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June 2017 - Dallas

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69 Francisco Moreno's Fendi Peekaboo handbag for this spring's DMA Art Ball American Girl — served up cubistically concise costumes in black, white, and gray, every bit the equal of Picasso's original Dadaist and Surreal designs. While Moreno's brother played a part in the performance of Washington Crossing the Delaware, this time he tapped his mother as co-creator. His favorite part of the process: "Working with my mom, Margarita Taboada Casillas, the mastermind behind the sewing." Up next? Expect a take on the hot topic of religion, viewed through the lens of art history — something that's becoming the artist's calling card. Gallerist Cluley gave us a preview of his solo, set for April 7, 2018, funded in part by the aforementioned Nasher Artist Microgrant: "During an artist residency in Spain last year, Francisco was inspired by the Spanish Romanesque murals of the Hermitage of the Vera Cruz de Maderuelo — a reconstructed chapel in the Prado Museum in Madrid. Fascinated by the idea of appropriating architecture, Francisco will hand paint and construct a chapel inside the gallery walls. This ambitious project will be the perfect thing to open the weekend prior to Dallas Art Fair!" Moreno's Cubist ensemble for the character American Manager Moreno's costumes shared the whimsy of the originals designed by Picasso in 1917. Shown, his jaunty creation for the Mexican Manager. Francisco Moreno in studio, with Puck KEVIN TODORA

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