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Ricky Martin Leaves Dallas Bigwigs Slack-Jawed at His Star Artist Husband’s Opening: Everyone Wants to Live La Vida Loca

BY // 10.24.18
photography Photography by Irwin Thompson

The most memorable part of the Jwan Yosef exhibition opening at Goss-Michael Foundation was, of course, his art. But running a close second was the mood of the eve: Dozens of Dallasites overcome with stars in their eyes, trying to act as cool as possible in the presence of Ricky Martin, Yosef’s husband.

Believe me, I was one of those of standing in line to get my picture taken with the handsome artist and the pop star. I’ve now shown that picture at least 50 times when asked if I’ve been to any interesting art events in the past month.

The incredibly good-looking couple were in town for the opening of Yosef’s exhibition, “Come September.” If you want to see a great assortment of images of his artistic work or just be impressed by his incredible physique, simply check out his Instagram @jwanyosef (which has a following of more than 500,000).

The title, “Come September,” is from a Rock Hudson film and is part of a series of four exhibitions the artist has opening this fall. Rock Hudson is a personality Yosef references in many of his works and to tie the shows together he decided to arbitrarily use four of the iconic actor’s movie titles.

Starting with “Come September,” then followed by “Gathering Of Eagles,” at Praz-Delavallade in Los Angeles opening November 10. His third show, “Send Me No Flowers,” will be at Guerrero Projects in Houston and finally, “Strange Bedfellows,” will be at Stene Projects in Stockholm in December.

Goss-Michael Foundation executive director, Joyce Goss, alongside co-founder Kenny Goss, hosted the party to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. A lively crowd descended upon their Design District gallery space for an opportunity to see the introspective works and catch a glimpse of Jwan Yosef and Ricky Martin.

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I had the opportunity to spend some time interviewing the charming artist in advance of the exhibition. You can read my full feature right here online or in the November print issue of PaperCity.

Some notables from the group that came to see Yosef’s work and try and secure a selfie with Ricky included D’Andra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Kim Whitman, Max Trowbridge, Al and Janice Coker, Sam Saladino, Peter Doroshenko, Jeremy Strick, Jessica Nowitzki, Jennifer Klos.

“Come September” is on view at the Goss-Michael Foundation through November 16. Located at 1305 Wycliff Avenue, Suite 120, 214-696-0555.

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