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5 Art Exhibitions to See in Dallas this Weekend

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

You’re going to need multiple trips to the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N. Harwood St.) to fully see the stunning new exhibition, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots. In collaboration with the Tate Liverpool, this is the ONLY time all of these works will share a room, and for many of them, the only time they will be seen by the public. EVER. The exhibition is focused on his black enamel paintings from 1951-’53, but provides context from other phases in Pollock’s career. The work is aggressive and feverish, offering a new look at one of the 20th century’s best-known artists. Day one of the exhibit begins at 11 a.m. Friday, but you’ll likely return again and again through March 20, 2016. Admission is $16. More at dma.org. 

Roberto Munguia: eternityest one
There’s a fluidity to artist Roberto Munguia’s new paintings. They feel otherwordly, like maps to uncharted, underwater territories or foreign parts of the galaxy. He creates space on the canvas in colorful, unpredictable ways. And though he’s the one setting the work into motion, he’s as fascinated by the end result as you likely will be. Working with techniques that allow the paint to run its own course, Munguia is at once the guide to this new world and the follower. Let the opening of his new exhibition of paintings, eternityest one, be your mysterious introduction to his work. The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Conduit Gallery (1626 Hi Line Drive). More at conduitgallery.com.

Michael Corris: Emblems
Look closely at what the subjects of Michael Corris' monotypes are reading or what they're doing, then read the titles. The artist is telling us something. His work on display in a solo exhibition at Liliana Bloch Gallery is clever, the text interplaying with the image, the color palette displayed at the bottom of what originated as grisaille paintings and eventually became monotypes. The building blocks are on display for the viewers, as if to build our trust as we follow along his thought path from paint to painting to meaning. We realize his subjects are a bunch of dolts. He has created emblems that highlight his intellectual concerns. It's kind of like when Bill Engvall says, "Here's your sign." Of course it's more complicated than that, with Corris' sharp interest in the relationship between image and text, and the creation of emblems. And yet, more simply, his works are visually captivating. See it in person from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. 

Mysterious Muck 
Thanks to the Internet the brain consumes more images on a daily basis than previous generations ingested in a year, or maybe longer. Think about it. The Youtube, the Facebook, the Netflix, the Instagram, the Snapchat: all images. It's overwhelming. So, of course, it has changed the way our brain interacts with the world and processes information, forming connections between seemingly unrelated visual data. These are some of the preoccupations of the newest group exhibition at Circuit 12 Contemporary. In Mysterious Muck, some artists attempt to organize, while others embrace the chaos. See it all come together at the opening reception from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. More at Circuit12.com.  

Peggy Wauters: Tales from the Misty Fields
In each of Belgian artist Peggy Wauters' little paintings there seems to be a story just beneath the surface. Focused mostly on what she describes as "humanoid forms that bespeak extreme experience," Wauters' contemplative scenes range from frail human faces to ominous landscape details. This weekend, RO2 Art presents 170 of these paintings in the small space. The opening reception takes place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. More at ro2art.com.

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