Out and About
Galleries are hoping to reclaim some buzz this month. While art lovers are still being cautious, they know there’s a lot of great work out there. Hot spots such as Fort Works Art and William Campbell Contemporary Art have undergone changes but are energized and ready to show off what’s been happening. Here are three shows we think are must-sees.
Swallow the Frog
This solo exhibition features Texas artist Jules Buck Jones’ wide range of drawings and paintings that are focused on the natural world — flora and fauna — in a mesmerizing and organic way. His works appeal to adults and kids alike as he approaches some of his art with a childlike wonder. Check out julesbuckjones.com for a preview. The Texas Sculpture Group also presents its first collaborative show of outdoor installations.
This Near Southside studio celebrates the end of its first year with a show that includes local and national talent with works past and present. From Lee Albert Hill, you’ll see a large mixed-media piece from 2008, representing the Fort Worth painter’s earlier style. Andrew Abbott of Brooklyn, New York, offers a piece done at a time when he was unsure of his career path. It’s based on a photograph he spotted in a book at his mother’s house in Maine, where he was living at the time.
Enjoy this exhibit of everything from sketches to finished drawings, prints, lithographs and paintings by artists such as Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Al Hirschfeld, Salvador Dali and even some favorite local and regional Texas artists representing mainly the modern era. The curation aims to celebrate all styles, techniques and genres.
Bonus A pop-up by glass artist Duncan McClellan as part of SiNaCa Studios.
Gogh, Gogh, Gogh
The Dutch postimpressionist is having not one but three mighty big moments at two overlapping immersive Van Gogh exhibits — with very similar names — along with a groundbreaking Dallas Museum of Art exhibition opening in October. Be warned: Check out the websites for the two immersive exhibits and make sure you choose the one you want to see before clicking on the buy-ticket button. — Babs Rodriguez
Van Gogh and the Olive Groves
Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., 214-922-1200, dma.org
While the immersive exhibits create a buzz, a first-ever exhibition of olive grove paintings by Vincent Van Gogh impresses the art world. In collaboration with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art hosts the series of 15 works painted during the artist’s yearlong stay at the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Created in 1889, the body of work is a visual arc reflective of Van Gogh’s evolving point of view and mental health. Discoveries about his techniques, materials and palette allow scholarly insights, but even the most casual fan will be touched by the painter’s motivations for depicting the trees throughout his stay as a self-admitted patient. Bold, experimental and evocative, the body of work is a powerful testament to the circle of life and the artist’s belief in the healing powers of art and nature. Time-slot tickets must be reserved on the website. Oct. 17-Feb. 6
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Dallas
Lighthouse Dallas, 507 S. Harwood St., dallasvangogh.com
The original immersive Van Gogh exhibit, the one conceived and designed by Massimiliano Siccardi, a pioneer in immersive digital art experiences in France, has been drawing crowds to Dallas since its arrival mid-August. The onetime Masonic Temple has been reimagined as a four-story industrial-chic venue in Dallas’ historic East Quarter. That’s important because the experience works in tandem with its show space, highlighting the architecture of the venue as part of the transportive experience. A soundtrack by Luca Longobardi greets guests to the show. Once inside, visitors step into the art of Vincent Van Gogh and enjoy the artist’s animated oeuvre — in 90,000,000 pixels — projected onto walls, floors and ceilings. Wander into and step through the details, the familiar brushstrokes and colors and, ultimately, a madly creative mind. The sunny landscapes, portraits and still-life paintings are here, from his first acclaimed work, Les Mangeurs de Pommes de Terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885) to the more iconic paintings such as La Nuit Étoilée (Starry Night, 1889) and the haunting La Chambre à Coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), all projected at an overwhelming scale. Those who’ve been say it’s better enjoyed with fewer people in the room, as big crowds diminish the experience. Purchase tickets and find an FAQ link on the website. Through Oct. 31
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Globe Life Park, 1090 Ballpark Way, Arlington, vangoghexpo.com
Stopping short of diminishing the larger-than-life installation of the artist’s work on view at Lighthouse Dallas, we’ll just say its competitor at Globe Life Park makes the original immersive exhibition seem, well, manageable. The exhibition organized by Exhibition Hub Edutainment and realized by entertainment platform Fever also lets you step right into 360-degree views of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. At the Arlington exhibit, they’re projected onto 15,000-square-foot screens. But wait, there’s more. An interactive virtual reality journey allows visitors to “walk alongside” the artist for a brief day-in-the-life experience that shares the visuals that inspired him to paint eight of his best-known works, from the stars over the Rhone River to his sadly single bed. Touted as a family-friendly outing, the exhibition also includes galleries separately chronicling Van Gogh’s life and artistic techniques, then finishes out the experience with hands-on art for any littles in your group. Tickets offer admission on the half-hour (seven days a week). And note that the extra bells and whistles generate this commitment caveat: To fully experience the show, visitors should expect to spend at least an hour wandering the 20,000-square-foot light and sound show. Buy tickets on the website. Through Nov. 28
Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas
The organizers of last fall’s buzzy inaugural event bring the monthlong fundraiser back with a roster of more than two dozen of the country’s most celebrated designers and architects, including San Francisco/New York-based interiors wizard Ken Fulk. Expect design inspiration inside and out from the makeover of a classic Georgian estate in Old Preston Hollow. Local interior design talent includes Dallas firms Bobbitt & Company Interior Design and Burkle Creative. Dallasite Janet Gridley’s experience as a set designer influences her interior design statements, which have been featured in major national magazines. From Houston, Dennis Brackeen Design Group delivers notably bold and eclectic interiors. Landscape designer Dan Houchard, Dallas native and owner of From the Ground Up Landscape, contributes classic garden compositions inspired by the home’s architecture. Fort Worth’s Trish Sheats (Trish Sheats Interior Design) is a vice chair this year. The home features 11,259 square feet of living space with six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, a spacious foyer, two full kitchens, sunroom, wine cellar and theater, giving designers myriad opportunities to show off their A game. Last year’s talent transformed spaces into everything from a Turkish-inspired writer’s room to a contemporary loft; we expect the bar to be raised yet again. Proceeds benefit Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and local nonprofits such as Dwell with Dignity. Health and safety precautions will be in effect. For info and tickets, visit the website. Sept. 24-Oct. 24, kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org