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The Week in Pictures

The Best of Houston's Art Scene, Major Openings in Chelsea, & More

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Rick Lowe's Project Row Houses in Houston
Rick Lowe's Project Row Houses in Houston
The "Wards in Color" group installation in one of the row houses
The "Wards in Color" group installation in one of the row houses
Lovie Olivia's installation featuring trash and period artifacts that she found when excavating beneath one of the row houses
Lovie Olivia's installation featuring trash and period artifacts that she found when excavating beneath one of the row houses
Another row house installation
Another row house installation
The famed Menil Collection in Houston
The famed Menil Collection in Houston
A Michael Heizer earthwork confronts visitors outside the Menil
A Michael Heizer earthwork confronts visitors outside the Menil
A sculpture of legendary Menil director and Ferus Gallery co-founder Walter Hopps by Edward Kienholz
A sculpture of legendary Menil director and Ferus Gallery co-founder Walter Hopps by Edward Kienholz
Warhol paintings in the collection
Warhol paintings in the collection
The Cy Twombly galleries at the Menil
The Cy Twombly galleries at the Menil
The Rothko Chapel is open to all faiths
The Rothko Chapel is open to all faiths
A samizdat view of the Rothko Chapel
A samizdat view of the Rothko Chapel
Contemporary Art Museum Houston director Bill Arning addressing the crowd at the opening of "Outside the Lines," a new survey of recent painting
Contemporary Art Museum Houston director Bill Arning addressing the crowd at the opening of "Outside the Lines," a new survey of recent painting
Two paintings by Charlene von Heyl in the exhibition
Two paintings by Charlene von Heyl in the exhibition
A Matt Connors painting in the show
A Matt Connors painting in the show
A Keltie Ferris in the CAM show
A Keltie Ferris in the CAM show
Another view of the paintings survey
Another view of the paintings survey
Liliana Porter at Houston's Sicardi Gallery
Liliana Porter at Houston's Sicardi Gallery
A Liliana Porter self-portrait
A Liliana Porter self-portrait
Anton Ginzburg's new body of work, "Walking the Sea," at Houston's Blaffer Musuem
Anton Ginzburg's new body of work, "Walking the Sea," at Houston's Blaffer Musuem
A still from Ginzburg's film "Walking the Sea," set in the now-dray Aral Sea
A still from Ginzburg's film "Walking the Sea," set in the now-dray Aral Sea
The artist Anton Ginzburg and the show's curator, Claudia Schmuckli
The artist Anton Ginzburg and the show's curator, Claudia Schmuckli
The opening of the Blaffer show
The opening of the Blaffer show
The scene at the opening of "Bad Conscience," the new group show at Metro Pictures curated by John Miller
The scene at the opening of "Bad Conscience," the new group show at Metro Pictures curated by John Miller
A group of works in the Metro Pictures show, with a Walter Robinson bunny in the middle (and that's Marilyn Minter at bottom left)
A group of works in the Metro Pictures show, with a Walter Robinson bunny in the middle (and that's Marilyn Minter at bottom left)
One of Walter Robinson's mouthwatering hamburger paintings in the Metro Pictures show
One of Walter Robinson's mouthwatering hamburger paintings in the Metro Pictures show
Extraordinary Surrealist objects at Blain Di Donna
Extraordinary Surrealist objects at Blain Di Donna
More Surrealist work at Blain Di Donna
More Surrealist work at Blain Di Donna
Lynda Benglis sculptures at Cheim & Read
Lynda Benglis sculptures at Cheim & Read
More Benglis sculptures
More Benglis sculptures
Hayley Tompkins's show "Space Kitchen" at Andrew Kreps
Hayley Tompkins's show "Space Kitchen" at Andrew Kreps
Liz Glynn's debut show at Paula Cooper
Liz Glynn's debut show at Paula Cooper
More Liz Glynn
More Liz Glynn
Admirers at the opening of Wade Guyton's new show at Petzel
Admirers at the opening of Wade Guyton's new show at Petzel
The Guyton show include enormous new digitally printed pieces that evoke artists like Richard Serra and Barnett Newman
The Guyton show include enormous new digitally printed pieces that evoke artists like Richard Serra and Barnett Newman
The crowd at the Guyton opening
The crowd at the Guyton opening
The opening at the Kitchen
The opening at the Kitchen
Retina-discombobulating paintings by Anoka Faruqee at Koenig & Clinton
Retina-discombobulating paintings by Anoka Faruqee at Koenig & Clinton
A painting by Anoka Faruqee
A painting by Anoka Faruqee

The Texas art scene is on the rise, with a growing population of wealthy collectors hungry for new art and dynamic curators and dealers bringing the best of contemporary work to the state, and its heart resides in Houston.

There, the Menil Collection, established in the 1950s by John and Dominique de Menil, has set one of the country's highest standards for a private museum, replete with the magnificent postwar work they amassed and housing the spectacular offsite Cy Twombly gallery and Rothko Chapel, both art destinations in their own rights. Meanwhile the Contemporary Art Museum Houston and the Blaffer Art Museum produce exceptional, highly relevent shows of the vanguard of recent art, while Rick Lowe's Project Row Houses—a non-profit in the city's Third Ward that converted shacks that used to house black maids during the days of segregation into artist spaces and housing for single mothers—provides a inspiring example of social practice that has influenced artists like Theaster Gates.

So, last week we went down there and saw a lot of art, including the artist Anton Ginzburg's exceptional U.S. museum debut at the Blaffer museum. Then, in New York, we stopped by new shows at the Kitchen, Petzel (which had a champagne toast for new work by the megastar Wade Guyton), Paula Cooper, Metro Pictures, Cheim & Read, and many other venues. 

To see photos from the week's art opening, events, and exhibitions, click through the slide show above.

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