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FOURTH DOWN F our compellingly orches- trated solo exhibitions have just opened at the Dallas Contemporary. The talents on view, spanning generations and geographies, bring global perspectives to today's visual conversation. For example, the exhibition "Cell Grids" features 18 large-scale canvases (shown together for the first time) by master of Neo- Geo Peter Halley and focuses on the language of painting. His dialogue with abstraction remains fresh and innovative, decades after it first captivated the art world in 1986. Then there are the most important Russian artists of the post-war era, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, debuting "Paintings about Paintings." This By Catherine D. Anspon immersive installation of a never- before-seen body of work is informed by the collaborative couple's emphasis on utopia, enigma, and evocations of totalitarianism. The exhibition marks the Kabakovs' first showing in Texas since 1993, when their School No. 6 was created for Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, Marfa. (Read our Q&A with Emilia Kabakov in PaperCity's September issue.) Also in the lineup is a poetic sound installation by Mumbai-based Shilpa Gupta, whose background encompasses new technology, design, and computer science — made visible in the artist's immersive "For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit: 100 Jailed Poets," a work previously exhibited at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. The understated piece nonetheless resonates with power as it confronts the viewer with the persecuted poets from the 8th century to today, their words read in their native languages including English, Spanish, Azeri, Hindu, Arabic, and Russian. Finally, fashion designer/art director/artist Renata Morales makes her museum debut with an ambitious year-long evolving exhibition. "Inane and Mundane Evolutionary Tales of Fear Love and Horror" incorporates more than 700 expressionistic figurative drawings and ceramic works, the latter crafted at Cerámica Sur in Guadalajara, where Morales has been an artist in residence. There's also a shopping opportunity, with a limited drop of Morales sweatshirts and plates, both produced specially for the museum. Peter Halley, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Shilpa Gupta exhibitions through February 13, 2022; Renata Morales through September 25, 2022; at the Dallas Contemporary, AT THE DALLAS CONTEMPORARY, A DISRUPTIVE QUARTET OF EXHIBITIONS, IS PERFECTLY ALIGNED WITH OUR PRECARIOUS TIMES. Shilpa Gupta's For, in your tongue, I cannot fit, 2017-2018, at the Dallas Contemporary Peter Halley Renata Morales' Gillian Low Tek, 2019, at the Dallas Contemporary FROM LEFT, SHILPA GUPTA WORK COMMISSIONED BY YARAT CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE AND EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL, PHOTO BY PAT VERBRUGGEN; PETER HALLEY PORTRAIT BY NICHOLAS CALCOTT; RENATA MORALES WORK © PHOTO BY G.FOK. 42

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