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James Bettison

American
(1957–1997)

Reins Released
1986

Assemblage painting, mixed media
28.5 x 49.75 x 3.75 in.
Gift of the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation
2021.3

The title of Bettison’s Reins Released has been taken from a poem by Sabine Hilding, which Bettison has inscribed in pencil across the elaborate wooden structure of the piece. Bettison plays off of Hilding’s language in the painting at the center of the piece. With other fellow artists, Bettison helped found Project Row Houses in Houston in 1993. PRH is a very successful project that took derelict houses in a poor section of Houston and transformed them into housing for artists, young mothers, and small businesses that restored and socially rejuvenated the area.


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