Art Notes

Wild, Weird and Wonderful: One of our pet obsessions is the concept of the Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, which dates back to the Renaissance, maybe earlier. A contemporary version %26mdash; one tinged with mystery and surrealism %26mdash; is beautifully realized at Conduit Gallery%26rsquo;s %26ldquo;Wunderkammer%26rdquo; exhibition, adroitly curated by Kentuckian Phillip M. Jones, who pairs 11 talents from Lexington, Kentucky, with seven from our hometown. This strange brew veers enticingly into some uncharted territory (through August 31).

Name Game: Dunn and Brown Contemporary becomes Talley Dunn Gallery, as co-owners Lisa Brown and Talley Dunn have amicably split after more than a decade in the biz. Brown continues on as a private consultant, while gallerist Dunn stays in the Tracy Street digs, working on championing Texas (and national) artists and building careers. On view now at her rebranded space is Fort Worth%26ndash;based Helen Altman, who solos in %26ldquo;Firewalls,%26rdquo; crafting a site-specific installation composed of more than 100 of her signature torch drawings devoted to the animal kingdom (through August 27) ... Also making noise is recent arrival Ro2 Art, which curates an accomplished Dallas-based trio, all freshly landed here %26mdash; Eric Eley, John Frost and Ryder Richards%26nbsp; %26mdash; in %26ldquo;Import,%26rdquo; showcasing works that share a sensitivity to refined abstraction. We%26rsquo;re mad for Richards%26rsquo; gunpowder drawings (is fire a theme this month?), while Frost%26rsquo;s installations comment on domesticity dueling with nature. Eley%26rsquo;s mixed media on paper and lopsided sculpture evoke grand utopian metropolises (August 16 %26ndash; 28) ...

Just In: Celeb-/TV-touted Pop painter Michael Godard brings his rock %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; roll vibe to canvases on view at Wisby-Smith Fine Art at The Crescent and at Milan Gallery in Fort Worth (both shows, August 6 %26ndash; 20), including rare PAs at Wisby-Smith on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, and Milan Gallery on Saturday night, August 20 .... Watch these pages in September for a preview of a big, artful autumn, including the call of %26ldquo;Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome%26rdquo; at the Kimbell Art Museum (October 16 %26ndash; January 8) and %26ldquo;The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,%26rdquo; at the Dallas Museum of Art (November 13 %26ndash; February 12).

Image: %26ldquo;Wunderkammer%26rdquo; at Conduit Gallery. Photo courtesy Conduit Gallery.

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