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1. Focus on the 70s and 80s: Houston Foundations Part II Deborah Colton Gallery
This historical exhibition includes some legendary names from the Houston art world of 40 years ago. It’s a densely hung show that’s heavy on painting (during the decades covered, there was also a lot of performance and street art going on), but anyone interested in Houston art, it’s a must-see, with works by Julian Schnabel, Mel Chin, Dorothy Hood, Luis Jimenez, Forrest Prince, Bert Long and John Alexander, among many others.
2. Lauren Moya Ford: Like a Flower and a Current of Air Front Gallery
Featuring small-scale paintings, handbuilt ceramic vessels, videos and a risograph printed zine, Like a Flower and a Current of Air at Front Gallery is a homecoming of sorts for Madridbased artist Lauren Moya Ford. After earning her MFA from the University of Houston, Moya Ford moved to Europe to continue her art making and research into storytelling, her personal history and natural life. This show is a culmination of some of her findings.
3. Tudor Mitroi: Nowhere and Now | Loli Fernández-Andrade: Soliloquy Rudolph Blume Fine Art/Artscan Gallery
This quiet pair of shows features works that reward patience and close looking. Mitroi makes his own paint from archival pigments, and draws on historical images and maps, rulers, dates and times in his handsome, layered works. Fernández-Andrade developed a method of printmaking using aluminum foil, the best results of which feature delicately detailed drawing and watercolor over the prints.
4. Bradley Kerl: Greenhouse | Angel Oloshove: The Ocean Never Closes | Christopher Cascio: XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX Galveston Arts Center
Featuring three up-and-coming artists, this round of exhibitions at the Galveston Arts Center includes ethereal, pastel-colored ceramics by Angel Oloshove, dense floral still lifes and landscapes by Bradley Kerl and obsessively patterned paintings by Christopher Cascio. The trio of artists, all of whom are based in Houston, provide a window into some of the tropes and themes emerging from today’s contemporary art world.
5. Jeffrey Dell: Future Castles Art Palace Gallery
The arguments against Jeffrey Dell’s new body of work will go something like this: They’re too pretty. They‘re too pastel. There is something too pleasing, too beautiful, and too easy about the delicate gradations Dell achieves in his technically masterful screenprints. His trompe l’oiel compositions, where tabs of paper appear to flutter against a dreamy background glimpsed through an aperture, are too perfectly deceptive. You should ignore all these arguments, and go see this exquisite show.