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Note to James Surls: Put away the bong and work, dude

Unfortunately, both Surls are abundantly in evidence at the Meadows. The wall-text blather about when forever is over, or whether forever is never over, or "why is God and evolution [sic] not the same thing?" simply cheapens the work, just serves to undercut Surls' abundant talent as a draftsman and sculptor. As Surls' best work demonstrates, less is almost always more. One wishes Surls' curators had the sense to say sit down, shut up, put away the bong and work.

"Being in the Needle's Eye, 1981," one of James Surls' earlier works  now on view at Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art.
"Being in the Needle's Eye, 1981," one of James Surls' earlier works now on view at Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art.

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In the Meadows: Recent Sculpture, Drawings and Prints of James Surls runs through April 20 at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. Call 214-768-2614.

James Surls: Two Decades of Sculpture runs through April 20 at Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art. Call 214-969-9410.

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