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Gallery Scene: Opening This Week

4411 Montrose will be buzzing Friday with building-wide openings, and the MFAH preps for a throng of visitors to its big-famous-artist show this Sunday.

Bjorn Basen: "Tainted Tales" This is Norwegian artist Bjorn Basen's first U.S. solo exhibition. His paintings explore themes of luxury and virtue. The show includes two series: "Taffel," inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and "Prism," depicting a world of extravagance and deterioration. Opens Friday February 18, 6-8:30 p.m., Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose. 713-524-2299

California Cool A survey of California Modernism featuring furniture and jewelry from the architecture firm Marmol Radziner, ceramic pieces with exotic glazes by Adam Silverman and wallpaper and paintings by Geoff McFetridge. Opens Friday, February 18, 6:30-9 p.m., Peel Gallery, 4411 Montrose. 713-520-8122

Tom Berg Recent paintings by Santa Fe-based artist Berg. In his recent body of work, Berg depicts everyday objects with a special attention given to the way they interact with light. Opens Friday, February 18, 6-8 p.m., Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose. 713-521-2977

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces 50 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. travel to Houston. Featuring some of the most famous artists active in France between the 1860s and the early 20th century, the exhibition showcases masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and others. On view Sunday, February 20, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. 713-639-7300

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