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March 2015 - Houston

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It's a return engagement for pedigreed treasures: This month, Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show blows into town for the second reiteration of a much beloved convergence that for its first 50 years was known as the august HADA Show. (Where do you think Miss Hogg and the Mastersons hobnobbed and shopped for their respective Bayou Bend and Rienzi house collections.) Pen these dates in your Smythson for this spring's HA+A+DS: Friday through Sunday, March 27 through March 29. Get ready for an exquisite romp through three centuries of furnishings, paintings, lighting, porcelain, crystal, rugs, books, estate jewels, textiles and more choice and rare finds for antiquarians, architects, designers, collectors and connoisseurs. Take note: Given a fresh polish by Dolphin Promotions (creators of celebrated design shows across America, including the annual Palm Springs Modernism), HA+A+DS once again partners with 1stdibs, The Magazine Antiques and PaperCity on a reimagined show that now steps into the alluring field of 20th-century modernism. Approximately 125 discerning dealers from across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including a contingent of Houston notables (as confirmed at press time): The Antique Company, Antiques of River Oaks, Atelier 1505, Clifton House Antiques, David Lackey Antiques and Art, Golden Chances, Lewis & Maese, M & M Antiques, Majolica LLC, Robert E. Alker Fine Art and Roger Howard Estate Sales. Expect old friends, but in spacious room vignettes instead of cramped booths, where beautiful objets from the past engage in polite conversation: A Chippendale breakfront encounters a Vladimir Kagan settee. Victorian oyster plates cozy up to rooster-figure majolica. A British 18th-century epergne rests atop an Arts and Crafts dining table. Twentieth-century modernist canvases dialogue with 19th-century repoussé silver. And American art-glass lamps cast a glow over all. Ready, set, acquire. For the complete Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show lineup and advance tickets, Show times: Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, March 29, 11 am to 5 pm; admission $15 daily. Catherine D. Anspon V is for vagabond — but also, in this case, for Louis Vuitton's new V Line collection for men. Made of lightweight, water-repellent leather, these sleek totes go to the beach or the boardroom — a sporty alternative to the B-for-boring briefcase. Just pick your silhouette: Start (a duffel bag), Pulse (backpack) and Move (fold-over tote). $3,000 to $3,600, at the Louis Vuitton boutique. Francine Ballard FOR THE BOYS Keep-alls from Louis Vuitton V Line collection F our is the magic number, it seems — as in the number of years it took for John Galliano to reappear in a significant way after his fall from grace at Christian Dior (a position he held at the LVMH-owned brand for 15 years before his ill-fated anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe in 2011). Renzo Rosso, owner of the enigmatic Maison Margiela, had the chutzpah to hire the genius Galliano as creative director when no one else would touch him. This January in London, in a very unconventional way and on the heels of men's fashion week, the world witnessed an artfully conspired comeback at the helm of Margiela, that was also known as #MargielaMonday to a small but select crowd of editors including Galliano's most consistently vocal of supporters, Anna Wintour. And the verdict? Thumbs three-quarters up. The collection, which is carried at Forty Five Ten in Dallas and Sloan/Hall in Houston, has gained traction locally. Forty Five Ten owner Brian Bolke, who has carried Maison Margiela for 13 years, says, "The brand's intellectual DNA resonates deeply with so many women (and men). But I thought it was a brilliant move to install Galliano there. The debut was quiet, deep, moving, humble and opulent. That is hard to pull MINDY BYRD An Old Master and a Modern Master: At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "Spectacular Rubens" leads off in all its Baroque glory. This stunning tour de force reunites four of Ruben's silk- and-wool tapestries devoted to the Triumph of the Eucharist, traveling here from their home at Madrid's Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, to join their large- scale modelli (painted studies). It's the first time such a large assembly of sketches and tapestries have been together in one place in a half-century. The Getty, Prado, Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the MFAH all play a part in this story. For our walkthrough with MFAH director of conservation David Bamford (organizer of the Houston presentation), visit, posting early month … Meredith Long & Company's group exhibition "Modern Masters" serves up a museum-worthy view of modern and contemporary greats, from the late color-field painter Kenneth Noland to today's Rachel Hovnanian, who employs 24K gold leaf and NASA technology in her sacred-feeling monochromatic canvases (through March 21). Chromatic Explosions + XX: At Sicardi Gallery, Carlos Cruz-Diez's recent experiments in line and color vibrate with intensity and hue; they're truly at the vanguard of the 20th century. The show is installed on the occasion of the gallery's 20th anniversary (through March 15). More on Sicardi's double decades coming in our April issue. Lady in Red: When one thinks of Houston's Roberta Harris, it's with the crimson palette. Recently, I visited Harris en studio on the occasion of her solo at the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (through April 19). Fifty years of making art are included in the Katy show, curated by museum director Ana Villaronga-Roman. In town, G Gallery features Harris' canvases from 2014 (through March 4). Forms in Space: Mercurial Austin-based Roi James is a man of many media. He rolls out his latest — works reminiscent of photograms (swirling fans amidst columns of air) at Laura Rathe Fine Art (through March 21). Painter's Progress: One of the most exciting painters Arturo Palacios has ever shown is back at Art Palace: Raychael Stine, whose deft perambulations with pigment are exquisite (through March 27). Paper Ladies: Nicole Longnecker Gallery debuts Washington, D.C.-based painter Amy Lin, whose "Dreamscapes" offer up stylized abstractions that feel like something from under a microscope, paired with Cathie Kayser, one of the forces behind PrintHouston, who's venturing into new territory (both, through March 21) … For more buzz, log onto; follow on Twitter @ PaperCityCA. Catherine D. Anspon Art Notes Peter Paul Rubens' The Triumph of Divine Love, c. 1625, at MFAH Kenneth Noland's PT-Circle-I-II-46, 1978, at Meredith Long & Company F is no stranger to curating. The cutting- edge website does it everyday, providing an online marketplace for some of the best boutiques around the globe. But what do you do once you've conquered the world of online fashion? You break into a new genre — which is precisely why this thriving empire is releasing, in partnership with Assouline, a trinity of tomes titled Farfetch Curates. The first book focuses on food, the second on design and the third art. Farfetch Curates: Food publishes this month and delves into cuisine from both a global and fashion perspective. From lunch with fashion blogger Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) in New York to dinner with British designer Jonathan Saunders in London, you'll get tips from Farfetch's global network of restaurants and watering holes for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails and dinner. The remaining editions will be released in July (Design) and November (Art). $25, at, Jailyn Marcel The visual art world's biggest bash of the season is upon us — Contemporary Art Museum Houston Gala. Friday, March 27, co-chairs Lisa and Michael Holthouse and Lucinda and Javier Loya concoct a superb canvas within the best architectural sculpture in town: the CAMH's metal-clad parallelogram, which becomes a party palace when our town's major contemporary collectors mix it up with select members of the social set (and sometimes, those are one and the same). Expect a trove of important art at the live and silent auction culled by CAMH director Bill Arning and his curatorial team; art-smart decor devised by Rebekah Johnson's Bergner and Johnson; and an impeccable seated dinner created by Jackson and Company; Christie's conducts the live auction drama. Oh yes, the entertainment is always legendary — TBA at press time — so late night, the museum becomes the ultimate dance club. Remember to dress in contemporary "black and white" tie. Tickets from $1,000; tables from $10,000; contact Emily Crowe, 713.284.8260, Catherine D. Anspon HOT TICKET Spring Canvas: CAMH Gala JENNY ANTILL CLIFTON Sanford and Susie Criner at CAMH Gala 2014 CONVERSE with Queen Anne, Rub Shoulders with Robsjohn- Gibbings, Get to Know Art Nouveau EMILE BROWNE At Antiques of River Oaks At Lewis & Maese Fetch Your FOODIE PASSPORT MARGIELA Madness MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO, MADRID. COURTESY OF MEREDITH LONG & COMPANY Maison Margiela dress, Spring 2015, at Sloan/Hall. Dezso by Sara Beltran white coral ring at Sloan/Hall. Jennifer Fisher brass cuff at MINDY BYRD off by anyone but a master." If nothing else, Galliano's new boss has given the fashion world much to chatter about and is praised for making a gutsy hire at a time when the brand had just begun to pick up steam at retail after the 2009 departure of its namesake founder/designer. But for his part, Rosso is seemingly unfazed and continues to chart the house's path by doubling down with the historically flamboyant nonconformist. His own words to Women's Wear Daily in September confirm as much: "No one has the authority to judge anyone whatsoever. We all make mistakes and it's part of our journey. The important thing is to know your mistakes and to learn to correct them, and I guarantee you that John Galliano has done that." If response from his first show was any indication of how the designer will fare at the creative helm of the now not-so-niche brand, it would seem there are big things in store for Maison Margiela. Says Shannon Hall, co-owner of Sloan/Hall, "I think we'll see him continue to explore the clash of perfect and perfectly imperfect. High and low walking hand in hand. And [with Galliano], there will absolutely be a good dose of high theater." Amen to that. Francine Ballard

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