It came as a shock on March 30, 2007, when well-known Houston artist Robin Utterback was pronounced dead after being pulled from a fire at his Montrose home. Even more shocking was the news that came later: Utterback had actually died from multiple stab wounds inflicted by his partner, who committed suicide that same day. The scenario, while awful, feels operatic the classic tale of an artists rise to stardom and his violent fall.
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Utterback, a local and international star, whose work has shown at The Menil Collection Walter Hopps was a fan and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as museums and galleries around the world, is receiving a tribute with Remembering Robin Utterback, an exhibition of the abstract artists work from both public and private collections. Often called a painters painter, Utterback was known for his stylistic shifts within abstraction and his risk-taking. Head to Galveston for a look at a Houston legend. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand. Through January 6, 2008. For information, call 409-763-2403. Free
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 24. Continues through Jan. 6, 2007