Art Notes

Fair Season: We%26#8217;re looking forward to the Dallas Art Fair, year two. Save our special section in this issue, for who to peruse and what to collect at Texas%26#8217; foremost art fair. And for the first time, two celebrated London dealers travel across the pond to exhibit, joining 50 notable national and Texas gallerists, up from last year%26#8217;s number of exhibitors by nearly 20. Mark these dates on your calendar: Friday through Sunday, February 5 through 7, at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.); Blue Skies: Nothing looks more optimistic than Ted Kincaid%26#8217;s new series of sky images at Marty Walker Gallery (through February 13; Walker is also one of 15 Texas dealers to participate in the Dallas Art Fair, so look for some Kincaids in her booth there, too). Kincaid%26#8217;s a wizard in the photo-based field, deftly concocting images that hover between the real and the conjured. We still have memories of the flying saucer%26#8211;like orbs he fashioned for a Neiman Marcus cover years ago. Museum Musts: The Kimbell Art Museum looks at what it takes to become a top collector in its blockbuster encompassing old master paintings and sculptures, Impressionist masterpieces and modernist gems, acquired by discerning Texas eyes such as Ray and Patsy Nasher, John and Dominique de Menil, Marion Koogler McNay and namesake founders Kay and Velma Kimbell (through March 21) ... The Nasher Sculpture Center offers homage to contemporary Spaniard Jaume Plensa %26#8212; also one of the hallmarks of the Meadows Museum%26#8217;s new sculpture initiative and now permanently on view in its handsome sculpture plaza. At the Nasher, Plensa gets a 20-year retrospective in %26#8220;Jaume Plensa: Genus and Species.%26#8221; Plensa%26#8217;s multilayered works addressing space, nature and culture incorporate light, sound and text, often interactively, such as the Crown Fountain at Chicago%26#8217;s Millennium Park. For the Nasher, nine recently completed large-scale offerings will be installed indoors and out (January 30 %26#8211; May 2; we%26#8217;ll be reviewing this as soon as it opens at The Eye Has It: Canadian artist David Altmejd%26#8217;s hypnotic sculpture of mirrored glass, The Eye, 2008, literally shatters reality while serving us multiple views reminiscent of a carnival funhouse. (The artist%26#8217;s inspiration for the imposing work, which measures 11 x 18 feet, was the confluence of opera and science; The EyeThe Metropolitan Opera in New York, in response to the 2005 opera Doctor Atomic by John Adams, a tale of the events leading to the first nuclear bomb test.) Currently on view in its own gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art in %26#8220;Performance/Art%26#8221; (through March 21), it will enter the museum%26#8217;s collection once the show closes %26#8212; an acquisition made possible by Two x Two for AIDS and Art. Big MAC and Centraltrak: The McKinney Avenue Contemporary taps curator Phillip Collins, formerly of the African American Museum, to organize %26#8220;Mixed Media,%26#8221; a compelling survey of three Texas artists who incorporate African or African-American textiles into their practice: Sedrick Huckaby, Anita Holman Knox and Jack White (January 9 %26#8211; February 13) ... Centraltrak%26#8217;s visionary founder, Charissa Terranova, steps down. The good news is she%26#8217;ll stay in town, continuing to work at UTD as an assistant professor while completing her manuscript Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn in Contemporary Art. New director Kate Sheerin takes over this month.
Image:%26nbsp; Ted Kincaid%26#8217;s "LA Sky 8061," 2009, at Marty Walker Gallery; Courtesy the artist and Marty Walker Gallery

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