Kirk Hopper Fine Art

Who%26rsquo;s Curating: Owner/director Kirk Hopper.
What%26rsquo;s inside the White Cube: Maverick gallerist Kirk Hopper has done it again, stepping away from the established to carve out independent territory. Weeks ago, he completed his move from his previous Design District digs, which also involved rebranding. Gone is HCG Gallery; in its place is Kirk Hopper Fine Art, and a new home %26mdash; a sleek, 2,000-square-foot space in a renovated Deep Ellum warehouse. (Hopper served as designer and contractor.) The new gallery has soaring industrial ceilings and an open concept for displaying ambitious offerings such as the monumental sculpture of Texan Mac Whitney, whose bold metal abstractions inaugurate the space. Hopper has been buying and selling art%26nbsp; for two decades; works from his acclaimed collection of American modernism will be on view in upcoming exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum and The Menil Collection. He%26rsquo;s always been an artist%26rsquo;s dealer, known for searching out up-and-comers (such as graffiti artist Carlos Donjuan, new-generation Baroque painter Alex Diaz and Rosane Volchan O%26rsquo;Conor; watch for her show opening April 23) and old-school talents (Texas masters Jesse Lott, set for a solo this summer, and the internationally exhibited, Rome Prize%26shy;%26ndash;winning Bert Long Jr.). %26ldquo;Bert Long had a lot to do with me wanting to open a high-caliber gallery that could show his work,%26rdquo; Hopper says. Above all, this new Deep Ellum art destination promises a welcome window on diversity, as well as a bridge to underrepresented but major Texas players. As such, it%26rsquo;s one of the most exciting galleries to open in Dallas in years. 3008 Commerce St., 214.760.9230;

Image: Mac Whitney%26rsquo;s Berino, 2006, at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. Photo courtesy Kirk Hopper Fine Art.

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