Wiley's 'Judith and Holofernes'

THE ENERGY IN the foyer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Caroline Wiess Law Building is quite lively, thanks to the installation of two provocative paintings, painted 400 years apart — one by Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian 17th-century female artist, the other by Kehinde Wiley, a contemporary, Nigerian-born queer Black artist. Each depicts the grisly climax in the Old Testament Book of Judith, in which the widow Judith decapitates the Assyrian general Holofernes, thus saving her besieged Jewish city of Betulia.

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LAST WEEK, THE City of Houston, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, and Street Art for Mankind unveiled a massive painting covering one side of a Downtown Houston building — the inaugural United Nations Ecosystem Restoration mural. The Houston Ecosystem Restoration Mural is the first of a five-part series in the United States.

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A detail of Cullar-Ledford's 'Purple Texture'

“IT’S TIME FOR some flowers in my life,” says Houston artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford when describing her upcoming exhibition Petals and Spikes, which opens Saturday, Jan. 14, at Heidi Vaughn Fine Art.

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