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Best Spring 2015 Art Events In DFW

"Midnight Room" by Robert Jessup (Courtesy of Robert Jessup/Conduit Gallery)

Dallas has one of the most progressive art scenes in the country, and the offering of art this spring has never been more diverse. With world and USA premiers of exhibits, Dallas is the city to see for art.

Chris Larson's "Heavy Rotation" (Courtesy of Chris Larson/Conduit Gallery)

Robert Jessup And Chris Larson
Conduit Gallery
1626 C Hi Line Dr.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 939-0064

Date: Jan. 10 – Feb. 14, 2015

Robert Jessup's "New Paintings 2013-2014" and Chris Larson's "Heavy Rotation" open the art season at Conduit Gallery. Jessup, a painting professor at the University of North Texas, is known for pushing the boundaries of art by creating wildly colorful abstracts and tightly painted narratives. In the Project Space of Conduit Gallery, Larson's 15-minute video "Heavy Rotation" will be shown and depicts the Minnesota-based artist in his element.

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Sadamasa Motonaga, "Z Z Z Z Z," 1971, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto © 2015 Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa

Kazuo Shiraga, Sadamasa Motonaga And Frank Bowling
The Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-1818

Date: Feb. 8 – Aug. 2, 2015

This is the year for The Dallas Museum of Art. The DMA is the exclusive world and USA venue for several exhibits this year. The Dallas Museum of Art is the world exclusive venue for two exhibits "Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga" from February 8 through July 19, 2015 and "Frank Bowling: Map Paintings" from February 20 through August 2, 2015.

Frank Bowling, "Africa to Australia," 1971, Courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales Gallery, copyright of Frank Bowling, photograph by Charles Robinson

"Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga" in the Hoffman Galleries examines the artistic careers of these two artists from their early works to their nearly two-decade-long engagement with the Gutai Art Association of postwar Japanese artists and their later works in the late 1900s and early 2000s. This extensive exhibit includes items that have never been exhibited in the United States. The DMA with the Japan Foundation in Tokyo organized the exhibit that spans over 60 years of Shiraga's and Motonaga's work.

"Frank Bowling: Map Paintings" in the Barrel Vault quad explores the Guyanese-born British painter's contributions in abstract art. In his advocacy of black artists internationally, he used maps as tools to explore color. Bowling's work is vibrant. This is the first time in 45 years that these "Map Paintings" will be shown together since their debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971. This event marks the DMA's acquisition of its first painting of Bowling - "Marcia H Travels" (1970). 

Painting by Irby Pace (Courtesy of Irby Pace/Galleri Urbane)

Irby Pace
Galleri Urbane
2277 Monitor St.
Dallas, TX 75207
(325) 226-8015

Date: March 2015

"A continuum, Idle Voids: POP!" is an exhibit of reverse engineered common devices and objects. Irby Pace's photographic pieces have been featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and several local and national publications. One can spend hours in deep study looking at his photographs. An opening reception is planned for March 28.

"Subjective Machines" by Ryder Richards (Courtesy of Ryder Richards/Carillon Gallery)

Ryder Richard's "The Idyllist"
Carillon Gallery at Joe B. Rushing Center for the Performing Arts
5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
(817) 515-4216

Date: March 5 – April 2, 2015

Ryder Richards is known for looking at life and turning it completely inside out and creating ideas through art that challenge those that to participate in viewing to look at themselves and their relationship to the world differently. This solo exhibition by Ryder Richards is called "The Idyllist." This hybrid of information in the digital age and science fiction transforms the participant of the exhibit into a world where they can be documented, their image projected and stripped of the identity markers, making them into a universal object. "Self" is simplified and the participant is introduced to an idea of communality of universal wholeness.


Mary Tomás Gallery
1110 Dragon St.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 727-5101

Date: April 4 – May 16, 2015

The "Horizon" exhibit pays homage to landscapes of the world. Artists Dawn Waters Baker, Dennis Blagg, Carolyn Caldwell, Ernst Gruler, Leslie Lanzotti Solomon and Mary Tomás will display their interpretation of landscapes. The opening reception is planned for 6 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday April 4, 2015.


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Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at 
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