Weekly Pick: Fresh French

Christopher French's new view at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery moves beyond his previous rigorous minimalism towards investigations loosely based on flora in his Long Island garden. Zinnias and dahlias, rendered up close and abstracted, pack plenty of energy and add a spontaneity to his precisionist watercolor oeuvre. Paired with James Turrell's 1990s aquatints, exhibited in an adjoining room%26nbsp; %26#8212; which feature beams of light illuminating a simple, blackened space %26#8212; the dual shows are exquisitely understated. (We enjoyed seeing French, previously based in Houston, and his wife, Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan, at the opening on Saturday, February 27, which brought out curators, collectors and the art press contingent.) Through March, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom, 713.863.7097; dbhbg.com.

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