The Instigators: We’re just back from the buzz of the Dallas Art Fair where — besides the conversations, connections and visual banquet — we were all smitten by the meaning and message of Seven at the Dallas Contemporary. Meeting legendary Seven founder Joe Amrhein of Pierogi and his artist Brian Conley was truly a highlight. In the spirit of taking the Fair + Seven energy and paying it forward, we look at the instigators. Who are the young lions in our midst? While we planned on bringing you a lineup of the new Dallas dealers in this issue, more galleries of import just opened up at press and our feature expanded and was moved forward by the promising dual arrivals of Design District denizen Read Contemporary and, in Deep Ellum, Liliana Bloch Gallery, who already represents Letitia Huckaby, seen in this issue’s “In the Studio: Ascendant Visualists” feature. More next month on both, plus other game-changing gallerists … We have on our radar Circuit12 Contemporary, the Design District gallery owned and curated by Gina and Dustin Orlando; this couple, who possess brash chops and fresh eyes, are mounting some of the highest-voltage shows in town. You must see the edgy “Regional Quarterly, Vol. 2, Concrete Jungle,” starring SCAB (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau) members Josh Von Ammon and Eli Walker (May 19 – June 22).
Other Young Lions We Love: Jordan Roth, whose Ro2 Art rolls out an extraordinary installation by another “In the Studio” feature artist, Justin Ginsberg, involving 20,000 feet of glass fiber, liquid and ice at the gallery’s historic downtown space at 100 N. Akard (May 3 – June 1).
Role Play + Greek Tragedy: In the Museum District, take in the final weeks of “Cindy Sherman” at the Dallas Museum of Art, saluting one of the most original, unsettling visualists of our time (through June 9). Then stop at the Nasher Sculpture Center’s garden for Nathan Mabry’s haunting take on bronze sculpture that recalls the tradition of Rodin cross-pollinated with Greek theater (through July 7). We’re also greatly anticipating the “Nasher XChange,” a citywide, local-to-international installation of 10 artists in 10 sites, commemorating 10 years of the influential museum (October 19 – February 16).