After 30 years in Deep Ellum, one of Texas’ most respected dealers begins a new chapter. Not only has Barry Whistler joined the ranks of Design District gallerists, but he’s also on the leading edge, with an aesthetically avant-garde program that never verges on the trendy.
Decades before authenticity was the buzzword, his eponymous gallery mounted shows defined by that hallmark and has always given Texas talents their due: From the minimalist abstractions of Dallas artist Linnea Glatt, not coincidentally the new space’s opener (through June 25), to Goss-Michael Foundation-touted Nathan Green and influential abstract painter John Pomara, the stable has always been stellar. (Occasionally, surprises have crept in; one memorable instance was an endearing and odd show of Bucks Burnett’s eight-track tape collection in 2009.)
Whistler’s new white cube, a repurposed early-’70s warehouse, matches his honed vision. Increasing the gallery’s footprint by 1,500 square feet, it transforms the once aerosol-encrusted interiors of Lab Art (now a private dealer) into a pristine 4,500-square-foot space with an expansive main gallery and a bookstore at the entrance.
“The main exhibition space is a single large room, 42 by 28 feet with natural light, so the scale is a major change for us,” Whistler says. “This new location will allow exposure to a new audience and easier access for our clients … Our time and identity with Deep Ellum was good, but this feels right, and I welcome the change. I’m excited to be near many of our contemporaries.”
At the nexus of Cole and Dragon, Whistler is literally at the crossroads of the Design District. Up next is a group show of his main players (July 2 – August 13), followed by new photographs from Whistler’s wife, the incisive and poetic Allison V. Smith (September 10 – October 25). Barry Whistler Gallery, 315 Cole St., 214.939.0242.