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Flora, Fauna, Faces, and Places: Culture PlaCe,Volume 2 W hat to acquire now: Catherine D . A n s p o n curates a lively r o u n d u p o f artworks available exclusively from Texas' new online art commerce site, Culture Place, As Culture Place rolls out its next edition, collectors have been making inquiries and snapping up acquisitions from many of the galleries featured in Round One — including an epic Robyn O'Neil, offered by Inman Gallery, which appeared in our September issue. For the next installment of Culture Place, thematic exhibitions within the 19 participating galleries have been encouraged by Dallas Art Fair/Culture Place director Kelly Cornell. From those, we bring you a baker's dozen of paintings, sculpture, and photography we'd select for our own walls. Here's what to covet: At Moody Gallery, Al Souza is a good bet for his epic oil on canvas Doubting Thomas, 1989, which melds Post Modernism with witty raids on art history plus classic cartooning. Among the stars of the Whitney Biennial 2000, the former University of Houston professor — who now resides in Massachusetts — is an inventive imagist as well as master of materials. Souza is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Yale University Art Gallery; Parrish Art Museum, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Provocateur Jeff Gibbons is elusive — and that's a good thing. The Dallas-based talent is among the brightest lights in Conduit Gallery's stellar stable, equally at home with performance, painting, and sculpture. The witty conceptualist's Young Joe, 2020, serves up a Surrealist symbol for our time with a dash of Dada. Yale-educated Fort Worth native Sedrick Huckaby is a community builder, as well as one of the most accomplished portraitists in America and a commended finalist at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's 2016 Outwin Competition. Huckaby's visceral, thickly lathered canvases speak of the African- American experience via depictions of family, friends, and acquaintances. Little D, 2005, offered by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, is unique in the painter's genre, featuring oil, mixed media, and currency to represent the likeness of a young boy. A diminutive painting that packs a punch is London-based artist Myra Barraza's Predicament of the Subject 3, 2017, a 7-by-5-inch oil on board that looks at how identity is constructed. The El Salvador-born artist boasts an extensive international exhibition history coupled with a feminist stance. Barraza is among the activist talents represented by Liliana Bloch Gallery. We suspect life on Venus would look a bit like L.A. Light and Space artist Gisela Colon's Spheroid (Gold Aqua), 2018, available through McClain Gallery. A nifty blow-molded pod of buoyant hues, this wall sculpture is sci-fi alien culture at its best — perfect for futurists and tech-obsessed collectors with pared-down, minimal aesthetics. Sedrick Huckaby's Little D, 2005, at Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden Gisela Colon's Spheroid (Gold Aqua), 2018, at McClain Gallery All imAges courtesy the Artists And their respective culture plAce gAlleries 56

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