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January 2018- Houston

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ART + DECORATION O ne of the most provocative i t e r a t i o n s o f t h e L.A.-based " P a c i f i c S t a n d a r d T i m e " p r o j e c t makes a visceral impact at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. An installment in the current "LA/LA" series, "Home — So Different, So Appealing" (titled after a watershed piece by British Pop artist Richard Hamilton) examines 100 works by 39 U.S. Latino and Latin American artists spun around the concept of home. It's presented in the Upper Brown Pavilion of the Law Building, where ambitious works, most notably sculptures and tableaux, confront the viewer. The MFAH's Mari Carmen Ramírez is among three curators who organized this challenging group show, which is shared between the MFAH and its opening venue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit fosters a dialogue (the first one ever in a museum setting) between U.S. talents of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban descent with their counterparts living in Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Watch for works by Houston-based Vincent Valdez, represented by David Shelton Gallery. With our proximity to the border, heated issues of deportation, and post Hurricane Harvey, "Home" is hauntingly relevant for Houston audiences. Through January 21, mfah. org. Catherine D. Anspon LAX Clockwise from top, all on view at MFAH: Abraham Cruzvillegas' Autoconstrucción, 2013 Livia Corona Benjamin's 47,547 Homes, 2000 Carmen Argote's 720 Sq. Ft.: Household Mutations — Part B (at Gallery g727), 2011 CLOCKWISE: IMAGE COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND KURIMANZUTTO, MEXICO CITY, © ABRAHAM CRUZVILLEGAS / PHOTO © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES/LACMA, © CARMEN ARGOTE / PHOTO © MUSEUM ASSOCIATES/LACMA, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND PARQUE GALERIA. © 2009 LIVIA CORONA BENJAMIN. DESIGN + ART PIONEER: COOL COOLQUITT I n a Surreal start to the year, Jonathan Hopson Gallery mounts an exhibition that challenges you to decipher the wry, off-kilter world of internationally exhibited Texan Andy Coolquitt. "Hopson Shouse" is the gallery's first solo for the Austin-based talent, whose art-world chops include exhibiting in Manhattan, Vienna, and Berlin, and with NYC power dealers Marianne Boesky and James Cohan. Coolquitt, who has had studios in Europe as well as New York, is best known for his Austin residence, "a house" — a sort of frat house replete with happenings as well as art making. In 2013, Coolquitt was one of the opening acts for the newly imagined Blaffer Art Museum. His art can be described as detritus crossed with high design, painting, and sculpture; its compelling DIY aesthetic is informed by architecture, with the playful sense of a craft project conjured by an alien being. Don't miss signature light pieces — functional calling cards of his practice. Meet Coolquitt Sunday, January 21, 1 to 5 pm, and see what transformation he has wrought in Hopson's pristine bungalow turned art space. "Andy Coolquitt: Hopson Shouse," January 21 – March 4, at Jonathan Hopson Gallery, 904 Marshall St., jonathanhopsongallery. com. Catherine D. Anspon Andy Coolquitt's 4 Way, 2016, at Jonathan Hopson Gallery AS

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