“Go West I”

A bilateral contemporary art exhibit between Paris and Houston, "Go West I" is astonishing in its range and quality. (Early buzz is that the show is a contender to become Houston's best group exhibit in 2011.) “Go West I,” which was displayed at Paris's UNESCO Headquarters in late September, includes the work of 32 visual artists from France and 32 from Texas, as well as ten writers and musicians who contribute video, paintings, silver-gelatin photographs and left-of-field mixed-media works.

One of the exhibiting artists is Matthew Grabelsky, a 2002 Rice University art, art history and astrophysics graduate who has bounced back and forth between his native New York, Italy and France. His piece for "Go West I," entitled Alexandra and Mr. Guar, depicts a standard scene on the New York City subway except for the fact that the suave dude sitting next to an attractive female is a bull in a monkey suit.

Organized by participating artist Karine Parker-Lemoyne, “Go West I” is on display 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Through November 25. Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard. For information, visit www.gowesthouston.com. Free.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: Oct. 27. Continues through Nov. 25, 2011

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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