In a museum that holds “one of the largest and most comprehensive
collections of Spanish art outside of Spain,” it is most unexpected to find
an exhibition scheduled for an artist born in Beaumont, Texas, especially
during its 50th Anniversary celebrations. Nevertheless, that is exactly what’s
to be discovered when the Meadows Museum presents Human/nature. The
Ridiculous and Sublime: Recent Works by John Alexander in March.
A longtime New York resident, Alexander wrestles with human
character and its impact on nature through his artworks. The curious
seafarers in The Boating Party appearing on this issue’s cover are archetypal
of the parody this Goya-influenced artist amuses his viewers with. Goya,
A Lifetime of Graphic Invention is on display through March 1 making
Alexander’s subsequent exhibit and his connection to the Meadows
clearer. Even more so, as an SMU alum who helped install Goya’s prints
in the museum years ago, Alexander’s work was deeply shaped as retold in
Something of the Marvelous by Steve Carter.
The Devil’s Dress, The Angel, The Sleeper, The Avoider, and more rarely
exhibited artworks will be joined together as part of a comprehensive
survey at the DMA marking the U.S. premiere of Belgian painter and
filmmaker Michaël Borremans’s international traveling exhibition.
Comprised of paintings, drawings, and films, Michaël Borremans: As sweet
as it gets will highlight the artist’s work over the last fourteen years. We
dedicate eight of our pages to preview this artist’s inimitable, sometimes-disquieting oeuvre as considered by arts writer Patricia Mora.
As if these two exhibits alone weren’t enough to titillate one’s thirst
for the visual arts, Dallas Contemporary’s Justine Ludwig and journalist
Caleb Mathern preview some of the most exciting exhibitors coming to the
Dallas Art Fair this April. Take a peek in Great Expectations.
In other art news, many emerging and mid-career Texas artists are
becoming collegiate. Last fall, arts champion and collector Joan Davidow
donated her personal collection of contemporary art to UT Dallas. The
university installed 75 pieces in its Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology
Building and the Erik Jonsson Academic Center, of some 150 works to
be ultimately bestowed. Nancy Cohen Israel talks with Joan about her
extraordinary gift in Universal Appeal.
Because we live in a city fueled by its arts patrons, TACA (The Arts
Community Alliance) awards top honors at its annual Silver Cup Awards
luncheon. Lee Cullum talked with the 2015 recipients Don Glendenning
and Catherine Rose, in Cultured Cup.
Finally, in Furthermore, artist, author, and co-founder of the Dallas Art
Fair, Chris Byrne, takes us inside the studio of artist-in-residence Josh
Reames. Could this graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago be a precedent
for our desire to attract more artists here?
Publisher / Editor in Chief
February / March 2015