Recommended arts: 'Water Sparks: The First 30 Years of Sculpture; A Damian Priour Retrospective,' 'Reconstructing Paolo Veronese's Petrobelli Altarpiece'
'Water Sparks: The First 30 Years of Sculpture; A Damian Priour Retrospective.' A fifth-generation Texan, artist Damian Priour has always looked to the landscape of the Texas Gulf Coast for inspiration. His palette? Fossilized limestone and blue and green glass from which, over three decades, he's crafted abstract sculpture both monumental and miniature. The current retrospective features 50 of Priour's sculptures, both indoor and outdoor pieces, ranging from maquettes for his monumental architectural work to smaller `Primitive Pets' and `Rusted Bolt' series to several of the miniature chairs that were a part of his recent `Texas Chair Project.' 'WaterSpark' was organized by Galveston Art Center curator Clint Willour and scheduled to open in Galveston this fall until - perhaps in a bit of odd Texas Gulf Coast fate - Hurricane Ike last year forced the Art Center to close for repairs. The exhibit will finally travel to Galveston in January. Until then, we have it here in Austin. Priour will talk about his work tonight at 6:30. Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. Free. www.umlaufsculpture.org.
'Reconstructing Paolo Veronese's Petrobelli Altarpiece.' Xavier Salomon, chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, solved an art history mystery when he discovered that a painting in the Blanton's collection was the missing fourth piece of a large Renaissance altarpiece painted by Italian master Paolo Veronese, a major painting that had been sliced up and sold in pieces more than 200 years ago. Salomon comes to town to tell the story of his find. 2 p.m. Sunday. Auditorium, Blanton Museum of Art, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue. Free with museum admission ($3-$7). 471-7324, www.blantonmuseum.org. - Jeanne Claire van Ryzin