Focus on the 70s and 80s: Houston Foundations II

Focus on the 70s and 80s: Houston Foundations II

Image courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery

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Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 4 2017
Free
Though the title of this survey of Houston artists working twenty to thirty years ago recalls the blood-chilling inhumanity of the Focus on the Family movement; forgive this inadvertancy; according to the folklore on the streets, the 70s and 80s were not family-friendly times, to a fundamentalist way of thinking, particularly in the Houston art world. The sepia-tinged era of twenty-five to thirty-five years ago was wild-minded and western in dress, the artists pie-eyed pioneers, many carrying on like a pack of Edmund Hillarys, snowblind amidst mountains of cocaine. Nor is that to say that hedonism alone triumphed, there was a lot of painting and sculpture, and a little less internet art in those different times. It's a safe bet that there's something here for city historians, laypeople longing for any relics of a time when Houston was mostly just people and cars, and both of them looked pretty cool, even art enthusiasts. Toga-wrapped art star and director Julian Schabel was here for a New York minute, but it was Mike Hollis who got him painting. Mel Chin was barrelling down these Houston streets, Dorothy Hood was perhaps the biggest name in town, Dick Wray was the self-crowned Mr Houston Painting, and Jesse Lott was then as now transforming street-sourced debris into incredible sculptures. For the rest of this illustrious cast, there have been quite a few passages, some to the great hereafter, others to the big city, and it'll be fun to see what the curators chose from such a prolific posse. Exhibition continues through November 4, 2017.

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