Art Notes

Dallas Art News for December 2012

Catherine D. Anspon
December 18, 2012

A New Piano Under the Tree: This time next year, you should be reading here about the architectural angles and compelling green roof of the Kimbell Art Museum’s expansion, designed by Renzo Piano and set to complete late 2013. Besides Texas art audiences, the entire world will be watching as one of the jewels of the museum world gets an addition.

Meanwhile, bask in the marvels of the Kimbell’s mythic collection celebrated in a 40th anniversary show that is as good as it gets. Make tracks to revel in fabled works, from Caravaggio’s Cardsharps to a fabulous Matisse and Michelangelo’s very first painting, plus some under-known non-Western treasures (through December 30) … Speaking of architecture, the Arlington Museum of Art mounts one of the most extraordinary exhibitions in its history with “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home.” Highlighting architectural fragments, original furniture, archival photos and tantalizing documents about the creation of this unique Usonian home (Samara house, the John E. Christian House, 1954 – 1956, West Lafayette, Indiana), the show is organized by Scott W. Perkins, curator at the Wright-designed Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 

We’ll be bringing you more details in our January Art + House issue (December 1 – February 17). Bodega or Bust: After the Kimbell’s classicism, venture to Deep Ellum for The Public Trust’s cool little bodega of collectible and extremely affordable art offerings curated by aerosol types, the Dallas collective Sour Grapes (opening December 15 with a big bang of a party, through January 12; peruse our gift guide for some idea of the Bodegas under $100 offerings) …

While you are in Deep Ellum, drop by Kirk Hopper Fine Art for the ultimate obsessive of the Texas firmament, H.J. Bott, whose latest pinstriped canvases are utterly wild, over-the-top and the best of his more than half-century career (through December 15). At the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, we never miss the Blue Yule, a heck of a fête featuring some very wonderful artist-created ornaments (December 1, tickets

Curatorial Coup: Gina and Dustin Orlando’s Design District newbie Circuit 12 Contemporary serves up another smart offering with “White Noise,” a show layered with content with a intriguing dose of conceptualism, about the meaning of modern painting as an information highway. Catch works by Andrew Falkowski, Ron Ewert, Josh Reames and Adam Scott (Design District Gallery Walk opening Saturday, December 1, through January 12). And stay tuned on more on Circuit 12, alongside other new Dallas game-changing art spaces, coming next month.