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- HOME—So Different, So Appealing
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Through January 21, 2018
Co-curated by Houston‘s own Mari Carmen Ramírez, curator of Latin American art at the MFAH, HOME—So Different, So Appealing takes a look at how people’s ideas of “home” are impacted by their surroundings. The show debuted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art earlier this year to rave reviews and was included in 2017’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/ LA, a program that sought to highlight the connections between Latin American and Latino art and Los Angeles.
- Hills Snyder: Altered States
Gallery Sonja Roesch | Through December 31For the past year and a half, San Antonio artist Hills Snyder has been road-tripping across America and taking photos of the sights and scenes he encounters. After his travels, which take him to towns with odd or funny names like Nowhere, Happy, and Bonanza, he creates drawings that capture the memory of the now faraway places. This show is part three of his travels — parts one and two were shown in San Antonio and Lubbock. Snyder also created a travelogue for his trips — you can read it on www.Glasstire.com.
- Gabriel Martinez: Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely
Blaffer Art Museum | Through January 27, 2018Houston artist Gabriel Martinez works on the streets of the city. His artistic practice involves collecting trash, sweeping up broken glass and turning privately owned spaces into public areas by posting official-looking signage. In Everything Turns Away Quite Leisurely, Martinez transforms the museum into his studio — handmade faux trash is scattered near the stairwell and broken glass from car windows is arranged on the floor in minimalist compositions. Everything in the exhibition is abstracted but familiar — things we normally ignore are given center stage. www.blafferartmuseum.org
- Alejandro Diaz: Paintings
David Shelton Gallery | Through December 23
Alejandro Diaz, originally from San Antonio but now a longtime resident of New York, has been known for his consummately clever art that was large, high production value, and often made by others. But in a statement for these new works, he explains that after his last show, he fell into a deep depression and returned to the craft of making small paintings in an effort to pull himself out of it. These works, widely different in style, were made by Diaz over the course of two years in his New York apartment, where he says he was able to recapture the “sheer joy of the act of painting.” www.davidsheltongallery.com
- The Telling and the Told: The art of David McGee
Houston Museum of African American Culture | Through January 6, 2018
This survey of over 20 years of works on paper by longtime Houston artist David McGee ranges from small drawn portraits in the style of Renaissance masters to large-scale watercolors of freakishly stylized figures. There are several works from his Ready Made Africans series, which pairs portraits of imaginary hip hop stars with the written name of European artists and writers. McGee‘s deft use of watercolor is always a pleasure to see in person, but his weaving of contemporary culture into the traditional canon to discover unexpected, incisive points of connection is his great achievement in this body of work. www.hmaac.org