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Arts / Galleries

The Art Fair Comes to the Mall

Texas’ Iconic Shopping Center Hosts Special Tours, Fashionable Works

BY // 10.09.17

One could argue that there has never been a more harmonious marriage of art and commerce than that in NorthPark Center. Think of KAWS’ sculpture of a mouse character, carrying two exhausted mini-mes past the row of children’s boutiques and the Mrs. Field’s cookie shop, or Pamela Nelson and Robert A. Wilson’s Color Equations residing among a rainbow of designer wares.

The iconic Dallas shopping mall is home to a stunning collection of artworks – and this fall, it’s taking things up a notch.

The Dallas Art Fair has partnered with NorthPark Center to highlight the public art onsite with a series of guided tours, available to all. On Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m., artist and manager of communications at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Lucia Simek will lead a tour and discussion of the collection. There will be another opportunity for an in-depth look at NorthPark’s collection on Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m., with Katherine Brodbeck, assistant curator at the Dallas Museum of Art. RSVP to RSVP@dallasartfair.com if you’re interested in attending.

In addition to shopping center’s normal array of art, a traveling exhibition will drop in this October. Presented by NorthPark Center and Harper’s Bazaar, The Art of Bazaar will explore the role of art in fashion through 150 years of iconic images in the magazine. From early illustrations by Salvador Dalí to sartorial sketches by Andy Warhol, the art of Harper’s Bazaar is about so much more than clothes.

The magazine has long been a platform for visionary artists who pushed boundaries and challenged the fashion industry. The exhibit will include the work of visionary photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Man Ray, Toni Frissell, Alfred Stieglitz and more. The show will be set up in a gallery on level one between Louis Vuitton and Burberry (what better place?). It opens on October 23.

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