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By Debbie AndersonNovember 23, 2022January 3rd, 2023No Comments


Billy Hassell, Orchard Oriole with Persimmons, oil on canvas, 2022 Image courtesy of Billy Hassell

Billy Hassell: Placemarks

William Campbell Gallery 4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth, 817-737-9566, williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com

The Fort Worth artist offers new paintings and watercolors, all vivid with Hassell’s trademark color and graphic imagery. Love of the environment and a heart for conservation are keys to his work, too. The places depicted in this show have significance to Hassell and make a personal statement about the fragility of the natural world around us. Through Jan. 5

Benito Huerta More or Less: Una Retrospectiva

William Campbell Gallery 217 Foch St., Fort Worth, 682-224-6131, williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com

The recently retired director of The Gallery at UTA isn’t curating shows these days, but Huerta still has a lot to say visually. The first part of this retrospective — titled purposely in “Spanglish” — offers works created between 1975 and 2022 that are unique to William Campbell Gallery. (The second part of the retrospective opens in January 2023 at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas.) The exhibit follows the nonlinear evolution of Huerta’s career with themes such as politics, pop culture, Mexican cultural motifs, musical references and more. Through Jan. 5

Benito Huerta, Portrait of My Father, oil on canvas, 1978 Image courtesy of Benito Huerta

Kate Simon, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, NYC, 1978 Image courtesy of Fort Works Art

The View from the Inside

Fort Works Art 2100 Montgomery St., 817-759-9475, fortworksart.com

Portrait photographer Kate Simon returns to Fort Works Art — her first show there was in 2019 — with an exhibit of vintage color cibachromes. With a career spanning 50-plus years, Simon captures intimate moments with subjects — artists, rock stars, fashion designers — who gaze directly into her camera. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Vogue and has been acquired for permanent collections of major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. Through Dec. 17

Bernardo Vallarino: The Butterfly Case

Love Texas Art Sundance Square, 501 Houston St., Fort Worth, artspace111.com/love-texas-art

Through a series of multimedia artwork, Vallarino merges a mix of elements — glass plates, cardboard signs from the homeless — with pinned dead butterflies for thought-provoking displays offering social commentary on racism, apathy and other topics. Through Jan. 7

Image courtesy of Love Texas Art