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December 2015 - Houston

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Piada Italian Street Food, 5801 Memorial Dr., 832.834.6415; 1930 Highway 6, Sugar Land, 281.491.0603; Five years ago, a holiday in Rimini, Italy, sparked a delicious idea in the minds of some Ohio-based chefs. Inspired by the city's food carts and little Italian family-run markets, they created Piada Italian Street Food — Season of Silos: This has been the year of the new art spaces. Head online for our ongoing series that details notable, even surprising recently minted venues. (Lester Marks, are you reading this?) Here's one more for the list: Silos at Sawyer Yards, where the latest jewel — or, should we say, agricultural/industrial ruin — in the Washington Avenue Arts District gets developer Jon Deal's tender lovin' care. Arts District director Susannah Mitchell tapped Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's man at the top, Bill Arning, and past CORE Fellow Jillian Conrad, currently University of Houston associate sculpture professor, to cull through nearly 80 submissions. Their 27 final selections launched the inaugural Silos Installation Transdisciplinary Exhibition (SITE), open every Saturday, 5 to 9 pm, through January 31. The installations in the former Success Rice silos serve up doses of the kinetic, the ridiculous, the smart and the surreal (read our report at; do make time to experience this phenomenon. Williams Tower Wow: Uptown's best art space is hidden in plain sight in the Williams Tower Gallery. Since 1983, independent curator Sally Sprout has mounted some of Houston's most intriguing group shows, installing works both intimate and majestic in the Philip Johnson-designed skyscraper's cavernous lobby, a short stroll from the Galleria. On December 2, Sprout presents a quartet of female artists who explore the supernatural and tap the spiritual: Leslie Field, Arielle Masson, Susan Plum and the late Laurent Boccara (through January 6). Watch Out for the White Buffalo: Another venue deserving a visit is Isabella Court, which stands in counterpoint to the original currency of Colquitt's Gallery Row. Up now at Isabella's Art Palace, Peat Duggins' topical peek at the animal kingdom is a nuanced meditation about extinction and natural history that leaves space for the viewer to enter. The showstopper is the artist's enigmatic, faux-taxidermy sculpture, White Buffalo — a startling presence in the gallery's historic/now white-cube interiors (through December 19). See you in 2016. Catherine D. Anspon Art Notes Leslie Field's Kaleidoscopic Mandalas, photographed 2004, printed 2015, at Williams Tower Gallery Peat Duggins' White Buffalo, 2015, at Art Palace COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND ART PALACE COURTESY THE ARTIST A t press time, the ink is drying on new leases for the 4411 Montrose Gallery building owned by collector/impresario/gentleman of finance Bruce Eames. The new art tenants are both recent Texas Contemporary exhibitors: David Shelton, hopping from a smaller footprint at the Isabella Court complex to a ground-floor anchor space (once home to Wade Wilson Art), and Houston transplant Cindy Lisica, moving into the former Zoya Tommy spot. (Tommy has relocated to 4102 Fannin Street.) Shelton is considered one of the rising stars of the Houston scene, a dealer with a respected eye who mixes national talents such as Matthew Craven and Sara Frantz with Texas stars including Lane Hagood, Jonathan Ryan Storm, Vincent Valdez, Kelly O'Connor and Margaret Meehan. Lisica is also one to watch: She wields a PhD in art history, worked for three years at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and relocated here about a year ago here from Pennsylvania. She teaches at the University of Houston and is on staff in the registrar's department at The Menil Collection. She's been curating from afar her Revision Gallery, which will now shutter in Steel City and rebrand under her name in Houston. Watch for these two eponymous dealers to remap our art scene. Together with this fall's new kid at 4411, Unix Gallery, and original tenants Barbara Davis Gallery and Anya Tish Gallery, they will all be strumming in time for the launch of the spring season, come January. For more on the artists stocked by Shelton and Lisica, visit Catherine D. Anspon THE 411 ON 4411 Continuing its autumn of modern masters and exploration of the almost lost art of innovative printmaking, Meredith Long & Company mounts a museum-worthy view of Frank Stella sculpture and works on paper from the late 1980s and early 1990s, an era that foreshadows the artist's grand Baroque experimentation while manifesting the Post Modernism of its time. This tour de force showcases Mr. Stella's seminal forays into all processes of print media — hand- colored etching, aquatint, lithography, linoleum cuts, screen printing and dramatic domed 3-D relief engraving, all often upon handmade papers, and includes six-feet-high prints from a series inspired by the artist's obsession with Moby Dick, giant squids and Jonah and the Whale. As such, it's aptly timed with the new Whitney Museum of American Art's career- redefining Stella retrospective on view now (through February 7, traveling to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to open April 17). "Frank Stella: Sculpture and Works on Paper," through December 30, at Meredith Long & Company. Catherine D. Anspon STELLAR STELLA Frank Stella's The Funeral, 1992, at Meredith Long & Company Q ueen Elizabeth is in line to receive the first Bentley Bentayga, which brings one thing to mind: The Queen better have one James Bond-worthy driver. Or one serious lead foot herself. The first SUV produced by Bentley is an elegant, ferocious beast. Touted as the fastest, most powerful and most exclusive SUV in the world, the 2017 Bentley Bentayga tops out at a reported 187 MPH and goes from zero to 60 MPH in a sporty four seconds flat. That's a lot of kick for a Sunday drive. For the record, the Queen plans to use her new Bentley (Bentley has reserved Bentayga No. 1 for her majesty) for Sunday hunts on her sprawling Balmoral estate. Its 12-cylinder, 600-horsepower engine already went through the rugged paces there in a test drive that prompted her to put an order in. Closer to home, the Bentley Bentayga hits local showrooms in June 2016. Handcrafted leather seats, modeled after English hunting jackets, certainly stand out, but that's just the start. This new-age SUV, with a base price of $229,000, offers the option of a $168,000 Breitling Mulliner Tourbillon solid-gold dashboard clock marked by eight diamonds. It's the latest salvo in the luxury SUV wars — the fastest-growing segment of the upscale car market. Other options include a refrigerator and cashmere picnic blanket set … with only three glasses, not four — "the driver isn't supposed to drink," notes Bentley Americas president and CEO Michael Winkler. Bentley Houston, 1530 W. Loop S., Houston, 713.850.1530, Chris Baldwin THE QUEEN'S CAR: The Fastest SUV in the World Bentley Bentayga STREET SMARTS D esigner Tricia Foley, in from New York, will sign her luscious new book, Tricia Foley Lifestyle: Elegant Simplicity at Home (Rizzoli, $45), Tuesday, December 8, 6 pm, at Thorntree showroom. Foley's serene palette of cream, ivory and white; her use of natural materials, flea-market finds and fine antiques; and the poetic photographs of her 18th- century Long Island farmhouse make this book a stunning look at simplicity and elegance. This is her 10th design book, and her projects have appeared in every national design magazine. Foley will design a tablescape for The Houston Design Center's Deck the Tables Holiday Tabletop Tour from 5 to 8 pm; the tour runs December 9 – 11. Books will be for sale at the event. Event is gratis, but RSVP a must. RSVP Tricia Foley BOOK SIGNING Simple and white Tricia Foley's Shaker farmhouse a modern, light-filled fast-casual concept that pulls together utterly fresh elements right before your eyes. Texas is the first expansion outside the Midwest for the chain, which has been hailed as one of this year's most "buzzed-about brands" by the National Restaurant Association, with two Houston locations, another on Louetta opening soon, and two opening in the Dallas area. The well-edited menu puts a novel American spin on wraps with their namesake piada: a thin flatbread baked to order on a stone grill, then wrapped around sandwich fillings such as calamari fritto misto and steak diavolo ($8). Other temptations include grilled chicken with angel-hair pasta, cloaked in house-made parmesan Alfredo and fresh basil pesto, and Tuscan chicken salad with crisp chicken fritte, mixed greens, fried onions and pancetta dressed with spicy pepper dressing (each priced at $7 small, $8.50 large), as well as endless make- your-own piada, pasta bowl and chopped- salad options. Street sides include warm cheese- or pepperoni-stuffed piada sticks ($2.29) and decadent lobster bisque ($3/$5). And don't miss the cannoli chips: a break-your-own bag of shells with vanilla-tinged sweet ricotta studded with tiny chocolate chips. Laurann Claridge © JEFF MCNAMARA FROM TRICIA FOLEY LIFESTYLE, RIZZOLI, 2015 © JEFF MCNAMARA FROM TRICIA FOLEY LIFESTYLE, RIZZOLI, 2015 Seasonal side at Piada

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