In Patron’s 2nd Annual Best Of The Arts issue, we tasked guest contributors
to each select a standout of the past 12 months among the swell of arts
offerings. No easy task with the sheer volume presented in the area.
This installment includes selections from museum directors Eric Lee,
Mark Roglán, and Jeremy Strick, along with the Dallas Museum of Art’s
Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, Olivier Meslay.
Other picks were culled from performing arts patron, the striking
Barbara Daseke, and prominent art collector and co-founder of TWO x
TWO For AIDS And Art, Cindy Rachofsky. The Exhibitions Director for
ArtPrize, Kevin Buist, expounds on the seminal work by Anila Quayyum
Agha on display at the Dallas Contemporary through August 23. Winning
the top public vote and juried awards in 2014, Agha’s Intersections gave the
artist a cash prize of $300,000. The Goss-Michael Foundation’s curator
Michael Mazurek filled us in on Michael Craig-Martin’s 10-site exhibition
on display through August, while filmmaker and environmentalist
Michael Cain and fellow activist David Rudduck described the import
of Racing Extinction, a film Trammell S. Crow is co-executive producing.
Recurring contributors Steve Carter, Nancy Cohen Israel, and Lee Cullum
rounded out the well-considered.
Speaking of “Best,” on our cover we enjoyed a prodigious opportunity
arranged by Talley Dunn Gallery to visit with artist Vernon Fisher. In
countless museum collections from the West’s Los Angeles County
Museum of Art to the East’s Museum of Modern Art, New York, the
artist’s vast studio serves as an incubator for the rich vocabulary of his
paintings and mind. Plus, to listen to Fisher's recall of literary genius is as
compelling as his works on canvas.
Also befitting of this edition’s theme, Mil Bodron takes us inside an
Uptown condominium he designed, bedecked with an oustanding art and
furniture collection in MODERN TIMES. Plus, in a thrilling suggestion
heralding summer, Steven Visneau photographed three company dancers
from the Texas Ballet Theater poolside. Stylist Tiffany Hicks brought out
the delicate beauty of each ballerina, donning them with fashion and jewelry
sourced from local boutiques. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International
Realtor, Becky Frey and her team offered up this contemporary home
and pool designed by architect Lionel Morrison in DANSEURS DE LA
We want to take a moment to thank our advertisers that supported
Patron’s Best Of issue…and every issue for that matter. Your investment
makes this important arts coverage and content possible. There is a
perception that everyone flees North Texas in the summer, and many do,
but for the millions who remain, the arts are still thriving with countless
extraordinary offerings June–August. Heat aside, let’s be sure to venture
out and take the time to enjoy the visual and performing arts of the region
so unwaveringly presented by ardent North Texans.
Publisher / Editor in Chief
June / July 2015