Celebrated artist Tony Feher kicked off two new Houston shows Friday night, drawing hundreds of fans to the opening his new 25-year retrospective at the Blaffer Art Museum and scores more to a VIP after party at the Hiram Butler Gallery, which just launched an exhibit of the artist's recent work.
More than 400 attendees swarmed upon the Blaffer to take in the museum's first exhibition after a $2 million redesign led by New York architects WORKac. Filling three newly-renovated galleries were 60 key examples of Feher's intriguing assemblages, together detailing the artist's evolution throughout the last quarter century.
More than 400 attendees swarmed upon the Blaffer to take in the museum's first exhibition after a $2 m illion redesign lead by New York architects WORKac.
Following the public opening, roughly 60 VIPs kept the party going at a dinner hosted by gallerist Hiram Butler, who represents Feher in Texas. Outside Butler's gallery in an intimate garden lit by paper lanterns, guests enjoyed food from Armando's before heading inside to see Tony Feher: A Work in Four Parts.
In addition to Feher himself, VIPs at both events included art leaders Blaffer director Claudia Schmuckli, noted Houston collector Judy Nyquist, curator Dean Daderko and museum director Bill Arning from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Hiram Butler and partner Andrew Spindler, Houston Arts Alliance director Jonathon Glus and publicist Alton LaDay.
Also spotted were Heidi and David Gerger, Leslie and Mark Hull, Ryan Gordon, Kristopher and Christiane Stuart, Rob Weiner as well as artist Josh Pazda and Chris Goins.