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T wo of Texas' best talent scouts are Susan Roth Romans and her son, Jordan Roth, who own and curate Ro2 Art, with locations in the Cedars and downtown. This month, the pair gets kudos for discovering an overlooked mid-career painter whose haunting abstractions conjure plant life and an emerging Asian-American whose trajectory has collectors from Texas to Shanghai vying for his post- Pop canvases. First up, Dallas artist A rtist and designer Virgil Abloh (Louis Vuitton men's artistic director and founder of Off-White) riffs on his objects for living collections for IKEA and others with the limited- edition Crystal Clear collection for Baccarat, with vases in four sizes with a crystal-link chain; pre-order $7,600 to $13,000, available June S ince opening in Plano in 2017, Legacy West — one of the largest and most expensive commercial projects in North Texas — has delivered on its promise of creating a sleek, open-air environment with a smart mix of retail and restaurants. Initially attracting cult brands (Credo, Bonobos) and innovators (Peloton, Tesla) to picture-perfect Windrose Avenue, Legacy West has opened its final building with notable names in tow. Gucci's April arrival launched a string of global luxury brands, including the recently opened Tory Burch and Chanel Beauty, with Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton unveiling in June. Caitlin Clark To the left: Loc Huynh's Hey Mom, Check Out My New Tattoo, 2021, at Ro2 Art Virgil Abloh Crystal Clear for Baccarat Legacy West's Luxury Block Jeanne Neal solos at Ro2 downtown, with a body of work that transcends continents, movements, and artistic inspirations. Neal writes in her artist statement that her canvases "imply recognizable images that refer to Steam Punk, Goya, Bosch, 19th- century floral still life, or imagined but fully articulated objects and places" (through June 19). A week later, again at Ro2 downtown, Roth Romans curates the topical "Visible: Asian and AAPI Artists in America" (June 26 – July 24). Confirmed participants include recent University of North Texas grad Loc Huynh (whose visually arresting paintings spun around the Asian-American experience are slated for a group show this month, "The Sitter" at Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio) alongside Eliza Au, Jihye Han, Suguru Hiraide, Bumin Kim (whose comb- able canvases are enchanting), Yeonsoo Kim, Kevin Kwon, Shua Kwon, Yuni Lee, Yasuyo Maruyama, and Narong Tintamusik … Besides his role as gallerist, Roth serves as MAC board president. Catch the MAC's must-see show, "Finding Our Way: Mary Margaret Hansen and Patsy Cravens," an extraordinary photographic feminist narrative from the 1980s (extended, through June 12). Catherine D. Anspon OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. CLEARLY ABLOH ART NOTES COURTESY THE ARTIST AND RO2 ART; PRIVATE COLLECTION, SHANGHAI HOW THE WEST WENT LUXURY 15. Abloh's Crystal Clear to-go glass with straw, also from his Baccarat collaboration, is almost sold out; $550, limited and numbered edition. 18

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