On a Mission

One of Chicago%26rsquo;s most innovative galleries completes the lineup at 4411 Montrose. The Mission, which emphasizes contemporary North and South American avant-gardists, now occupies the first-floor space that recently temp-housed Lynn Goode Vintage and once served as HQ for the now-shuttered Joan Wich Gallery. But The Mission is no Midwest transplant %26mdash; it%26rsquo;s owned by Sebastian Campos, a young lion/burgeoning collector who grew up in Houston. (His parents, Cecilia and Luis Campos, are founding members of the MFAH power collecting group the Latin American Maecenas; his dad is a museum trustee). Campos met gallery director Natalia Ferreyra when they worked together on Mari Carmen Ram%26iacute;rez%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;Inverted Utopias%26rdquo; in 2004. Flash forward, add gallery assistant /artist Evan Rottet (whose mom is architect Lauren Rottet) plus coordinator Sarah Busch, and the team is ready to take on Houston. The Mission has already strutted its stuff at the Houston Fine Art Fair 2012 and this fall at the Texas Contemporary; artists in their stable share a clean-lined aesthetic, conceptual bent and often comment on sociopolitical topics. Best bets: Susan Giles%26rsquo; take on tourist architecture; Erica Bohm%26rsquo;s haunting space imagery; naughty but nuanced nudes by Adam Gondek; Missy Weimer%26rsquo;s critique of the American economy; and Gustavo D%26iacute;az%26rsquo;s view of a global utopia rendered in acrylic. Up now: charged sculpture by collaborators Fernando Pareja and Leidy Chavez, alongside D%26iacute;az%26rsquo;s latest and haunting portraits by Marcelo Grosman (through December 21). 4411 Montrose Blvd., 713.874.1182; themissionprojects.com.

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