Wanda Baptista, Liliana Molina
Ruth Davis, Connie McMaken
Silvia Salle, Micheline Newall
Aisen Chacin, Caro Chacin
April Gore, Jaime Portillo
Margaret Matherne, Joanne King Herring, Rafael Barrios, Ali Choudhri, Susan Mackie
Brian Crutchfield, Joseph Molnar
Diana Phan, Preston Heng
William & Holly Paul
Marc Grossberg, Raiysa Reece, Sarni Randle, Peter Doyle
Mauricio Vallejo & Liliana Molina, Rafael Barrios, Jesse Aguirre, Soraya Bodorff, Mauricio Sampogna
Darrin Davis, Mario Gudmundsson
Panta & Paris Beverly
Jacqueline Lopez, Rafael Barrios, Umair Khan
Pablo Henning, Regina Ramirez, Bettina Staartjes
Gregg Harrison, Michael Broderick
Loli Fernandez-Andrade Kolber, Catherine D. Anspon
What: Rafael Barrios’ “Mind’s Eye” opening reception
Where: Art of the World Gallery
PC Moment: The Venezuelan-American artist Rafael Barrios, whose larger-than-life artworks have graced rarefied public air such as New York City’s Park Avenue, was fêted at the opening of his “Mind’s Eye” show (a comprehensive exhibition featuring 27 electric abstract sculptures) at the Art of the World Gallery in Houston.
Gallery owners/directors Liliana Molina and Mauricio Vallejo welcomed the Louisiana-born Barrios for his Texas debut. His sculptures, dazzling, forward-thinking pieces comprise an aesthetic he’s dubbed “Virtualism.” His sculptures appear to be wholly three-dimensional, instead of the carefully shaped steel sheets Barrios aligns on a plane, cleverly disorienting the viewer’s sense of space.
Following the main act, the hip Mediterranean hot-spot Fig & Olive provided a curated chef’s selection of bites for the VIP dinner, which drew a tony group of collectors.
Who: Philanthropist Joanne King Herring of Charlie Wilson’s War fame; Honorary Consul General of Sweden Astrid Marklund; artist Loli Fernandez-Andrade Kolber; joined by art aficionados including Found’s Ruth Davis, Connie McMaken, Silvia Salle, Micheline Newall, Pablo Henning, Regina Ramirez, Bettina Staartjes, Wanda and Federico Baptista, Bulgari’s Mario Gudmundsson, Holly and William Paul, Beth Wolff, Misi and Ali Moshiri, and Panta and Paris Beverly.