From Houston Gallery Walls to the Whitney’s Hallowed Halls


For those who brave July%26rsquo;s sultry climes, a visual banquet awaits. A tradition for more than three decades, the summer city-wide open house ArtHouston unfurls Saturday, July 14, in a day-to-night art trek that offers fare blue-chip to edgy, with a side of performance and fashion. PaperCity is once again media sponsor. And here%26rsquo;s a note for your acquisitions radar: Whitney Biennial talents ranging from Julie Mehretu and Yun-Fei Ji to Shahzia Sikander and Leandro Erlich once soloed at ArtHouston, which was originally conceived as %26ldquo;Introductions%26rdquo; to unveil new creative types to the collector community. ArtHouston 2012 includes more than 30 esteemed shows, including these must-sees: James Turrell%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;Six Holograms%26rdquo; at Hiram Butler Gallery (compelling 3-D photo works on glass plates that anticipate the big Turrell retrospective coming Spring 2013 to the MFAH); a lively Latin mix at Deborah Colton Gallery, including richly impastoed figuration by Becky Soria and the always Pop Michael Macedo Meazell; Jelaine Faunce%26rsquo;s sexy photorealist cakes at Dean Day Gallery; and University of North Texas MFA candidate/painter of the dizzying abstracts Trey Egan at McMurtrey Gallery. Kudos to Harris Gallery for pulling it all together; stop by Harris%26rsquo; Museum District space for realist Robert Winter Hughes%26rsquo; Southwest-inflected still lifes. Also recommended are the droll %26ldquo;Board-Walk Circus%26rdquo; series by Houston woodworking man Doug Forrest at Koelsch Gallery (a homage to folk signage); Laura Rathe Fine Art%26rsquo;s duo shows for abstractionist Luc Leestemaker and surrealist Anke Schofield: G Gallery%26rsquo;s Diane Barber%26ndash;curated view for a group of up-and-coming Spanish painters; RISD prof Susan Doyle%26rsquo;s confluence of myth-informed paintings and lithographs at PG Contemporary; and PF2 at Wade Wilson Art, curated by Zoe Jackson-Jarra and Debbie Trevi%26ntilde;o Porter, which involves some cool paper fashion, crafted from %26mdash; what else? %26mdash; current PaperCity mags. I%26rsquo;ll be art-walking in a June 2012 ensemble. Catch the lineup at arthouston.com.

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IMAGE: James Turrell%26rsquo;s Untitled, 2010, at Hiram Butler Gallery. Photo courtesy Hiram Butler Gallery.

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