Art Notes

It%26rsquo;s a big, arty fall with not one but two fairs beckoning, plus Tut-mania coming to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Can you say blockbuster? %26ldquo;Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs%26rdquo; lands at the MFAH October 16 through April 15. We%26rsquo;ll take you inside the pyramids next month, with our Special Section %26hellip; Turn to page 26 for our preview of the Houston Fine Art Fair, unveiling at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, September 15, with a glittering Opening Night benefitting the MFAH Glassell School of Art Core Program (Fair, September 16 %26ndash; 18). Auction house Morton Kuehnert sponsors the lecture led by Donald Lipski, Friday, September 16, 1 pm (free for Fair ticket holders).

I%26rsquo;ll Take Texas: Other walls roll out the best of Texas talent, beginning with Art League of Houston, showcasing Texas Artist of the Year Mary McCleary, whose obsessive mosaic paintings are sublime and extraordinary (September 9 %26ndash; %26shy;%26shy;%26shy;October 21) ... At Moody Gallery, nature lover and advocate of animals Helen Altman%26rsquo;s shines (September 10 %26shy;%26shy;%26ndash; October 15) ... Dallas-based painter Tommy Fitzpatrick%26rsquo;s architectural geometry dazzles at Inman Gallery (September 9 %26ndash; October 22) ... Venturing farther afield, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont presents %26ldquo;Obsessive Worlds,%26rdquo; including the mighty H.J. Bott (September 24 %26ndash; January 8) ... Femmes take over the Art Car Museum, from Kaneem Smith to Aimee Jones; check out Robynn Sanders%26rsquo; psychedelic 1963 Porsche dolled up as %26ldquo;Surfer Dude%26rdquo; (September 10 %26ndash;%26nbsp;December 4) ... Anya Tish taps two Texans of Middle Eastern heritage for an exhibition of contemporary Islamic art; this doubleheader features Simeen Farhat%26rsquo;s sculpture and Mohammed Al Shammarey%26rsquo;s photography (September 9 %26ndash; October 8) ... The nitty-gritty Wheeler Brothers, James Ackerley Porter, and Ryan Geiger collaborate on wild canvases at Heights provocateur Wayne Gilbert%26rsquo;s G Gallery (September 3 %26ndash; 26) %26hellip; Paint handler extraordinaire Howard Sherman, who would never be mistaken for a minimalist, leads off the season at McMurtrey Gallery (September 10 %26shy;%26shy;%26ndash; October 15) ... Bryan Miller Gallery serves up a solo for new Rice art department head, John Sparagana, whose sampled imagery has always been ahead of its time (September 9 %26ndash; October 22) ... Texter extraordinaire Tierney Malone takes a stand at PG Contemporary (September 17 %26ndash; October 15) %26hellip; William Reaves Fine Art celebrates six decades of Texas abstraction, with gems by Robert Preusser, Dick Wray and Richard Stout (through September 17).

From Russia with Love:%26nbsp; As you read these words, this scribe will just have returned from FotoFest%26rsquo;s Meeting Place in Moscow, at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, co-presented by Daria Zhukova%26rsquo;s Iris Foundation. FotoFest%26rsquo;s International Biennial of Photography unfurls this spring, with a Russian theme (March 16 %26ndash; April 29), and PaperCity as media sponsor.

New Faces, New Places/Fair Well: Stay tuned next month for news from the New World Museum; gallery openings for Devin Borden, Sharon Engelstein and Simon Gentry; and our exclusive preview of the Texas Contemporary, which is stacking up with surprises, a fascinating emphasis on sustainability, and nearly 50 dealers, from Acme in L.A. to Lone Star quartet Moody, Sicardi, Inman and Texas, at the George R. Brown (October 20 %26ndash; 23, Opening Night benefits the CAMH;

FBI and Art?: Former FBI crime specialist and the author of the riveting Priceless, Robert Wittman, dishes about stolen masterpieces at the MFAH Brown Auditorium on Thursday, September 8, 7 pm%26nbsp; (tickets 800.504.4849;

Back to the Future: At The Menil Collection, the consummate earthworks artist of our time, Walter De Maria of The Lightening Field and The New York Earth Room is the subject of his first ever major American museum show; curated by Menil director Josef Helfenstein, %26ldquo;Trilogies%26rdquo; stars a surprising vintage classic American automobile (September 16 %26ndash; January 8).



The Wheeler Brothers, James Ackerley Porter and Ryan Geiger%26rsquo;s Working Empirically From What We See, 2011, at G Gallery.

Walter De Maria%26rsquo;s Bel Air Trilogy (detail), 2000 %26ndash; 2011, at The Menil Collection. Photo courtesy The Menil Collection.

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