Art Notes

It%26rsquo;s a crackerjack fall. Wonderful %26mdash; and unexpected %26mdash; riches abound, from old masters to fashion provocateurs. The latter you%26rsquo;ll see in our Special Section on the vision on Jean Paul Gaultier, which walks the catwalk at the Dallas Museum of Art in the DMA%26rsquo;s first-ever exhibition devoted to the fashion firmament, an extravaganza of beautiful, inventive clothes that become sculptural costumes while evoking past civilizations, time travel and the pull of the streets. %26ldquo;The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk%26rdquo; unfurls at the DMA November 13, 2011, through February 12, 2012. Read all about it in our exclusive preview section in this issue.

Masterpiece Theater: Next are two exhibitions that raid the larder of art history. At the Kimbell Art Museum, %26ldquo;Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome%26rdquo; culls American, Canadian and European collections to present canvases by the influential master of light and shadow and his disciples, spanning religious and mythological scenes (including one very drunken Bacchus) to secular pursuits and subjects, such as a gypsy fortune teller and the Kimbell%26rsquo;s own dramatic The Cardsharps, circa 1595 (October 16 %26ndash; January 8) ... The Meadows Museum at SMU continues its innovative collaboration with Museo Nacional del Prado, showcasing an icon from the Prado%26rsquo;s coffers: The Magdalene, a sensitive show-stopper from 1641 by Jusepe de Ribera, one of the leading painters of Spain%26rsquo;s golden age. This top treasure is the catalyst %26mdash;%26nbsp;and the centerpiece %26mdash;%26nbsp;of %26ldquo;Ribera:%26nbsp;%26lsquo;Mary Magdalene%26rsquo; in a New Context,%26rdquo; which embraces other important Ribera works from international collections, as well as the Meadow%26rsquo;s inimitable collection of works by this leading 17th-century painter and his followers (through January 15).

All About Burt: On the contemporary front, Photographs Do Not Bend always pulls out the surprises. This month is no exception, as co-owner Burt Finger is celebrated in %26ldquo;Pictures of Me%26rdquo; (October 15 - November 12). FYI: Finger was one of the 40 international reviewers tapped by FotoFest for its first-ever Meeting Place portfolio review in Moscow. Check out our blog for the details; the week-long photo convergence intersected with two of the biggest global art players in the world today: Daria Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, our hosts. Stay tuned too, for our coverage leading up to FotoFest, among the first and foremost biennials of international photography in the world, coming in 2012, themed Russia and taking place in Houston, with PaperCity as media sponsor (March 16 %26ndash; April 29).

The Unforgettable Ted Pillsbury: The late Edmund Pillsbury was the director who transformed the Kimbell, as well as a scholar and a collector of more than old masters. His penchant for modern and contemporary art was perhaps surprising, but he turned his discerning eye to that field, as well as mentoring many Texas artists. Now his collection goes on the block at Heritage Auctions, in the auction house%26rsquo;s major October sale, curated by the eagle-eyed expert from Heritage, Frank Hettig. Prepare your paddle Wednesday, October 26; click to for lot details.

Caravaggio%26rsquo;s Sick Bacchus, 1593 %26ndash;1594, at the Kimbell Art Museum. Courtesy Galleria Borghese, Rome.

War is Hell (portrait of Burt Finger, anonymous photographer, Vietnam), 1969, at Photographs Do Not Bend.

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