As the year comes to an end, many of us think back on our fondest memories. For us, many of those memories were made seeing some of our favorite art shows. Some of these shows presented works by our favorite artists and others presented new artists that quickly become favorites. Through the year we’ve met some great people, getting to know the art world in the best way possible and sharing it with you all as often as we can. To celebrate those shows and the institutions that shared our favorite exhibitions this year, the three of us have decided to gather them in happy remembrance. So together, we all share with you what made the year of 2015 so great for us in the art world.
Picasso Sculpture at the MoMA
Leah: While in New York this October, I saw the beautiful retrospective of Picasso Sculpture at the MoMA. Jerry Saltz responded to the exhibition stating, “We don’t think of Picasso as a sculptor, but we should. He was a great one.” These were my exact feelings, and I’m sure the feelings of many others, leaving the exhibition of more than 100 sculptures. The MoMA explores the works like exploring the mind of the artist, almost a three dimensional hallucination of what his famous drawings have always alluded to. They were raw and full of character, just like his works on paper, and together brought new integrity to material and space.
Roy Lichtenstein: Greene Street Mural at Gagosian Gallery
Leah: I also visited Gagosian Gallery in the spectacular recreation of Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural. The first Greene Street Mural was created in 1983 by Lichtenstein as a site-specific, temporary mural alive for only six weeks. On September 10th, Gagosian in New York brought the mural back to life as a full-size replica in collaboration with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and under the supervision of Lichtenstein’s former studio assistant. The mural was presented in exhibition with other pieces, mostly sculptures, from Lichtenstein’s uniquely vast collection. To watch a timelapse of the mural’s modern recreation, follow this link!
Synchrodogs Sypernatural at Dallas Contemporary
Zac: The Dallas Contemporary commissioned Synchrodogs in a project of human exploration wit the unknown. The artists used their photos to create a new reality based on the intersections of what is natural and artificial. The works in the show were beautifully curated in a setting of supernatural studies inspired by wild natures.
Robert Therrien at Austin Contemporary
Stephen: Robert Therrien‘s works at Austin Contemporary presented common objects in new sculptural integrity to inspire a contemplative conversation between object and subject. Together they created meta-rooms that represented a focused lens on domestic life and illuminate his intimate memories.
Tightrope: Tom Orr at Barry Whistler Gallery
Leah: Dallas never disappoints. We may do our hair big, our food bigger, but for me, art is the biggest. We went to many gallery shows, and one that stands out to me primarily is Tom Orr at Barry Whistler. The sculptures created geometric explorations of form and light and were a wonderfully immersive visual experience.
Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980’s at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Leah: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth graced us with a spectacular show this year in Urban Theater. The show encompassed some of the most influential artists from New York in an age when having a voice was so crucial and shaped future artistic narratives.
NON OBJECTIVE at Circuit 12 Contemporary Dallas
Zac: This summer, Circuit 12 opened its new location on Levee Street in the Design District with works by artists that explored interdisciplinary appropriations to contemporary art. NON OBJECTIVE shared some of their past artists with some new ones that will pave the way for many more explorative shows in the future, and I definitely can’t wait to see more.
Wolfgang Tillmans: “PRC” at David Zwirner
Stephen: Wolfgang Tillmans captured intimate and playful subjectivity in photography that presented its subtleties of exhibitionism at David Zwirner. In conversation with large scale prints were small prints presented on the gallery walls with simple methods like tape that draw you to the image in its true sense of form and quality. In conjunction with the images were video installations that reflected a similar nonsensical visual study as the images in the gallery.
Here & Now Juried Show at Galleri Urbane
Leah: This was the second year for Galleri Urbane’s annual juried show titled Here & Now. Organized by juror and Assistant Gallery Director Adiran Zuniga, 9 artists were featured in a study of a classically beautiful medium of paint that has been challenged in the expanding practices of contemporary art.
PRIVATE EYES | GREY SUNSETS at Circuit 12 Contemporary Dallas
Stephen: While still at its location on Dragon Street, Circuit 12 presented abstract works in various and colorful media in PRIVATE EYES | GREY SUNSETS. The works brought to viewer’s attention the importance of information in texture, form, and color.
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