During the past 5 years, New Gallery has presented four one-woman shows from the Dorothy Hood Estate and Legacy collection. Many hours and days have been spent looking thru the works (most of monumental proportion) that Dorothy hood left behind after her death in 2000. On a recent visit with Dr.Krishna, the heir and executor of the Hood Estate. I encourage him to allow me to look deeper into the stacks and crates in the warehouse were the works have been stored. Behind large crates and unpainted canvas, we happened upon several paintings, face-to-face and previously undocumented. My feeling of excitement was akin to Howard Carter unearthing King Tuts Tomb. These paintings, unviewed and un-shown since the passing of Dorothy Hood, were now shining before us. Six large, joyous and brilliant canvases will be exhibited at New Gallery/Thom Andriola. Beginning this August thru mid October. This will be the culminating exhibition of the uncollected works of Dorothy hood. In many insistences, these were works set aside by Dorothy for her own personal legacy collection.
Call the Gallery for a preview of this stunning exhibition: 832-421-2223 Thom Andriola
the Color of Life
the Dorothy Hood Project
photos courtesy of Nicole Boudreaux
the Dorothy Hood Legacy Collection
Susie Kalil, curator of the Dorothy Hood retrospective at the Museum of South Texas, giving a talk at New Gallery on Dorothy's lifework.
New Gallery | Thom Andriola is proud to announce the forthcoming traveling museum retrospective and monograph on the work of Dorothy Hood. The museum retrospective, organized by the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, is curated by Susie Kalil who is writing the definitive book on Dorothy Hood, to be published by Texas A&M press. Susie is known for Houston's Fresh Paint show and catalog, as well as the award winning monograph on Alexander Hogue. The Dorothy Hood retrospective, at the Museum of South Texas, will bring together the largest assemblage of Dorothy Hood's works ever to be exhibited. Many large-scale paintings will be loaned by numerous museums throughout the United States. It will be the first time in the history of the Museum of South Texas that both buildings will be devoted exclusively to the showing of one artist's work. The exhibit will then travel to various art museums throughout this country and to Mexico.
New Gallery | Thom Andriola will ext5end its current Dorothy Hood exhibition with additional large masterworks from the Dorothy Hood legacy collection and the Hood estate. The show will continue through December 15th.
The goal of the upcoming book and retrospective, according to Suise Kalil, will be to place Dorohty and her work in that unique place in art history that she deserves, alongside the leading women artists of the mid 20th-century. Dorothy is the vital link between the synthetic surrealism of Mexico in the 40's and 50's and the American Color Field School of the 1960's and 70's. The fact that she brought together these two important art forms here in Houston, Texas places her squarely in the forefront of Texas and American Modern Art History.
A note from the director:
Dorothy Hood's paintings are so easy to love that they actually become difficult for the viewer to truly understand. Her technique and deft handling of space and form seems so effortless that we sometimes can overlook the great depth and layers of meaning that go so far beyond that original sensation of sheer beauty. This will be the third exhibition at New Gallery of Dorothy Hood's work. I just wish she were here to guide us further down these subtle passages of the transcendental paintings. -Thom Andirola
We proudly present the following short essay by famed Nobel Prize winning poet, the late Pablo Neruda. Dorothy Hood byPablo Neruda There is a painting which not only caresses with soft fingers that sing, there is a painting that not only struggles and responds to the question of the times, but which interrogates a biting question as to the essences of life.
There is in the painting of Dorothy Hood, this desperate interrogation, an aesthetic of human pain, which runs through the path of all the arts, like a dark vein within the resplendent mass.
Man, trembling before the magnitude of all, lined in the side of the caves with signs which even now vibrate and palpitate the admiration with panic and the mystery, following into new centuries, walking by side of the forests and the shadowy cities, living, until now existing in the snow-like hands of Dorothy.
What would it cost this Amazon of Manhattan to illustrate in frivolous and faddish calligraphy the life of publicity of her birthplace, the same impulse that destroyed Salvador Dali until he became only similar to a fragrant soap factory.
Dorothy, in a savage silence, has embarked on the grand Mississippi, and has passed with a look of fright and security, into a world of sources, chalk white, inaccessible to many humans.
One doesn’t speak of a finished painter; she is the beginning, bringing her canvases the tranquil and the mysterious trembling of the origins.
For her aggressive painting in which the games of misery are transfigured touching the tenderness and the mystery, I have written today these lines, full of hope and affection.
United Nations Association event: Wines Around the World September 21, 2012
The United Nations Association Houston Chapter invites you to attend the 7th Annual "Wines Around The World" on Friday, September 21st at 7p.m. here at New Gallery. Visit www.unahouston.org for ticket information.
Help the UNA-HOU raise funds to build a water well in the village of Siamusambo,Zambia by joining us for an evening of wine tasting from 25 countries, modern art, and international networking... all for the humanitarian cause of bringing water for life.
New Gallery | Thom Andriola is very proud to announce our artist Cheryl Kelley as this year's recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Grant. This award will surely increase her reputation as one of the world's finest photo-realist painters. We are so happy for her since New Gallery was her first gallery, and her entire development was fostered by this relationship. It is another great opportunity to collect this artist's work. We know she is destined for stardom.
Classic Abstraction Group Show
Our latest group exhibition, Classic Abstraction, begins to take form.
the Espada Retrospective
"This is not a good show, this is a GREAT show!" -James Harithas, director of the Station Museum
Staley: Past & Present
A note from the Director:
Earl Staley has been one of the most prolific and inventive artists Houston has ever been home to. For more than forty years he has created a body of work that has been both groundbreaking as well as being part of the modernist art continuum. This show on view at New Gallery displays a wonderful selection of works throughout the years. From the abstract to the allegorical, from neo-expressionism to neo-synthetic cubism; this mini retrospective should place Earl Staley back into the pantheon of artists who have shaped the landscape of visual perception in Houston for more than four decades. This is right where he has always been or has deserved to be. First and foremost, Earl Staley is a painter of remarkable technique and unerring insight. He paints with vivid, pure color and employs impeccable expressive draftsmanship. He is a Houston treasure, a treasure that continues to delight and amaze us. -Thom Andriola
Join us on Friday, April 13th at 6pm for the opening reception of Earl Saley, Paintings: Past and Present.
New Gallery is located at 3225 Milam Street (at Elgin) in the heart of Midtown. Parking is provided in a private lot on the side of the building for gallery patrons.
New Location! Temporary Contempoary/ Thom Andriola
We have secured a new temporary location at:
3225 Milam Street Houston, Texas 77006
Earl Staley Open Studio Event: February 2012
A note from the Director:
New Gallery/ Thom Andriola is proud and honored to present an open studio exhibition of legendary Houston artist, Earl Staley; whose body of work -- both recent and historical-- will be on view. The artist will also give a talk on both days to highlight the event.
This is a special opportunity to view the works of one of the great Houston painters of our time. You will be able to see and hear about this remarkable work that has developed and grown for more than 40 years.
This will be the first in a series of studio exhibitions New Gallery will present while the gallery is in transition and our new space becomes available in April (currently occupied by Sicardi Gallery at 2246 Richmond Avenue.) We are also planning to open a temporary gallery space in the near future to continue uninterrupted our long history of exhibitions in Houston during the next few months.
New Gallery/Thom Andriola has been a leading gallery of contemporary art in Houston for over 26 years. The addition of Earl Staley to our great stable of artists, heralds a new beginning and a wonderful future for both the gallery and artists alike.