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2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098
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713 520 9988

Since 1980, Robert and Cynthia Cage McClain have focused on the exhibition and the acquisition of museum quality modern and contemporary American and European art.

McClain Gallery’s program represents important twentieth-century figures while continuing to commit to younger generations of artists, which includes primary representation of many Texas-based artists. The gallery has mounted monographic exhibitions, as well as published scholarly catalogues for Peter Halley, Donald Baechler, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Rosa Loy, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Julian Schnabel, Bo Joseph and Pablo Picasso. Our exhibition program is augmented by survey and group shows that investigate current themes in contemporary art within historic contexts.

In addition to promoting the work of our stable of artists, our strength is guiding and educating both the new, as well as the seasoned, collector. We actively advise and help private individuals and institutions in the acquisition and sale of artworks to organizing a comprehensive program of collecting. With over three decades of proven expertise, McClain Gallery has a strong reputation as secondary market specialists who offer, research and source artworks of exceptionally high quality with discretion. We regularly attend art fairs, bid at auction and draw on our existing strong relationships with dealers, museum professionals, and collectors around the globe to provide our clients with thorough, insightful and market savvy advice.

Artists Represented:

John Alexander

Donald Baechler

Karin Broker

The Bruce High Quality Foundation

Brendan Cass

Seth Cameron

Gisela Colon

Stephen Dean

Anne Deleporte

Kent Dorn

Christian Eckart

Sharon Engelstein

Cleve Gray

Donna Green

Katsumi Hawakaya

Mara Held

Dorothy Hood

Jeff Shore | Jon Fisher

Bo Joseph

Julia Kunin

Gary Lang

Rosa Loy

Angelina Nasso

Henrique Oliveira

Aaron Parazette

Rob Reasoner

Elaine Reichek

David Row

Jonathan Seliger

Ray Smith

Peter Sullivan

Shane Tolbert

Kelli Vance

Bernar Venet

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Installation image of "Dorothy Hood: Illuminated Earth" 2019
Installation Image of "Katsumi Hayakawa: Particles of Light" 2019
Installation image of "Bo Joseph: Feeding the Beast" 2020
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Online Programming

Anne Deleporte

Anne Deleporte: Lightning

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

Anne Deleporte's multi-media practice investigates ideas around disappearance, accidents, chance encounters, and found imagery. In her ongoing PhotoFresco series, she isolates found images in newspapers. In a continued investigation of this medium, the Lightning series finds the artist working directly with a newspaper press: utilizing inked rollers and running through uncut lengths of newsprint. After being squeezed between the rollers, the paper wrinkles, bunches, and unevenly accepts ink. The artist then lays out the offcuts to zero in on interesting areas, flattening the wrinkled paper and cutting it down into smaller sheets. Areas once covered by folds are revealed inkless. Sharper delineations start to resemble lightning bolts in a night sky.

 
Current Exhibition

Bo Joseph

Bo Joseph: Feeding the Beast

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

September 29, 2020 - December 30, 2020
McClain Gallery is pleased to present Feeding the Beast, a solo exhibition by artist Bo Joseph (b. 1969, California), featuring two parallel bodies of work: works on paper, which pull their imagery from battle scenes, with a wide range of sources, from the mythological to the Biblical, and a series of wall reliefs depicting composites of religious and ritual objects that span the globe and cultural divergences. This is Joseph’s third solo exhibition at McClain Gallery.

 
Past Exhibitions

Gary Lang

Gary Lang: Concentric Squares

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

July 9, 2020 - August 29, 2020
McClain Gallery is pleased to present an online exhibition of recent paintings by California-based artist Gary Lang (b.1950 in Los Angeles, California). Lang's Concentric Squares offer a muscular, contemplative rigidity, as a counterpoint to the poetic infinitude of his circle paintings. The assertive, rapid-paced execution of each four-cornered chamber possesses its own identity, actualized through color and texture. Each square's exalted center penetrates the observer's optical space, asking us to start from the inside and work our way out, both physically and metaphorically.

Dorothy Hood

Dorothy Hood: Collage

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

June 24, 2020 - August 29, 2020
McClain Gallery is pleased to present a focused look at collages by Dorothy Hood (b. 1918, Bryan, Texas d. 2000, Houston, Texas). The pictorial space and visual fissures of her large-scale paintings and works on paper recall a profound mindscape that echoes her early Surrealist connections from her time spent in Mexico in the 1940s-1960s. Having moved back to Houston in 1962, the impact of the space age and the fathoms of the cosmos influenced Hood’s paintings further. She would start making collages in 1982, and while lesser-known, these works are rich in material experimentation and reveal a more intimate look at the artist’s process and inspirations. By focusing on an edited group of collages, this exhibition provides a closer look at Hood’s unique artistic vision and expands the understanding of her practice as a whole.

Ping Zheng

Ping Zheng: Look Into the Future

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

June 24, 2020 - August 29, 2020
McClain Gallery presents Look Into the Future, our first exhibition of Ping Zheng's (b.1989, Zhejiang, China) work. Zheng's oil stick on paper drawings are symbolic and lyrical landscapes, mysterious in their non-specificity. For Zheng, depicting nature brings joyous memories of feeling free in the outdoors. The bright colors are bolstered by the thick and deft application of layers of oil stick, which is sometimes scraped back in small areas to reveal colors previously applied. Her method is very physical and an extension of her energetic process - she creates a variety of rich textures: at times her vivid palette reads velvety soft, while other portions are scraped, ribbed, or striated.

Tom McKinley

Tom McKinley: Paintings

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

June 5, 2020 - August 29, 2020
McClain Gallery is pleased to present an online exhibition of recent oil paintings by San Francisco Bay Area artist Tom McKinley (b. 1955, Bay City, Michigan; lives and works in Emeryville, California). This is the first exhibition of the artist’s work with McClain Gallery.

Sylvie Fleury, Ted Stamm, & Vincent Szarek

DEFINITION

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

June 3, 2020 - August 29, 2020
McClain Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by the late artist Ted Stamm shown alongside paintings by contemporary Swiss pop artist Sylvie Fleury and sculptures by Vincent Szarek. This combination plays off these artists' sincere, yet conceptual approaches to object-making. The show emphasizes the objecthood of their work and source inspiration, while drawing attention to materiality, hand-labor, and surface

Elaine Reichek

Elaine Reichek: Between the Needle and the Book

2242 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77098

January 18, 2020 - March 7, 2020
McClain Gallery is pleased to present artist Elaine Reichek’s first solo exhibition with the gallery, Between the Needle and the Book. Occupying both of the gallery’s spaces, this two-part show introduces Reichek’s five-decade career like a pair of bookends, juxtaposing her most recent text-based embroideries with sewn paintings and fabric works from the 1970s. For Reichek, embroidering words onto fabric rejoins text to its etymological sibling, textile. In the early 1990s, Reichek began researching the history of the embroidered sampler and sewing new versions of traditional patterns. In her revisionist samplers, she strategically replaces the usual scriptural verse or wise maxim — which young girls learned to sew as part of their education — with alternative literary or historical quotes from a distinctly feminist perspective, whether critical or humorous. Over time, as Reichek appropriated from a wider variety of both textual and art historical sources, her embroideries have expanded beyond the formal bounds of the sampler, even as they continue to employ thread and fabric as fundamental materials.