Art Notes


North to South: A beguiling, groundbreaking exhibition that expands our knowledge of one of the ripest areas of art history revisionism arrives at the Amon Carter Museum this summer with %26#8220;Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s %26#8211; 1950s%26#8221; (through September 5). The traveling show, organized by the Newark Museum, covers a pivotal period when geometric abstraction was cross-pollinating across the Americas. Watch for major players such as Stuart Davis, Louise Nevelson and Joaqu%26#237;n Torres-Garc%26#237;a (whose arrival in New York is covered in detail, down to his costume evoking New York itself, which the artist donned for a masked Manhattan ball). Under-known figures such as Geraldo de Barros, Lidy Prati and John Ferren are also resuscitated.
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Wow for the Wheelers: After visiting the Carter, get a dose of some contemporary Western-plains attitude via The Wheeler Brothers, showcased at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in %26#8220;High Tech Innovations Done at a Leisurely Pace, (No. 2)%26#8221; (through August 21). The Brothers, Jeff F. and Bryan Wheeler, continue their investigation of life in Lubbock and%26nbsp; the Panhandle, rendering icons of pop culture and art history with aplomb and a prankster%26#8217;s dose of weirdness ... Back in Dallas, Deep Ellum denizen Brian Gibb%26#8217;s The Public Trust mounts solos for a provocative pair of hometown up-and-comers: cartoonist Jeremy Smith and painter Billy Zinser (through September 4). Smith, the recipient of a 2010 Dallas Museum of Art Dozier Travel Grant, plans a trek to study with East Coast cartoon maestro Al Columbia. Zinser%26#8217;s impastoed abstractions also reference cartoons while presenting the next installment in his hand-cast plastic mini monsters, Macrodons, which were hits in the gallery%26#8217;s booth at this spring%26#8217;s Dallas Art Fair ...
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Over at the Design District, gain perspective on %26#8220;New Texas Talent XVI%26#8221; at Craighead Green Gallery as Rachofsky House educational programming director/artist Thomas Feulmer juries a lively presentation that prognosticates the future top guns of Texas art; 28 artists are presented (through September 4) ... Also, fresh-faced, new arrival The Wit Gallery brings emerging energy to the Exposition Park %26#8216;hood, showcasing part two of its %26#8220;Salon Summer%26#8221; series, with Studio 19%26#8217;s %26#8220;The Yellow Definitive%26#8221; (through August 21).
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Piano Forte: The verdict is in. A recent poll of architectural professionals conducted by Vanity Fair %26#8212; and published to great ballyhoo in the August 2010 issue %26#8212; anointed the top buildings in the world since 1980. While Frank Gehry%26#8217;s twisted titanium abstraction, aka the Guggenheim Bilbao, scored number one, Renzo Piano%26#8217;s sublime and understated structure for The Menil Collection landed the number-two spot. Therefore, the expectation and excitement for the Italian master%26#8217;s Kimbell Art Museum expansion has increased. Breaking ground this summer, the $125 million project is on track to open 2013, with Piano subtly mirroring Louis Kahn%26#8217;s classical 1972 structure while reorienting the entrance so visitors no longer arrive through what Kahn originally had designed as the back of the museum. To preview Piano%26#8217;s plans, visit kimbellart.org.
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Arrivals: Two of the most eagerly awaited appointments of the year in the Texas art arena were announced within days of each other. The Dallas Contemporary%26#8217;s new executive director, Peter Doroshenko, arrives this October from Kiev, where he recently served as the president and artistic director of the Pinchuk Art Centre. Doroshenko also has Texas ties, most recently as a visiting lecturer for the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston%26#8217;s Glassell School of Art. Meanwhile, retiring Contemporary director Joan Davidow, whose ambitious leadership resulted in DC%26#8217;s new industrial-scaled digs at 161 Glass Street, is being honored this fall with a Legend Award ... And Contemporary Arts Museum Houston%26#8217;s curator Toby Kamps leaves his CAMH position to join The Menil Collection as its new curator of modern and contemporary art, filling the post vacated by Franklin Sirmans when he joined Los Angeles County Museum of Art earlier this year.
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That%26#8217;s Some Bull: Head to Galleria Dallas for some very avant-garde art crafted and/or inspired by Red Bull cans. University of North Texas curator Myra Walker joined five other judges %26#8212; Michael Cain, Brad Oldham, Gail Sachson, Tammy Theis and Bob Wade %26#8212;%26nbsp;in selecting the 50-some finalists, with the grand-prize winner receiving a trip to Art Basel, Switzerland (through August 22).
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Images:
Above: Arshile Gorky%26#8217;s Aerial Map (panel from mural cycle Aviation: Evolution of Forms under Aerodynamic Limitations), 1936%26#8211;37, at Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth. Photo%26nbsp; %26#169; 2009 Estate of Arshile Gorky, New York/ARS, New York; Collection Newark Museum, on extended loan from the collection of The Port Authority of NY %26amp; NJ
Below: Jeff F. Wheeler%26#8217;s For Farrah ... , 2010, at Fort Worth Community Arts Center

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Art Notes


North to South: A beguiling, groundbreaking exhibition that expands our knowledge of one of the ripest areas of art history revisionism arrives at the Amon Carter Museum this summer with %26#8220;Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s %26#8211; 1950s%26#8221; (through September 5). The traveling show, organized by the Newark Museum, covers a pivotal period when geometric abstraction was cross-pollinating across the Americas. Watch for major players such as Stuart Davis, Louise Nevelson and Joaqu%26#237;n Torres-Garc%26#237;a (whose arrival in New York is covered in detail, down to his costume evoking New York itself, which the artist donned for a masked Manhattan ball). Under-known figures such as Geraldo de Barros, Lidy Prati and John Ferren are also resuscitated.
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Wow for the Wheelers: After visiting the Carter, get a dose of some contemporary Western-plains attitude via The Wheeler Brothers, showcased at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in %26#8220;High Tech Innovations Done at a Leisurely Pace, (No. 2)%26#8221; (through August 21). The Brothers, Jeff F. and Bryan Wheeler, continue their investigation of life in Lubbock and%26nbsp; the Panhandle, rendering icons of pop culture and art history with aplomb and a prankster%26#8217;s dose of weirdness ... Back in Dallas, Deep Ellum denizen Brian Gibb%26#8217;s The Public Trust mounts solos for a provocative pair of hometown up-and-comers: cartoonist Jeremy Smith and painter Billy Zinser (through September 4). Smith, the recipient of a 2010 Dallas Museum of Art Dozier Travel Grant, plans a trek to study with East Coast cartoon maestro Al Columbia. Zinser%26#8217;s impastoed abstractions also reference cartoons while presenting the next installment in his hand-cast plastic mini monsters, Macrodons, which were hits in the gallery%26#8217;s booth at this spring%26#8217;s Dallas Art Fair ...
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Over at the Design District, gain perspective on %26#8220;New Texas Talent XVI%26#8221; at Craighead Green Gallery as Rachofsky House educational programming director/artist Thomas Feulmer juries a lively presentation that prognosticates the future top guns of Texas art; 28 artists are presented (through September 4) ... Also, fresh-faced, new arrival The Wit Gallery brings emerging energy to the Exposition Park %26#8216;hood, showcasing part two of its %26#8220;Salon Summer%26#8221; series, with Studio 19%26#8217;s %26#8220;The Yellow Definitive%26#8221; (through August 21).
%26nbsp;
Piano Forte: The verdict is in. A recent poll of architectural professionals conducted by Vanity Fair %26#8212; and published to great ballyhoo in the August 2010 issue %26#8212; anointed the top buildings in the world since 1980. While Frank Gehry%26#8217;s twisted titanium abstraction, aka the Guggenheim Bilbao, scored number one, Renzo Piano%26#8217;s sublime and understated structure for The Menil Collection landed the number-two spot. Therefore, the expectation and excitement for the Italian master%26#8217;s Kimbell Art Museum expansion has increased. Breaking ground this summer, the $125 million project is on track to open 2013, with Piano subtly mirroring Louis Kahn%26#8217;s classical 1972 structure while reorienting the entrance so visitors no longer arrive through what Kahn originally had designed as the back of the museum. To preview Piano%26#8217;s plans, visit kimbellart.org.
%26nbsp;
Arrivals: Two of the most eagerly awaited appointments of the year in the Texas art arena were announced within days of each other. The Dallas Contemporary%26#8217;s new executive director, Peter Doroshenko, arrives this October from Kiev, where he recently served as the president and artistic director of the Pinchuk Art Centre. Doroshenko also has Texas ties, most recently as a visiting lecturer for the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston%26#8217;s Glassell School of Art. Meanwhile, retiring Contemporary director Joan Davidow, whose ambitious leadership resulted in DC%26#8217;s new industrial-scaled digs at 161 Glass Street, is being honored this fall with a Legend Award ... And Contemporary Arts Museum Houston%26#8217;s curator Toby Kamps leaves his CAMH position to join The Menil Collection as its new curator of modern and contemporary art, filling the post vacated by Franklin Sirmans when he joined Los Angeles County Museum of Art earlier this year.
%26nbsp;
That%26#8217;s Some Bull: Head to Galleria Dallas for some very avant-garde art crafted and/or inspired by Red Bull cans. University of North Texas curator Myra Walker joined five other judges %26#8212; Michael Cain, Brad Oldham, Gail Sachson, Tammy Theis and Bob Wade %26#8212;%26nbsp;in selecting the 50-some finalists, with the grand-prize winner receiving a trip to Art Basel, Switzerland (through August 22).
%26nbsp;
Images:
Above: Arshile Gorky%26#8217;s Aerial Map (panel from mural cycle Aviation: Evolution of Forms under Aerodynamic Limitations), 1936%26#8211;37, at Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth. Photo%26nbsp; %26#169; 2009 Estate of Arshile Gorky, New York/ARS, New York; Collection Newark Museum, on extended loan from the collection of The Port Authority of NY %26amp; NJ
Below: Jeff F. Wheeler%26#8217;s For Farrah ... , 2010, at Fort Worth Community Arts Center

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