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Houston, TX 77098
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Since 1980, Robert and Cynthia Cage McClain have focused on the exhibition and the acquisition of museum quality modern and contemporary American and European art. McClain Gallery’s program represents important twentieth-century figures while continuing to commit to younger generations of artists, which includes primary representation of many Texas-based artists. Our exhibition program is augmented by survey and group shows that investigate current themes in contemporary art within historic contexts. In addition to promoting the work of our stable of artists, our strength is guiding and educating both the new, as well as the seasoned, collector. We actively advise and help private individuals and institutions in the acquisition and sale of artworks to organizing a comprehensive program of collecting. With over three decades of proven expertise, McClain Gallery has a strong reputation as secondary market specialists who offer, research, and source artworks of exceptionally high quality with discretion. We regularly attend art fairs, bid at auctions and draw on our existing strong relationships with dealers, museum professionals, and collectors around the globe to provide our clients with thorough, insightful, and market savvy advice.
Artists Represented:
John Alexander
Donald Baechler
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Brendan Cass
Gisela Colón
Stephen Dean
Anne Deleporte
Christian Eckart
Sharon Engelstein
Cleve Gray
Donna Green
Katsumi Hawakaya
Dorothy Hood
Jeff Shore | Jon Fisher
Bo Joseph
Gary Lang
Angelina Nasso
Henrique Oliveira
Aaron Parazette
Rob Reasoner
David Row
Jonathan Seliger
Ray Smith
Peter Sullivan
Shane Tolbert
Bernar Venet
Delita Martin 
Bruna Massadas
Nick Vaughn and Jake Margolin


Installation image of "Strangeness, Tone, Translucency" 2024
Installation Image of "SHANE TOLBERT: Memory Dilemma" 2024
Installation image of "BO JOSEPH: Holding Spaces" 2023
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Current Exhibitions


I Came to See You

June 29, 2024 - August 17, 2024
McClain Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition for summer 2024 featuring the work of Anne Deleporte, Mark Francis, Bradley Kerl, Bruna Massadas, Preetika Rajgariah, Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin, and Salle Werner Vaughn. Focusing on portraiture in an expansive field, I Came to See You bends the idea to include works where the sitter’s face in not visible, the shadow of the artist’s body is the figure that becomes mirror for the viewer, or where a body at rest, bliss, or holding the mantle of unrequested legacies is the thin line between subjectivity and object. Broaching topics such as Freudian lapses, surrealist symbolism, inherited societal mantles, finding the self through fabricated personae, and seeing oneself represented, the grouped artists draw a picture of what portraiture can do today through painting, photography, found photographs, cut maps, collage, and other unusual media.


PrintHouston 2024: Printed Faces

June 15, 2024 - July 27, 2024
McClain Gallery is pleased to present PRINTED FACES, a group exhibition held in partnership with PrintHouston Biennial 2024. The exhibition celebrates the diverse art of printmaking, showcasing the works of artists Emma Amos, Marcel Dzama, Dorothy Hood, Admire Kamudzengerere, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Neel, Danielle Orchard, Elizabeth Peyton, and Andy Warhol.

Past Exhibitions


Strangeness, Tone, Translucency

May 20, 2024 - June 22, 2024
Collage, an additive medium by definition, consistently produces mystery. The technique allows artists to investigate layering, concealing, masking, and covering: all acts which have the potential to reveal histories and ideas often hidden from view. The superposing of disparate elements levels their original separation, sparking connections and a certain metaphysical space. The works in this show use opacity, texture, rhythm, and see-through veils to shake the ground on which the viewer stands - surrealist vistas seep, and the irresistible urge to hear, touch, and look take over. Built around the magical yet formally rigorous collage work of artist Dorothy Hood, Strangeness, Tone, Translucency is a wander through collage today and its history.

David Row

David Row: Object/Image

May 11, 2024 - June 22, 2024
McClain Gallery is pleased to announce OBJECT/IMAGE, a solo exhibition presenting eight new shaped paintings alongside smaller works on panel and paper by David Row. These works feature matte, metallic pigments with discreet fluorescent underpainting that sneaks along the edges of the works. The paintings’ polygonal wood panels push beyond the confines of classic rectangular supports, eschewing tradition and orthogonal forms with a sense of lightness. This marks Row’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Donald Sultan

Donald Sultan: New Works

March 16, 2024 - May 4, 2024
McClain Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Donald Sultan: NEW WORKS, featuring a selection of paintings and drawings that are a continuation of Sultan’s ongoing investigation of abstraction using the aesthetic structure of the mimosa tree in bloom. Inspired by the plants found in the French Riviera, this body of work highlights the artist’s innovative use of materials. This is the first solo exhibition of Sultan’s works at McClain Gallery and comes after a ten year absence in Houston.

Shane Tolbert: Memory Dilemma

January 13, 2024 - February 24, 2024

Ted Stamm

November 9, 2023 - December 30, 2023
McClain Gallery is pleased to announce Ted Stamm (1944 – 1984), our first solo show of the late artist’s abstract work. The exhibition represents a broad range of the meticulously documented and varied branches of his art practice. One of the foremost multidisciplinary and conceptual artists working in SoHo in downtown Manhattan in the 1970’s and early 80’s, Ted Stamm is recognized as one of the more rigorous and impactful artists of his generation. His untimely death at the age of forty has translated into some obscurity to his name, but the mystique of the man and intensity of his production make up for his short lifetime.

Ken Price

November 1, 2023 - December 30, 2023

Bo Joseph

Bo Joseph: Holding Spaces

September 21, 2023 - November 2, 2023

Alex Katz

Alex Katz: Flowers

May 20, 2023 - July 29, 2023
McClain Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Alex Katz: Flowers, featuring a selection of floral paintings and a full set of prints from the artist’s recent Flowers Portfolio published in 2021.

Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin

May 6, 2023 - July 29, 2023
McClain Gallery is thrilled to open our first presentation of Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin’s work Saturday, May 6 from 2–4 PM. The installation provides an introduction to the Houston-based artists’ expansive, collaborative, and mutli-disciplinary practice that pulls them through a vivid range of material exploration, sculpture, drawings, lectures, and performances to excavate and shine light onto the political and social histories of LGBTQ+ people.

Mara Held & Julia Kunin

Kaleidoscope Eyes

January 28, 2023 - May 6, 2023
McClain Gallery is thrilled to announce Kaleidoscope Eyes: a two-person show featuring gallery artists Mara Held and Julia Kunin. The show will feature a range of Kunin’s ceramic sculpture together with paintings and works on paper by Held. The two artists’ oeuvre share a visual language and a kindred approach to process and referencing. Their inspirations draws them both through symbolic and cultural sources, creating new, evocative abstract forms with a reliance on geometry and nature. We are excited to bring these two resonant, yet very different, artists shoulder to shoulder.

Aaron Parazette

Aaron Parazette: Stray Cats with Kittens

November 12, 2022 - January 14, 2023
McClain Gallery is delighted to announce Stray Cats with Kittens, a solo exhibition of Aaron Parazette’s new paintings alongside a range of works from early on in the artist’s career. The show explores Parazette’s long interest in abstraction, and like any artist's stray thoughts, the progeny lives in the same neighborhood, wanders at will, howls in the night, and sometimes produces offspring. Works on panel and plaster from the 1990s draw a continuous conceptual line through the artist's formal approach to painting; several new shaped canvas pieces and the debut of a new series utilizing online image generator technology round out the group.


September 24, 2022 - November 5, 2022
McClain Gallery is excited to announce our first solo exhibition with multi-disciplinary artist Shikeith (b. 1989, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). This show, part of our two presentations for FotoFest 2022, includes recent photographs and small-scale sculptures and marks the premiere of three new prints. Shikeith’s work, conceptual at its core, explores the experiences of Black queer men via portraiture. The artist develops a visual vocabulary by sieving personal and cultural history. Hauntings, psychic space, intimacy, and the refusal of painful societal expectations all have seats at the table of his practice. His material choices mirror his investment in the non-corporeal: skin, sweat, clay, “haint” blue, and breath become physical manifestations and symbols for the themes Shikeith deftly navigates.

Alma Allen, Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Max Ernst, Ficus Interfaith, Dorothy Hood, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Odilon Redon, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo

Cosmic Eye of the Little Bird

March 26, 2022 - May 28, 2022
McClain Gallery presents Cosmic Eye of the Little Bird: a group exhibition of sculpture and works on paper that set up a call and response with a selection of Dorothy Hood's ink drawings from the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes artists who inspired her, like Max Ernst and Odilon Redon, and her contemporaries Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Louise Bourgeois, and Dorothea Tanning. It also looks at the resonance of Hood’s expressive artistic impulse with a younger generation of sculptors from Alma Allen, Ficus Interfaith, and Katarzyna Przezwańska to Helen Evans Ramsaran.

Donald Baechler

Donald Baechler: Remedy of Anything

May 15, 2021 - August 21, 2021
McClain Gallery presents an exhibition of new work by Donald Baechler entitled Remedy of Anything. This is Baechler’s fourth solo show at McClain Gallery and combines small paintings with graphite drawings.