Sunday, May 03, 2015


David Salle Pink Field, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Skarstedt, NY.
Art copyright David Salle, liscensed by VAGA, NY repost of my article.

After the last dumpster it filled with the remains of Loris Gréaud’s show at the Dallas Contemporary, there will be room for something we can look forward to seeing. That is, of course, the works by David Salle and Anila Quayyum Agha.

David Salle was one of the first artists I identified with when I became aware of the greater art world. On more than one painting I attempted to copy his style before looking for my own voice. I came across his work in a contemporary art class as an undergraduate and then I continued to research and look for his work in museums and gallery exhibitions. Unfortunately for me I have see very little in person by Salle, so i am extremely excited that the Dallas Contemporary has shown the wisdom to bring him to us. On April 9th, Thursday, he is going to be here to give a talk and I am seriously thinking of skipping my day job just to go hear him. David Salle’s paintings remix most of the late 20th century art into single art pieces. For Salle, originality is a myth and one can only reshuffle the iconic artists’ styles and pay homage to their images. Thus he creates something new with his montage paintings. I can imagine Salle thinking about Alex Katz when painting some of his washed out portraits of women. Paintings of bodies pressed to canvas are clear references to Franz Kline. His abstract areas reference much of the development of artists working like Jackson Pollack. However, these easy references are not completely copied but stylized from the source. Much like the Baroque artists looked to the Renaissance artists for style and form, Salle looks to late Modern for his. So does just about every other artist these days, at least Salle is deadpan straightforward about his use of the recent past.

Anila Quayyum Agha is another great catch for the Dallas Contemporary. She was the first artist to win both prizes of the Artprize out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. And for good reason, that piece, titled Intersection, is simply amazing and I can’t wait to see it installed at DC. Intersection is the type of work that makes a room not just a room but an experience. Anila Quayyum Agha is originally from Pakistan so some of the geometric iconography from Islamic culture runs through this work. A light emanated from the center and the shadow of the patterns reflect on the wall. I hope the DC will have a few of her drawings and paintings as well.

I failed to mention that Nate Lowman will also be showing, but I am deeply skeptical that his work will inspire anything but more of the same shallow market art that is so prevalent at art fairs nowadays. Lowman’s reloaded Pop has been historically soulless and his use of irony is pretty weak. Yet, I could be pleasantly surprised, so I will cross my fingers and hope Lowman has something thoughtful and interesting to offer for Dallas. This group of three artists will show at the Dallas Contemporary starting on April 9th and run through August 23rd.

Saturday, May 02, 2015


Sadamasa Motonaga, Red and Yellow, 1963, oil, synthetic resin, and gravel on canvas re-post of my article.

It is a good time to think outside the commercial spaces and hit the art museums around Dallas. The art district is having a spring block party on the 20th of May, so the Nasher will be free, along with the DMA and Crow Collection which are already free. The theme for the night is Jane Austen, so hopefully some people will be out in their best victorian outfits.

Another theme you might notice in the Dallas Museum of Art is abstract painting. Frank Bowling’s map paintings marry the ironic structures that Jasper Johns explored in this flag painting and the expansive colorfield painters of the 1950’s and 60’s. Bowling was part of that zeitgeist of transitioning from abstraction to irony. Though not represented in the show, his early works look similar Neo Expressionists of the 1980’s, only Bowling predated them by thirty years. Also, his later work moves into complete abstraction around the end of the 1970’s, which was a surprise to me, because so many others of that era took such a different path after they had a taste of irony. Bowling’s map paintings were the trend, but then he bucked the trend to seek his own path.

The DMA also has action or colorfield abstract painters from Japan making these works in the 1980’s - the early 2000’s. I say action painting because Kazuo Shiraga picked up where Jackson Pollack and his band of friends left off. Only now performance was part of the game, so in and out of the studio his work was created by smearing and splashing paint to create the happy accidents of the paint dance. The canvas is only a recording device of his actions and choices. Sadamasa Motonaga’s colorfield works have the benefit of being informed by Pop art, so his work is much more playful than the serious New York School. Stories or a narrative structure seem to creep into the works which make his abstract paintings more accessible and even endearing to my children.

Traveling over to the Nasher Sculpture Garden, you will find one of this years important shows not to miss. Phyllida Barlow has looked at the museum and thought about how her work can interact with the space. I urge you to take a long hard look at her abstract sculptures. UT Dallas recognized back in 2003 that her work was not thrown together. I remember back then some of the dismissive remarks about her work from some students, but clearly Barlow has been on to something. I too was unsure of her work, but I can see a clearer picture here at Nasher. I just wish I could flesh it out and define it.

If you find yourself leaving the Arts District going south, head over to the Meadows Museum for one of our Texas natives who moved away and made good, John Alexander. His paintings are not abstract but rather about the East Texas bayous or the people destroying nature. Alexander’s two bodies of work he does at the same time are like pure dichotomies of one another. One being the natural beauty from his memories of his swamp and the other being masked people destroying the world for petty reasons. Life with and without people is how Alexander deals with the world. Nature wears no masks, while people must change everything, even their own identity.

The DMA will host works by Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga through July 19 and Frank Bowling to August 2. Phyllida Barlow will be at the Nasher until August 30th. The Meadows Museum runs John Alexander’s show through June 28.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Karen Schifano, Karl Bielik, Karla Areli, Katherine Mojzsis

Where can you see a great quantity of abstract art on display in one place, 500x of course. Here are four more artists in the Family Ties show and links to their sites. Karen Schifano, Karl Bielik, Karla Areli, and Katherine Mojzsis.

Karen Schifano

Katherine Mojzsis

Karla Areli

Karl Bielik

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Joan Mellon, John Kesling, Jonathan Cowan, Julia L Trinh, Julia Schwartz, Julie Alexander, Julie S. Graham

Joan Mellon, John Kesling, Jonathan Cowan, Julia L Trinh, Julia Schwartz, Julie Alexander, and Julie S. Graham are some of the artists in the 500X show, upstairs. The show is coming down soon, so I am trying to show as many artist from the show as I can. Three at a time was not enough, then four at a time was still not enough. I guess I should have uses a little simple math to get the perfect number to show at a time. None the less, here are 7 more artists you to visit their sites and see a sample of their work.

 Joan Mellon
 Jonathan Cowan
  Julia L Trinh

  Julie Alexander
Julia Schwartz

Julie S. Graham

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Places locally I am look at for shows

Places locally I am look at for shows East of Dallas.
Tyler Gallery Main Street, Cole Center in Nacogdoches, Shreveport Regional Art Counsel,TRAHC,
And a museum I want to visit too R.W. Norton.

Jeff Parrott, Jennifer Shepard, Jill Vasileff, Jenny Leigh Jones

Rolling out 4 more artists in the 500x show, up now in Dallas. Jeff Parrott, Jennifer Shepard, Jill Vasileff, and Jenny Leigh Jones. Jenny Leigh Jones is another artist I have written about. Here is a link at I featured her on my blog here.

 Jill Vasileff

Jennifer Shepard

Jenny Leigh Jones
Jeff Parrott

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gwendolyn Plunkett, James Prez, Jamie Powell, Giovanni Valderas

Another batch of artists from the show and with linked websites: Gwendolyn Plunkett link, James Prez link, Jamie Powell link, and Giovanni Valderas link. I have written a great deal about Giovanni Valderas' work at Visit the link of my review of one of his shows. And yet an older link.

 Jamie Powell

James Prez

Gwendolyn Plunkett
Giovanni Valderas

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fred Gutzeit, Georgia Elrod, Ginny Casey

Three more artists showing this month, upstairs, exhibiting at 500x. Fred Gutzeit link, Georgia Elrod link, and Ginny Casey link. Open on the weekends or by appointment. 

Fred Gutzeit

Georgia Elrod

Ginny Casey

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Enrico Gomez, Eric Mavko, Fran Holstrom

Here are works by the artists in order. These three artists are in the Family Ties show, currently up at 500x in Dallas. Check out their links to their art pages. Fran Holstrom link, Eric Mavko link, Enrico Gomez link.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Elizabeth Riley, Ellen Letcher, Emily Berger

Elizabeth Riley, Ellen Letcher, and Emily Berger are three artists that are also in this large show at 500x gallery space. 

Ellen Letcher

Elizabeth Riley  link

Emily Berger link

Monday, April 20, 2015

Deanna Wood, Douglas Florian, Elizabeth Gourlay

Deanna Wood, Douglas Florian, and Elizabeth Gourlay at the 500X show upstairs, along with a ton of other artists. Go visit on the weekends.

 Deanna Wood link

 Douglas Florian link

Elizabeth Gourlay link

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Christopher Rose, Claudia Tienan, David T. Miller

Christopher Rose, Claudia Tienan, and David T. Miller at 500x Family Ties show.

Christopher Rose site.

Claudia Tienan site.

David T. Miller site.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chance Dunlap, Christina Tenaglia, Christopher Moss

Chance Dunlap, Christina Tenaglia, Christopher Moss have a kind of Post-Minimal quality to their works. Currently up at 500x Family Ties show. Click site to visit their sites.

Chance Dunlap site.

Christopher Moss site.

Christina Tenaglia site.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Brian Edmonds, Cande Aguilar, Cecilia Salama

Brian Edmonds, Cande Aguilar, Cecilia Salama are three artists in the 500x show that I can't seem to stop featuring here. Mostly because there are so many artists in the space. I had a great conversation with Cande Aguilar during the opening. His work are like cut up samples of urban life collage in strips. I enjoyed his work and the conversation. Below are some links to their sites.

Brian Edmonds site.

Cande Aguilar site.

Cecilia Salama site.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Brett Dyer, Bonny Leibowitz, Ben Terry

Some more sample works by artist in the 500x show: Family Ties. I have written about Bonny Leibowitz and Ben Terry at Here is a link for a show both were exhibiting their works. I was in a show with Brett Dyer at the Bath House Cultural Center in the 2 x 2 exhibition in 2011. Here is a link to most the artists in that show. 

Ben Terry site or site.

Bonny Leibowitz site.

Brett Dyer site.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Barbara Laube, Becky Yazdan, Ben Pritchard

Brooklyn/Dallas show called Family Ties at 500X. Here are three more artists from the show.

Ben Pritchard and site.

Barbara Laube and site.

Becky Yazdanand site.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Anne Russinof, Ashley Garrett, Bailey K Chapman

Another three artists in the Family Ties show at 500X.

Ashley Garrett and site.

 Bailey K Chapman and site.

Anne Russinof and site.