Holidays bring both the new and the ritual, when time becomes quite
valuable. The season of giving indisputably needs 48-hour days. Wouldn’t
you agree? With greater reason, because our city is combusting with more
performing arts events than ever to schedule time for. Imagine in 2015,
The Dallas Opera will deliver three world premieres as described by Lee
Cullum in Worldly Goods. Selecting among the multitude of choices from
performing arts institutions, organizations, and individual performers,
arts writer Steve Carter highlights five additional of note in Transformations.
A splendid respite in London to take in the Frieze Art Fair was
refreshing. Just after Patron’s 3rd Anniversary Party, the Brit trip was a
perfect couplet to the From Across the Pond edition release and brought new
significance to the European flavor in our December/January issue, as you
In April 2015 the Goss-Michael Foundation and MTV Staying Alive
Foundation will honor London’s celebrated artist Michael Craig-Martin
through the annual MTV RE:DEFINE. Craig-Martin, also renowned as
the fine arts professor emeritus at Goldsmiths who taught many of the
Young British Artists, was commissioned to create one of his signature
computer portraits of the Duke of Wellington to hang in the Apsley
House beside historical portraits of the famed defeater of Napoleon. To
commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo in 2015, the
Duke’s progeny Lord Douro tells us: “Michael Craig-Martin has created
a 21st century image of a famous 19th century iconic figure. It is an
important addition to the Wellington Collection at Apsley House.” Patricia
Mora chats with Craig-Martin in MTV RE:DEFINE Acquires A New Royal
On our cover, Loris Gréaud is an elusive conceptual artist who simply
won’t reveal his tricks just yet even in his Skype interview with UTD’s
Frank Dufour. No doubt the viewing audience is in for a real treat when
the French artist makes an unprecedented, site-specific, “monographic
exhibition,” American museum debut at Dallas Contemporary in January.
Read a bit about his forthcoming The Unplayed Notes Museum in The Gréaud
Effect. Plus, the Dallas Contemporary also welcomes Justine Ludwig, the
new Director of Exhibitions and Senior Curator. In Art Intelligentsia, we
look forward to seeing what this internationally educated and traveled
woman has in store for this important institution.
In this issue we ask you to consider Maxine Helfman’s series, Forefathers.
Challenging, these photographic collages depict the furled visage of our
nation’s founding fathers to reveal the likeness of a slave peering through.
Helfman’s work was so compelling she was selected as one of six finalists
in fine art for International Photographer of the Year as bestowed by
the International Photography Awards in New York at Carnegie Hall.
In Elephant in the Room, Steve Carter discusses the inspiration behind the
artworks with Helfman.
Nancy Cohen Israel caught up with two women exploring culture and
religion through their art forms. No matter your worldview, visiting the
Mysteries, Signs, and Wonders: The Art of Barbara Hines exhibit at the nondenominational Museum of Biblical Art is a nice holiday pastime for all.
The exhibit also inaugurates the museum’s National Center for Jewish Art.
Artist and activist, Lekha Singh highlights a different part of our globe
through her film and photography work in Hidden in Plain Sight.
Patron salutes Nancy Myers, a contributor, colleague, admired friend,
and citizen of the arts. A loss for all, she passed away this fall. We will miss
this lover of cats and the written word.
We look forward to the New Year with the zeal that comes from
knowing our arts landscape will continue to flourish at the hands of our
denizens. We know Nancy would like that.
Publisher / Editor in Chief
December 2014 / January 2015