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Houston Modern Luxury
Houston Modern Luxury

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Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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New Yorker

A (very) short interview with newyorker.com for Donald Barthelme's Snow White

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Arts&Culture Texas

Pre-press for Donald Barthelme's SNOW WHITE produced by Catastrophic Theater in association with the Barthelme Estate, Brazos Bookstore, Inprint, University of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and CounterCurrent17. 

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Gulf Coast Journal celebrates 30th Anniversary with new Literary Prize         

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Every couple of months, we ask our favorite tastemakers to curate a selection of noteworthy books for Saint Cloud, and we always look forward to revealing their choices.

For the latest installment, held in conjunction with our first ever Anti-Valentine’s Day party, we tapped local art experts Eleanor L. Williams and Katherine B. Barthelme, and their selections did not disappoint. Eleanor has spent over twenty years working as an independent curator, art advisor, private dealer, gallerist, and former director of a non-profit. For the past fourteen years she has divided her time between Houston, Los Angeles and New York. Katharine has worked with artists, galleries, institutions, and private collections in both New York and London for the last 10 years. Happily at home in Houston, TX, she is now working as an art advisor specializing in Contemporary Art. 

With extensive experience in many aspects of the art world, both women’s background lends itself to an eclectic aesthetic, and their picks not only reflect this, but also a tongue-in-cheek nod to our Anti-Valentine’s theme. Read on.

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Maximilian Toth - Questionable Judgment

Growing up in a sleepy suburb of Boston, Maximilian Toth draws inspiration from his own boyhood antics. His fast rendering of movement captures everyday scenes of adolescents at play, challenging each other's strength, and discovering their own physical limitations. While previous work references pictorial compositions of 17th and 18th century history painting, this site-specific mural concentrates on playing with the compositional line between heaven and hell found in Michelangelo's "Last Judgement'. Portraying that boundary between recreation and recklessness, Toth separates the suspended cherubian youth from those down below where the daring live. These vignettes avow liminal moments of youth, and make the mundane monumental. 

 Katharine B. Barthelme 

Louise Ingalls Sturges - Distance of Dreamers

To create an ongoing archive of her life, Louise Ingalls Sturges employs painting, quilting, collage, digital and analogue photography and has amassed a collection of daily detritus thick with old cigarette packs, love letters, dream catchers and lipstick stained cotton pads. At the heart of her work, she compulsively photographs those intangible moments that would otherwise be lost to memory. Her methodology is dependent on gathering and preserving the evidence of her life as if it’s significance would be lost without a physical record. The power of her photography is lead by an uncanny understanding of American iconography. She documents her friends, lovers, family and surrounding social landscape in an effort to preserve the now, straddling both the joys of youth and responsibility of adulthood. With a lingering sense of melancholy, Sturges picks up the subtle beauty of an instant and asks the viewer to dwell on the ordinary. It is through these acts of self-preservation that Sturges transforms the viewer into a confidant. Inviting us to be a companion as she bears witness to an ever-changing generation in search of the real.

 Katharine B. Barthelme

Accompanying Bicycle Film Festival will be a group exhibition titled Dear Velo, which will include both national and international artists who transform the bike into sculpture. Showing alongside Dear Velo, will also be a selection from the greatly anticipated Joy Ride. The exhibition, curated by Katharine Barthelme and Brendt Barbur, is hosted by Partners&Spade and will open on the 29th of May till the 1st of June.

The bike is a willing device for artistic adaptation, already thick with connotations of modernization and modern design, freedom, childhood and environmental awareness. As a functional object the bike is the most organic form of transportation and has generated a cultural phenomenon. Dear Velo, examines contemporary artists that use the bike to create their own form of kinetic sculpture, demonstrating an intimate blend of body and machine. They look at the bike not only as the quotidian transport, but also as a demonstration of themselves, a loved memento that communicates the very basics of human existence. Their bikes have been taken beyond the limitations of kitsch decoration to become an open dialogue between bike and rider.

Katharine B. Barthelme

  We are pleased to announce the opening of  The Instant , a group exhibition of artists working with Polaroid’s instant photography. On February 8, 2008, the Polaroid Corporation declared that it would discontinue the production of all instant film. Abandonment of the Polaroid process is a direct result of the digital revolution, marking the medium as a moment in photographic history that exists between a tradition of alchemy and new digital imaging. An anomaly in photographic reproduction, Polaroid is a self-developing, unique object that stands independent from traditional photography and is unmatched by its replacement. It is the accessible qualities of the instant that made it popular in mass photography and generated a cult value within the art world.     The Instant,    curated by Katharine Barthelme and Louise Ingalls Sturges, will exhibit 12 contemporary artists who currently use Polaroid photography as the foundation of their work. Originally, Polaroid was not intended for aesthetic purpose, it reduces artistic control to a selection of the eye and instinct. The artists in  The Instant  embrace the limitations of Polaroid to create a rare object that is able to maintain an aura of originality unknown to analog and digital.   This exhibition   will recognize the passing of a significant medium within the history of photography and hopes to secure a place for Polaroid in the encroaching post photographic era.    Artists Include: Jean Frederic Bourdier, Sean Cousins, Andrew De Francesco, Jordan Greenhalgh, Scott Hammond, Grant Hamilton, Janie Lund, Rachel Montoya, Jamie Lund, Rachel Montoya, Louise Ingalls Sturges, Jeffrey Thompson, Grant Worth, and Joshua Robin Wiles

We are pleased to announce the opening of The Instant, a group exhibition of artists working with Polaroid’s instant photography. On February 8, 2008, the Polaroid Corporation declared that it would discontinue the production of all instant film. Abandonment of the Polaroid process is a direct result of the digital revolution, marking the medium as a moment in photographic history that exists between a tradition of alchemy and new digital imaging. An anomaly in photographic reproduction, Polaroid is a self-developing, unique object that stands independent from traditional photography and is unmatched by its replacement. It is the accessible qualities of the instant that made it popular in mass photography and generated a cult value within the art world.

The Instant, curated by Katharine Barthelme and Louise Ingalls Sturges, will exhibit 12 contemporary artists who currently use Polaroid photography as the foundation of their work. Originally, Polaroid was not intended for aesthetic purpose, it reduces artistic control to a selection of the eye and instinct. The artists in The Instant embrace the limitations of Polaroid to create a rare object that is able to maintain an aura of originality unknown to analog and digital. This exhibition will recognize the passing of a significant medium within the history of photography and hopes to secure a place for Polaroid in the encroaching post photographic era.

Artists Include: Jean Frederic Bourdier, Sean Cousins, Andrew De Francesco, Jordan Greenhalgh, Scott Hammond, Grant Hamilton, Janie Lund, Rachel Montoya, Jamie Lund, Rachel Montoya, Louise Ingalls Sturges, Jeffrey Thompson, Grant Worth, and Joshua Robin Wiles

 Katharine B. Barthelme 

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Paper Magazine - Over In An Instant 

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