Catherine D. Anspon | Photos by Allison V. Smith’s "Geraniums. Cushing, Maine," August 2012, at Barry Whistler Gallery, Edward Hopper’s "Study for Nighthawks," 1942, at Dallas Museum of Art. Photo courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art; © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
- December 16, 2013
Three for the Tree: At the Dallas Museum of Art, the Edward Hopper drawing show “A Painter’s Progress” (through February 16) is rife with discoveries. The absolute highlight: preparatory studies for Nighthawks, an epic work that defined the brooding unease of World War II-era America. What would Hopper make of our own time, we wonder? … The opposite of the DMA’s film-noirish exhibition is Circuit12 Contemporary’s riotous fare by Clark Goolsby. The NYC-based graphic designer concocts collage paintings attuned to the tropics — all hot and cool shades, plus prismatic cascades of objects and patterning. Goolsby’s swirling shapes and confident lines are served up in his “Shatter” solo, which mirrors the complexity and chaos of our information age (through January 2) … For something more classical, the photography of Allison V. Smith melds the real world with a dose of underlining abstraction, defined by sensitive, stripped-down image-making that possesses an underlying purity. See Smith’s latest Maine portfolio at Barry Whistler Gallery in “Ship to Shore,” which pairs her with the tactile realism of Maine-based Gideon Bok’s studio paintings (both December 7 – January 11).
Mac Attack: At the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, a smart trifecta comments on race, technology and process. The respective works are by destined-to-be-important Jamaican-born painter Paul Anthony Smith, alongside Jenny Vogel’s installation of 100 lamps engineered to transmit Craigslist missing connections via flashing Morse Code. Austin artist Bethany Johnson rounds out the trio, with exquisite landscape drawings made with technical pens — whispery and beautiful and reminiscent of Agnes Martin (all through December 21). And speaking of The MAC, have you acquired your tickets yet to The Blue Yule? It’s worth rushing back from Miami for this clever party and artist-made ornaments (Saturday, December 7, 6 to 9 pm; the-mac.org/blue-yule-2013). The
Golden Age: Celebrate the Kimbell Art Museum’s long-awaited Renzo Piano Pavilion (compete with grass roof). While you’re there, take in the blockbuster perfectly timed for the big reveal: “The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from The Art Institute of Chicago (through February 16) … A forerunner who improbably paved the way for Picasso, the underknown Spaniard Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 – 1923), gets his day: Sorolla’s winsome, late Impressionist style offerings are at the Meadows Museum in a show that adds sun and sea to our season. The artist’s great-granddaughter, Blanca Pons-Sorolla, curates this international traveling view that focuses on Sorolla’s turn-of-the-century American experiences (December 13 – April 19).