Frank Stella: A Retrospective at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth
The first of its kind in over three decades, the latest exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth features 100 works that showcase the highlights of Frank Stella’s 60-year career. Starting back in the 1950s with the goal of being an abstract expressionist, Stella’s logical approach to painting leaned more toward minimalism. But the work retains the same atmospheric qualities and moodiness. Stella eventually started altering the shapes of his painted objects by making changes to the canvas, adding elements of sculpture and architecture. More recent works are mixed media and look like sculptures just as much as paintings, if not more so. This work is in such stark contrast to his early minimalist paintings that some refer to it as “maximalist.” Stella also made many drawings and digital images he created as blueprints available for this exhibit, providing valuable insight into his creative process. Frank Stella: A Retrospective is on view through September 18. For more info, visit themodern.org.
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty at DMA
1717 N. Harwood St.
Irving Penn achieved great artistic and commercial success and became one of the most iconic photographers of the 20th century. A touring exhibit organized by the Smithsonian and presented by The Dallas Museum of Art, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is the first retrospective of his 70-year career in nearly two decades. These 140 photographs capture the depth of his work, from fashion photos that appeared in Vogue, to images of the American South in the 1940s, celebrity portraits, still lifes and private studio images. Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty runs through August 15. For more info, visit dma.org.
Deep Ellum Gallery Walk
On Saturday, April 23, several galleries will encourage people to take a free, self-guided tour through one of Dallas’ most culturally vibrant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Spend a day visiting art shows. 500x is open with April Solo Member Shows from noon to 5 p.m. Centraltrak will have its opening reception for Body Poems Suspended in Space from 8-10 p.m. Continental Gin will have artists open studios from 2 to 5 p.m. Kirk Hopper Fine Art is open from noon to 6 p.m. with its latest shows from Erin Stafford and Jac Belcher. Kettle Art has Fractal Logic 3 from noon to 10 p.m. The Latino Cultural Center has Dia Del Nino from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Level Gallery has Jeremy McKane’s latest exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. The Umbrella Gallery has Josh Monroe’s exhibit from noon to 8 p.m. More info here.
EBUN [GIFTS] and Infinite Loop at Ro2 Art
1501 S. Ervay St.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, interdisciplinary artist Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash, has traveled to more than 50 countries to feed his hunger for new ideas and techniques. He has work in public and private collections in several countries. Now residing in Austin, Akirash’s EBUN series of colorful mixed media paintings is on view at Ro2. The gallery’s other exhibit, Infinite Loop from Dallas-based painter Julie Libersat, explores concepts of home, travel and the language of interiors. Libersat examines human relationships with anthropomorphized spaces, which are manipulated to communicate identity. Both exhibits run through May 1. For more info, visit ro2art.com.
SOLOLOQUY: Trenton Doyle Hancock at The Public Trust
2271 Monitor St.
For the latest installment of the gallery’s series of single piece exhibitions, multi-media artist Trenton Doyle Hancock presents an installation produced by Graphicstudio from the University of South Florida. In addition to site-specific installations, Trenton is known for intricate candy-colored prints, drawings and collaged felt prints. Storytelling is central to his practice, particularly the story of the Mounds, a group of bizarre mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative between good and evil. His exuberant and subversive narratives range in tone from comic-strip to medieval morality plays. SOLOLILOQUY: Trenton Doyle Hancock runs through May 7. For more info, visit trustthepublic.com.
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