Gary Lang's tondos vibrate with optical intensity. They are powerful, hypnotic, exuberant and psychedelic. Lang is a superb colorist who has been creating these circular paintings for nearly 30 years. He attributes his color choices and combinations completely to chance, insisting that they are largely unplanned beyond a preliminary color palette. Lang prefers, however, to speak about where the act of creating these paintings takes him.
After the silence, the viewer notices a small red button on the wall. Is it a trick? Will the music start back up on its own? Are we supposed to push the button? No, no and yes. The sculptures work together in synchronicity, playing a variable program of nine musical compositions.
A brief introductory video from Jeff Shore | Jon Fisher's current installation, now on view in our West Gallery space.
A brief selection of interiors that feature Gary Lang's optical and eye-pleasing work.
"To have such a wealth of Picassos assembled in one city at the same time offers an opportunity to revisit the creative genius who dominated the last century."
"By increasing the overall square footage, Vitol now has more space, too, to display its sizable art collection—which Loya, like his predecessor, has curated during his tenure. Large, vibrant paintings and eye-catching sculptures throughout the black-and-white office lend an almost museumlike quality to the space. Feeling Material XII, a tornado of steel wire by British sculptor Antony Gormley, hovers over a corner of the trading floor, while Irruption, by Henrique Oliveira, seems to grow out of a column in the lobby. Loya commissioned this plywood and tree-bark sculpture from the São Paulo–based artist, who installed it as construction of the interior went on around him."
Lea Weingarten, alongside gallerist Robert McClain, offers an overview of Imagining Backwards: Seven Decades Of Picasso Master Prints, on view at McClain Gallery through Oct. 29. The artwork dates from 1905 to 1970, with an emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s.
"McClain usually concentrates on more contemporary art for his gallery on Richmond, but he has been quietly engaged with an international network of Picasso scholars and dealers for about a decade, ever since one of his clients - a major Houston collector - began acquiring modern masterpieces."
"Heads are turning this fall for Pablo Picasso."
"Picasso, the Prodigious Printmaker, Arrives at McClain Gallery in Houston."
"Pablo Picasso loved women — some of his wives and girlfriends might have said a little too much — and so it comes as no surprise that many of his works were inspired by his feminine muses."
"The show explores Picasso’s printmaking techniques and provides a survey of portraits of his most famous muses. These female portraits also reflect various artistic styles, from realist to cubist to surrealist."
"The show explores printmaking techniques ranging from color aquatint and linocuts to lithographs, drypoint, engraving, and etching."
"McClain Gallery's Imagining Backwards: Seven Decades of Picasso Master Prints, is a profound retrospective of the iconic artist's life and career, brought to Houston for the first time."
"Nearby, McClain Gallery also joins the Picasso convo, opening its own exhibit Sept. 13. More than 50 prints complement the Menil show by exploring yet another technique mastered by the iconic artist."
Imagining Backwards is number 1 on LOCAL's must-see exhibits list for the month of September.
Radiant Space at McClain Gallery recalls the Light and Space artists from the 1960's - some of whom are present here - and reminds us why that work is optimistic and timeless.
It’s easy to lose yourself in “Radiant Space,” an exhibition of otherworldly, minimalistic works currently on view at McClain Gallery in Houston. The multigenerational show amounts to something like an elaborate exercise in the phenomenology of perception and sensation.
Experiencing this exhibition is both visually stimulating and emotionally satisfying.
In the pantry, stools by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger line up near an acrylic on canvas by Gary Lang.
The three main blue-chip galleries in Houston - Texas Gallery, Hiram Butler Gallery, and McClain Gallery - are commited to discovering and promoting local art-makers as well.
From Picasso to Julian Opie, Robert McClain has one of the best selections of art on the planet.
On one hand, it’s a celebration of Peru and its people, landscapes, and traditions. On the other, it’s a scathing critique of the country’s alarming disregard for LGBT rights.
Rosa Loy was one of the few female members of post-reuniﬁcation Germany's New Leipzig School, but her paintings are 100 percent woman.
Finally, kudos to McClain Gallery for presenting the unflinching, brave work of Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo & Andrew Mroczek, in a look at the Peruvian LGBTQ community, images powerful, lyrical and intensely topical (through May 14).
This powerful exhibition of photographs promotes awareness of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities around the world.
Virgenes de la Puerta también presenta a Lucha, quién al sostener una bandera muestra el orgullo que siente por su país, a pesar de que este no la acepta como es.
Searing, fragmented bodies and faces from Picasso’s Guernica are recreated in Smith’s 'Unguernica' series, his response to the government’s unsettling and ironic act.
With Shore as the sculptor and Fisher the sound artist, their collaborations usually end up as Tinguely-esque contraptions emanating ominous tones.
Fast-forward many years and academic degrees later to the man, now an artist with years of teaching experience, who has found a way to return dignity to these fringe dwellers of Lima’s society in the 'Canon' exhibit at McClain Gallery.
Canon is an exhibition comprising two series of photographs by collaborative artists Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek. The work is both a celebration of LGBT Peruvians and a reaction to the ongoing violence they face.
One wonders, what would it have been like if Picasso and Warhol had each been of the same generation? So it's left for contemporary painters to riff on their legacy. Cue Ray Smith and Travis K. Schwab.
The work of Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek is both a celebration of the Peruvian LGBTQ community and a reaction to the ongoing violence they face.
With these projects, the artists hope to increase dialog and promote awareness and positive change for LGBTQ communities, especially in Peru.
La exposicion en si misma, dice Smith, no tiene el proposito de plantear una postura politica, pero si quiere provocar en el espectador una reflexion sobre la violencia, la intolerancia y la guerra.