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Gates to Times Square, 1964-1966, which has traveled to Houston from its home at Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Also on view are more intimate works, including the artist's series of poured plaster Cycladic Books, which dialogue with the Menil's celebrated collection of Cycladic artwork at the exhibition entrance. In the final gallery are her early 1960s Newspapers, crafted from discarded linotype printing plates; the series, which she began in 1958, anticipated Warhol's Headlines works by several years. "Chryssa & New York" argues for the artist's insertion in a retold canon of Pop art, as well as her prominent Neon Lady Otherworldly Oushaks L ocal designers, rejoice: Turkish Rug Co. has opened a showroom in the Houston Design Center. The coveted oushak source has filled their 10,000-square-foot space with a vast collection of hand- woven and custom rugs. Founder Veli Soylemez created the company in 2016 after coming to the United States to study language. His family has designed and produced Turkish oushak and modern flat-weave rugs for more than 35 years, integrating master weaving techniques and precise coloring. Custom colorways and sizes are available, as well as cleaning and repair services. Heading to the Round Top Antiques & Design Show? You'll also find Turkish Rug Co. at the Halles #5 and the Old Town Market in Warrenton this fall. Turkish Rug Co., to the trade and open to the public at Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, Suite 152, Anne Lee Phillips I t isn't often that a museum gets to rewrite art history. This fall, The Menil Collection joins with Dia Art Foundation to present "Chryssa & New York," an exhibition of works by Athens-born artist Chryssa (1933– 2013) that premiered at Dia Chelsea in Manhattan last spring. The exhibition, co-curated by Michelle White, perfectly aligns with the Menil's mission to search out prominent female artists of the past and explore their oeuvres in-depth (Meret Oppenheim, Niki de Saint Phalle) or rediscover figures of significance who had been forgotten (Virginia Jaramillo). Chryssa, however, may be the most important underknown artist yet to get the Menil treatment. The show's title references her love affair with New York, where she lived and worked from the late 1950s through the early 1970s amidst a vibrant artist colony around the lower Manhattan harbor called Coenties Slip, alongside Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly. For Chryssa, it was all about basking in the spectacle of neon light and text that defined Times Square — an investigation that culminated in her magnum opus, The Top: Chryssa's Times Square Sky, 1962. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. © The Estate of Chryssa, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens. Left: Chryssa's The Automat, 1971. Abrams Family Collection. © The Estate of Chryssa, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens. Photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation. placement in a volume about pioneers of neon and text-based art. "Chryssa & New York," through March 10, 2024, at The Menil Collection, Catherine D. Anspon Turkish Rug Co. founder Veli Soylemez 54

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