HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
HETAG Newsletter No 27, November 2018
Henri Gadbois 1930-2018
Most of you know by now that Henri Gadbois died in October. Henri’s career in Houston stretched back into the 1940s. He was one of the first Houston artists I met as I became enamored of Houston's art history. And the art fates couldn't have brought me under the spell of anyone better suited to really hook me. He was a pied piper for art - beautiful, engaging, fun art.
Henri always had an irresistible smile on his lips and an impish twinkle in his eyes. And he was always making and sharing paintings and drawings and ceramics and wonderful little decorative treasures - and dinner parties, both edible and faux.
Though I am not an artist, he engaged with me in a joint exploration of the wonders of both bark andcondensation that made me feel that even I could share just a little in his artistic gifts. (If you follow either of us on Facebook, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.) And he and Leila presented me with a slice of Gadbois special recipe faux birthday cake which is one my most treasured works of Houston art.
His many friends (and indeed there are many) are shedding very real tears of sadness that he's gone from us, but also of joy that he gave us, and leaves with us, so much love and beauty.
Henri Gadbois Comet 1957HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
The Sphere of Art in Texas
The long-time Texans among us will remember that HemisFair, running from March to October 1968 in San Antonio, was the big Texas news 50 years ago this year. Some of you may even have been lucky enough to get there. Talk about world class! HemisFair was our very own World’s Fair, showing the whole world what Texas had to offer (as though the whole world didn’t already know). Part of what we had to offer then, as now, was our art, and so there was an art exhibition at the Fair called The Sphere of Art in Texas. Houstonians were a big part of that show, so in this issue of the Newsletter we’re taking alook at Houston artists at HemisFair. Wow, they must have stolen the show. HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
The Sphere of Art in Texas, HemisFair 1968: Houston artists at the Fair.
The Sphere of Art in Texas exhibition brochure, 1968, cover design by Richard Stout.
We can all be thankful to HETAGer Richard Stout for what we know about the actual works of art in the exhibition. Richard designed the cover of the checklist (above) and supplied the copy. Not even the HemisFair archives at UT San Antonio has one, so bravo Richard for the design – and for keeping a copy. Richard was also commissioned to paint the mural (below) for the entrance to the Institute of Texas Cultures on the fair grounds.
Richard Stout [Institute of Texas Cultures mural] 1968, three 8x8 foot panels.
Donated to University of Houston Clear Lake, pictured here in the Bayou Building.HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
Henri Gadbois Katy Road 1961
Houston artists in the exhibition, and the titles of their works (those in red are illustrated here):
David Adickes Three Men by the Sea 1953
William Anzalone Nude 1960/61
Forrest Bess Untitled 1947
John Biggers The Cradle 1960
Kathleen Blackshear Armadillo 1947
Jack Boynton Untitled #9 1959
Gene Charlton Eggplant 1942-43 MFAH
Lowell Collins Mexican Night nd MFAH
Pat Colville IV,III 1968
Henri Gadbois Katy Road 1961
Dorothy Hood Heavenward 1966
Paul Maxwell Crystal Beach 1953
Buck Schiwetz King House Near Seguin c1957 MFAH
Chester Snowden Sunday Quietude c1946 MFAH
Richard Stout The One 1967
Richard Stout [HemisFair mural] 1968
Dick Wray What’s a nice picture like you doing in a place like this? 1968
Pat Colville The Arrow 1968
Jim Love Paul Bunyan Bouquet 1962 MFAH
Charles Pebworth Conflict 1962 MFAH HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
John Biggers Cradle 1950 (l), Jim Love Paul Bunyan Bouquet 1962 (c) and Kathleen Blackshear Armadillo 1947 (r)
Chester Snowden Sunday Quietude c1946 (l) and Gene Charlton Eggplant 1942/43 (r)
Buck Schiwetz House Near Seguin 1957(l) and David Adickes Three Men By the Sea 1953(r) HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
This Fall we’re being treated to a real FESTIVAL OF EARLIER HOUSTON ART, with exhibitions and events all over town. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to see and learn about Houston-made art from the 1850s through the 20th Century. Here’s info on some ofwhat’s happening.
SOUTH AND NORTH OF THE BORDER: HOUSTON PAINTS HOUSTON
The Heritage Society
1100 Bagby Street Houston, Texas 77002 EXTENDED Until January 12, 2019
SOUTH AND NORTH OF THE BORDER: HOUSTON PAINTS MEXICO The Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library 550 McKinney Street Houston, Texas 77002
Until November 10, 2018
The two exhibitions are presented by The Heritage Society, Houston Public Library, CASETA: Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art, and HETAG: Houston Earlier Texas Art Group. A joint catalog has been published and is free when you visit either exhibition.
Bill Condon Houston Ship Channel 1958
Sense of Home: The Art of Richard Stout
O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown
Until December 6, 2018
A major retrospective of the work of Houston artist and HETAGer, Richard Stout.
Journey to the Brightest Star George Smith
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts Exhibition
Art League Houston Until November 3, 2018 HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
Houston Artists of the 19th Century in the William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive
Powell Library, Bayou Bend, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Until January 6, 2019
Kindred Spirits: Louise Nevelson & Dorothy Hood
November 3, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pairing the work of two mid-20th Century American artists, one New Yorker, one Houstonian,both women and both giants in the art worlds of their own time and ours.
Deborah Colton Gallery
Dorothy Hood - Don Redman: Paintings & Sculptures
Basilios Poulos: A Moment in Time
Dick Wray: Select Works
November 10, 2018 to January 5, 2019
The following are presented in conjunction with the publication of Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985, by Pete Gershon (Texas A&M University Press, Sept. 2018)
Contemporary Artists in Houston from the Collections of William J. Hill and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Leslie and Brad Bucher Gallery, the Glassell School of Art, MFAH Until November 11, 2018
Creating Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972 - 1985
Hirsch Library, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Until December 15, 2018
Dorothy Hood Untitled 1987 (Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi) HETAG: The Houston Earlier Texas Art Group
Mark your calendar now for the next HETAG Meeting: HOLIDAY PARTY At the home of a couple of astute HETAG collectors Sunday afternoon, December 16, 2018 Details will follow
The mission of HETAG is to illuminate Houston's art history by providing viewing opportunities for art, by supporting and doing research on the artists and art communities working in Houston through the years, and by spreading the word.
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Frank Freed Puerto Vallarta c1957
Exhibitions come and go, but Earlier Houston Art just seems to keep on coming. This painting turned up recently. It would certainly have been a candidate for South and North of the Border: Houston Paints Mexico, which closes in November. It arrived too late for that show, but now we know where it is when it’s time for Houston Paints Mexico Again.