“Great Art in Ugly Rooms”

Is Paul Kremer making art with his photography series

“Great Art in Ugly Rooms”

? Or is he commenting on pop culture? Chances are it’s a little of both. The Brandon is hosting a solo exhibition of Kremer’s GAiUR photography series. The idea is simple: Kremer takes famous and heavily revered works of art and appropriates their images to hang in low-rent settings. Works by artists from Michelangelo to Grant Wood are seen in Laundromats, studio apartments with cheap carpet and other such digs. “The secret is to use some real pictures and fake the rest,” Kremer says via email. One choice work you’ll see is Cindy Sherman’s photograph

Untitled #96

, pictured by Kremer as the visual centerpiece among a row of clean white washing machines and mustard-colored walls. Sherman’s

Untitled #96

, which shows a young woman in an orange plaid skirt against a similarly colored linoleum floor, broke auction records when it sold at Christie’s in 2011 for nearly $4 million to New York dealer Philippe Ségalot.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays. Through February 16. 1709 West-heimer. For information, call 713‑522‑0369 or visit thebrandoncontemporary.com. Free.
Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 17. Continues through Feb. 16, 2014

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