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PaperCity Houston March 2022

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ALL IMAGES COURTESY THE ARTISTS AND WEST CHELSEA CONTEMPORARY T his spring, The Halles once again enthusiastically embraces the art theme, bringing c o n t e m p o r a r y p a i n t i n g a n d sculpture edged with street chops via the bold Round Top debut of NYC/Austin gallery West Chelsea Contemporary. Fresh from inclusion in the five-person exhibition "First Impressions" at West Chelsea's Manhattan space, British talent Gary James McQueen enters the Round Top arena with an imagined world forged from his time as head mens ready-to-wear textile designer for his late uncle, fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The artist's aesthetic mirrors the Chrome Skull GARY JAMES MCQUEEN + URBAN ART KINGS AND QUEENS By Catherine D. Anspon CATCH THE ART WAVE AT THE HALLES iconography that defined the global brand, with his lenticular image famously appearing as the cover of the book Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. For Gary James McQueen's solo at The Halles, West Chelsea organizes a tightly woven exhibition of lenticular artwork, offered in a small-edition series that speaks to the Savage Beauty symbolism that continues to define this British fashion house. It's compelling iconography: A man's face merging with a cyborg, a tangle of naked bodies writhing in dance, a skull where birds and blossoms transform into gold, a modernist swirl of fantastical avians, and a flayed angel trussed in a Renaissance velvet corset are some of McQueen's visceral images. Gary James McQueen The artist's Savage Beauty, 2020 Gary James McQueen's The Flayed Angel, 2020 122

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