Art Notes

Before It Closes: We%26rsquo;re rushing to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to catch the final days of %26ldquo;Ed Ruscha: Road Tested%26rdquo; (through April 17) ... For a dose of something intimate and exquisite, consider the Meadows Museum%26rsquo;s masterful showing of%26nbsp; illuminated treasures in %26ldquo;The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo,%26rdquo; headlining a splendid cache of rediscovered codices from the Vatican%26rsquo;s Sacristy of the Sistine Chapel, spanning the early Middle Ages to the 18th century (through April 23).

More Museum Must-Sees: Just opening is the Dallas Museum of Art%26rsquo;s exhibit for hot young talent NYC-based Matt Connors (who is also showcased at Canada%26rsquo;s booth at the Dallas Art Fair). At the DMA, Connors is paired with another promising emergent energy, Berlin-based Irish painter Fergus Feehily, making for a nuanced dialogue in %26ldquo;Concentrations,%26rdquo; inaugurating the 30th year of this series; the DMA%26rsquo;s Jeffrey Grove curates (April 3 %26ndash; August 14) ... The Nasher Sculpture Center%26rsquo;s solo for Turner Prize winner Martin Creed serves up a buoyant ode to joy via hundreds of gold balloons that fill the downstairs gallery (through June 19). The Nasher also presents %26ldquo;Statuesque,%26rdquo; the museum%26rsquo;s first-ever exhibition outside, starring a cast of internationals %26mdash; Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Rebecca Warren %26mdash;%26nbsp;and 10 dramatic large-scale works. The exhibition travels here from Manhattan, where it was presented and organized by the Public Art Fund%26rsquo;s Nicholas Baume (April 9 %26ndash; August 21).

Lights Bright: Two of the most exciting gallery showings invoke light and shadow. At Marty Walker Gallery, catch Jay Shinn, fresh from his Berlin residency. His %26ldquo;Centerfolds%26rdquo; unfurls a new series that begins with paintings created from wall projections, then moves optimistically into the future (April 2 %26ndash; May 7). We%26rsquo;re also mad for the capricious light sculptures of rising Texan/UNT MFA candidate Adela Andea at Cris Worley Fine Arts (April 2 %26ndash; May 14).

Arrivals: Gallerist Cynthia Mulcahy emphatically returns to the scene, stepping forth to co-curate %26ldquo;XXI: Conflicts in a New Century%26rdquo; with art-smart scribe Charles Dee Mitchell at a promising new space, Oak Cliff Cultural Center (OC3). Nearly 20 photographers and documentary photojournalists are showcased on the front lines, from the Congo to Afghanistan, including Oak Cliff freelancers Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson (April 15 %26ndash; June 3) ... Houston%26rsquo;s Colton %26amp; Farb Gallery has a new Dallas associate director: Ellie Lemak, a St. Edward%26rsquo;s University graduate and emerging photographer, is the daughter of stylish art patrons Muffin and John Lemak. Greet her at the gallery%26rsquo;s booth at the Dallas Art Fair, where we%26rsquo;re also visiting Kristy Stubbs Gallery in a quest for a work by Damien Hirst, Collage 20th Century Classics for mid-century offerings and Galleri Urbane for some Texas talent.

Image above: Lisa Barnard%26rsquo;s%26nbsp;Head Gear. Used by a soldier receiving treatment for PTSD, 2008, at Oak Cliff Cultural Center (OC3). Photo %26copy; Lisa Barnard.
Image below: Ed Ruscha%26rsquo;s Travel Agency, 1983, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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