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  • Donald Moffett, Lot 081907 (IOo), 2007, oil, cotton, aluminum, rabbit-skin glue, and polyvinyl acetate on linen, 24 x 20".

    “Donald Moffett: The Extravagent Vein”

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Boulevard
    October 1 - January 8

    Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver

    Oh, to feel the fury of Gran Fury again. Well, now perhaps you can—at least for a museal moment. More crucially, in this survey of nearly seventy works by Donald Moffett, you can see how a founding member of that aids activist agitprop group began to lean toward subtler concerns after the mid-1990s, using canvases as projection sites for elegant landscape videos and constructing Arte Povera–esque “paintings” using rayon and zippers. The fact that some of those videos depict Central Park’s cruising ground the Ramble, and that some of those paintings recall glory holes and bondage masks, only positions Moffett’s deft art-historical musings more resolutely within a continuous political critique. The show’s catalogue is a must-read, proffering an interview with the artist by Douglas Crimp and essays by Bill Arning, Russell Ferguson, and the curator.