Cara Barer: Transforming Books into Art
Books are becoming increasingly obsolete. Despite centuries of importance, the novel and the encyclopedia alike have given way to the Internet and all of its conveniences. But even books that spend their lives accumulating dust on shelves, books that no one has touched since the 80s, are filled with the potential to teach readers something new, perhaps even about themselves. Through her process of dying and warping old books, Cara Barer helps them realize their potential anew.
March 15, 2021
by Demetra Nikolakais for Musée, Vanguard of Photography Culture.
Cheech Marin tours Houston’s Latino art scene
Cheech Marin got a few laughs in Houston earlier this month, but he was in town on a serious mission. Marin, 72, is now nearly as famous in a different cultural realm as a top collector of Chicano art. He made it to Houston on May 7 and 8, just in time to catch the final days of a show by Einar & Jamex de la Torre at Nicole Longnecker Gallery. A retrospective of the de la Torre brothers’ work will be the first show at the Cheech, as the new center will be called.
May 15, 2019
by Molly Glentzer for the Houston Chronicle.
Floyd Newsum in VAS
Though not a retrospective, but “Past, Present, and Future” by Floyd Newsum includes paintings and drawings from most periods in his 40-year career. More than 30 pieces, several being shown for the first time, trace his evolution from surrealist to expressionist. Through it all his style is consistently bright, playful, purposefully childlike and graphically complex, employing recurring images of dogs, birds, clouds, houses and figures.
March 23, 2019
Donna Tennant reviews Floyd Newsum in the latest Visual Art Source.
View Works by Two Museum-Class Texas Artists on Colquitt Gallery Row
Rule No. 1, don't tell Floyd Newsum that his art has a Basquiat feel. That kind of talk will net you some serious side-eye from the Houston-based artist and educator, who will be in attendance during the opening reception for "Past, Present, and Future" at Nicole Longnecker Gallery.
February 19, 2019
Susie Tommaney writes about two great exhibits beginning with our own Floyd Newsum.
Angela Davis Johnson in the New York Times
Angela Davis Johnson got a similar response when she showed curators her paintings, which almost always feature black women and fabrics to pay homage to her seamstress mother. One, “An open mouth creek,” depicts a black girl with sad eyes and blue hair whose mouth is shut — though she looks like she wants to talk. It’s a piece that speaks to the silencing of black women throughout history. Ms. Johnson has been told that her work is too political and that she should stay away from race-related issues if she wants to be commercially viable.
December 11, 2018
Kelundra Smith writes about female Atlanta artists at Art Basel Miami 2018.
In familiar territory, painters stretch
Floyd Newsum is capping one of the biggest seasons of his 40-year career with this elegant show of recent works. The title seems as loaded with symbolism as his dynamic, primitive-spirited works on paper.
January 20, 2017
Molly Glentzer writes about five Houston artists beginning with our own Floyd Newsum..
The art world is all abuzz about the soon-to-be-open Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. A piece by Floyd Newsum, an art professor at University of Houston Downtown (this year marks his 40th anniversary as a professor), is part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection and will be on view when the museum opens later this month.
Susie Tommaney writes about Floyd Newsum's paintings being included in the newest museum in Washington
Photographers Cara Barer and Frank Sherwood White contrasting works focus on the future ecology of the Gulf Coast.
February 26, 2016
William Geoffrey Wood interviewed Cara, Frank and Nicole for this article in Houstonia Magazine.
Gallery owner Nicole Longnecker recruits a local curator and artists for The Charm of the Spectacle.
July 28, 2015
Nick Esquer wrote this article in Houstonia Magazine about our exhibit The Charm of the Spectacle
July 15, 2015
Houston Press Art Writer Susie Tommaney reviewed our exhibit May The Rainbow Always Touch Your Shoulder.