Review: Evert Witte at Cole Pratt Gallery

New abstract paintings from the Dutch painter
The thing about the Dutch is that they are always, somehow, indelibly Dutch — especially their visual artists. I mean that as a compliment.

Review: Douglas Bourgeois and 'electric connection' in Spirit in the Dark

New work from the artist at Arthur Roger Gallery
As his global fame has grown, local artist Douglas Bourgeois' paintings have entranced many art lovers while leaving some baffled. How can such diverse subjects look so at home in the same canvas?

Review: Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection

Abstract works by black artists at the Ogden Museum
It often is said history is written by the victors. But art history often has featured unlikely, formerly obscure figures whose offbeat talents suddenly propelled them to star status.

Review: Property of Emptiness and A Growing Dance

New work at Good Children Gallery and The Front
As a theme for an artwork, "almost nothing" sounds underwhelming, but multimedia artist Ana Husman's Almost Nothing video (pictured) explores the definitive potential of subtlety. Part of an edgy Croatian art expo curated by Lala Rascic, it presents landscapes with barely moving expanses of waves or grasses, many seen through windows, as a zoned-out voice describes the effects of wind speeds like a wonky meteorologist at a free-verse poetry recital.

Review: Barking at God — Retablos Mundanos

Photogravures by Josphine Sacabo at A Gallery for Fine Photography
Brazilian author Clarice Lispector once claimed she could "speak a language that only my dog understands." Later, exasperated by her literary exertions, she said "... all that's left for me is to bark at God."

Review: Jose-Maria Cundin's The Supreme Leader and Other Ponderables

The artist takes on demagoguery at Callan Contemporary
What's with all those weirdly wavy Spanish paintings? Rounded forms can be alluring, but only Spanish artists have made them as immortal as Picasso's curvy, convoluted concoctions or Joan Miro's mysterious blobby squiggles — and only Fernando Botero could get away with a tubby, chubby Christ in crucifixion scenes.

Review: Beneath the Layers at Cole Pratt Gallery

Stephen Strickland’s figurative oil paintings
Have you ever wondered what calligraphic Zen art might look like if it had originated in Alabama? The answer might be in the work of Stephen Strickland.

Review: Lo.cus at 5 Press Gallery

Lorna Williams' work reflects New Orleans' spiritual and psychic undercurrents
New Orleans East native Lorna Williams' assemblage sculptures at 5 Press Gallery are intriguing but also kind of eerie. Her mixing of industrial odds and ends with bones, teeth, animal parts and plant specimens may elicit first impressions like "Creole steampunk" or "techno Voodoo," but what makes them eerie is their paradoxical blend of personal and cultural references that hark to the roots of this city and the diverse people who made it.

Review: seven women get Unfamiliar Again at Newcomb

Work from contemporary women abstractionists appears through Dec. 23
This Unfamiliar Again exhibition lives up to its name, but not always as one might expect. Some of the most stylistically traditional-looking works were made with some of the most high-tech techniques, and some of the most radical-looking pieces were made using the most traditional methods.

Review: the power of objects in Ephemera Obscura

Mixed-media works by local artists at the CAC
The newly renovated Contemporary Arts Center looks more polished than ever, so it may come as a surprise that the lobby gallery currently resembles a vast curiosity cabi- net — or maybe the most meticulous estate sale ever. But a T.S. Eliot quote in Aaron Levi Garvey's curator statement explains everything: "It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves."

Review: Campfire Stories at LeMieux Galleries

Hell in Middle American from John Donovan and Mark Hosford
We have all heard chilling accounts of the diabolical harm that "coastal elites" — such as Wall Street tycoons and entertainers — have inflicted on innocent Middle Americans. In 2016, Middle America defiantly rebelled by electing a New York real estate tycoon and reality TV host as president.

Review: Constellation at Stella Jones Gallery

Mixed-media works by Delita Martin
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour..." So wrote William Blake in his poem Auguries of Innocence.

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