Art Notes

Pick Three: From Barbie and her pals to babes who wear pearls, plus acres of white paint, the New Year yields pleasures aplenty. Here%26rsquo;s our top trio. Thedra Cullar-Ledford takes Colquitt %26mdash; New Gallery/Thom Andriola, to be precise %26mdash; with towering canvases that record America%26rsquo;s obsession with the cult of the doll. Cullar-Ledford%26rsquo;s paintings along the way say a lot about our notions of femininity, cultural constructs and the battle of the sexes (January 14 %26ndash;%26nbsp;February 11) ... Over at 4411 Montrose, Joseph Cohen comes home to reveal the results of a recent Italian residency, with impastoed abstractions that carry a bit of the sublime, at Wade Wilson Art (January 6 %26ndash; 25) ... Then stroll upstairs to see quite possibly the best acolyte of drawing in all of Texas, Neva Mikulicz, whose latest, %26ldquo;They All Wore Pearls,%26rdquo; pairs Prismacolor pencil with video projection, filtered through buoyant evocations of 20th-century America (January 12 %26ndash; February 11).

Newbies: Recent arrivals include a game-changing duo. Glenn Weiss is the new top man at Art League Houston, fresh from a plum position as the founding manager of the public art program for Times Square, NYC. Weiss has Texas artist ties, too, he%26rsquo;s collaborated with Rick Lowe and the Art Guys on seminal projects ... The Texan French Alliance for the Arts welcomes Karine Parker-Lemoyne as new director. Artist and catalyst Parker-Lemoyne most recently organized %26ldquo;Go West,%26rdquo; the international exhibition exchange between French and Texas visualists that traveled from UNESCO, Paris, to Williams Tower Gallery last fall.

Studio Pass: Resolve in 2012 to voyage into studios, investigate galleries and keep the Houston art scene front and center on your radar. We recommend Victoria and Marshal Lightman%26rsquo;s Looking at Art for lively, insider access and an in-depth dialogue with the creative types who make our universe orbit ( FYI: The Lightmans, whose tin house brims with work by hometown notables, were recently anointed as Texas Patrons of the Year by Art League Houston.


Thedra Cullar-Ledford%26rsquo;s Annie Get Your Gun, 2011, at New Gallery/Thom Andriola


Neva Mikulicz%26rsquo;s Hottest, 2011, at Anya Tish Gallery

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