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.

Marlborough Chelsea's Andrew Kuo paintings
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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Jason Acton
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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Jesse Morgan Barnett Transforms Vacant Building into Gallery for Deep Ellum Windows

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Courtesy Jesse Morgan Barnett

It's Wednesday afternoon and Jesse Morgan Barnett paces through the cavernous space at 2604 Main Street, arranging his works of art.

"When you do an installation the space is always in a defensive posture," Barnett says. "The space looks different now than it will look Saturday. I like to bring in more work than I need and edit down from that."


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16 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, March 27-30

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Rhonda L. Williams

If you could live your life like Jay Gatsby, wouldn't you? The suits, the women, the music, the cars, the parties. Of course, F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest character didn't live happily ever after, but that was then. This is now. There's no reason you can't dress up, pack a picnic, dance the Charleston and celebrate the end of the war. At the Dallas Heritage Village (1515 S. Harwood St.), the Jazz Age Sunday Social offers an afternoon of picnics, swing dance, ice cream and big band music at a Roaring '20s lawn party, complete with music from The Singapore Slingers. The party lasts from noon to 4 p.m. and tickets are $10. Attendees are encouraged to pack picnics and tuck flasks in their garters. Prohibition, baby.


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Mario Testino's Alta Moda Arrives at Dallas Contemporary in September

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Fashion fever is not new to Dallas. Have you ever been to friggin' NorthPark Mall? People in this city earn and burn money fast and they spare no expense to look good. Why? Photographs, for one. For society pages, we've got Paper City, Beverly Drive magazine, Modern Luxury, and Patron magazine. Even CultureMap's Dallas site gets most of its hits with inane, often alliterative headlines like "Pretty Posh People at Party" or "Hot Young Hotties Hanging Out."

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MTV:ReDefine Kicks off Fancy Auction with Public Exhibition

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Josephine Durkin
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For a lot of people the art world can seem inaccessible. It's a playground for the artists and a salesroom for the well-heeled. Across the city, institutions are attempting to overcome this insularity with free museum admission and fun parties. But when art is sold at fancy fundraisers or auctions, very few eyes see it. That's not the case with MTV: ReDefine. Starting March 22, the works being sold at the fundraiser will be on display at the Dallas Contemporary.

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