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November 2014 - Houston

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With so many chic options for wall coverings these days, a naked wall just feels so undressed. Trove — created by NYC husband-and-wife artists Randall Buck (multimedia) and Jee Levin (painter) — hand-makes papers that mix traditional with nontraditional materials and processes. We love their latest works: Allee, inspired by the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad, depicts a dreamscape garden, while Rinceau (French for foliage) was influenced by extravagant architectural moldings from the Baroque period. Prices upon request, to the trade through Holly Hunt, Rebecca Sherman DECORATION PILLOW TALK T he sumptuous new Boxwood Linens — a fine linens and embroidery boutique opened by sister duo Lindsey Amiralai, Elizabeth Webster and Linda Webster with partners Bret Duhon and Mimi Wadsworth, sibling co-owners of down-the-street Boxwood Interiors — was first conceptualized to fill a long- neglected niche in the local monogram market. The concept expanded from bedding and bath basics to include bibs and crib sets for baby; bedroom, bathroom and tabletop goods; as well as luxe loungewear, cashmere capes, silk boudoir pillows and quilted slippers. Duhon designed the space, hanging chandeliers from exposed rafters above shelves brimming with overstuffed pillows, crisp bed sheets and bath towels from D Porthault, Julia B, Libeco, Kumi Kookoon, Kassatex and Allegria. In gold- trimmed boxes along the back wall are 16 (and counting) custom monogram styles, all designed by the sisters in consultation with Lauren Pendleton of Boxwood Interiors. (Turnaround time for in-house monogram service is just five days.) While the overall effect is bright white, there is plenty of room for gilded flower studies by artist Tommy Mitchell, Alexandra von Furstenberg accessories and laundering soaps and scents from The Laundress. Even the tufted headboards are for sale, borrowed from the environs of Boxwood Interiors. Sweet dreams, indeed. Boxwood Linens, 1839 W. Alabama St. 713.528.1501, A ppease your collecting appetite and support one of America's foremost art blogs — all by attending and/or bidding at Glasstire's Third Annual Auction Texas. On the block are 16 offerings curated by The Menil Collection's Toby Kamps, Andrea Karnes of The Modern, Fort Worth, and Jade Walker with UT's Visual Arts Center, Austin. For the online catalog and to advance-bid on creations ranging from Kent Dorn's deadpan impasto-ed The End to Betsabeé Romero's filigreed tire sculpture, navigate Also recommended are Marjorie Schwarz's vaporous deconstructed floral canvas, photo pioneer MANUAL's A Letter from William Blake and a classic op-art canvas by Susie Rosmarin. Want to see the works in person? Come for the party Wednesday, November 5, at Carol Piper Rugs, with bites from A Fare Extraordinaire, champagne and wines from The Tasting Room and live music by A Fistful of Soul; PaperCity serves as media sponsor. Catherine D. Anspon ON THE BLOCK: TEXAS ART London-based, Tate-collected Danny Rolph returns to town with his smart brand of painting that pulls from the tropes of Pop and mixes in some unexpected media — including plastic building materials and his kids' coloring books (through November 15, at Barbara Davis Gallery). The result is a cool brew shaped by his frequent trips to Texas, all filtered through a Matisse-meets-Marfa perspective. Read our chat with Rolph in December at Catherine D. Anspon BEHIND the SCENES WITH A YBA A n artist collaborative that smartly skewers the market and more, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, lands at McClain Gallery for its Texas debut (through December 6). In this eagerly anticipated happening, the Whitney Biennial-exhibited collective casts a controversial net around art history and its players. IS BRUCE IN THE HOUSE? Tickets from $100, 713.850.0939, PAPER CHASE MAX BURKHALTER Owners Elizabeth Webster and Lindsey Amiralai Boxwood Linens Kent Dorn's The End, 2012 Danny Rolph's Texas, 2013, at Barbara Davis Gallery COURTESY VITO SCHNABEL, NYC, AND MCCLAIN GALLERY, HOUSTON The Bruce High Quality Foundation's Self Portrait, 2011, at McClain Gallery The Bruce High Quality Foundation's Isle of the Dead, 2014, at McClain Gallery The installation in question, "Isles of the Dead," engages in a strange tête-à-tête across time with late-19th-century Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin, whose canvases of the same name, circa 1880 to 1886, emitted fin de siècle sensibility by alluding to Charon ferrying souls across the River Styx to a dark afterlife. The grand project staged at McClain samples from Warhol, Picasso and Velázquez, as well as the collective's own Böcklin- inspired Manhattan performance sailing the East River towards a garbage dump. Don't expect a congenial meet-and-greet with BHQF; the collective operates under cloak-and-dagger anonymity; see what we mean in our exclusive and highly enigmatic online Q&A coming next month. Catherine D. Anspon Allee from Trove Rinceau from Trove COURTESY VITO SCHNABEL, NYC, AND MCCLAIN GALLERY, HOUSTON

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