The short list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Dec. 16, 2018.
“Landfall: Suchitra Mattai”
Vibrant and expressive, the paintings of Suchitra Mattai at first look don’t necessarily reveal the tension, and even menace, that underlies the landscapes wrought in comely combinations of gouache, acrylic and collaged elements. Mattai pulls from her own multi-cultural upbringing to probe potent issues such as colonialism, history, environmentalism and memory, while also rendering a world that is much more fragile, and more beautiful, than we easily admit. When the human and the natural worlds collides, it all teeters on destruction. But oh, is it pretty.
Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com
“Tammie Rubin: Everything You Ever”
Tammie Rubin builds a new, provocative body of sculpture using ball moss dipped in porcelain slip, the tangled bunches of moss — embedded with steel wool and cotton — serve as symbols of the knotty labyrinth of human history, and our inability to learn from that history.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. (Gallery closed Dec. 22-Jan. 1). Exhibit continues through Jan. 10. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. womenandtheirwork.org
“Peggy Weiss: Odyssey Remembered: Experimental Landscape”
A lifetime of exploring nature informs new paintings by Peggy Weiss — paintings that also border almost on complete abstractions yet never quite let go of representation.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Exhibit continues through Jan. 12. Gallery Shoal Creek, Flatbed building, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. galleryshoalcreek.com
“Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, & Disco”
Puerto Rican artist Antonio Lopez was THE dominant fashion illustrator of the disco age, a talent whose drawing skill was admired and envied by David Hockney and Andy Warhol, and help launch the modeling careers of careers of Jessica Lange, Grace Jones and Jerry Hall. James Crump’s documentary traces Lopez’s through the outrageous milieu of Paris and New York between 1969 and 1973.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, AFS Cinema, 6406 N. IH-35. austinfilm.org