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March 2016 - Dallas

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It's a Surreal Spring: We mean that both literally and metaphorically, beginning with the Meadows Museum's focus exhibition on a gem of a recent acquisition: "Salvador Dalí, An Early Surrealist Masterpiece" (through June 19). The diminutive canvas, L'homme poisson, measures a mere 10.5 by 7.5 inches; despite its tiny size, it is heralded for being the only Dalí in a Texas museum. The Meadows painting, dated 1930, prefigures the Spanish master's The Persistence of Memory from the following year, which is also of the same scale and now in the coffers of MoMA. Gallery Change-Up: There's never been a time of more transformation in the Dallas gallery and nonprofit world. Closings, moves, reconfigurations and then a stepping into the limelight of those who've stayed the course. First and foremost, Barry Whistler Gallery celebrates 30 years as one of Texas' most unerring dealers, a gallerist of modesty, yet undisputable vision. To see why Whistler is a legend, visit his 30th anniversary exhibition that embraces his full stable, from Goss-Michael-exhibited Nathan Green to luminous lenswomen (and Whistler's wife) Allison V. Smith and Ann Stautberg (through March 26). After the show closes, Whistler is on the move, decamping after a great run in Deep Ellum for the Design District. If the address of the gallery's new digs sound familiar — 315 Cole — it's because that 4,500-square-foot warehouse space was formerly Lab Art, whose finale show was the happening for Tyler Shields. (Reportedly, Lab Art Texas, while no longer brick and mortar, is selling street art via social media and is still loosely in the biz.) Whistler expects his new space to be ready after the Dallas Art Fair, where he'll present a monographic booth on the work of Texas ab-ex painter Terrell James. He's enlisted Russell Buchanan of Buchanan Architecture to take his future home's 1951 building into a more minimalist direction than its previous aerosol- emblazoned white cube … Another gallery player with a respected 20-plus year history, PDNB, unfurls its new space across from the Dallas Contemporary. With an enviable address at 154 Glass Street, top AIPAD-member photo dealers Missy and Burt Finger are poised to expand upon their collector base by bringing talents such as Bill Owens, Keith Carter and Peter Brown to an increased audience (inaugural exhibition, "The Next Chapter," through April 23) … The only sad news is the sudden, swift closure of video-and-new-media haven Zhulong Gallery. We're still tracking this story and will be following its talented director, Aja Martin, on her next endeavor. The Goss-Michael Foundation News: Stay tuned for the scoop on Goss-Michael Foundation's next space, 1305 Wycliff, across from Dallas Auction Gallery, at 2235 Monitor. Follow our arts channel at for more on this topic. Catherine D. Anspon Art Notes All of Dallas' hot spots, fun fashion finds and beautiful people are now in one place: your inbox. Go to the new to sign up for our weekly edit feed. YOU HAVE CHIC MAIL PHOTO BRAD FLOWERS. © SALVADOR DALÍ, FUNDACIÓ GALA-SALVADOR DALÍ / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK, 2016. N othing really prepared us for Site131, the much- awaited space that represents the familial vision of Joan Davidow and her son, Seth Davidow. Joan is best known as the former head honcho who ushered in the modern era for the Dallas Contemporary, including the museum's epic move to Glass Street; Seth is a developer, entrepreneur and art collector, raised under his mother's influence — or as he himself says, "I grew up in a home [that] lived and breathed contemporary art." Yet, it was a surprise when Miz Davidow found herself contemplating an ambitious re-entrée into the art world. "Two years ago at Art Basel Miami," she says, "at a sidewalk cafe under the bright Florida sun, Seth said, 'Hey, mom, wanna do something art-related together on Payne Street?' " Flash forward, and what was once a mid-century brick house of a warehouse storing windshields, has metamorphosed, in the hands of David Droese of Droese Raney Architecture, into a spare yet warm 4,500-square-foot space on the edge of the Design District facing the Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The quiet integrity and serious intent of this nonprofit evokes the aesthetic of the holy grail of perfection in the Texas art world: The Menil Collection in Houston. The programming inside lives up to the beauty of the restored building. Joan explained that the curatorial process is collaborative and democratic, while she acts as talent scout and has filled notebooks with ideas for seven years of exhibitions. Joan hunted down Houston painters Paul Kremer (a sidekick of Mark Flood) and Eduardo Portillo for the current "Pushing Boundaries" (through March 23). During the Dallas Art Fair, guest curator Photios Giovanis at Callicoon Fine Arts, NYC, has been tapped; a four-person group show, "A Sense of Place," is planned, while summer 2016 promises "Black Pourings,' inspired by the DMA's recent Pollock blockbuster. We will most definitely be staying tuned. Site131, 131 Payne St., 214.678.0101, Catherine D. Anspon T he best boutique art fair in America — Dallas Art Fair 2016 — is a mere month away. It all begins with the Preview Gala Thursday, April 14, and continues through Sunday, April 17. Fair Week is expected to lure thousands of collectors, gallerists, artists and the press (including the art world's heaviest hitters) to the curated spaces of Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) in downtown's Dallas Arts District. We like to call this one The Great Eight — and it speaks with an international accent. More than a third of the nearly 100 exhibiting dealers are international; 15 of those 35 are newcomers to the Fair, arriving from Dubai, London, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Antwerp, Zurich, Vienna, Dublin, Montreal and Guadalajara. Pay attention to the returning casts of European gallerists, especially Workplace Gallery, from a place you may not consider an art capital (Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England), with a stable that includes the widely collected Lancaster twins, painters Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster. Also investigate Misako & Rosen, a long-time exhibitor from Tokyo; DMA curators often shop this booth for its nuanced take on contemporary painting. Other stalwart Fair exhibitors from across the pond include Monitor (Rome); Hales Gallery (London), whose booth last year for OBE painter Frank Bowling received our vote for Best of Show; Brand New Gallery (Milan); Edel Assanti (London); and Galerie Perrotin (Paris/New York), serving up a surprise via its Paola Pivi installations of some very droll anthropomorphic animals. (Pivi also solos concurrently at the Dallas Contemporary.) For more on the lineup, and details on securing your Patron pass ($500 per person including a Preview Gala ticket plus other tony insider perks), Preview Gala tickets ($250 per person, benefitting the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary) or regular Fair admission (from $25), visit And turn to next month's Special Section for our exclusive coverage of the Dallas Art Fair and Dallas Arts Month. Catherine D. Anspon Destination DALLAS ART FAIR COURTESY THE ARTIST AND BARRY WHISTLER GALLERY Salvador Dalí's L'homme poisson, 1930, at the Meadows Museum Nathan Green's Sheetrock Slip/Strike (GBY), 2015, at Barry Whistler Gallrey Alex Katz's Vivien, 2015, at Galeria Javier López Laura Lancaster's Untitled, 2015, at Workplace Gallery COURTESY THE ARTIST AND WORKPLACE GALLERY, GATESHEAD, TYNE & WEAR, ENGLAND COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GALERIA JAVIER LÓPEZ, MADRID CAN YOU SAY, KUNSTHALLE Joan Davidow and Seth Davidow at Site131 with Paul Kremer's Raft, 2015 JAMES BLAND

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