David Adickes

In 1955, Adickes was commissioned to paint a large historical mural of the city for the then-new Houston Club. That fall, he was hired to teach in the Art Department of the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1983, after being a fulltime painter and art instructor for more than two decades, Adickes was commissioned to make his first monumental sculpture. He created the Virtuoso, a 36-foot steel and concrete statue of a string trio. It is displayed in Houston. In 1986, he created Cornet as a stage prop for the New Orleans World Fair. In 1994, he created A Tribute to Courage in memory of Houston’s namesake, Sam Houston. In 2004, he created 43 large busts of American presidents at Presidents Park, Virginia. In 2006, he erected 60-foot statue of Stephen F. Austin in Brazoria County, Texas. In 2012, he turned his old high school in Huntsville into the Adickes Art Foundation Museum.

Rooted Renewal Exhibit

We (humans, nature, systems, the economy, the world, at micro- and macro-levels) are built to cycle routinely through life’s stages. It happens quite naturally, and, sometimes, as with seasons, or aging, somewhat predictably.

Within these seasons of normal, natural change, we have spikes and corrections — peaks and valleys — and can encounter unexpected, unknown territory and experience extremes. It is in these moments that extremes and contrasts may converge and from times of challenge that new growth may come forth.

This period has been like none in recent history, and as we emerge from an unprecedented time of devastation, growth, and renewal, spring forth from both newly planted seeds, and from the strongest of pillared, rooted systems.

Our roots and our renewal depend on each other — and work together — in systematic and, sometimes sporadic ways. The perennial and periodic processes of the growth of roots, forced and natural renewal, and the milestones met through both processes can yield a most artful result.

This serves as the impetus to curiously explore the interplay of artworks of two deeply rooted Houstonians whose experiences with renewal, recovery, and regrowth have served to inform and inspire their works.

Arts icon, David Adickes, and the multi-faceted talent Marthann Masterson present Rooted Renewal: an interplay of artworks, via examination of new and historic, abstract and figurative, and cubist and linear works created from the 1960s – the present.