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ART NOTES Clockwise from top left: David A. Brown's 0707210758, 2021 at G Spot Contemporary; Jorge Puron's La Ahogada y Juzgada (Judged and Drowned), 2021, at Cothren Contemporary; Petah Coyne's Untitled #1388M (Alias Grace), 2013- 14, at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art; Shane Tolbert's Electric Netting, 2021, at McClain Gallery. W e can't get enough of gallery fare this fall. Houston dealers do not disappoint. Check out these shows at our stalwart spaces, as well as two destinations recently minted. The Patriarchs: Talk about a doubleheader. Jesse Lott, Texas State Artist 2022, continues to impress, fresh off his two-person show at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, where his curvaceous and complicated drawings were the equal of any master in the collection of the Menil Drawing Institute. At Deborah Colton Gallery, Lott is paired with fellow Project Row Houses co-founder Bert Long Jr., whose estate DCG represents, featuring paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the late Prix de Rome winner and 1990 Texas Artist of the Year (through November 20). Latinx in the Limelight: The newly minted Cothren Contemporary pops up again at 5016 Allen Street, presenting the Houston solo debut for Latinx painter Jorge Puron, who studios in San Antonio and Piedras Negras, Mexico. Puron's reductive works alternate between abstracted landscapes and human figures loaded with border implications (through November 6). Abstraction Action: Former Houston artist Shane Tolbert touches down again to present a highly charged painting show at McClain Gallery. This is as good as abstraction gets, with Tolbert hitting his mid-career stride, pairing a Matissean palette with his own visual language, while always being a master of scale (though October 23). Photo Finish: G Spot Contem- porary Art Space's new Heights HQ at 223 E. 11th Street is activated by an innovative photographic series by Spacetaker founder David A. Brown. Brown adds drawing to his geometrically obsessive image-making, producing patterns that are positively hallucinogenic (October 2 - 31). Hometown Hero + International Notable: At Bill Arning Exhibitions, Enoc Perez (who's widely exhibited, from the Whitney to the Pompidou) shines in a cheeky little drawing show that features diverse subjects ranging from a UFO to a tiger to Beyoncé and Truman Capote. Paired with Perez, the great Houston-based Lovie Olivia explores the paradoxes of joy and grief, pleasure and discomfort, in fresh figurative paintings that pack an edge (through October 24). The Wonders of Wax: Petah Coyne, one of America's most prominent sculptors, is also a gifted alchemist of materials, mining gold from disparate media — principally wax, but also glass, satin ribbons, silk flowers, and taxidermied birds. At Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Coyne unveils her first Houston solo, "A Silver Pied Peacock." It includes a never- before-seen work and an early-1990s series that explores the monks and monasteries of Mount Koya (through November 6). Catherine D. Anspon PICK SIX: A HALF DOZEN SHOWS DEFINE THE SEASON. WHERE TO BE, AND WHY WE'RE GOING. CHRISTOPHER BURKE STUDIO 32

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