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Barry Whistler Gallery will present "Painting From Here," an exhibit made up of 22 works by Terrell James, the storied abstractionist of Texas and the city of Houston. The emphasis of the show will be on six paintings from 2013 to 2021 incorporating a square format of 66” x 66” that she often uses. This focus will take the visitor through variation in approach and pallet be it atmospheric or linear.
Unique in her generation, James’ work has evolved along a singular line over many decades, refusing the art world’s persistent oversteer toward this fashion or that, while retaining aesthetic momentum, focused inventiveness, and operational rigor. The basic encounter between paint and canvas which compelled midcentury painterly abstraction still rambles around her imaginative scaffolding, even as she keeps that ideation walled off from the poverty of 1960s geometric reductionism or the gluttonous excesses of ‘80s Neo-Expressionism.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through October 30.