Art: Cloud Busters in Houston

Texas, as everybody knows, thrives on super-scale. So naturally, the art season in Houston started off with two handsome shows dedicated to four maximal creators. At the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Director James Johnson Sweeney has a mammoth retrospective of the works of Abstract Expressionist Sam Francis, 44, whose canvases have been getting so large that he is building a new studio in California in which to paint them. And Houston's University of St. Thomas Art Gallery put on view 147 designs by three farsighted 18th century French architects, one of whom envisioned a gargantuan stadium with seven times the...

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