Czech It Out

The first thing I envision when I think of Czech art is the kolache. Oh, seriously. Those hunks of perfect, tender dough, the hollow in the middle cradling some perfectly sweet fruit compote and, perhaps, some cream cheese. There's no telling how many of those delectable bastards I can put back between West and Dallas. Chances are the perfectly white bakery box won't see 24 hours if there's good TV when I get home. But Photographs Do Not Bend has opened my eyes to a more visual, less gastrointestinal Czech art with its latest exhibition, Contemporary Czech Photography. Open through August 30, Czech showcases the black-and-whites of Milan Fano Blatny, Igor Malijevsky and Vojtech V. Slama; the photograms of Gabriela Kolcavova; the "colorful" work of Hana Jakrlova and the vacation pics of Evzen Sobek. The show, as a whole, is broad in range and represents the far-reaching influences that made the Czech Republic a modern art center. Photographs Do Not Bend is located at 1202 Dragon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 214-969-1852 or visit
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 26. Continues through Aug. 30, 2008


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