art department head Karin Broker, whose media range from Surrealist sculpture to Baroque-inflected still lifes in what will be one of the most anticipated openings of the season (May 6 %26#8211; June 10), coupled with a cocktail evening for John Alexander%26#8217;s debut of a major new canvas, accompanied by a new flight of drawings (May 7 %26#8211;%26nbsp;June 10) ... At Off the Wall Gallery, child prodigy/recent UCLA fine art grad Alexandra Nechita arrives for a PA (uncrating May 15; openings May 22 and 23); word%26#8217;s out Nechita will be adding glass, bronze, and aluminum sculpture to her repertoire as well as her signature expressionistic paintings.

Fast Cars/Perfect Pairings/Paintings as Poems: Photorealist extraordinaire Cheryl Kelley%26#8217;s latest love affair with muscle cars and tailfins takes over New Gallery (opening May 1) ... At Texas Gallery, Carl Palazzolo%26#8217;s quiet canvases are layered with understated metaphors that reference time and memory (through May 15) ... Two spaces pair hometown talents and New York types. At Wade Wilson Art, the father of Houston abstraction, Dick Wray, is highlighted via new black-and-white canvases, concurrent with translucent gestural paintings by Danielle Frankenthal (through May 29). At Deborah Colton Gallery, Artadia 2010 Houston finalist Nathaniel Donnett opens alongside Whitney Biennial-exhibited provocateur Marianne Vitale (May 8 %26#8211; June 26).

Get Crafty: At the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Valerie Cassel Oliver curates a topical exploration of the collision of craft and performance in %26#8220;Hand+Made%26#8221; (May 15 %26#8211; July 25; opening reception May 14) ... At Houston Center for Contemporary, it%26#8217;s %26#8220;ClayHouston,%26#8221; spotlighting two dozen talents who push the limits of clay (through May 23) ... Peel Gallery presents two top contemporary ceramicists, Tom Lauerman and Fabio Fernandez, in the intriguing collaboration %26#8220;Sculptures in Love with Architecture,%26#8221; based on a book of drawings by the late Menil-exhibited architect John Hejduk; on view are the duo%26#8217;s 100 winsome miniature glazed creations (through May 29).

The Sufis Are Coming: Mid-month, get a spiritual infusion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with %26#8220;Light of the Sufis,%26#8221; a look at this Islamic mystical practice told via 50 rare treasures from Syria and the Iranian world as well as Egypt, North Africa, Spain, China, Central and Southeast Asia and India (May 16 %26#8211;%26nbsp;August 8) ... Then DiverseWorks gets political with The Yes Men%26#8217;s %26#8220;Keeping It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism%26#8221; (through June 5).
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Image: Ray Donley%26#8217;s "The Sorcerer," 2010, at Laura Rathe Fine Art

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