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May 2013 - Houston

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Shirt labels, library volumes and modernism in dialogue: Joe Havel Because: The man at the top of the Glassell School of Art has stacked up a respected international career as a contemporary sculptor, including a turn in the Whitney Biennial 2000. And his exhibition this past winter at Hiram Butler Gallery, with its custom-commissioned shirt-collar labels aligned in a grid and columns of antique books cast in resin or clay, referenced masters of modernism Frank Stella and Constantin Brancusi. On the horizon — sculptures alfresco: While a suite of four drawings was just acquired by the Centre Pompidou, Havel is best known for his sculptures. Watch for two more outdoor works on the Houston landscape, including one sprouting in front of the CAMH. Represented by Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston; Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas; Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris; and Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris. Versace suit $1,195, at the Versace boutique, Saks Fifth Avenue. Polo Ralph Lauren Black Label dress shirt $350, at the Ralph Lauren boutique, Saks Fifth Avenue. Charvet bow tie $220, at M Penner, Saks Fifth Avenue. Hugo Boss Black houndstooth pocket square $30, at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue. Comic book meets personal cosmology: Trenton Doyle Hancock Because: Just when you thought this former Core Fellow — one of the youngest Whitney Biennial participants ever — had done it all, the Paris, Texas-raised Hancock (alter ego: Torpedo Boy) scored another prestigious art award: the $30,000 Greenfield Prize. Next stop — destination CAMH: TDH's master plans include a 100-foot-long mural commission for Hermann Park; a Hermitage Residency in Florida (part of the Greenfield award, capped by a 2015 show at the Ringling Museum); and hopefully a Houston restaging of his epic Cult of Color: Call to Color, originally crafted for Ballet Austin (with elaborately articulated costumes and sets). But we're most excited about his April 2014 solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, which begins at the beginning with Hancock's extraordinary, cosmologic drawings. Represented by Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, and James Cohan Gallery, New York. Isaia large-check dress shirt $425, at M Penner, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue. Charvet bow tie $195, at M Penner, Saks Fifth Avenue. Queen of slathered paint and not-so-cute taxidermy: Ann Wood Because: She boldly confronts the construct of nature versus man, in decidedly nontraditional media. Wood's darkly beguiling creations begin with thick-as-frosting paint slathered onto polyurethane foam animal forms used for taxidermy. In this vein, her giant pink-and-pistachio elk dripping faux blood stole the "Dirty Dozen" show at San Antonio's Blue Star last December. We're also enamored of her slightly sinister Baroque-style, sixfoot-tall embroideries, which yet again question the domestication of flora and fauna. Future — embroider-ama: After being selected for "Seven," a survey of Houston's best under-known emergents, at the Art League last fall, Wood makes her Dallas debut this July at Kirk Hopper Fine Art with a showing of her over-the-top needlework, while at Box 13 in town, her latest and greatest taxidermy takes a stand May 18 hrough June 22. t Represented by Avis Frank Gallery, Houston. Oscar de la Renta Iris peplum top $1,590, and floral skirt $950, both at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tootsies. Erikson Beamon Night Porter Swarovski crystal necklaces $835 each, at Joseph.

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