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January 2019- Houston

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1 1 1 8 R I V E R B E N D D R I V E H U N T E R S C R E E K V I L L A G E RUTHIE PORTERFIELD OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. 14 I f it were possible to capture the essence of Marfa in a bottle — the contrast of contemporary architecture against the stark desert; the feeling of being let in on a fantastic secret; lightning striking across the wide open sky — perfumer Fray Ardens has done it. The mysterious and chic fragrance collection recently emerged from the West Texas town like a mirage. The packaging alone is a work of art, the bottles topped with sculptural wooden stoppers, holding three unisex scents formulated with herbal, botanical, floral, and spicy notes. Lisa Collins Shaddock. MARFA DREAM A credit was inadvertently left off the winning entry for Residential Landscape Design, in the October 2018 issue of PaperCity. The correct credits should read, FIRM: Creative Tonic. LEAD DESIGNER: Courtnay Tartt Elias, Creative Tonic. LANDSCAPE DESIGNER: Glauser & Co. Landscaping. PAPERCITY DESIGN AWARDS 2018 ADDENDUM O ne of the buzziest art stories we're tracking this spring involves a phoenix of a gallery — Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art — reopening after a hiatus of more than a decade. Instead of locating on the edge of downtown as previously, the socially connected Littlejohn selected the heart of River Oaks for her new space; NLFA now is synergistically sited around the corner from Found in the West Alabama design-and-art corridor. Stripping away the detritus from a 5,000-square-foot former Buddhist community center, the new gallery preserves the space's modernist footprint, with the addition of dark wood floors and Zen-like gardens. "Everyone keeps saying it feels like a mini Menil," says Littlejohn. NLFA's opening act is primed to make an impact — the reductive organic abstraction of Paul Kremer, who is one of the brightest lights in Texas painting, showing internationally in Paris, Brussels, and Turin, as well as NYC, L.A., San Francisco, Detroit, and Marfa. (In Houston, a bold Kremer canvas is a punctuation THE NEW ART GAME point in the lobby of The River Oaks high- rise designed by Rottet Studio.) The artist, who nods to Color Field and Minimalism, is fresh from a major West Coast exhibition at Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, so expect collectors to line up for his Littlejohn debut. Amplifying the energy is the addition of former CAMH director Bill Arning to the team; his title — curator and artist liaison for special projects. Arning joins director Emily Griffith and assistant director Susie Bowen Tucker. "Paul Kremer: One Way or Another" at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, 3465 B West Alabama at Marquart, opening Saturday, January 19, 6 to 9 pm; through February 23; 832.740.4288, nancylittlejohnfineart. com. Catherine D. Anspon Paul Kremer's Window 08 and Window 07, both 2018, at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art Nancy Littlejohn ANTHONY RATHBUN

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