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November 2018- Dallas

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OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. 30 (continued on 34) S even avant-garde creatives who are reimagining fashion, jewelry, furniture, and home accessories are showcased at the Dallas Museum of Art this fall. Significantly, all are female artists represented in the permanent collection of the DMA. The works are culled in an intimate, focused exhibition of recent design acquisitions from Katie Collins, Carrie Dickens, Najla El Zein, Iris van Herpen, Genevieve Howard, Katie Stout, and Faye Toogood. Fashion mavens will be familiar with van Herpen from her 2017 solo at the DMA; the 30-something Dutch designer — whose work has been spotted on Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Björk — blazes trails via her beautiful and radical (often laser-cut) futuristic materials. Another highlight of the show is Beirut-born El Zein's work honed from sandstone: an abstract pair of bench-like sculpted forms that look like something a stylish cave dweller would own. "Women + Design: New Works," at the Dallas Museum of Art, through February 17, 2019; Catherine D. Anspon DESIGNING WOMEN C elebration Trumps D e c a y : D a v i d F l a u g h e r f r o m Detroit takes over And Now gallery. The Venice-, Berlin-, and Brooklyn-exhibited Flaugher serves up an exhibition of sculpted assemblage, drawing, a n d p a i n t i n g — a m i x that's alternately dystopian, celebratory, and emblematic of family values (through November 24). Phoenix Rising: The gritty underground flavor of Randall Garrett's Plush Gallery defined the early 2000s. Now Garrett reactivates Plush at 918 Dragon Street. His second show on Dragon, this one for C.J. Davis, examines the hard-to- define practice of a vocalist turned visual artist and teacher. Dallas-based Davis, L ast month, The French Room Salon at the Adolphus hotel played host to the exact kind of event it was designed for: a salon series that drew a diverse crowd of sophisticates, all to discuss the salon's theme of "Punk Rock Sensibility," with Waxahachie gallerists Julie and Bruce Webb. Developed by Lucia Simek — the artist and Nasher Sculpture Center PR guru, who also curated the French Room Salon's art collection — the series is set with programming scheduled through 2019. It's an intimate affair, each month with a different theme anchored on the venue's surrounding artwork, that will no doubt take on a cult following. Next up is a series on car culture with special guest, artist Travis LaMothe, set for November 15. What's the point? An evening of cocktails and conversation — a cellphone-less moment of discussion and thoughtfulness. Something we all could certainly use. The French Room Salon monthly Salon Series at the Adolphus hotel, Christina Geyer DISCUSS Amongst Yourselves ART NOTES whose 2013 "Playground" project with South Dallas school kids at The Goss- Michael Foundation is fondly recalled, stages his third solo at Plush in "One Two Free," which challenges viewers to decipher embedded language, codes, and clues, via quirky objects across sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography. Watch for surreal portraits referencing identity that steal the show (November 3 – December 1). Art + Activism: On Instagram, we're eagerly following the grassroots campaign of artist Giovanni Valderas (assistant director of Kirk Hopper Fine Art) for Dallas City Council, District 1. Valderas, an Oak Cliff native, is known for his Casitas Tristas piñatas, which call out developers for gentrification and Dallas ISD for planned demolition of neighborhood schools. Stay tuned for election day, May 2019. Catherine D. Anspon COURTESY THE ARTIST AND AND NOW COURTESY THE ARTIST COURTESY THE ARTIST AND FRIEDMAN BENDA, PHOTO KAREN & JOSETTE David Flaugher solos at And Now Genevieve Howard's Mouvement De Menuet, 2015/2018, at the DMA Najla El Zein's Seduction, 2018, at the DMA The Adolphus hotel

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