Arts / Galleries

Celebrity Photographer’s Stunning Work is Having a Dallas Moment in New Design District Gallery

The World of Markus Klinko Includes Beyonce, David Bowie and More

BY // 09.18.19

Celebrity photographer Markus Klinko, famous for his photos of Beyonce, David Bowie, Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga to name a few, is all set to showcase his work at the Design District’s newest gallery.

Markowicz Fine Art Gallery, which opened just a month ago, is having its Grand Opening this Saturday, September 21. The second gallery from Bernard Markowicz (the first is in Miami), the 4,300 square foot showroom is located at 1700 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 200.

Klinko has made a career out of taking photos over the past three decades of the biggest cultural icons, giving them intimate looks into the minds of the artists and entertainers that are featured. In 2016, after David Bowie passed away Markowicz became the first fine art gallery to showcase his work.

David Bowie by Markus Klinko

Featuring between 175 and 200 works from internationally known artists, such as Kai, Idan Zareski and Klinko, the gallery’s opening will be celebrated with the dedication of Zareski‘s “Babyfoot,” an 8-foot tall blue baby which marks the entrance to the Design District. One of eight of a series displayed throughout the world, the Dallas baby was just installed earlier this year. Others reside in the Swiss Alps, Costa Rica and Miami.

Idan Zareski
“Babyfoot” (Photo by Megan Ziots)

Gallery founder and owner Markowicz’s passion for art began early.

“I bought my first piece of art at 16, and my artistic values today are still rooted in inherent messages, beauty and attraction,” he says. “The gallery is about taking your time and enjoying what you want to see. We welcome questions about the artist, the meaning behind the work and the medium. Our core purpose is to help people find art they’re truly passionate about.”

Los Angeles artist Kai is planning to paint a mural on the outside of the Dallas location. A grad of L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, he’s known for his single-frame storytelling and signature “IF” character.

“My goal is to create art that everyone can relate to and communicate those universal issues and values that tie cultures together – such as love, money, time, happiness, success or the environment. I want my work to break both societal stereotypes and cultural divides,” Kai says.

Kai recently painted “Ambition” in Los Angeles.

Other artists currently on exhibit at the gallery include French artist Alain Godon, Metis Atash, Annalu, Stephane Gautier, Ted Collier, Sylvain Tremblay, Arno Elias, Carole A. Feuerman, FAILE, Fancois Bel, Gregory Watin, Joel Moens, Jonathan Seliger, Marilyn Minter, Mel Ramos, Tom Wesselmann, Tommy Zen, YOM and The London Police.

“Art is important because it makes life better,” Markowicz says. “The day to day is the day to day, but art enriches us with beauty and pleasure. I look forward to being part of the Dallas Design District and bringing our perspective and aesthetic to Dallas.”

The Grand Opening takes place this Saturday at 5 pm. There’s no word yet on whether Klinko will be in attendance, but Kai, Sylvain Tremblay, Tommy Zen, Idan Zareski, Metis Atash and Carolus have all been confirmed to attend.

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