Art Notes


Year of the Tiger: Celebrate the Asian New Year by heading to the Crow Collection of Art, which mounts one of the most meaningful pairings in memory with solo shows for two Texas talents: painter Yang Jin Long (through April 18) and photographer and frequent PaperCity contributor Ka Yeung (in the Crow%26#8217;s new LinkAsia gallery, through May 16). Chinese-born Long%26#8217;s innovative melding of pop and surrealism to critique society is layered with nuanced cultural references. Yeung%26#8217;s large-format black-and-white prints %26#8212; originally inspired by a visit to China%26#8217;s Three Gorges Dam %26#8212; encompass past and future through his evocative use of form, light and subject matter.%26nbsp;

Photography Collides with Impressionism: Sometimes an exhibition comes along that opens a window upon unknown annals in art history. Such is this spring%26#8217;s view at the Dallas Museum of Art, %26#8220;The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850 %26#8211; 1874%26#8221; (February 21 %26#8211;%26nbsp;May 23). The exhibition explores the interconnections between early photographers and the great practitioners of Impressionism (Monet, Manet, Courbet and colleagues) by focusing on the dramatic coast of Normandy; approximately 90 works will be presented, including many rare vintage photographic prints, alongside 38 paintings, pastels and watercolors, as well as a selection of ephemera detailing the burgeoning 19th-century tourist culture of that region.

The Possibilities of Plensa: The Nasher Sculpture Center unfurls the exciting oeuvre of contemporary Spaniard Jaume Plensa (who%26#8217;s also one of the showstoppers of the Meadow Museum%26#8217;s new sculpture plaza). At the Nasher, Plensa gets a 20-year retrospective in %26#8220;Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species.%26#8221; Rarely seen in Texas until the Meadows%26#8217; new stainless-steel head, Sho, was installed last year, Plensa%26#8217;s multilayered works are about space, nature and culture. They incorporate light, sound and text, often interactively, as in the mesmerizing Crown Fountain at Chicago%26#8217;s Millennium Park. For the Nasher, nine recently completed large-scale offerings are installed, both indoors and out (through May 2).

The Other Ciccone: Yes, he%26#8217;s Madonna%26#8217;s brother %26#8212; and he%26#8217;s also an artist. Christopher Ciccone comes to HCG Gallery to exhibit an odd yet compelling amalgamation of his %26#8220;Hollywood%26#8221; period, including Easy-Marker drawings, Polaroid prints and video works from Madonna%26#8217;s %26#8220;The Girlie Show%26#8221; tour, which he directed, as well as a unique take on country crooner Dolly Parton (through March 6)

Smack Down: It's the ultimate showdown, Version 2.0: H. Paxton Moore Gallery (El Centro College) and Mighty Fine Arts are both showcasing Houston artists in Dallas, through the second and final installment of the dueling group exhibitions "Houston vs. Dallas" (through February 22) ... We also recommend Greg Miller's beguiling photorealism at Artspace 111 (Fort Worth, through March 6) and the poignant examination of the late, internationally shown Houston artist Virgil Grotfeldt at Holly Johnson Gallery. FYI, Grotfeldt was one of the legendary Walter Hopps' favorite painters. At Holly Johnson, he will be remembered via the mystical exhibition "Memories and Transformations" (February 20 %26#8211; March 20) ... At Martin Lawrence Galleries, two of the stars of their stable make personal appearances: Robert Deyber, painter and connoisseur of wine (Sunday, February 7, 2 to 4 pm), and the stunning realist Ren%26#233; Lalonde (Thursday, February 18, 6 to 8 pm) ... Finally, it's an intriguing doubleheader at Valley House Gallery, contrasting the otherworldly cubistic vision of much-lauded Dallas painter Valton Tyler with tribal masterworks (through February 27).

Meet Me at the Fair: Click here for our latest coverage of the Dallas Art Fair (February 5 %26#8211;%26nbsp;7).

Image: Yang Jin Long's Happy Dragon, Rat and Snake, 2009, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Collection of the artist.

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