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Javier de Villota's bold re-creation of a marketplace massacre in Sarajevo is installed at the Station.

El Mercado de la Muerte is a re-creation of a massacre in Sarajevo's Markale ­marketplace.
Courtesy of The Station
El Mercado de la Muerte is a re-creation of a massacre in Sarajevo's Markale ­marketplace.

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Through May 17.
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama, 713-529-6900.

The show also contains a large, dark painting by de Villota that bears graffiti-like scrawls of the names of sites where the innocent shed blood, like Auschwitz, Armenia, New York, Nagasaki, Gaza and Darfur. A bit of fabric striped like a concentration camp uniform is stuck to the canvas, as are several dark silhouettes of figures. Brushy, vaguely skull-like forms bubble to the painting's surface. It's a pretty good piece, and it somehow manages to more effectively convey the feelings the artist is going for with his far more overt installation. Funny that.

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