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    French artist Xavier de Richemont has created high-tech sets for theater and opera and collaborated with the avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson but is arguably best known for his dazzling video installations, which have graced the facades of historic locales across Europe, Canada and Mexico. On view periodically for the next decade, Richemont’s 23-minute spectacle “San Antonio|The Saga” employs San Fernando Cathedral as a canvas to “narrate the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio” via a 7,000-square-foot projection choreographed to music in surround sound.

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    Spanning six decades of his life’s work, “Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art" showcases the comprehensive, expressive, revealing and evolving indulgence of 20th century master Henri Matisse and the richness of his exterior world. The show, assembled from the renowned Cone Collection, features the artist’s definitive pieces such as The Yellow Dress (above), Large Reclining Nude, Purple Robe and Anemones and includes 80 paintings, works on paper and sculptures. A companion exhibit, “The Art Books of Henri Matisse,” opens the following week.  

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    Bill FitzGibbons curates works by Richard Hunt, who has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country, including many throughout his hometown of Chicago.

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    A former stable the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace repurposed as her studio, 111 Camp Street housed the Linda Pace Foundation offices until recently and is now open as SPACE, the Foundation’s first public facility. Tucked in the northeast corner of CHRISpark, SPACE will showcase works from the Foundation’s stellar permanent collection along with related contemporary art exhibitions and programming. Curated by LPF’s former Executive Director Maura Reilly and organized by Collection and Exhibitions Officer Kelly O’Connor, SPACE’s inaugural show “Pace Gems” reflects Pace’s “overarching collection criteria,” which focused on artists linked to Artpace, the “laboratory of dreams” she founded in 1995. While it highlights a number of New Yorkers (including Jim Hodges, Glenn Ligon, Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu), “Pace Gems” also represents SA natives like Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Dario Robleto and even Pace herself.

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    Place: Witte Museum
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    Place: Artpace
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    The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University's Alkek Library in San Marcos recently opened Coming to Light, a photographic exhibition showcasing additions to their dynamically growing holdings. On view are works from 42 internationally acclaimed and emerging photographers, recently acquired and shown by the Wittliff for the first time. The images range from portraiture and the Southwest’s natural and invented landscapes to themes related to Mexico’s history, beauty, and cultural impact upon the United States.

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    Category: Music, Rock/Pop
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    Category: Comedy, Stand-up
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