Visual Art

10 Visual Art Exhibitions to See This September

As the calendar flips to September, gallerists across the city sweep the cobwebs from the corners of their gallery as they prepare for the return of the visual art season. One of our favorite spaces in the city, The Power Station, presents Ruth Pinnell: Bridging the Gap. Sure, she happens to be Power Station owner Alden Pinnell's mother, but this doesn't look like nepotism, so much as an homage to the woman who inspired his interest in art. Ruth worked as a diverse artist for much of her life and her work has been exhibited all over the world. Opening Friday, September 5 this exhibition focuses on her serial photography, drawing, painting and print from more than three decades of her career. See it at the opening reception from 5- 7 p.m. Friday.

September 4: Goss-Michael Foundation's Fall Show This fall, the British artist in residence at GMF is Adam Ball, who will present The Space Between, an exhibition which features a collection of the up-and-coming artist's charcoal paintings. As part of the (FEATURE) program, recently launched by GMF, a selection of Dallas-based artist Michelle Rawlings' work will be on view alongside Ball. The opening reception for this dual exhibition takes place from 6- 8 p.m. Thursday, September 4 at GMF.

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September 6: Gary Sweeney's Problem Child Sweeney has earned a name for his wit and vintage aesthetic. He incorporates text into his work, engaging the viewer with his work as he attempts to say something about the human condition. Red Arrow Contemporary presents his work in an opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday. More information at

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September 6: Ludwig Schwarz, Margaret Meehan, and Claire Colette Conduit Gallery presents Dallas-based Ludwig Schwarz's WALKINCLOSET, which falls into the artist's oeuvre of exploring social constructs and societal mythology using found objects as sculpture. This three-part exploration also features Margaret Meehan's Paper Moon and Claire Colette's Last Light Before a Long Night. Here's hoping these exhibitions are as clever as their names. Opening reception is at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6. More information at

September 6: Casey Gray's Of Land and Sea In much of Casey Gray's art, there's a humorous tension between message and medium. Imagine if the 17th century Flemish painters had worked in spray paint. Conversely, picture Peter Paul Rubens on a skateboard. See? Funny. This was the crux of much of San Francisco-based Gray's early work, some of which has been seen at Circuit 12 Contemporary in group shows. Lately, Gray has been focused on painting things a little closer to home. Of Land and Sea, Gray's first solo show in Dallas, features the same spray paint layering technique, but with new subject matter. See his vibrant work at Circuit 12 Contemporary (1130 Dragon St. Ste 150) during the opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday. More information at

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September 12: Inaugural Exhibition at Cydonia The first show at the Design District's newest gallery invites nine artists from across the world to focus on the topic of manhood. Cydonia calls it a reaction to three waves of feminism and hopes to present a new perspective on what it means to be male today. See it at the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, September 12. More information at

September 13: Jeff Gibbons' 11:11 Jeff Gibbons can't stop, won't stop. Currently a Central Trak artist in residence, Gibbons consistently churns out thought-provoking art installations throughout the city. See his latest work 11:11 at Two Bronze Doors during the opening from 8 -11 p.m. Saturday. We think you'll be wishing for just an ounce of his motivation.

September 13: René Treviño at Erin Cluley Gallery One of the newest galleries on the scene -and certainly the most hyped - is Erin Cluley's eponymous space that opens this month in Trinity Groves. The inaugural show in the space is native Texan and Baltimore-based René Treviño's Estrellas. His work includes paintings and sculptural installations, with an interest in heroism. See the art and the gallery in its opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 13. More information at

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The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio If you have a romantic vision of what life as an architect would be like, you can live vicariously through the work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick at the Nasher Sculpture Center this fall when the space gives his impressive oeuvre its first North American exhibition. Get to know both the work and the creative process in what promises to be an insightful peek into the man whom The New Yorker once called, "the next Leonardo da Vinci."

September 14: Isa Genzken: Retrospective When it was at the MoMA, this exhibition twisted and turned throughout numerous galleries, each more fascinating than the last. Genzken is an impressive artist. You'll see work you recognize - even if you don't know her name - and I'm betting this display will be just as magical in Dallas as it was in New York City. See it early, because this exhibition will get crowded in its later days. Admission to this exhibition is free and will be open through January 5, 2015.

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