July’s 10 Must-See Art Shows

At least one of the deer-hunting shots from I Am Legend, where Will Smith runs through deserted New York streets, takes place in the Chelsea gallery district, mostly likely during the summer. Even on a busy opening night, blocks full of art galleries almost always seem expansive and empty from the outside, and this gets more intense during the summer, when enough major players close up for the season to convince art lovers that there’s nothing to see. It’s worth reminding ourselves that I Am Legend isn’t real, and actually, there are a loads of galleries that are worth visiting during July, for reasons besides their offerings of air conditioning and shade. Here are ten of the best shows opening across the country this month.

Going My Way at Barbara Davis Gallery (Houston, TX)

Jason Yates; The Twins; 2013; acrylic on canvas with Mylar and copper armature; 48 x 48 inches. Image courtesy Barbara Davis Gallery.
Jason Yates; The Twins; 2013; acrylic on canvas with Mylar and copper armature; 48 x 48 inches. Image courtesy Barbara Davis Gallery.

Highlights of this eight-person group show includes a site-specific installation by Paul Fleming and paintings by Jason Yates, in a curated arrangement that emphasizes diversity and playfulness.

Going My Way runs July 12 through August 31. Barbara Davis Gallery is located at 4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite D, Houston, Texas. Opening reception will be held on Friday, July 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.