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

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Kettle Art Gallery

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.

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Don't Miss the Mandala Sand Painting at Crow Collection This Week

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On Saturday at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery ceremoniously marked the beginning of their creation of a mandala. This is part of a national tour they take regularly, introducing average Americans to the Mystical Arts of Tibet. Through Saturday, they will carefully brush millions of grains of sand into a colorful pattern at the center of the gallery. This process requires unrelenting patience and a steady hand, to create this intricate sand painting. At the end of the week, the monks will sweep the sand into White Rock Lake in a consecrated ceremony.


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Dragon Street's Zhulong Gallery is a Beacon for New Media Art

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Zhulong Gallery

Zhulong Gallery, with its glass façade and dragon shaped gallery space, aims to be a new force in the Dallas new media scene, with international context, a public involvement component and a broad definition of new media that sparks conversations about how to define the popular genre.

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Nerd Out with this Trailer for Jellyfish Eyes

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Takashi Murakami

Here's some news you should be excited about: Yesterday, the Dallas Museum of Art announced that they will be the first American museum to screen Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's live action film, Jellyfish Eyes. This rare chance to nerd out happens at 7 p.m. May 1 to be followed with a conversation between Murakami and DMA curator Gabe Ritter.


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Take Lauren's Mini Virtual Tour of the Dallas Art Fair

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ANDREW KUO's Stay Up (3/24/14), 2014

I am not an art collector. If I could afford it, I suppose I would be, but at this point in my life I cannot claim it as a hobby. But as an arts journalist, I find myself staring at the price tag of a piece at a gallery scheming about selling my beat-up Prius for a particularly eye-catching painting. Yesterday, for example, I attended the Dallas Art Fair preview at the Fashion Industry Gallery and picked out a few favorites that I present here for you to share in my art lust. I'm not going to analyze them or attempt to put them in historical context, so think of this as a simplistic guide to my personal aesthetic. If you don't like color, you should probably skip this virtual tour.

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This New York gallery shows just off the foyer of FIG. Why do I like this one? Color. Color. Color. And its retro flair.


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Bettina Pousttchi's Drive-Thru Museum is a Fascinating Love Letter to Dallas' Car Culture

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© Bettina Pousttchi, 2013

Only in America can you tug the sleeve of your Lyft driver, clear your throat and politely ask him to drive-thru Whataburger for you at 2 a.m. Sure, other countries serve third meal at gyro stands or back alley cafes, but here you don't even have to leave the car. This drive-thru culture became a fascination for Bettina Pousttchi, who transforms a gallery space in the Nasher Sculpture Center into her Drive-Thru Museum, opening Saturday.

For her first American exhibition, she's laid down the black top, marked the lanes, and installed the scissor gates over the windows to signal its temporary closure.

"Unfortunately, we can't let people drive through," she laughs. "One of the very few places where you have to walk is the museum."


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A Guide to This Week's Dallas Art Events That Aren't at the Dallas Art Fair

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Terry Hays
OK, this piece is at the Dallas Art Fair.

In 2010, Jordan Roth and his mother Susan Roth Romans set up an exhibition on the second floor of the Fairmont Hotel during the Dallas Art Fair. A veteran in the art world, Romans knew this would attract attention from the collectors visiting the fair or staying at the hotel. That weekend, their pop-up space saw 1000 visitors.

"From that place we launched the brand of RO2 Art and acquired our first artists," Roth says. "This year we chose to participate because it's grown so much in the past six years and you've got galleries from all over, thousands of collectors and everyone is looking to find new galleries."

Across the city, gallerists, museums, event spaces, theater companies are picking up on that same synergy Roth and his mother seized in 2010. We've compiled a list of recommended arts events happening this week that aren't necessarily part of the Dallas Art Fair.


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Former President George W. Bush's First Art Exhibition Is Not a Real Art Exhibition

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It's difficult to discuss President George W. Bush's art show without first talking about the work's context. To look at his portrait of Tony Blair and not consider the relationship between the two world leaders would be impossible. Just a few years after his presidency, Bush persists as a part of the cultural fabric in America; affection or hatred remains fresh. In a strange intersection of art, politics and history, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum hosts an exhibition of the former president's latest portraiture through June 3.

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Dallas Art Fair Signals the City's Potential

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Dallas Art Fair's 2013 Preview Gala
"When I look at my schedule for the weekend, I get exhausted before I even start doing anything. If you really wanted to do everything art related in Dallas, you couldn't."

That's gallerist Cris Worley on her experience of a normal weekend in this city. Spend a few minutes on a typical weekend calendar of cultural events and it's sure to give you a spell of exhaustion. If that doesn't pass quickly, you probably shouldn't look at the sheer number of events taking place during the Dallas Art Fair. What began as a regional art fair six years ago has swiftly evolved into a week-long, city-mandated celebration of all things Dallas arts.

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Seven Art Exhibitions to Catch this Spring

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Dallas Museum of Art

Spring has arrived. With it, galleries across the city fling open their doors to present new work to curious souls fresh out of hibernation. In keeping with the season, here our freshly picked recommendations for your art-going pleasure.


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