By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Run: a must-see, bullet-proof show
Walk: quality exhibition; well worth a visit
Saunter: commendable stuff; drop in if you've got the time
Director: Edith Baker
2404 Cedar Springs at Maple
With her usual flair, Edith Baker makes Fall Gallery Walk a pointed destination for anyone who calls himself a "Dallas art supporter," and it's no surprise that this weekend opens with a one-two local-boy combo, Tom Pribyl and Norman Kary. Pribyl continues his morphed, fishbowl take on living spaces (he calls them "interior landscapes") with Tom Pribyl's Bachelor Pad: Stylish Interiors for Modern Man. These glossy, liquid-curve oil paintings threaten to spill off the canvas in droll invasion of normal perspective. And Norman Kary: Deductive Reckoning continues the artist's canny way with mixed media -- he combines disassociated objects to create unexpected meaning, primarily by evoking a relationship between organic and synthetic materials.
Director: Theresa Jones
For a brief moment the MAC drops its worthwhile focus on contemporary work to do something surprisingly old-school cool. In Context: Painting in Dallas 1889-1945 enlists DMA curator Eleanor Jones Harvey (the brain behind last year's fabulous DMA exhibit The Painted Sketch) to track down the very cream of Dallas painting circa 1889 through 1945. In all, 29 artists' works surfaced, including, of course, some by the long-fabled, ever-argued "Dallas Nine." The variety is stunning, the talent often breathtaking. And you thought Texas landscape painters only knew how to do bluebonnets.
Director: Cynthia Mulcahy
Cynthia Mulcahy shows a lot of local artists, but she has a tendency to parlay her Gulf Coast connections into solid shows featuring Houston and Galveston artists, many of whom she represents in North Texas. Mulcahy debuts Houston sculptor Page Kempner and Louisiana sculptor Neil Harshfield for Dallas gallerygoers and rounds out the opening with Longview's crocheting conceptualist, Celia Eberle (her sculpture proves as ephemerally creepy as her 2-D work); Houston's hilarious cake decorator Lisa Ludwig; and Houston mixed-media naturalist Gary Retherford. These sculptors use traditional media, like cast bronze and steel, or mixed media, including silica, slumped glass, and garden tools, to craft compelling 3-D objects.
Director: to be named
In the wake of longtime director Talley Dunn's departure, who can guess the fate of the most lucrative venue in town? Meanwhile, the show must go on, and GP has kept its chin up with this group show, Beyond the Lens, consisting of video and photography works. Seven Texas artists pit new techniques against traditional ones -- everything from the ultra-trendy iris printing method (images scanned into computer and then printed out in high resolution) to old-school gelatin silver prints. Or rather, gelatin silver prints via young malcontents who manage to digitally alter them outside the darkroom. This space would shut down before doing anything less than stellar, so it should be interesting.
Director: Kendall Baack
2404 Cedar Springs
C-G comes off its charming newcomer group show with -- what else? -- a one-person veteran show. Marla Ziegler: New Works proves that local artists don't have to keep an in-place winning formula to appease their following. Fans of Ziegler's graceful glazed-clay sculptures will be thrilled with her more organic, personal direction. Very fluid, very satisfying, definitely crowd-pleasing. Bye, bye, geometry. Welcome to poetry class.
Photographs Do Not Bend
Directors: Burt and Missy Finger
George Krause: A Retrospective will show not only the diverse photos of this Museum of Modern Art-listed veteran artist, but some of his sculpture as well (a first for this cutting-edge photographic venue). Krause has been teaching at the University of Houston and is now retiring to do full-time studio work in the Texas Hill Country.
Director: Ben Breard
The Quadrangle #115, 2828 Routh
Noted landscape photographer Terry Falke, based in Mansfield, brings us his Observations in an Occupied Wilderness II, the third exhibition of his works in this long-respected space dedicated to cyclops. He doses his Western landscapes with human activity, ostensibly striving for irony and melancholy observation of "progress." Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Decide for yourself.
Stone X Stone
Directors: Patricia and James Stone
This strong, earnest new gallery broke from the starting gate just over a year ago and has been gaining ground ever since. Every show it has staged has been worth checking out. Up for Gallery Walk: Martin L. Bernstein: Kawargi, a show of mixed media on canvas, paper, and sculpture.
Turner & Runyon
Co-directors: Kenneth Turner, John Runyon, Kristen Painter
Both whined at and applauded for franchising New York's Mary Boone Gallery artists in its Deep Ellum space, T&R diverts from the Dallas gallery pack's penchant for group shows on Gallery Night and returns to its solo-show, big-bang theory, with new works by hometown favorite Tom Orr, who hasn't gone solo in Dallas since 1994 at SMU. For "H2O," Orr's unique vision, illusionistic skill, and use of industrial materials are as fresh as ever.
Dallas Visual Art Center
Director: Katherine Wagner