Sculptor David Adickes, known for his big-ass president heads and the big-ass Sam Houston statue in Huntsville, has sold his long-time studio Sculpturworx to "(TRY to) simplify my life and start a new chapter," as he wrote in a email we received today.
The three-acre, east Washington Ave.-area property will be taken over by a group "who will improve the building and continue to use it as an art center with artist studios for lease."
Apparently Adickes has bought his old high school in Huntsville (he graduated in 1943) and plans to convert the 80,000 square-foot building into an art museum to house his own work as well as the works of others. "It should open next year," he says.
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But before he heads to the land of lethal injection, Adickes is putting together a final exhibition of recent paintings and small sculptures at Sculpturworx.
Titled "Movin' On," the show opens December 16, 6:30 - 10 p.m., 2500 Summer St.
"Houston, for a major city, is the poorest in public art," Adickes said in a 2004 Houston Chronicle interview.
As much as we like to laugh at those ridiculous heads, Houston might've just gotten poorer.