GALLERIES GET BIG IN HOUSTON, NYC & PHILADELPHIA
Down in Texas, the Sicardi Gallery is setting up a new two-story space just across from the Menil Collection and the Houston Center for Photography. Designed by local architect Fernando Brave, the 5,800-square-foot facility boasts 16-foot-high ceilings and a 12 x 12 foot projection window for outdoor videos. “After 17 years in business, we realized we needed larger quarters to accommodate our artists,” said gallery director Allison Ayers, who owns the business with Maria Ines Sicardi and Carlos Bacino.
Inaugurating the new Sicardi Gallery space is a show of Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz, whose photo-based conceptual art made a lasting impression at the 2007 Venice Biennale, with his videos of portrait drawings done in water on a hot stone, which disappeared as fast as he could paint them. The show opens on June 7, 2012.
Additionally, Keno is designing furniture with his brother, Sotheby’s expert Leslie Keno. The wares are made in Saigon but retailed right here at ABC Home. Prices range from $585 for a tabletop box to $8,000 for a large cabinet in Block Anegre wood.
And now, in addition to 20th-century design by such stalwarts as Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Andre Arbus and Jules Leleu, Calderwood is focusing on photography, with works by everyone from Richard Avedon to Albert Watson. The photo show is under the direction of Gary Calderwood, a classically trained photographer.
BROOK S. MASON is U.S. correspondent for the Art Newspaper, and also writes for the Financial Times and other publications.