Phyllida Barlow: Tryst
If the Nasher Sculpture Center has taught Dallas one thing (and surely the number is vastly larger), it's that sculpture transforms its environment, and vice versa. Fill a white walled room with golden balloons and entering it becomes an adventure; fill the same room with technicolor dirt and the room becomes a multi-dimensional trek. And these are the biggest examples. Nothing weighs down a room like a dozen small sculptures of steel lining a wall, or sparks conversation like tiny models of big buildings. This weekend, in-demand British sculptor Phyllida Barlow, known for creating large-scale tangles of material, takes over the Nasher with six installations in the galleries, meant to be, dare we say it, transformative. See the work from 11 a.m. - 5p.m. Saturday. The work remains on display through August 30. Admission is $10. More at the nashersculpturecenter.org.
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Visual Speedbump Art Tour
Every year, the artmaking duo, Chuck and George, organize one of the city's most insightful art tours. The trek through West Dallas happens from noon- 6 p.m. Saturday with stops on the tour including studio visits with the Sour Grapes crew, a visit to the beloved art shop/classroom Oil & Cotton, a performance piece by Erica Felicella, gallery shows at Mighty Fine Arts and the super exhibition of Kent Dorn at The Safe Room, and more. Start the tour at Chuck & George's pad (516 S. Marlborough Ave.) and pick up a map. Happy arting!
Cygnus: Paintings of Greenland, Iceland, and Sweden by Roger Winter
Although he doesn't call Dallas home these days, Roger Winter's influence can still be felt in this city. The Denison-born painter taught at Southern Methodist University for 26 years, where he trained a large number of artists who would go onto become household names. His local gallery, Kirk Hopper Fine Art reminds viewers of exactly why Winter's influence was so powerful. See some of his latest landscape paintings this weekend. The opening reception takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday.