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March 2019- Houston

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ART + DECORATION 72 A t a majestic height of 10 feet, Argentine artist Miguel Ángel Ríos' portrait of the Queen of Spain from the Age of Exploration is the hallmark piece of his solo exhibition now on view at Sicardi Ayers Bacino. Created from slicing, shredding, and reconfiguring Cibachrome photographs appropriated from colonial-area European maps, the towering royal in Eminencia (Eminence) recalls 16th-century representations of the Virgin Mary circa the discovery of the Americas. This monarch's body, arms, and dress bear text listing the countries of Europe, while the surrounding ocean is a roll call of indigenous languages, mostly lost, and colonized towns in Latin America. The result is a modern meditation on displaced people and the refugee crisis. Rios' regal empress — a museum-worthy work priced in the low six figures — is even more timely today than when it was created in the '90s, in the decade when the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage was celebrated. "Miguel Ángel Ríos: Torn to Shreds," at Sicardi Ayers Bacino, through March 23; Catherine D. Anspon REMAPPING THE WORLD AT SICARDI W e are seeing more and more d e l i c a t e l y embroidered w a l l p a p e r s , w h i c h a d d texture and dimension to the papers. At Fromental, Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes, who worked in fashion before launching their London wallpaper and fabrics company, made a natural progression from fashion, sourcing the same fine embroidery artisans to embellish papers and fabrics. For its new embroidered Chinoiserie wallpapers, Fromental artisans use shadings in the threads to create a painterly effect, and their repertoire encompasses couching, A STITCH IN TIME knotting, random stitching, and, more recently, loops and tufting … Italian designer Alessandra Branca debuted her first collection for de Gournay at Deco Off in Paris, covering the walls of the de Gournay private apartment w i t h h e r e m b ro i d e re d d e s i g n s . Flora wallpaper depicts garlands of flowers and leaves, hand-painted and embroidered onto tea paper in silk and metallic threads. Branca has also designed complementary embroidered fabrics, including a faux bois pattern. Fromental, to the trade at George Cameron Nash, Decorative Center Houston,; De Gournay, to the trade at Culp Associates, Decorative Center Houston, Rebecca Sherman COURTESY THE ARTIST AND SICARDI AYERS BACINO Miguel Ángel Rios' Eminencia, 1996-1997, at Sicardi Ayers Bacino W e are taken by the gang of four dolls in their Prang paintbox-colored packaging, holding court on the top shelf of The Menil Collection Bookstore. The Moundverse Infants series is a best bet to add to your art collection. Their TRENTON IS TRENDING Trenton Doyle Hancock's Moundverse Infants Torpedoboy Doll COURTESY THE ARTIST AND THE MENIL COLLECTION creator, former MFAH Core Fellow Trenton Doyle Hancock, has exhibited internationally, including two Whitney Biennials, and is showcased in a museum solo at the Menil (through May 19). Hancock is also the subject of an epic exhibition at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, on view for the next nine months. With 24-by- 24-inch paintings now fetching $22,000, a TDH Moundverse Infant for less than $300 seems a good value indeed. $295 each, artist signed (quantities limited, 10 percent discount for museum members); t h r o u g h T h e M e n i l Bookstore, 713.535.3180. Catherine D. Anspon Fromental embroidered Chinoiserie wallpaper. Alessandra Branca's embroidered wallpaper for de Gournay.

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