Texas is known for propagating a "bigger is better" attitude. But even in Houston—the state’s oil and energy epicenter— residents are starting to understand the environmental predicament we’ve created for ourselves and the need to change our actions in order have a livable future.
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- We're hitting the road and touring the best architecture and design in the U S of A.
"Recent Acquisitions" celebrates the ongoing addition of important works of art to the Menil Collection by gift, purchase, and bequest. While some of these works have been included in exhibitions over the past several years, may have only rarely been shown, and a number remain unknown to museum visitors. "Recent Acquisitions" showcases the significance and diversity of gifts, including promised gifts, and accessions from the last several years.
In addition to drawings, the exhibition will feature works in a variety of media– including painting, sculpture and ceramic– and from different eras.
This is the first-ever retrospective of Serra's drawings, and will feature the work of the past 25 years.
- One element of my tour of Melbourne that really surprised me was how much I liked the new Melbourne Convention Center by Hamish Lyon of NH Architecture and Nik Karalis of Woods Bagot.
Pyrotechnics, exploding pigment, blowtorches, lacerated décollage, and found materials, define the radical gestures of the avant-garde movement, Nouveau Réalisme. Translated as “New Realism,” it was founded by art critic Pierre Restany and artist Yves Klein in Paris in 1960. The circle of artists formally and informally associated with the movement included Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Martial Raysse, Christo, Mimmo Rotella and Arman, among others. They believed direct and aggressive physical explorations, characterized by a paradoxical emphasis on notions of deconstruction and accumulation, and the use of discarded materials from everyday life in the tradition of Dada, achieved a more truthful understanding of modern society in a moment of rising consumerism. As proclaimed in the First Manifesto of Nouveau Réalisme, “if one succeeds at reintegrating oneself with the real, one achieves transcendence, which is emotion, sentiment, and finally, poetry.”
The exhibition is the first mid-career retrospective of this South African painter to be mounted in the United States. Approximately 65 paintings and 25 drawings will be installed thematically in order to emphasize the serial nature in which the work was realized.
Celebrated for his work as a modernist painter, teacher, and author, Joaquin Torres-García is also known for breaking new ground in the realm of wooden constructions or “maderas.” The exhibition will center chiefly on works from the 1920s to the 1940s, spanning the time from when Torres-García lived in Spain, New York, Italy, and France.
Opening reception for artist Emilio Said on October 7th, 6:30pm, lecture by Said to follow. Artist Emilio Said showcases his take on the modern metropolis, “Unreal Cities: Informal Architecture Zone". Using blueprints, photographs, maps, paintings and sculpture, Said delivers imagery that redefines perceptions of contemporary cityscapes. Event held at the University of Houston in the Gerald D Hines School of Architecture.