Art Notes

Museums Rule
Start your summer with Ben Jones%26#8217; way-out, color-suffused, digital-era storytelling at The Modern, part of its %26#8220;Focus%26#8221; exhibition (hurry, ends June 6) ... While you%26#8217;re in Fort Worth, head to the Amon Carter Museum for a masterful American lensman showcased in %26#8220;Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light%26#8221; (through November 7). This tightly focused show %26#8212;%26nbsp;which is ultimately about the wonders of the American West %26#8212; exhibits 40 stunning prints from the Carter%26#8217;s coffers and a private collection that veer from the heroic to the intimate and highlight Adams%26#8217; considerable range ... Fort Worth Museum of Science and History marries science and art with Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor Genius.%26#8221; The exhibition revels in the Renaissance luminary%26#8217;s art making and especially extols his futuristic vision, vis-%26#224;-vis models of the immortal Leonardo%26#8217;s flying machines, robots, scuba gear, submarines and solar-powered devices (through September 6) ... At the Nasher Sculpture Center, international contemporary Rachel Whiteread is limelighted in a retrospective that explores her process via works on paper; organized by the definitive Hammer Museum in L.A., the exhibit serves up more than 150 drawings and collages, many straight from the artist%26#8217;s London studio (through August 15) ... Prepare for a blockbuster at the Dallas Museum of Art, which ignites the summer with the first-ever U.S. retrospective for Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, co-organized by SFMOMA and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (June 6 %26#8211; September 5). Tuymans%26#8217; expressionist paint handling bridges past and future, existing between D%26#252;rer and Bacon, Neel and Peyton.

Galactic Galleries, On the Block
Just in: Jimmy and Dena Katz%26#8217;s compelling take on traveling carnivals and the folks who inhabit their sideshows, %26#8220;World of Wonders%26#8221; has been extended at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (through July 24). The exhibit is presented alongside a museum-caliber gem, %26#8220;Photographs %26amp; Etchings: Lee Friedlander + Jim Dine,%26#8221; from the 1969 portfolio of the same name (June 19 %26#8211;%26nbsp;July 24). Also, catch PDNB%26#8217;s poignant traveling show, %26#8220;Shine,%26#8221; which pairs vintage shoeshine stands with photogs who captured this subject, on view at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton (June 11 %26#8211; August 1) ... Deep Ellum denizen Barry Whistler Gallery brings together a Texas/Berlin/New York triangle in %26#8220;Berlin Geschicten,%26#8221; based on the creative convergence of Terrell James, Adam Raymont and Bo Joseph last fall in Germany (June 5 %26#8211;%26nbsp;July 10) ... Heritage Auction Galleries%26#8217; modern and contemporary art director Frank Hettig curates a one-day sale at the auction house%26#8217;s Design District Annex June 9, at 10 am, including Impressionist treasures, red-hot contemporary Chinese work and modern and contempo Cuban and Latin American offerings (online preview,

Image: Ben Jones%26#8217; Black Math 8, 2010, at The Modern in Fort Worth

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