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November 2019- Dallas

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26 A CURRIN COUP AT CONTEMPORARY DALLAS BY BILLY FONG PHOTOGRAPHY TAMYTHA CAMERON W hen I heard in 2018 that Peter Doroshenko and the talented minds at Dallas Contemporary planned to host megastar artist John Currin as part of the museum's fall exhibition program, I was a bit awestruck over the artistic coup. The show, "My Life As A Man," curated by Alison Gingeras, offers the first com- prehensive look at paintings by Currin depicting his own gender, and is his first museum exhibition in more than 15 years. The blockbuster Currin coup was staged alongside Alicja Kwade's "Moving in Glances" and Jessica Vaughn's "In Polite English One Disagrees by First Agreeing"; the trio of openings drawing a glittering, cerebral set for the private first look. Currin and his wife, artist Rachel Feinstein, along with Doroshenko, mingled with guests and board members Max and Ben Trowbridge, Jo Marie Lilly, Ashley Tatum, Megan and Brady Wood, Laurie Ann Farrell, Derek Wilson, and Greg Frary. Post-party, a contingent proceeded to dinner at Sassetta, one of two restaurants owned by Headington Companies, just up the street from Dallas Contemporary in the Dallas Design District. Two long tables had been set al fresco. I was ecstatic to dine across from Rachel Feinstein, a multimedia artist. She was pretty in pink in a Gucci blouse and brocaded heels with pearl detail. (continued on page 28) John Currin & Rachel Feinstein Patricia Fagadau, Anne Bruder Molly & Mark Schachter Alison Gingeras, Peter Doroshenko, Kat Hamrock, Ariella Wolens John Currin, Fishermen, 2002 David Ramirez, Rick Schmitz, David Simmons, Alan Simmons

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