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Hermann Park Sprouts Art

Happy centennial, Hermann Park. As the ultimate birthday gift for 100, the park Conservancy green-lights an ambitious public art endeavor, Art in the Park. The first of some very engaging installations unfurled late last month: North Carolina-based Patrick Dougherty%26rsquo;s anthropomorphic architecture fashioned from sapling twigs. His droll little huts for visitors to enter resemble the... | Read More

Art Notes

Surreal Scene to Cubist King: While Magritte makes a perfect Valentine at The Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is the exclusive American venue for the Georges Braque (1882 %26ndash; 1963) retrospective. This show seeks, via 75 definitive works, to pull Braque from the shadow of Picasso and show his own innovations, from Fauvism to his most pioneering phase %26mdash; cubism... | Read More

Art Notes

Bates x 2: In a rare, first-ever joint exhibition, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth present a doubleheader for Dallas%26rsquo; own David Bates. This talent knows the Gulf Coast intimately and continues the painting tradition of modernist Marsden Hartley while making it his own. The Nasher and Modern shows, respectively curated by directors Jeremy Strick and... | Read More

Operatic Openings

Time to take your seats %26mdash; it%26rsquo;s curtain call at the Dallas Opera!

The Margot %26amp; Bill Winspear Opera House will debut three top performances for the spring season. The Winspear will first open its big red doors for Death and the Powers, premiering Wednesday, February 12 - 16. This opera takes its audience on an intense... | Read More

Collector’s Conversation

Patron, collector and artist Paula Crown %26mdash; currently on view at the Dallas Contemporary (through April 13) %26mdash; in dialogue with gallerist Mills Moran, managing director of L.A-based gallery OHWOW.Crown to Moran: What were your impressions of Dallas during your recent visit? Are you a regular in Texas, or was this an initial visit? This was my first trip to Dallas, believe it or... | Read More

How the West Was Won

Dallas-based artist Laura Wilson has forged an enviable career with her camera. She’s also been at the right place to intersect with one of the late, great masters of 20th-century photography. (Her time with Richard Avedon as his assistant is memorialized in her book Avedon at Work, one of her four published photo volumes). Now Wilson’s signature series gets its due: “West,” debuting... | Read More

Lavish, Indeed

The Dallas Contemporary rolls out one of the largest and most significant exhibitions devoted to contemporary design ever organized in North Texas, titled %26ldquo;Lavish: Design in Dallas,%26rdquo; opening January 11 (through March 9). As befits its prime spot at the heart of the reinvigorated Design District, the DC transforms its cavernous interiors into an elaborate stage set featuring... | Read More

Let’s Open the Door

A bridge to art, community and diversity is concluding its inaugural Houston exhibition. Early last spring, artist-adorned freestanding doors began popping up throughout the city %26mdash; 58 total, in 19 intriguing sites, Houston Public Library and Hong Kong Market to Jamail Skate Park and Memorial and Hermann Parks. (My own commute, along Heights Boulevard, boasts doors by Tierney Malone and... | Read More

The Arab World Ascendant

Fifty years ago, the Iron Curtain and the Russian threat dominated American foreign policy. Now the front burner is percolating with the rapidly shifting policies of the Arab world, a region steeped in tradition yet at the brink of revolutionary change %26mdash;%26nbsp;a vast territory little understood and often misinterpreted by the West. FotoFest continues its commitment to the prescient... | Read More

Alta Moda, Alta Fabulous

Destination: the Queen Sof%26iacute;a Spanish Institute on Park Avenue in New York, for an artistic rendezvous with Peter Doroshenko, executive director of the Dallas Contemporary, to attend the exhibition opening of %26ldquo;Alta Moda by Mario Testino.%26rdquo; Why am I sharing details about an event that I attended in New York, you may well ask? Well, if this exhibition is good enough for... | Read More

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