Although never Houston’s busiest art season, August always gives art lovers time to beat the heat by checking out those great museum and gallery exhibitions they may have missed during the busy summer.
This month features several shows supporting local artists and showcasing what they can achieve when given the space and time to create and transform their work and practice.
A sneaky, elusive look at the hottest international street artist today takes place in a mysterious downtown setting. And art lovers and shoppers can check out a fun new summer market.
The Art of Paper at Laura Rathe Fine Art (now through August 27)
This collective exhibition will feature a roster of respected artists united by a simple, universally known medium: paper and its various forms.
Alongside the exhibition will debut works by emerging artists Candice Susol and Steph Ross, along with international artists such as Zhuang Hong Yi and Texas artists such as Carly Allen Martin. Whether gestural or structured, calculated or organic, each of the featured works emphasizes the eternal repetition of small elements combined to create a moment larger than themselves.
Art League Houston School Exhibitions (now through September 2)
Check out the latest works by established Houston artists, as well as up-and-coming artists, with the Art League’s annual shows intersecting with their school.
August will feature the ALH Student Exhibition, a group exhibition featuring works in drawing, mixed media, ceramics, printmaking and drawing by students who have participated in classes through the Art League School. Also look for the Summer Intensive for Teens: “What We May Be” exhibition by students from the Summer High School Studio Art Intensive Program and Instructor Exhibition, featuring works in jewelry, drawing, mixed media, ceramics, printmaking and painting by Houston artists who also teach at the school.
“Hot Topics” at Sabine Street Studios (now through October 9)
This new exhibition features new works by Sabine Street Studios artists including Kelly Best Bourgeois, Drea the Artist, Eric Coan, L’Art Du Bois, Justin Earl Grant, SJ Art and Frames, Gin Martini, La Vie Photography, Chris Pinon, and Mont Art House.
Whether it’s intense color or fiery content, this diverse collection of paintings, photography, sculpture and fashion represents the current climate here in Houston and the world.
“Samuel Fosso: African Spirits” at the Menil Collection (now through January 15, 2023)
Presented in conjunction with the FotoFest 2022 Biennale and African Cosmologies Redux, this exhibition features fourteen large-scale gelatin silver prints from the African Spirits series by renowned Cameroonian-born Nigerian photographer Samuel Fosso, completed in 2008.
In this series of self-portraits, Fosso poses as Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Malcolm X, and other prominent figures of the 20th century black liberation movements.
“I am proud to see the African Spirits series on display in the Menil Collection. I have a deep respect for the actions of Dominique and John de Menil, found in Menil’s publication Art and Activism, Fosso said in the exhibition announcement. “I made this series so that more people could understand the history of these important figures and share the thirst for democratization that is at the heart of Menil’s great collection.”
“Banksyland“ at an undisclosed downtown location (August 12-20)
This international touring exhibition immerses the public in the works of the infamous and elusive artist Banksy. The exhibition features more than 80 works and installations, including original and studio works, salvaged street art and never-before-seen immersive installations.
As mysterious as the artist, the event takes place in a secret location somewhere in the city center, which will be revealed to ticket holders just two weeks before the event opens.
BAM! Art Market at Silver Street Studios (August 13)
The monthly Second Saturday Outdoor Art Market at Sawyer Yards took a summer break, but now it’s back with big numbers and beating the indoor heat.
First Saturday Arts Market artists will join exhibitors and artists from The Market at Sawyer Yards for one large, air-conditioned art market on August 13, noon-8pm. Visitors will find the best of outdoor markets without heat, including a food truck, art demonstrations, music, food and libations. This event is free to the public.
4th Annual Fresh Arts Summit at Silver Street Studios (August 19-20)
Although not a show or exhibition for the art-loving public, we must highlight this important event for artists. The gathering for established artists, creatives, and creatives of all disciplines will feature a two-day series of artist panels, roundtable discussions, presentations, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities focused on building community within creative communities.
Topics will include artist support and collaboration, fundraising and funding models, connecting and supporting communities, and more. Sessions will be led by organizational partners and field experts, including practicing artists and other creative leaders working in the Houston arts community.
“Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?” at the Houston Holocaust Museum (August 19-December 4)
This major exhibition by the German-Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon, features over 200 small gouaches on paper that Salomon created as part of a larger body of work in the early 1940s while in hiding from the Nazi oppressors .
Through images and text, these gouaches tell the lightly fictionalized and theatrically fictional story of the Salomon family. HMH notes that the works reveal a vivid self-portrait covering all aspects of Salomon’s existence: from a complicated family life, growing up in Berlin, the rise of the Nazis to her exile in France.
“In Residence: 15th Edition” at the Center for Contemporary Crafts Houston (August 27 – October 29)
Each year, the Artist Residency Program at HCCC gives local artists a space for creative exploration, exchange, and collaboration with other artists, arts professionals, and the public. The public then gets a chance to see the crafted fruits of that space and time with the Center’s In Residence exhibition.
This 15th edition features works in clay, metal, and fiber by 2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence Joan Claire Brown, Kelly Dzioba, Priscilla Dobler Dzul, Jihe Han, Chenlu Hou, Carl Johnson, Naomi Peterson, Kerian Quick, Nash Quinn and Stephanie J. Woods.
“What sets In Residence: 15th Edition apart from its predecessors is the collaboration between residents,” explains HCCC Curator Sydney Elaine Pickens. “While some of these artists had the opportunity to create collaboratively in person, others talked about how their practices might align or diverge, and each was uniquely influenced by their residency here in Houston.”