Art Notes

Three for the Tree: At the Dallas Museum of Art, the Edward Hopper drawing show %26ldquo;A Painter%26rsquo;s Progress%26rdquo; (through February 16) is rife with discoveries. The absolute highlight: preparatory studies for Nighthawks, an epic work that defined the brooding unease of World War II-era America. What would Hopper make of our own time, we wonder? %26hellip; The opposite of the DMA%26rsquo;s film-noirish exhibition is Circuit12 Contemporary%26rsquo;s riotous fare by Clark Goolsby. The NYC-based graphic designer concocts collage paintings attuned to the tropics %26mdash; all hot and cool shades, plus prismatic cascades of objects and patterning. Goolsby%26rsquo;s swirling shapes and confident lines are served up in his %26ldquo;Shatter%26rdquo; solo, which mirrors the complexity and chaos of our information age (through January 2) %26hellip; For something more classical, the photography of Allison V. Smith melds the real world with a dose of underlining abstraction, defined by sensitive, stripped-down image-making that possesses an underlying purity. See Smith%26rsquo;s latest Maine portfolio at Barry Whistler Gallery in %26ldquo;Ship to Shore,%26rdquo; which pairs her with the tactile realism of Maine-based Gideon Bok%26rsquo;s studio paintings (both December 7 %26ndash; January 11).

Mac Attack: At the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a smart trifecta comments on race, technology and process. The respective works are by destined-to-be-important Jamaican-born painter Paul Anthony Smith, alongside Jenny Vogel%26rsquo;s installation of 100 lamps engineered to transmit Craigslist missing connections via flashing Morse Code. Austin artist Bethany Johnson rounds out the trio, with exquisite landscape drawings made with technical pens %26mdash; whispery and beautiful and reminiscent of Agnes Martin (all through December 21). And speaking of The MAC, have you acquired your tickets yet to The Blue Yule? It%26rsquo;s worth rushing back from Miami for this clever party and artist-made ornaments (Saturday, December 7, 6 to 9 pm; The

Golden Age: Celebrate the Kimbell Art Museum%26rsquo;s long-awaited Renzo Piano Pavilion (compete with grass roof). While you%26rsquo;re there, take in the blockbuster perfectly timed for the big reveal: %26ldquo;The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from The Art Institute of Chicago (through February 16) %26hellip; A forerunner who improbably paved the way for Picasso, the underknown Spaniard Joaqu%26iacute;n Sorolla y Bastida (1863 %26ndash; 1923), gets his day: Sorolla%26rsquo;s winsome, late Impressionist style offerings are at the Meadows Museum in a show that adds sun and sea to our season. The artist%26rsquo;s great-granddaughter, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, curates this international traveling view that focuses on Sorolla%26rsquo;s turn-of-the-century American experiences (December 13 %26ndash; April 19).

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