Which Dallas art gallery will change the city next?Here is Salvador Dalí’s "L’homme poisson," 1930, at the Meadows Museum
Nathan Green’s "Sheetrock Slip/Strike (GBY)," 2015, at Barry Whistler Gallrey
A Surreal Spring: We mean that both literally and metaphorically, beginning with the Meadows Museum’s focus exhibition on a gem of a recent acquisition: “Salvador Dalí, An Early Surrealist Masterpiece” (through June 19). The diminutive canvas, L’homme poisson, measures a mere 10.5 by 7.5 inches; despite its tiny size, it is heralded for being the only Dalí in a Texas museum. The Meadows painting, dated 1930, prefigures the Spanish master’s The Persistence of Memory from the following year, which is also of the same scale and now in the coffers of MoMA.
Gallery Change-Up: There’s never been a time of more transformation in the Dallas gallery and nonprofit world. Closings, moves, reconfigurations and then a stepping into the limelight of those who’ve stayed the course. First and foremost, Barry Whistler Gallery celebrates 30 years as one of Texas’ most unerring dealers, a gallerist of modesty, yet undisputable vision.
To see why Whistler is a legend, visit his 30th anniversary exhibition, which embraces his full stable, from Goss-Michael-exhibited Nathan Green to luminous lenswomen (and Whistler’s wife) Allison V. Smith and Ann Stautberg (through March 26). After the show closes, Whistler is on the move, decamping after a great run in Deep Ellum for the Design District.
If the address of the gallery’s new digs sound familiar — 315 Cole — it’s because that 4,500-square-foot warehouse space was formerly Lab Art, whose final show was the happening for Tyler Shields. (Reportedly, Lab Art Texas, while no longer brick and mortar, is selling street art via social media and is still loosely in the biz.)
Whistler expects his new space to be ready after the Dallas Art Fair, where he’ll present a monographic booth on the work of Texas ab-ex painter Terrell James. He’s enlisted Russell Buchanan of Buchanan Architecture to take his future home’s 1951 building into a more minimalist direction than its previous aerosol-emblazoned white cube …
Another gallery player with a respected 20-plus year history, PDNB, unfurls its new space across from the Dallas Contemporary. With an enviable address at 154 Glass Street, top AIPAD-member photo dealers Missy and Burt Finger are poised to expand upon their collector base by bringing talents such as Bill Owens, Keith Carter and Peter Brown to an increased audience (inaugural exhibition, “The Next Chapter,” through April 23) …
The only sad news is the sudden, swift closure of video-and-new-media haven Zhulong Gallery. We’re still tracking this story and will be following its talented director, Aja Martin, on her next endeavor. The Goss-Michael Foundation News: Stay tuned for the scoop on Goss-Michael Foundation’s next space, 1305 Wycliff, across from Dallas Auction Gallery, at 2235 Monitor.