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1. Jules Buck Jones: Hand Me My Head | David Shelton Gallery
Austin artist Jules Buck Jones is interested in animals, death, evolution, the long passage of time and bones. Lots of bones. If this all sounds a bit glum, rest assured his images are powerful and life-affirming. His superb works on paper, which range from the monumental to the intimate, must be seen in person to be appreciated.
2. Still (Ed) Life: Part 2 | Texas Gallery
This is the second part of a cheerfully eclectic show very loosely based on the idea of the still life. Yes, there will be nice pictures of flowers and fruit, but also more inventive riffs on the theme. The first show was chockablock with delights and discoveries, and we expect the same from this second iteration, including the wonderfully suggestive watercolor of a pipe (or is it?) by David McGee, pictured.
3. Floyd Newsum: Black and White with Gray and Color | Nicole Longnecker Gallery
This show of new work by the venerable Houston artist features a series of paintings on the theme of the kite, which Newsum describes as a symbol of resilience as well as play. This body of work continues his signature style of whimsical depictions of everyday life, but now in a darker, more monochromatic palette that’s both elegant and somber.
4. Dan Sutherland: peat | Moody Gallery
San Antonio-based painter Dan Sutherland doesn’t show very often, so don’t miss this inventive new series of muscular paintings which pop, crackle and smoke off the walls. Sutherland plays with materials and the shapes of his canvases, and seems to have taken the forms of graffiti as his starting point in many of these works. It’s jittery, surreal abstraction that’s not really abstract.
5. Kate Gilmore & Heather Rowe: Only in Your Way | DiverseWorks
This is a two-person collaborative show from two New York-based artists who promise perfor- mance, installation and site-specific sculpture for DiverseWorks’ Midtown space. Gilmore is known for her clever and surprising way of addressing gender and power through video, perfor- mance and sculpture, in highly physical and absurdist ways that are as confrontational as they are entertaining. It’ll be interesting to see how her sensibility intersects with the more formal and architectural Rowe.