5 Art Galleries to Hit Up in San Antonio this Week



Summer 2016 Artpace International Artist In Residence Exhibit 

Starts July 15, Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 11. Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210) 212-4900, free, artpace.org

This week, Artpace's Summer 2016 International Artist-in-Residence exhibition opens featuring artists Juan William Chávez (Saint Louis, MO), Andy Coolquitt (Austin, TX), and Rachel Maclean (Glasgow, Scotland) – selected by guest curator Dominic Molon. The exhibition is open from July 14th until Sept. 11th. Admission to Artpace is free and open to the public.


"Party Tricks"

Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star. Continues through July 16, (210) 458-4391, free and open to the public.

Party Tricks is an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Houston-based artist Melinda Laszczynski. The sculptural works in the show combine traditional materials and those associated with celebration or dress-up that become abstractions of the body, while simultaneously being seductive and discomforting. The paintings in the show are indulgent in tactility, using shiny, bright surfaces and thick textured layers of paint that reflect the viewer and surroundings and activate movement within the paintings. These works highlight both the desire for escape into another world, and a feminist critique of abstraction.


"Carlos Mérida: Selections From the Permanent Collection"

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, $5- $10, samuseum.org

Occasionally, a museum dusts off some pieces from its permanent collection and brings them out of the archives. Such is the case with SAMA’s vibrant new Carlos Mérida exhibit, which runs through January. In the collection of nearly 30 works, folks can get to know the Guatemalan-born Mérida, who, despite his pioneering works — which first explored the symbol-rich history of Mayan culture and later embraced surrealism and geometric abstractionism — remains a lesser-known master than his friend and contemporary Diego Rivera.

"Diablo Sideshow"
Saturday July 16, 7-11 p.m., Black Moon Gallery, 1420 S. Alamo, #106B

Promised to be a "devilish enchantment, a debauch romp, and anything but a routine exercise in family fun," the "Diablo Show" invites guests to experience a collection of wall art with an occult theme and an obvious dark side. 


"Cute & Rude Show" 
July 16, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., CSA Galleria, 304 Blanco Road, (956) 873-6796, free, cuteandrude.com

The Cutest and Rudest art show this summer, featuring dozens of artists from Texas and all around the world, right here in San Antonio. Check out works, purchase handmade good and jam to some live music this Saturday night. 

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