Lawrence Markey Gallery
311 6th, (210) 228-9966, lawrencemarkey.com
Next time your East Coast-loving relations turn up their snotty noses at San Antonio’s perceived lack of posh, take them to Lawrence Markey Gallery. Markey, a SA native, did in fact spend several years in NYC’s art world, operating his eponymous gallery there from 1990-2004, first in SoHo and then on the Upper East Side near the Whitney. Markey’s San Antonio space, which he opened in 2005, has the gritty urban reuse feel of SoHo (courtesy of an airy downtown warehouse renovated by Lake|Flato and modified by New York architect Andrew Berman) and the exclusivity of an UES gallery (note the subtle little door plaque in place of a business sign and the lack of front-facing windows). There’s also a lovely garden terrace open during receptions for pretending that we don’t actually live in the climate of Mordor. Then, of course, there’s the artists and exhibitions: Markey has displayed works by well-known international artists like Suzan Frecon, Fred Sandback, Lawrence Weiner, James Castle and Wayne Thiebaud. Though he primarily focuses on works on paper, his latest exhibition (which you can still catch if you hurry, it ends April 25) features some captivating paintings on canvas by John Zurier. You likely won’t see Markey’s next exhibit splashed on billboards and full-page ads, but you can get on the mailing list by contacting email@example.com or by visiting during regular gallery hours (how very New York!) from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. For any serious art lover here, it’s worth it.