Art Notes

Titian Takes the Town: Summer arrives, yet our art world still simmers, with offerings from Old Masters to innovative Texans. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, leads the way with %26ldquo;Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland,%26rdquo; which highlights 25 extraordinary paintings and drawings, including a pair of Titian%26rsquo;s mythological canvases that have never before traveled to America: Diana and Actaeon and Diana and Callisto, which were part of a suite commissioned by 16th-century royal King Philip II of Spain. They%26rsquo;re exhibited alongside stellar offerings by Tintoretto, Veronese, Bassano and more (through August 14) ... While you%26rsquo;re at the MFAH, catch a poignant show of sculpture by Charles LeDray that forces you to slow down and gaze at his miniatures in wonder, even as it packs a conceptual message that hovers between current events and surrealism%26nbsp; (through September 11) ... Contemporary Arts Museum Houston mounts a ground-breaking survey of late new-media pioneer Stan VanDerBeek, co-curated by CAMH director Bill Arning, who is one of our state%26rsquo;s go-to guys for technology (through July 10).

In Our Viewfinder: Photo offerings abound, beginning with FotoFest%26rsquo;s peek into long-ago lensmen in %26ldquo;Faces of History %26ndash; Latin America,%26rdquo; which focuses on eight turn-of-the-century talents who recorded portraits of laborers to patricians in the booming cities of late-19th/early-20th-century Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. Curated by Wendy Watriss, this rare exhibition promises a window into metropolises of elegance and accelerated urbanization (June 6 %26ndash; August 5) ... At Houston Center for Photography, catch a must-see perspective about the life of the teenager, from the Middle East to small-town America, via five contemporary protagonists (through June 24), side-by-side with Atlanta-based HCP-fellowship winner Kendrick Brinson%26rsquo;s compelling exploration of a retirement community in %26ldquo;Sun City: Life After Life,%26rdquo; (through June 19) ... Two gallery F-stops: Barbara Davis Gallery for Houston commercial photographer-NYU grad Julie Soefer, who shows off her art side with insightful images of global travels, including a few humorous frames captured stateside at the Houston Rodeo (June 10 %26ndash; July 2), and De Santos Gallery for Christine Laptuta%26rsquo;s nuanced images of landscapes reverberating with memory and time (through June 18) ... Prepare for an unprecedented exhibition of Helmut Newton%26rsquo;s early books of the 1970s and 1980s %26mdash; White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes %26mdash; as more than 200 images, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, are shown in the expansive galleries of the MFAH%26rsquo;s Beck Building (July 3 %26ndash; September 25). This marks the international premiere of this remarkable work in its entirety (stay tuned for details in our art-packed July issue).

Art Cars to Transformers: It%26rsquo;s worth the drive down Highway 59 to Victoria%26rsquo;s Nave Museum for %26ldquo;Art Car Central: Photos %26amp; Ceramics by Irv Tepper%26rdquo; (through July 3) ... Visit our Art Car Museum for Melissa Noble%26rsquo;s view of musicians who make art, from Tim Glover to Terry Allen (through August 7) ... Randy Twaddle showcases his latest ode to Houston%26rsquo;s electrical grid, in a solo at Moody Gallery that encompasses works on paper (including coffee grounds as media) and a breathtaking new tapestry depicting a transformer (June 4 %26ndash; July 2) %26hellip; PrintMatters presents the inaugural PrintHouston, a showcase of innovative works on paper, that extends to Anya Tish Gallery, where Turkish talent ArdAn Ozmenoglu travels to install the site-specific installation %26ldquo;Mosque Tales,%26rdquo; formed from hundreds of printed patterns on Post-It Notes (June 10 %26ndash;%26nbsp;July 3).

Ready, Set, Collect: ArtHouston unfurls Saturday, July 9, with PaperCity as media sponsor. Watch for our picks from the bounty of 30-plus exhibitions, plus a little history %26mdash;%26nbsp;do you know who was the biggest ever discovery of this sizzling citywide open house? Which Top 100 collector has turned artist to debut in ArtHouston 2011? The answers arrive in next month%26rsquo;s issue ... Peruse this site for the latest about the frenzy of two (feuding?) fairs, coming this September and October. Clear your calendar for the Houston Fine Art Fair, which leads the way, September 15 %26ndash; 18, with opening night benefitting the Core Program of the MFAH ... Follow our blog for news of four Texans who headline in a Manhattan gallery this month (hint, Susan Plum is one of them). Log on now to see where Austin James will open his new art space, debuting Saturday, June 18, with a collaborative painting endeavor with the intriguing J. Antonio Farfan %26hellip; Do-gooder Jurate Kopecky arrives on the scene, moving here from Miami, to curate for the nonprofit Arts 4 Japan Foundation, launching Thursday, June 16, with a fund-raiser at Gremillion. Be there!

Image at top: Jacopo Bassano%26rsquo;s The Adoration of the Kings, early 1540s, at MFAH. Photo courtesy National Galleries of Scotland.
Image below: Mel%26iacute;t%26oacute;n Rodr%26iacute;guez%26rsquo;s Carolina Carballo, Medell%26iacute;n Colombia, 1899, printed 1991, organized by FotoFest at One and Two Allen Center. Courtesy FotoFest, Houston

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