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July 2013 - Houston

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COURTESY THE ARTIST Art Notes Soda Fountain to Art Cars: Some of the up upon learning that artist studios and an exhibition most exciting action comes from the streets, space are planned. Stay tuned for the unfolding Sixth beginning with the Art Car Museum, Ward preservation story. An American Town: At the which gets our vote for upholding the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, one of the voice of the proletariat. Up now are three most important activists of our time, 2012 Whitney solos for Texas talents who deserve wider Biennial talent LaToya Ruby Frazier, documents recognition, all of whom are informed by her hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania — a place of subjects from the industrial decay in the shadow material world of Pittsburgh that once was the — fur, facades or envy of the nation, also known the environment, as the site of Andrew Carnegie's created from first mill, the Edgar Thomson reclaimed materials, Steel Works. Dean Daderko oils on canvas or curates Frazier's "Witness," ceramics — by, told via photography, video respectively, Carter and photolithographs in the Ernst, Ken Mazzu and Pat documentary tradition of Lewis Johnson (through August 25) Hine and Walker Evans (through … Another grass-roots project October 13). On a Mission: with the same spirit is the redux Ken Mazzu's Echoes of Oblivion, 2012, at Art Car Museum Significant buzz centers around of a long-shuttered soda fountain, Huston's Drug's, at The Mission, a smart Chicago gallery showcasing 2119 Washington Avenue. After stopping for a coffee diversity that's owned by Sebastian Campos, son of at Catalina, I wandered next door to the crumbling Dr. Luis Campos (MFAH board trustee, a member of drugstore and discovered two creatives at work, the museum's collecting group the Latin Maecenas owner/photographer Chris Bramel and printmaker and past chair of the Latin American Experience Gala). Evan Rottet; both are recent TCU art school grads. Campos the younger has been scouting locations Bramel revealed that the old soda fountain has been in town and just confirmed 4411 Montrose is The sent to a shop in Chicago for repairs. Our ears perked Mission's new Houston digs. Catherine D. Anspon Daft Punk, Random Access Memories. The French duo blessed us with a new long-player after an eight-year absence, but a few months later, it's still unveiling itself to be full of surprises. Much has been written about the use of analog equipment in the recording process, and it's self-evident: The record is warm and inviting, and while Daft Punk has sidestepped its usual houseinfluenced electronic style, these collaborations with Panda Bear, Giorgio Moroder and especially Pharrell Williams prove their ability to transcend genres. Yes, it's long. No, we're still not sick of "Get Lucky." Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., "Blurred Lines." Speaking of Pharrell and songs that are incapable of becoming tired, "Blurred Lines" has given every other song on the radio a run for its money. All of the elements are impeccable: Pharrell's beat, which is the heart and soul of the song; Thicke's bravado; and the light-funk atmosphere that sets the scene for T.I.'s verse. This track isn't even attached to an album, and its runaway success is a throwback to when the singles format ruled the radio. A perfect song. Matthew Ramirez invited to don the shade blanc in keeping with the sultry season and the possibility of being snapped in a Krause box. Opening night Saturday, July 13, 6 to 9 pm, promises to be among the most heavily attended of ArtHouston's attractions. Through August 17. Catherine D. Anspon — contributed to transforming ours into a photo town. Now based in Wimberley, Krause returns to his creative stomping grounds this month for an eagerly anticipated solo at Colquitt denizen Laura Rathe Fine Art, where he'll make his LRFA gallery debut. Reaching back into his classic black-andwhite repertoire with prints that span signature series from "The Streets" to "I Nudi," Krause also sets up his famed light box for a special group of "Sfumato" portrait commissions, which halo the sitter in an incandescent field of light to literally illuminate both inner and outer visages. For this exhibition themed "A Night in Summer White," art-seekers are Is in the HOUSE For 50 years, lensman George Krause has been vaporizing the lines between the photo firmament and the fine art world. His ascent began in 1964 when he showed at MoMA at the tender age of 26. A Prix de Rome (the first-ever awarded to a photographer), two Guggenheims, three NEA grants and a Texas Artist of the Year followed for this oracle of images who arrived in 1975 to found the department of photography at the University of Houston. Undisputedly this game changer — along with Anne Tucker at the MFAH, Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin of FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography What We're Listening To BOTH IMAGES COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LAURA RATHE FINE ART ThePhotographer Matt's Music Hall George Krause's Fog, Nova Scotia, 1968, at Laura Rathe Fine Art George Krause's "Sfumato" portrait of Jenny Antill, 2012 ArtHouston Redux Mummy Dearest COURTESY THE ARTIST AND KOELSCH GALLERY COURTESY THE ARTIST AND ANYA TISH GALLERY R esuscitated from the sands of time, the pyramids creak open in a dazzling display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science: The recently unveiled 10,000-square-foot Hall of Ancient Egypt occupies the entire third floor of the HMNS's new Dan L. Duncan Wing. The exhibition space even competes with the football-sized dino hall two floors below, which boasts its own T. rex. Three mummies, 12 sarcophagi and, all told, some 500 artifacts spanning 5,000 years come together in a rare, long-term partnership melding our museum's trove with loans from venerable institutions renowned for Egyptomania, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to the Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum in Germany and Chiddingstone Castle in the UK, plus the addition of some private holdings, including Mummy mask with gilded face and inlaid Houston's fabulous Bosarge Collection. The entire eyes, Roman Period, circa 100 AD, at hall comprises one of the most impressive Egyptian Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibitions in the Southwest, making our museum worthy of a pilgrimage for pharaoh fans. HMNS's Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout and consulting curator Tom Hardwick organize the new hall around five themes — the environment, daily life and politics, religion, mummies and mummification, and early expeditions — which elucidate one of the world's most mesmerizing civilizations. Purists may find fault with the theatrical lighting, recorded flute music and lack of dates on individual labels, but the exquisite artifacts themselves, which rise to the level of art, more than overcome any heavy-handedness. Ticket details and info, 713.639.4629; Catherine D. Anspon COURTESY HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE F rom "Houston Gallery Walls to the Whitney's Hallowed Halls" should be the tag line for ArtHouston, which gets a fresh redux this month. Yet the annual event — conceived some 30 summers ago as "Introductions" to inject energy into the sultry month of July — remains true to its original vision. ArtHouston still serves up a cool and concise showcase of our best and brightest visual talents, but now with a welcome tweak. What's new: Harris Gallery's Mariah Rockefeller and independent visual collaborator Sarah Beth Wilson handcraft two evenings of experiences — Friday, July 12, at the 4411 Montrose Gallery Building, followed by Colquitt Gallery Row openings the next night — which bookend the day-long art trek on Saturday, July 13. Watch for food trucks, brews by Adelbert's of Austin, DJ spins by Jason McElweenie and, above all, some intriguing visual fare. The entire action is sponsored by PaperCity. Here are our best bets among the 30-plus showings: Moody Gallery's stellar print exhibition, boasting lithographs and serigraphs by Debra Barrera, Gael Stack and the late great Luis Jimenez; Amy C. Evan's droll, Popinformed paintings at Koelsch Gallery; man of stripes Rob Reasoner at McClain Gallery; Murielle White's expansive ab-ex canvases at McMurtrey Gallery; Down Under notable Daisy Moss Kemarra at Booker-Lowe Gallery; Brad Forsythe's pristine hyperreal paintings on aluminum at Dean Day Gallery; photog/printmaker Evan Rottet among the emergents at Barbara Davis Gallery; the incredibly named "FunkMotor" group show at Peveto devoted to the wild ride of street art and graffitists, in affiliation with UP Art Studio; Lillian Warren's pitch-perfect figural groupings drawn from airport lounges and other public spots at Anya Tish Gallery; and Guam-based Mark Dell-Isola, who unveils four new series of his hallucinatory abstracts. And Lillian Warren's Waitscape #50, 2013, at Anya Tish here's a note for your acquisitions Gallery radar: Whitney Biennial talents including Julie Mehretu, Yun-Fei Ji, Shahzia Sikander, Leandro Erlich and our fave Dario Robleto, once soloed at ArtHouston. Don't miss this convergence. For the complete lineup, visit Catherine D. Anspon Amy C. Evans' Pearl Spiked Her Drink, 2013, at Koelsch Gallery JULY | PAGE 6 | 2013 English Notes When Josie Parsley, owner and co-founder of the bespoke stationery line Fraser & Parsley, moved with her family from her native England to Houston, she saw an opportunity to expand the business. The other half of this creative team, Rachel Fraser, still resides in Kent, UK, but the distance has only made their organic partnership stronger — what else would you expect from two women who have been best friends for more than 10 years? Fraser & Parsley follows three C's when it comes to paper goods: clean, crisp and classic. Whether it's a party or wedding invitation, birth announcement, place tag or correspondence card, all have a quaint English touch, with themes ranging from bow ties and crabapples to bunnies and sparrows. Next up for the pair are PDF printable downloads to help you in all things party planning, from cupcake toppers to place cards, water-bottle wraps and more, as well as non-custom goodies for all. Megan Pruitt Winder

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