Thursday, April 18, 2013
Three must-catch openings during DADA’s Spring Gallery Walk
Open galleries will stretch from Slocum to Dragon and beyond on Saturday, April 20.
DESIGN DISTRICT A couple of weeks ago the Dragon Street art galleries banded together for yet another Dragon.Open and just in case you missed it it’s happening again this weekend, only bigger. This weekend the Dallas Art Dealers Association is hosting their annual Spring gallery walk so that means the open houses stretch from Slocum to Dragon and beyond. While everyone isn’t celebrating new openings, here are a few to be on the look out for as you plan your Saturday.
Geometric Abstraction is nothing new in art, but that doesn’t mean artists aren’t interpreting the medium in new ways. Christopher Martin Gallery, along with 212Gallery out of Aspen, are addressing some new ways artists are exploring geometric abstraction in their show NEO | GEO: New Perspectives in Geometric Abstraction. The show will exhibit work by Christopher Martin himself along with three other living artists who are currently deconstructing geometric forms in ways that are all their own. The show will open Friday but the gallery will host an open house from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 to coincide with the DADA Gallery walk.
Later this week I’ll have a more in-depth look at Dragon Street newcomer Gallerie Noir, but I had to include them in the gallery round-up because this Saturday Gallerie Noir is hosting a reception for an excellent solo show featuring artist Drew Merritt. Merritt is a Los Angeles based artist who blends the gritty world of street art with a classical sensibility. He paints very dark, large and small-scale paintings, often suffused with surreal imagery and beautiful textures. The paintings are hard to define but fascinating and you won’t want to miss seeing them up close and personal. Gallerie Noir will hold their reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday.
Another opening I recommend you stop in to see this weekend is PDNB Gallery’s Scene of the Crime II. This particular show comes with a viewer beware warning. The exhibit will feature photographs of, and relating to, crime throughout the 20th century, some can get gruesome. Mug shots of mob characters, one-of-a-kind photos by the infamous crime photographer Weegee and crime scene documentation are all included in the exhibit. This is the second exhibit of crime scene photography PDNB has exhibited and the show opens this Saturday with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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