Art Review: Evergreen: Original Contemporary Prints

Kiki Smith, "Flying Squirrel"
Kiki Smith, "Flying Squirrel"
Courtesy of PG Contemporary

Print Houston 2011, a celebration of artist prints, is finding its way into multiple venues around town. Philomena Gabriel Contemporary has an interesting selection of prints for sale from the collection of Sharon and Gus Kopriva. The Koprivas have amazing stuff, and it's a great opportunity to see little-known works by well-known names.

There's a quirky cartoon-like 1970 lithograph from Jim Dine, the result of a collaboration with the poet Ron Padgett. Kiki Smith's Flying Squirrel lithograph is a cute/creepy image of a gravity-defying rodent. Gerhard Richter's silkscreen Swiss Alps looks like a gorgeously stylized avalanche.

There's even a really funny 1980 Joseph Beuys work entitled DDR-Bag. It's a yellowed paper shopping bag stamped with images like a man's hat and a woman's slip. The text on it translates as "always stylishly dressed," which is richly ironic given the East German title. The bag is also stamped with Beuys's own official-looking mark, a mockery of DDR bureaucracy.

Through July 2. 3227 ½ Milam. For information, call 713-523-7424 or visit www.pgcontemporary.com.


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