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Houston, TX 77098
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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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Current Exhibitions

Seth Cameron, Christian Eckart, Sheila Hicks, Dorothy Hood, Sam Gilliam, Robert Polidori, Ai Weiwei

Edge of the Divine

March 27, 2021 - May 1, 2021
McClain Gallery presents Edge of the Divine, a group exhibition featuring artists whose creative process and introspection touches on contemporary notions of the divine. The seven artists include Seth Cameron, Christian Eckart, Sheila Hicks, Dorothy Hood, Sam Gilliam, Robert Polidori, and Ai Weiwei. Edge of the Divine coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Rothko Chapel and the concurrent exhibition Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration at Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University.

Mara Held

Mara Held: Gates of Cilicia

February 6, 2021 - May 15, 2021
McClain Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition of new works by Mara Held (b. 1954, New York). Gates of Cilicia presents gouache and egg tempera works on paper from the artist’s latest series, ‘Straight Lines.’ Also on view are several recent paintings on linen that evidence the elegant tension of a practice that pulls inspiration from the convergence of ancient thought to modern physics. This is Held’s third solo exhibition at McClain Gallery.

Past Exhibitions

Julia Kunin

Julia Kunin: Rainbow Dream Machine

November 14, 2020 - February 13, 2021
McClain Gallery is pleased to present Rainbow Dream Machine, Julia Kunin’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition presents ceramic pieces from the artist’s Caryatid series, a procession of figurative, wall-mounted, and multipart high reliefs. In Kunin’s distinctive style, the works drift between figuration and abstraction while borrowing the language of architecture and employing luster glazes.

Bo Joseph

Bo Joseph: Feeding the Beast

September 29, 2020 - January 16, 2021
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.

Dorothy Hood

Dorothy Hood: Collage

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.

Elaine Reichek

Elaine Reichek: Between the Needle and the Book

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.