Art Notes

Houston Art News for January

Catherine D. Anspon   |  Photos by David McGee’s, "Othello," 2013, at Texas Gallery, Jang soon Im’s "Untitled (after the Korean TV show 'Queen Seon-deok')," 2013, at Anya Tish Gallery
January 08, 2014

New Year, Intriguing Art: Globalism, identity politics, design, photography — especially FotoFest — the promise of public art (which can even transform parking meetings), surrealism’s siren song and art-making as détente. An octet of exhibitions this month touch upon these themes; others are unfurled throughout the coming season. Begin at Anya Tish Gallery, where a recent Core Fellow of Korean ancestry, Jang soon Im, makes his solo debut. Pop cultural critiques in hot hues inform sculpture, digital collage, video, painting and installations, capturing the pulse of Im’s modern homeland, including a Plexiglas cycle taken from TV shows, all loosely group around the theme of war (January 10 – February 8) … At Texas Gallery, Houston’s painter of Baroque imagery and lyrical text, David McGee, steps up with a provocative body of portraiture whose title we can’t print (January 16 – February 15) … Media master Edward Lane McCartney has a ­way with wallpaper at Hooks-Epstein Gallery, departing from his usual jewelry making to forge abstract collage color cycles with all the beauty of a Josef Albers in their pure rectangles of pigment (January 18 ­– February 15) … The Blaffer Art Museum continues its march into smart conceptual internationalism with Phil Collins and Christian Jankowski’s media-based meditations upon the telenovela in a heady high-low mix, “Tears and Politics” (January 18 ­­– March 15; opening Friday, January 17). Coinciding with this dual showing, watch for enchantingly enigmatic photographs, films, sculpture and painting by Russian-born, Venice Biennale-exhibited Anton Ginzburg — the artist’s American museum debut. Based on the ancient concept of the traveler’s tale, Ginzburg’s “Terra Corpus” is filled with longing. His titles hint at the mystical nature of this creative voyage: At the Back of the North Wind and Walking the Sea. More art topics,  thanks for the follow on Twitter @PaperCityCA.