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December 2014 - Dallas

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Art Banquet: 'Tis the season, and here's our groaning board of destinations new, under-known and off the beaten path, as well as a few classics — all set for your viewing and acquiring pleasure. At PDNB Gallery, images by American photographers including Chris Verene and Bill Owens of Suburbia fame serve up the ultimate selfies on national holiday rituals. (Ask to see the gallery's flat files for each lensman.) Paper Trumps Scissors: At Ro2 Art Downtown, Irish artist Gary Farrelly and co- owner Susan Roth Romans turn a quirky space into an important Mecca, curating new works by Farrelly himself and Belgium talent Antonine Gougeau, alongside five others who push and probe the possibilities of paper. Co-owner Jordan Roth also rolls out giftable treasures: Brooks Oliver's widely collected ceramics and Robin Ragin's sculpture (opening night Friday, December 5; through December 28). Signs and Wonders: The Museum of Biblical Art showcases Barbara Hines' expansive abstracts and views of Holy Land metropolises in the artist's first significant Dallas solo, "Mysteries, Signs and Wonders" (through August 30, 2015). El Mercado Calls: The newly minted Erin Cluley Gallery is on fire. For December, Cluley curates the cleverly monikered "El Mercado on Fabrication Street," which spins art, design and music into a day-to-evening extravaganza (Saturday, December 6) headlined by Budhagirl, Faile, Felte, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Toiletpaper Magazine and more (through December 27). Hometown TEDx: Kudos to Dallas artist/activist Janeil Engelstad, who was tapped to give a recent TEDx talk on public art and its evolution. She dishes about visualists as catalysts for socio/ environmental change; her TEDx feature also covered the epic platform/triennial she founded, MAP (Make Art with Purpose), enacted to critical acclaim citywide in Dallas in 2013. Gaze into the Future: Laura Rathe Fine Art pairs Andreas Nottebohm's space-age, light- reflective metallic discs with the contemporary grand baroque imagery of photographer Christy Lee Rogers (through January 3) … Check out more arts scoop on our revamped website,, where you'll find monthly insider interviews with an important cast of art influencers and curatorial talents. Catherine D. Anspon PaperCity Ad – February 2014 Trim Size: 6.21" x 6.21" Client: Mathews Nichols Group PaperCity Ad – February 2014 Trim Size: 4.375" x 4.375" Client: Mathews Nichols Group m a t h e w s - n i c h o l s . c o m 2 1 4 . 3 5 0 . 0 7 1 1 T h e n u m b e r o n e r e s i d e n T i a l r e a l e s T a T e T e a m i n d a l l a s. Art Notes Gary Farrelly's Yes Yes Yes, 2014, at Ro2 Art Downtown Chris Verene's Don Cantrell's Big Christmas Party, Galesburg, IL, 1996, at PDNB Gallery COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PDNB GALLERY COURTESY THE ARTIST AND RO2 ART A mong art history's most glorious epochs, the waning decades of the 19th century produced one of the defining movements of the last millennium: Impressionism. Two exhibitions you won't see anywhere but Texas offer very compelling reasons to attend Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston this season. The Kimbell takes an ambitious look at the people who caught the attention, and appeared on the canvases of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Lautrec, Caillebotte and Gauguin, as well as under-known women painters of the era, Berthe Morisot and Eva Gonzalès. Spanning the 1850s to the early 20th century, "Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay" reveals that the movement was more than Monet's water lilies, Cézanne's Mont Sainte-Victoire and the tropical pleasures of Gauguin's Tahiti. Included are Degas' café classic L'Absinthe, 1875-1876, a delicious, ambiguous image of debauchery and psychological loneliness that foreshadows Edward Hopper; Van Gogh's startling, rarely reproduced The Italian Girl (Agostina Segatori, Proprietress of the Parisian Cabaret "Le Tambourin"), 1887; and Manet's The Balcony, 1868-1869, a bourgeois scene of the upper crust that hints at household drama. All are works that remind us how contemporary the Impressionists really were (through January 25). The perfect bookend to this exhibition can be found in Houston at the MFAH, where the sweeping expanse of the Mies van der Rohe Upper Brown Pavilion underscores the surprising modernity of Monet, served up in a fresh take that marks the first-ever examination of the father of Impressionism's obsession with a body of water that pre-dated Giverny's storied lily ponds. "Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River" bears the import of a blockbuster without the hoopla, bringing together 52 canvases from 46 public and private collections worldwide that will never again be in the same place at one time. It's the ultimate anecdote to holiday burnout (through February 1). Information, Catherine D. Anspon Magnificence des Impressionnistes Van Gogh's The Italian Girl (Agostina Segatori, Proprietress of the Parisian Cabaret "Le Tambourin"), 1887, at the Kimbell Art Museum Monet's Ice Floes (Les Glaçons), 1880, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston MUSÉE D'ORSAY, PARIS SHELBURNE MUSEUM, SHELBURNE, VERMONT The 88th annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is a gift unto itself — a glossy magalog overflowing with swoon-worthy treasures such as lambskin Lanvin gloves and Saint Laurent studded black leather boots. This year, we are smitten with the House of Creed Custom Fragrance and Trip fantasy gift. This lavish journey of self-discovery starts with two first-class tickets to Paris, where the sole purchaser and a guest meet with sixth-generation master perfumer Olivier Creed (whose House of Creed atelier is in the French countryside near Fontainbleau) to create a bespoke fragrance. Also on the itinerary are five-star accommodations, white-glove car service, a spa experience, private tours and dining with Creed himself. A few months after your aventure française, you will receive two dozen 14K gold-gilded six-liter flacons and a dozen 14K gold-accented leather atomizers of a fragrance nonpareil: your custom scent. With the purchase of this gift, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports youth arts education in communities across the country. $475,000, through 877.966.4438; Linden Wilson W hen Kathleen Hill was younger, her home was part of a Christmas home tour. She recalls with perfect clarity the way the florist decorated the house. "From that moment, I was hooked," she says. Now the Dallas-based designer (sister-in-law of Taylor Tomasi Hill) has her own floral business, Leeny's Flowers, named after her own childhood nickname. Hill is passionate about using the unexpected — such as antlers or vibrant agates — in her arrangements, which she creates in her garage turned studio, often with her Cavalier King Charles pup, Zoe, by her side. Her favorite flower is the lily of the valley, which was "the star of my wedding bouquet, so the flower holds a special place in my heart," she shares. "It is so sweet, delicate and beautiful." She often impresses discerning clients with her unique use of spray roses, orchids, arabacum and orange asclepias, and always purchases her blooms from local wholesale florists. While we eagerly await the upcoming launch of her website, we're mesmerized by her Instagram posts (@leenys_flowers), which offer a glimpse into her colorful world. Order through 214.755.0089, Linden Wilson Two divine new collections at Culp Associates are a fresh take on traditional French passementerie. Tapes, tassels and trims, which have suffered disdain from modernists for decades, are having a much-welcomed resurgence — this time, cleaner and more refined. The Gala collection, Samuel & Son's collaboration with designer Lori Weitzer, takes inspiration from New York architectural landmarks and renders the geometrics in velvet and understated beading. There are six tapes (for trimming draperies, pillows, table cloths, etc.) and a coordinating holdback. Cowtan et Tout's new Celine cut-velvet tape collection updates classic looks, such as the Greek key, Celtic knot and trellis, by overscaling the patterns in sumptuous hues. Prices upon request, at Culp Associates, Rebecca Sherman Behind THE SEAMS Flower Child FLIGHT OF FANTASY White hydrangea, dusty miller, eucalyptus pods, brunia, pine cones and vintage antlers, $175 Cowtan et Tout's Celine cut-velvet tape collection, to the trade at Culp Associates

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