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Arts / Museums

Leaving Dragon Street Behind

A Dallas Art Power Couple Jumps to a Space Designed By a Renowned Architect

BY // 06.27.16

After two decades and two locations, gallerists Missy and Burt Finger have pulled ahead of the pack with a new Design District spot for their respected Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery.

This spring, the duo jumped from a sea of Dragon Street dealers to a truly prime place directly across from the Dallas Contemporary — 3,800 square feet designed by architect Thomas Krähenbühl. Among the power couples of the Texas photo world, this adroit pair is internationally known for their take on modern and contemporary photography.

As members of the platinum standard organization — The Association of International Photography Art Dealers — they annually exhibit in AIPAD’s spring show (moving to NYC’s Pier 94 in 2017). They’re also guest reviewers for FotoFest, and Burt served as an appraiser during Antiques Roadshow’s 2015 season.

The Fingers’ vision has always been original and unexpected. In the lens of PDNB throughout the decades has been everything from pin-up pics by the late Bunny Yeager (who influenced Cindy Sherman) to annual shows of shoeshine kits presented alongside vintage images of the men who plied that trade; American legends such as Bill Owens, Michael Kenna, Jimmy and Dena Katz, and Nickolas Muray, who early on photographed Frida Kahlo; Texas notables Keith Carter, George Krause, Peter Brown and Earlie Hudnall Jr.; and internationals such as contemporary Russian photographers (discovered during Burt’s trip to Moscow as a FotoFest reviewer in 2011), Spanish Surrealist Chema Madoz, and Latin masters including the classical Mario Algaze and Esteban Diaz’s aerial world informed by a Gulliver’s Travels perspective.

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, 154 Glass St., 214.969.1852.

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