This is very good news -- big news too, especially for those who, during their travels to Los Angeles, found themselves spending an afternoon at Storyopolis in Sherman Oaks after it moved from its original Robertson Boulevard location. Come July 17, Storyopolis Fine Art makes its official Dallas debut with the opening of a Theodor Seuss Geisel exhibition. And while the Dallas location on Fairmount Street won't have nearly the extensive kiddie-book collection that made the L.A. location an award-winning, bold-faced hang, it will contain most of the whimsical artwork that used to hang on the walls.
Jordan Roth -- gallery director of The 4th Wall, which opened May 21 and is part of the 5,000-square foot Storyopolis complex -- tells Unfair Park today that 'round the time the Dr. Seuss exhibit makes its bow, Storyopolis should have on display works by the likes of Tim Burton, Berkeley Breathed, John Marciano (of the Madeline books) and other artists familiar to parent and child alike. The 4th Wall, which began as owners Matthew and Kristine Abramowitz's online endeavor, specializes in more adult-centric fare; it's currently hosting a Justin Bua exhibition, for which 300 people showed opening night on June 20.
"Within a few months of starting The 4th Wall, Matthew realized it needed to be a real gallery," Roth says, and having decided L.A. has plenty offering the kind of art in which The 4th Wall specializes, the Abramowitzes decided to open their gallery in Dallas. "Matthew really likes Dallas as it is, and he realized this was the ideal spot for both Storyopolis and The 4th wall," Roth says. The couple will move here two days before the Seuss exhibition opens.
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"We've held off on the launch of Storypolis because it's almost a no-brainer," Roth says. "We wanted to do the difficult part, which was opening The 4th Wall. So we're launching with Dr. Seuss, and it's exciting -- really exciting. And people will see something different every time they come in, because when you step back and look at the work, it's all figurative and tells a story."