Art Notes


Continental Drift: The four corners of the globe come together this summer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Representing the Latin American continent, %26ldquo;Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from Malba - Fundaci%26oacute;n Costantini%26rdquo; showcases the splendors of the region %26mdash; riches from the only museum in South America to collect in this depth. Frida and Diego are both present, as well as some surprises, including a new discovery to American audiences, Argentine painter/sculptor Antonio Berni, whose 3-D creatures made from trash are both repelling and arresting. We were also taken by Berni%26rsquo;s startling proto-Pop canvas from 1962, which portrays a Hollywood type seductively brandishing an American auto in her oversized, manicured hand (through August 5).

Paris, Berlin, Santa Fe: Heading to the City of Lights? Catch Joe Havel%26rsquo;s solo %26ldquo;History, Hope Desire,%26rdquo; at Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie in Paris, including a new series of cast-book sculptures plus his signature shirt-collar-label assemblages that bear poetic text (through July 10) ... If you%26rsquo;re considering a jaunt to Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, let Looking at Art%26rsquo;s Victoria and Marshal Lightman be your guides. This ultimate art excursion departs Houston Sunday, July 29, returning Tuesday, August 7; smoldering art capital Berlin is also part of the itinerary (info lookatart@aol.com) ... If New Mexico is your destination, a must-see is Wade Wilson%26rsquo;s new gallery, just unveiled in the historic Santa Fe arts district at 409 Canyon Road. The gallerist devoted to the monochrome and concrete abstraction will be dual-citied from now on, with his main HQ remaining his Houston space at 4411 Montrose ... Finally, wrap the summer with an in-town trip to Spring Street Studios, where Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts curates %26ldquo;Fresh,%26rdquo; mixing up international masters Sandy Skoglund and Richard Tuttle with those close at hand such as PaperCity%26rsquo;s Celeste Tamariello (through September, openings yvonamorpalixart.com).

It%26rsquo;s a Really Big Show: It wouldn%26rsquo;t be July without The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center%26rsquo;s annual brash and lively open call. Juried by Brooklyn-based curator Marco Antonini, this democratic roundup is heading towards its 30th year (July 13 %26ndash; August 11).

Just In: Scottish-born painter Katrina Howarth %26mdash; whose sunny still lifes, interiors and landscapes remind us of the 1910s- and 1920s-era Bloomsbury Group %26mdash; has opened an eponymous gallery in Galveston. Stop by this weekends-only space in the historic Strand District and peruse her delightful abstracted oils. Howarth is a grad of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art (grand opening, Saturday, July 14, 215 Tremont, 713.550.6431; thehowarthgallery.com).

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IMAGE: Antonio Berni%26rsquo;s La gran tentaci%26oacute;n, or La gran ilusi%26oacute;n, 1962, at MFAH. Photo collection Malba %26ndash; Fundaci%26oacute;n Costantini, Buenos Aires

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