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April 2018- Dallas

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OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. B lue Print, the charming home furnishings boutique located in a 100-year- old house on Fairmount Street, is known for its gracious, Southern-inspired interiors filled with antiques and custom upholstery. Colorful artwork has always been a crucial part of the design mix, and the store regularly brings in delightful works by artists from around the country. To meet a growing demand for original art, Blue Print has opened a dedicated gallery in a beautifully renovated historic building next door. Blue Print Gallery represents more than 50 artists from around the world, including Charles Patrick, who pins paper butterflies into unique shapes; abstract landscape painter Mary Rountree Moore; glass sculptor Rick Beck; and Marilla Palmer, who works with pressed foliage, holographic papers, and embroidery. The gallery will host monthly exhibitions, and several viewing rooms keep stored inventory handy for perusing. Blue Print's art curator Lauren Zogg runs the new gallery. Oh, and like its sister boutique, the gallery is set behind a beautiful blue door. You can't miss it. Blue Print Gallery, 2701 Fairmount St., Rebecca Sherman BLUE PERIOD C ome June, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth unveils a major retrospective of work by Takashi Murakami — an explosion of color, creatures, and vibrant folklore that will give the Tadao Ando–designed museum its most kaleidoscopic, cartoonish moment yet. And, yes, Murakami himself is jetting in for the occasion. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and curated by MCA chief curator Michael Darling, "Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg" is a comprehensive survey of more than 50 paintings from Murakami's more than 30-year career, including several never-before-seen works. While famous for his Japanese technique and anime-inspired imagery — fantastical characters inserted into wild settings and narratives — Murakami is widely known for his pop-culture collaborations, particularly his handbags for Louis Vuitton and his album covers and videos for rapper Kanye West. Murakami's interest in global commercialism, mass production, and the intersection of luxury and celebrity culture is parallel in some ways to that of the artist KAWS, whose own retrospective at The Modern in 2017 proved a blockbuster. No doubt, Murakami will be the talk of summer — and the colorfully illustrated Rizzoli exhibition catalog, a sell-out at The Modern's museum store. "Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg," June 10 through September 1 6 , M o d e r n A r t Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, Christina Geyer S mall but mighty is the perfect description for the upcoming Salvador Dalí exhibition at Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum. Set to open September 9, "Dalí: Poetics of the Small" is the Meadows' first comprehensive look at the preeminent Spanish artist and icon of the Surrealist movement, with an unexpected focus on his small-scale paintings produced 1904 to 1989. Most works measure just over a foot, with tinier pieces spanning six square inches. "Dalí: Poetics of the Small" at the Meadows Museum, SMU, September 9 through December 9, Christina Geyer SURREALISM Shrunk Charles Patrick's Bam! 2017, $9,500 at Blue Print Gallery. In A MURAKAMI Fantasy Salvador Dali's The Fish Man (L'homme poisson), 1930 Takashi Murakami's Flower Ball (Lots of Colors), 2008 24

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