Many of Peter Sacks's emotionally charged, multidimensional paintings deal abstractly with the culture and politics of his home country, South Africa, where he spent the first half of his life. Sacks has long since established himself in the U.S. (he's a celebrated poet and a professor at Harvard), but his very personal experience comes across in his exhibit "Peter Sacks: Recent Paintings," now on display at Wade Wilson Art. Repeated themes of loss and conflict are recognizable in his work, as well as the prominent use of black and white in stark contrast. For his Migration series, Sacks shows us three-dimensional landscapes resembling the mountains in the region where he grew up. "It's a bit of a departure for me," says gallery owner Wilson, "but it's so gorgeous. These are passionate paintings with a rich palette, and deeply textured." Sacks uses found objects, newsprint and cloth in his work, lending them a degree of intimacy; balanced with a deep sense of history, they're like windows to the world. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through December 11. 4411 Montrose. For information, call 713-521-2977. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 29. Continues through Dec. 11, 2010