Art Notes


Road Trip: We%26rsquo;re mad for Allison V. Smith%26rsquo;s latest %26lsquo;zine, VI, which dreamily documents a love affair with the open road, from Marfa to Maine with a dose of Dallas. Smith%26rsquo;s eye is unerring, but also poetic. Pay special attention to the lens lady%26rsquo;s visit to Vinalhaven, Maine, where she goes inside the home of wordsmith artist Robert Indiana. Snap up the remaining copies of this edition at Barry Whistler Gallery for a mere $20. While you%26rsquo;re there, contemplate the modernism of another fierce Texas femme, the late Toni LaSelle, whose mid-century abstraction in the gallery%26rsquo;s back room is truly museum-worthy %26hellip; Motor on to Waxahachie, where Webb Gallery mounts %26ldquo;The Greatest Show on Earth,%26rdquo; an homage to the American sideshow banner, the historic, the compelling and the strange (though September 9).

Museum Mile: It%26rsquo;s going to be a big, bold fall in the Dallas art world, from the sensuous golden age of the Paris poster %26mdash; typified by le peintre of the dance hall, Toulouse-Lautrec %26mdash; at the Dallas Museum of Art (October 14, 2012 %26ndash; January 20, 2013) to the early court portraits of 17th-century Spaniard Diego Vel%26aacute;zquez, whose full-length statement painting of monarch Philip IV travels to the Meadows Museum, part of an ongoing exchange with the Prado (September 16, 2012 %26ndash; January 13, 2013) %26hellip; Speaking of portraits, there%26rsquo;s a much-buzzed-about Lucian Freud stunner on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It%26rsquo;s drawing throngs, as this is the only American venue for one of our time%26rsquo;s most psychologically astute painters of the human condition. It%26rsquo;s a real coup this show has landed in a Texas museum. The Modern%26rsquo;s Michael Auping is one of the curatorial talents weighing in on the prowess of Freud (through October 28). See you in September!

IMAGES:


Popeye, circa 1940, at Webb Gallery.


Allison V. Smith%26rsquo;s Olson House, July 2011, Cushing, Maine, 2011, at Barry Whistler Gallery.%26nbsp;


Allison V. Smith%26rsquo;s Hermanos Vasquez, June 2011, Dallas, Texas, 2011, at Barry Whistler Gallery.


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