Art Notes


Signature Signage: At Holly Johnson Gallery, Kim Cadmus Owens%26#8217; solo %26#8220;Reading Between the Lines%26#8221; will be a magnet for architectural advocates (through December 24). A University of Dallas professor, Owens adroitly investigates the junctures between the historical record and the present, delving into an exploration of vernacular architecture that eschews nostalgia for digital sampling. Along the way, she achieves a mirror of the 21st-century metropolis in metamorphoses via subjects banal and beautiful: a roadside motel, a mid-century bank, deco-era signage and facades along a city block.
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Can You Say Estate Sale? The Dallas Museum of Art taps its patrons to deaccession their personal collections to raise funds for the museum, while introducing a new holiday tradition. Art/Find at DMA%26#8217;s Museum Store culls the rare and intriguing including home design objects, vintage accessories, costume jewelry, textiles, books, rugs and even art (December 7 %26#8211; 13; members receive a 20 percent discount plus first shopping privileges on Monday, December 7).
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Destination Dallas Art Fair: The clock is ticking on securing VIP tickets for year two of this boutique art fair presented by Mo%26#235;t Hennessy at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) in the Downtown Arts District Friday through Sunday, February 5 through 7. Offered in an extremely limited number, the VIP pass provides insider access to the Preview Gala on Thursday, February 4 %26#8212; your first chance to peruse 45-plus American and British dealers %26#8212; and the fair itself. Additional VIP perks include invitations to a PaperCity-sponsored Houston reception on Tuesday, January 5, at The Menil Collection and a Dallas preview party at Neiman Marcus Downtown on Wednesday, January 20; a personally guided tour of the show pre-opening; a Saturday-night soir%26#233;e at The Goss-Michael Foundation; a one-year inaugural membership in Friends of the Dallas Art Fair (which grants you access to specially curated events); and reserved seats for the fair%26#8217;s symposiums on Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7, at the Beck Imaginarium (F.I.G. building, fifth floor). VIP ticket $400, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; information Tracy Moberley, 214.220.1278; dallasartfair.com.
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Let%26#8217;s Go West: Catch the final weeks of painter Susan Rothenberg, curated by Michael Auping, at The Modern %26#8212; an epic, 35-year survey told from the perspective of 25 seminal canvases (through January 3). After this show closes, the museum will have a Warhol spring %26#8212; literally. %26#8220;Andy Warhol: The Last Decade,%26#8221; organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum opens on Valentine%26#8217;s Day (through May 16), including the Pop master%26#8217;s abstract works, collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat, camouflage paintings, black-and-white ads, self-portraits and the haunting Last Supper series ... The Kimbell Art Museum probes top Texas private collectors in a blockbuster show that traverses art history, encompassing 100 old master paintings and sculptures, Impressionist masterpieces and modernist gems, acquired by discerning 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) ... Christina%26#8217;s World: While you%26#8217;re in Fort Worth, a must-see is the Christina Rees%26#8211;curated show, %26#8220;Death of a Propane Salesman: Anxiety and the Texas Artist,%26#8221; at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. Rees is kicking up some dust, mixing emerging talents Eric Zimmerman and Seth Alverson with grand master Vernon Fisher. And any exhibition that includes Ludwig Schwarz, Margaret Meehan and Michael Bise is required fare (through December 13).
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Deco Drama, Trim the Tree: Collector types will be lining up at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary for Blue Yule, a holiday fund-raiser presenting Texas artist-made ornaments that%26#8217;s big fun (Saturday, December 5; $20, $15 for MAC members; info 214.953.1212) ... Martin Lawrence Galleries mounts the works of Ert%26#233; (Romain de Tirtoff, 1892 %26#8211; 1990), the Deco pioneer who infiltrated the performing arts. Ert%26#233; is also highlighted in the Dallas Museum of Art%26#8217;s %26#8220;All the World%26#8217; A Stage%26#8221; (through February 28). Catherine D. Anspon

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