ÎLE-DE-TOWSON Favorite son local filmmaker/writer John Waters installed his first public solo visual art show in 1995 at New York's American Fine Arts Co., and ever since his insouciant, ribald eye for appropriating found imagery--from the everyday world, from media, from movies--has made its way into galleries in North America and Europe: at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and others. He didn't exhibit locally until 2002, when Straight to Video opened that fall at the C. Grimaldis Gallery. Waters' returns to Grimaldis this week with Versailles, which features photos and sculpture from his two most recent shows at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2006's Unwatchable and 2009's Rear Projection, including his "Versailles" series, a photographic treatment of the Parisian palace and the Towson apartment complex. Versaillesopens Jan. 20 with a reception from 6-8 p.m.
ALSO OPENINGThe Telpathy Drawings, a collaborative project between John Morris and Christina Ayala, opens Jan. 27 at MICA's Pinkard Gallery. Beauty and The Brain: A Neural Approach to Aesthetics opens Jan. 23 at the Walters Art Museum: this collaboration between the Walters and the Johns Hopkins University's Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute is part exhibition and experiment investigating neuroesthetics, the neural basis of the esthetic experience, in which museumgoers can participate. And don't miss: Adam Parker Smith: The Bad, The Bad, The Bad opens Jan. 27 at the University of Maryland Art Gallery in College Park with a reception from 5-7 p.m.