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OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. C ontinuing our focus on singular art spaces, we devote this column to Houston Museum of African American Culture, a Museum District nexus, where "a multicultural conversation on race geared toward a common future takes place." This museum is also a hub for activism. Recent exhibitions have included a powerful and poignant investigation into Sandra Bland's killing, Tara Conley's droll feminist "My Life as a Doll," and a melting-ice Trumpian white man by Ti-Rock Moore in "The Burning House," as well as a performance by the iconic Mardi Gras Indians. This month, HMAAC's Bert Long Gallery is the scene for an engaging take on abstraction by Dan Houston. This Florida-based painter forged his creative destiny in Houston, living here for four decades as he segued from a building-contractor career to his calling as full-time artist. Commercial success followed; giclée print reproductions of Houston's abstract canvases are featured in home-decorative collections at Target and World Market. During a walk through, the artist revealed that his influences are jazz music, AbEx forebear Franz Kline, and the stars, the latter fueled by frequent visits to NASA. "Houston Abstraction," through July 3, Catherine D. Anspon Nancy Almodovar CEO of Nan and Company Properties 713.963.9554 | @nancy_almodovar ART NOTES S tressed ones, rejoice: A n e w B i o l o g i q u e Recherche facialist is in town. New York's cult favorite Skinney Medspa + Wellness has opened in Saks Fifth Avenue. Two pristine treatment rooms offer EmSculpt, CoolSculpting, Venus Freeze, stretch-mark reduction, and laser hair removal. Here's the skinny on Skinney: Twin sister estheticians Adriana and Marisa Martino gained certifications in non-ablative, non-invasive laser treatments and opened their medspa in 2010. Skinney Medspa now has three locations in New York, including one in Saks Fifth Avenue. Houston native Katie Keener, serves as beauty director of Skinney Houston. Licensed esthetician Ashley Palmer relocated from New York for the gig, and licensed esthetician Jennifer Barton is also a Biologique Recherche ambassador. For the uninitiated, BR is a highly coveted French skincare brand that offers hyper-customized skincare with high concentrations of active ingredients. Skinney Medspa + Wellness at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Galleria, Anne Lee Phillips WE'VE GOT THE SKINNEY COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HMAAC Dan Houston's Pandora from Above, 2015, at Houston Museum of African American Culture 16

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