Art Notes

Dallas Art News for February 2014

Catherine D. Anspon  |  Photos by Henry G. Sanchez-curated “Aqua-Culture” at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Photo by Fernando Rojas.
February 18, 2014

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’ 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 Marla Price, encompass 45 sculptures and 20 related paintings and drawings in Dallas and 45 paintings in Fort Worth, including Bates’ startling Katrina portraits (both exhibits, February 9 – May 11).

H2O: Artist/activist Henry G. Sanchez (whose day job is a teacher at NYC’s School of Visual Arts) curates a smart, engaging exploration at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary. His eco topic, “Aqua-Culture,” probes the subject of water sources, water bodies and waterways. Don’t miss the much-lauded Galveston Bay social practice Shrimp Boats Projects, founded by Zach Moser and Eric Leshinsky, as well as Sanchez’s own investigations. Concurrently Suzanne Anker headlines in The MAC’s main gallery with scientifically based rapid-prototype sculptures, along with some time-lapse photography. Rounding out the exhibitions, Paul Byran improbably takes on Biblical verses via silent-film shorts (all shows, through March 1).

DC Coup: Were you as wowed as we by the announcement that the Dallas Art Fair weekend includes the opening of a pair of high-profile shows for both Julian Schnabel and Richard Phillips at the Dallas Contemporary. Watch these pages for our tête-à-têtes with these two provocateurs (April 11 – August 24).

From the Tate to the DMA: Big buzz centers around the Dallas Museum of Art’s hot curatorial news. Arriving this spring from his previous post at the Tate Liverpool will be Gavin Delahunty, anointed as the new Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, a position most recently held by Jeffrey Grove. (Grove was appointed last May as the DMA’s Senior Curator of Special Projects & Research). Delahunty joins Grove and Gabriel Ritter, the DMA’s Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, making an astute curatorial trio and propelling the museum to the top of the contemporary game in Texas.