|Say Sí graduating seniors display their work through June 21. Above is East Central High School senior Ashley Sanchez' III, 18 x 25 inches, acrylic and graphite, 2003.|
This may be the weekend that you finally bite the bullet and make that boring-ass, three-and-a-half-hour-long drive to ye olde Houston town. By all accounts, the two-part "James Rosenquist Retrospective" at the Menil and the Museum of Fine Arts should be worth the trip. The show includes some rarely exhibited, intimately proportioned sketches, and collage work from early in the artist's career, as well as his more familiar, mural-sized work from the '80s and beyond. Check out Christopher French's detailed review of the Rosenquist exhibit at www.glasstire.com.
Should one retrospective not be enough to tempt you into a day trip, "Splat Boom Pow" at the CAM just might do the trick. This all-out summer blockbuster includes work by both new and old school heavies. In it, the work of Laylah Ali, Michael Ray Charles, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Elizabeth Murray, Chris Ofili, Sigmar Polke, Peter Saul, Kenny Scarf, Jim Shaw, Andy Warhol, and 24 other well-known artists reveal the conceptual ebb and flow between pop art and cartoon iconography from the '60s on. The more than 150-page catalog is a doozy.
If blockbusters aren't your cup of tea, try the Art Car Museum's Station space on Alabama for a less glamorous yet more spiritually fulfilling experience. "Made in Palestine," currently on view at the Station, is the first American exhibit that exclusively showcases contemporary art by artists living in Palestine and members of the Palestinian diaspora now based in Syria, Jordan, Israel, and the United States. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, video, performance, textiles, ceramics, and photography by a wide stylistic array of art makers, one of whom was tragically killed when his neighborhood went up in flames shortly after his work was selected for inclusion.
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