Art Notes


Autumn heralds an improbable melding of art, fashion, food, Tut-mania and even tattoos. How do we convey our excitement about the impending Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art? Fashionaires from across the nation will converge to catch this blockbuster organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The extraordinary Gaultier himself %26mdash; who put the cone bra on Madonna and whose muses extend from Catherine Deneuve to Dita Von Teese %26mdash; will travel to town for this survey%26rsquo;s Texas debut (November 13 %26ndash;%26nbsp;February 12).

Alternative Action: The Dallas Contemporary has stepped up its game under Peter Doroshenko, as evidenced by the adjunct curatorial appointment of Paris-based Florence Ostende, as well as this month%26rsquo;s thought-provoking solos for Jennifer Rubell (a tasty Tex-Mex performance) and painter Aaron Parazette (whose abstractions, redolent of gems or beachy landscapes, define %26ldquo;cool school%26rdquo;) alongside Austin-based Jason Brooks, who is considered the most important tattoo-ist between the coasts (opening night September 24; through December 4) ... At the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, what do a turnip, a loaf of bread and an owl have in common? They%26rsquo;re all part of Bill Davenport%26rsquo;s gargantuan display of objects that in some weird, wild way relate to King Tut. (One of the final iterations of Tut-mania lands in Texas next month at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 16 %26ndash; April 15). %26ldquo;Bill Davenport and the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs%26rdquo; is a hilarious sendup to the boy king. The show is curated by Charles Dee Mitchell (September 17 %26ndash; October 22).

Gallery-Rama: Abstraction also holds sway, most promisingly with Charlotte Smith%26rsquo;s breakthrough series at Cris Worley Fine Arts %26mdash; a fresh, lush take on contemporary painting (September 10 %26ndash;%26nbsp;October 8) ... At Wisby-Smith Fine Art at The Crescent, Elton John%26rsquo;s collaborator, music man Bernie Taupin, ventures into the visual scene with intuitive canvases (September 2 %26ndash; 10; personal appearance Friday and Saturday night, September 9 and 10) ... Plush Gallery grandstands with Celia Eberle%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;The End of All Things,%26rdquo; a show that mines magic in the miniscule (September 10 %26ndash; October 8).

A Photorealist Remembered: Ever since our Dallas assistant editor Christina Geyer showed us images of her grandfather%26rsquo;s canvases of antique toys rendered in a crisp light with meticulous detail, we%26rsquo;ve been John Geyer devotees. The photorealist, who passed away last year, has shown with some of the best, including the mythic OK Harris Gallery owned by Ivan Karp, discoverer of Warhol. Now, Seti Gallery in Kent, Connecticut, illuminates Geyer%26rsquo;s remarkable eye, paired now with his son %26mdash; Christina%26rsquo;s uncle %26mdash; Scott Geyer, who inherited the photorealism gene (through September 21).

Fair Thee Well: Make tracks to Houston for its first-ever international art fair, headlined by 80 worldwide dealers, unfurling at the George R. Brown Convention Center (opening night Thursday, September 15; September 16 %26ndash;%26nbsp;18; houstonfineartfair.com). Walk This Way: We never miss the %26nbsp; Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Fall Gallery Walk. This year, it%26rsquo;s set for Saturday, September, September 24, 2 to 8 pm (lineup at dallasartdealers.org). We%26rsquo;ll meet you at power player The Goss-Michael Foundation.

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Images:

Part of Bill Davenport%26rsquo;s 2011 MAC installation, %26ldquo;Bill Davenport and the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs,%26rdquo; prepares to hit the road. Photo courtesy the artist.

Charlotte Smith%26rsquo;s Dreamscape (detail), 2011, at Cris Worley Fine Arts. Photo courtesy the artist.

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