To a great extent the Dallas Arts District is fully developed, but what
of the artists residing there? Except for a privileged few, there are none.
Steve Carter addresses the present-day topic that speaks to attracting and
retaining artists in the city in conversations with Catherine Cuellar, Heyd
Fontenot, Nathan Green, Maxwell Anderson, and Robert Meckfessel.
Our first Design Issue presents a strikingly balanced blend of art,
architecture and interiors. Take the ESPA at The Joule highlighted in
Contemporaries. Commissioned by John Runyon of Runyon Fine Arts, the
diverse yet homogenized artworks by L.A.-based Anthony Pearson coexist
within the two-level spa designed by the spatially agile Adam Tihany. Plus,
designers Gonzalo Bueno, Mary Anne Smiley and Joanie Wyll immediately
came to mind with their strong passion for art and interesting design
aesthetics. A peek into their design projects is included in Space.
With arresting views of the surrounding greenbelt, Lisa and Rick
Shirley offered up their art-rich home with its timeless modern architecture
by Ralph Kelman, the original architect for the Mockingbird Inn, now
Hotel Palomar. Neal Stewart’s interiors fuse seamlessly with historical
contemporary artworks purchased from the Murchison estate through
Carson Hall Fine Art and pieces from Craighead Green Gallery.
The criminally pretty art intelligentsia Ashley Tatum toured us through
her ongoing Highland Park project. David Bates, John Alexander, Erick
Swenson, Alexis Rockman—these artists share their passion for nature in
their artworks that reside masterfully with a large-scale artwork by Julian
Schnabel, and a mixed-media piece by Sam Gummelt. Marco French
collaborated on the interiors while E.V. Day’s Mummified Barbie also roosts
in the home designed by Frank Welch in an area he calls the “valley of the
kings.” Lee Cullum details the address in Of Beasts and Beauty.
From designing palaces for sultans and kings to working in villages
ravaged by HIV/AIDS and poverty in the Limpopo Province, South Africa,
the global life of Trisha Wilson, the founder of The Wilson Foundation,
is detailed by arts writer Patricia Mora. Read about this woman of action
before and after establishing the acclaimed firm Wilson Associates in The
Haves—And The Haves Who Give.
When it comes to New York City artists to know, it takes a connection
to make a short trip worth the time. In Opening Reception we relied heavily
on Chris Byrne to connect us with four artists living in New York who
are also accessible in North Texas and beyond through the Dallas Art
Fair. Once plucked, we asked the artists to interplay with fashions from
Valentino to Tom Ford. Shayna Fontana’s lens captured them all and the
especially participatory Brooklyn artist Dan Rushton.
Of particular note, Chris hooked us up with Elaine de Kooning’s
former studio and home in the woods of East Hampton. Gleaming with
light from the expansive glass enclosure, the space still remains a studio
and serves as an artists’ residency where Sadie Laska and Tyson Reeder
are currently working. Chris Byrne says: “It’s great to have access to these
artists’ studios prior to their upcoming exhibitions, and the Dallas Art Fair
looks forward to featuring their work this spring.”
Next up, our 3rd Anniversary Issue releases in October. In the meantime,
we hope you will enjoy the design, art, and fashion and the assimilated
details of each.
Publisher / Editor in Chief
August / September 2014