Texas: BEST OF THE WEST
Venino, Suzanne, Southwest Art
HOUSTON.... The Masterpieces of French Painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920 is a virtual who's who of 19th- and 20th-century French art. On display through May 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibit features more than 130 paintings, including works by Monet, van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. "Never before in the history of the Met have we agreed to lend so many of our treasures," says Philippe de Montebello, director of the Metropolitan. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the only U.S. venue for the show.
The Masterpieces of French Painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920, through May 6, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 713.639.7300, www.mfah.org
SAN ANTONIO.... During the late 1970s and early '80s, pop artist Andy Warhol invited two very different artists-realist Jamie Wyeth and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat-to use his New York studio, known as the Factory. Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth, Basquiat, on view at the McNay Art Museum through April 8, explores the unusual working and personal relationships between these artists and how they influenced and inspired each other.
Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth, Basquiat, through April 8, McNay Art Museum, 210.824.5368, www.mcnayart.org
Fine Art Glass
DALLAS.... A show featuring new works in glass by Steven Main, Shayna Leib, Meko Designs, and Danielle Blade and Stephen Gartner opens March 10 at Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass. Main, a glass blower from Colorado, takes his inspirations from "patterns in nature, like the striations in rocks and the visual rhythms of plants," says the artist. "Although I have a specific reference in mind when I create my surface designs, I enjoy that people form their own interpretations. What is important is to stimulate the imagination. …