Art Notes

Terrific Tandem: From the searing portraits and hypnotic canvases of an international art star to a poignant look at the vanishing American tradition of the sideshow, this summer has it all. Catch the first-ever American retrospective for the masterful mid-career Belgian Luc Tuymans at the Dallas Museum of Art, the second leg of a national tour. Tuymans, a painter%26#8217;s painter, is an influential artist within his figurative oeuvre, which spans the grand tradition of Northern European painting, extending back to the late Gothic era, to today%26#8217;s media-saturated, cinematic spectacles (through September 5) ... As a counterpoint to the Tuymans retrospective, we suggest %26#8220;World of Wonders%26#8221; at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. This amazing series by husband-and-wife team Jimmy and Dena Katz, follows the vanishing carnival folk of the %26#8220;World of Wonders%26#8221; troupe, from 80-year-old ringmaster Ward Hall in his faded finery to classic but destined-to-be-bygone acts such as fire-breathing John Johnson (extended through July 24).

Cheers to the Contemporary: Dallas Contemporary puts its soaring new space to work by bringing in up-to-the-minute, Brooklyn-based guest curator Regine Basha for the fresh exhibition %26#8220;Seedlings,%26#8221; billed as %26#8220;Nature. Industry. Productivity.%26#8221; Basha corrals nine Texas, New York City and California talents for a topical look at artists taking on the environment, including Hilary Berseth, whose hive sculpture formed from towers of actual honeycomb provided the show-stopping invitation image (through August 8) ... While you%26#8217;re in the neighborhood, cruise by The Goss-Michael Foundation%26#8217;s new 12,000-square-foot home, unveiling this fall in the lower Oak Lawn area at 1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard. Stay tuned for details about the grand opening.

Gallery-Rama: Make tracks to Dunn and Brown Contemporary for a doubleheader that pairs Texas painter Aaron Parazette with the smart group show %26#8220;Floor Plan.%26#8221; Parazette%26#8217;s jubilant exhibition, %26#8220;Snow White Tan,%26#8221; touts abstraction through compelling shaped canvases and a new wall painting. %26#8220;Floor Plan%26#8221; brings together eight from D and B%26#8217;s esteemed stable whose work addresses space, implies architecture and proves that Texans can hold their own with anyone in the room:%26nbsp; Tara Donovan, Vernon Fisher, Joseph Havel, Annette Lawrence, Amy Myers, Nic Nicosia, Matthew Sontheimer and Erick Swenson. (Both exhibitions through August 21.) ... Carl Jung%26#8217;s recently released private journal, The Red Book, has inspired Rome Prize artist Bert Long Jr. at HCG Gallery. His %26#8220;Red Room%26#8221; interweaves sculpture and painting within singular works that possess an incontestable power and authenticity. When the show debuted at the Jung Center in Houston, it was hailed as Long%26#8217;s strongest of the past decade. No surprise, then, that this show is heading north (July 10 %26#8211; August 14).

Above: Jimmy and Dena Katz%26#8217;s John Johnson Breathing Fire, Florida, 2007, at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Below: Luc Tuymans%26#8217; Turtle, 2007, at Dallas Museum of Art. Photo courtesy David Zwirner, NY, %26amp; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp.

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