One Night, Two Gallery Walks, 10 Must-See Shows

Categories: Visual Art

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This weekend promises beautiful spring weather, a plethora of events and on opposite sides of town two day-long art gallery walks. In the Design District, Dallas Art Dealers Association hosts its annual spring bike swarm and gallery walk, during which visitors stop off at numerous participating spaces to see new artworks and curated shows.* Then, in Deep Ellum, the 15th Semiannual Gallery Walk features more than 15 stops throughout East Dallas, including the Continental Gin Open Studios, which offers a glimpse into the spaces of working artists.

With more than 50 spaces to choose from, and only 8 hours to visit (all the galleries will be open noon to 8 p.m.) it's going to be a long day, so we picked our top 10. Obviously these aren't necessarily the "best," just the ones that we feel we can look you in the eye and recommend. Whatever else you're doing Saturday, Shakespeare said it best, "Get thee to a gallery."

*Editor's note: Although these are billed as gallery "walks," actually walking from place to place is impossible.

Richard Phillips

Dallas Contemporary's Richard Phillips and Julian Schnabel Exhibitions
If you've never been to the Dallas Contemporary, this is the exhibition to see. It's impossible to look away from the disturbingly realistic paintings of Richard Phillips, as he dissects popular culture and contemporary iconography. This is also a rare chance to see the inimitable work of Julian Schnabel, which will capture your imagination in perfectly wrong ways. Plus, Playboy Marfa is fully installed out front, seducing visitors off the street and into the art. Address: 161 Glass St. Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Circuit 12 Contemporary

Circuit 12 Contemporary's Constellation Logic
For the solo exhibition of work by Alexander Dijulio, Circuit 12 transformed its space to feel out this world. You step through the door and onto another planet, where the artwork looks like stars and satellites. Address: 1130 Dragon St. Saturday hours: noon to 6 p.m.

Thomas Riccio

Red Arrow Contemporary's Open Archive
You can't miss the neon red arrow pointing you to this space on Dragon Street. The current exhibit, which may very well be the last in this space explores the intersection of performance and visual art. Thomas Riccio's photographs (image above) document his studies of ritualistic performance art across the world. You might remember our cover story about his theater work in Dallas. Address: 1130 Dragon St. Saturday hours: noon to 4 p.m.

Thor Johnson

Ware:Wolf:Haus' Trigger Warning
While you're feeling brave, head over to Thor Johnson's exhibition at Ware:Wolf:Haus, which is bound to shiver your spine. His work heightens video game violence, imagining human-like bodies, with spilling entrails, pointing machine guns at one another. And while the sculpture looks rudimentary, the chilling blend of childhood and violence is a damning statement on today's hyper violent culture. Address: 425 Bedford St. Saturday hours: 6 to 10 p.m.

Travis LaMothe

RE Gallery's Opening of Travis LaMothe paintings
LaMothe's show Generics explores the concept of seriality in a series of paintings on flattened cardboard boxes. It considers the space where an idea meets physical manifestation. Address: 1717 Gould St. Saturday hours: 7 to 9 p.m.

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Lauren, Thank you for these suggestions for tomorrow's Gallery Walk.  I can also add artist Jeanette Korab at Shortell Design on Dragon Street.  She will show her new "Jewels" series which is based on her travels in Turkey and presents mixed media images of the jewelry she has begun to import.  Some of the designs come from molds of original pieces that have been excavated from ancient archaeological sites that are over 2,000 years old.  Others represent a sophisticated modern twist on the popular lariat design. @SharoninDallas


Don't forget the DADA Bike Swarm with Art Cars starting from Oak Cliff Cultural Center (gather at 1:30, depart at 2) and riding to Design District and then Deep Ellum.

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