For “Best of the Arts,” our first annual compendium of highlights over
the past year, we culled various voices who are forces within the landscape
to make their picks. We added a few of our own to round out this mix of
I loved scurrying around on a particularly rainy day with photographer
William Bichara to capture artist Jeff Zilm’s portrait, Kevin Rubén Jacobs,
and Nancy Whitenack. Running late, a slightly disheveled Zilm, with rain
spots on his white shirt, rushed from his car, to and fro, to fetch two
newly completed works for the shoot (already promised to a couple of
lucky collectors). The Journal Gallery co-founders Michael Nevin and Julia
Dippelhofer had snatched up everything he had during Dallas Arts Week
so he’s been playing catch up. Quick swipes through his hair… snap. We’re
crazy about the photograph.
Located in Brooklyn, The Journal Gallery will host a show for Zilm
this September. On a return trip from London Nevin comments: “When
we visited Jeff’s studio in Dallas, Julia and I were blown away by how
powerful the paintings were. A Jeff Zilm painting has both a reverence
and a disdain for the source material, old black-and-white films on the
brink of extinction. There is something incredibly beautiful about the
violent act of destroying a film by stripping the emulsion, but then creating
an abstract painting in which the entire film has been compressed into a
It’s stories like these that are recurring of late with the furthering of
our cultural boom. From two artists to watch (one emerging and one
established), three galleries celebrating decades in the business and Rubén
Jacobs nascent entry OFG.xxx, major museum exhibitions, the Dallas Art
Fair, dance, theater, an important film, restaurants supporting the arts,
and much more, we hope you will take pleasure in this collection of entries
perpetuating the arts climate in Dallas and Fort Worth.
Curated by arts writer Steve Carter, we bring you our first Patron print
exhibition. This installment chronicles the photographic musings of Kelly
Berry and his series “Foodies,” as featured on our cover.
In “On The Brink,” Lee Cullum muses with seven promising and
relevant architects—standouts among their comparatively youthful peer
group—about surviving the downturn, reinvention and success.
The city of the future? A busy Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene
McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and Co-Chairman,
Global Cultural Districts Network, took time out of a busy schedule, that
includes preparing for 800-some city leaders, urban planners, and academics
from 40 nations gathering in the Dallas Arts District this month, to write
about the 2014 New Cities Summit hosted by the New Cities Foundation.
On the table for discussion, “Re-imagining Cities,” the future of urban
development. We anticipate great exchange as these international leaders
construct what will make a genuinely noteworthy 21st-century city.
And within the Dallas Arts District, much anticipation surrounds the
mixed-use project Hall Arts Tower opening its first phase in 2015. We
caught up with Craig Hall on some of the artists he will include in the
project and his hopes to build critical mass.
French Polynesia for the summer anyone? With or without the sea,
in “Island Girls” photographer Maxine Helfman teamed up with stylist
Jeanette Chivvis to make you feel like you’re there.
Finally, in “Furthermore,” the stunning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard
was selected by The Dallas Opera audiences as the winner of the 2014
Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year.
Publisher / Editor in Chief
June / July 2014