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Art gallery picks of the month: Modern photography icons and stitches in time

Art gallery picks of the month: Modern photography and stitch in time

William Eggleston
William Eggleston at PDNB Gallery. Photo courtesy of PDNB Gallery
Linnea Glatt
Linnea Glatt at Barry Whistler Gallery. Photo courtesy of Barry Whistler Gallery
Linnea Glatt
Linnea Glatt at Barry Whistler Gallery. Photo courtesy of Barry Whistler Gallery
Stephen Shore at PDNB Gallery in Dallas
Stephen Shore at PDNB Gallery. Photo courtesy of PDNB Gallery
William Eggleston at PDNB Gallery in Dallas
William Eggleston at PDNB Gallery. Photo courtesy of PDNB Gallery
William Christenberry
William Christenberry at PDNB Gallery. Photo courtesy of Photographs Do Not Bend
Peter Brown
Peter Brown at PDNB Gallery. Photo courtesy of PDNB Gallery
William Eggleston
Linnea Glatt
Linnea Glatt
Stephen Shore at PDNB Gallery in Dallas
William Eggleston at PDNB Gallery in Dallas
William Christenberry
Peter Brown

In September, the art world goes back to cool to prep for a season of stand-out shows and gallery walks. Our top three must-sees involve some fresh fabrications, precise lines and saturated shades, but you’ll find all the mediums that matter at the free DADA Fall Gallery Walk this September 21, noon-8 pm. Bike-friendly gallery-goers can also sign up to pedal from space to space from 11 am to 5 pm on Facebook.

INCRE-MENTAL, Linnea Glatt, at Barry Whistler Gallery
Opening reception: 
September 14, 6-8 pm
 
Exhibition dates: 
September 14-October 12

Needle and thread begets poetry in the hands of Dallas-based artist Linnea Glatt. Taking her exploration of sense of place in new directions with sewn and stitched drawings and sculptural books, her work has a textural allure all its own.

“I like the idea of elevating what someone might think of a handicraft, and I love the sensual quality of the materials,” explains the artist. “Whatever medium I’m working on, the medium is the conveyor [of the message].”

Glatt’s machine-stitched drawings range in size up to an impactful 68-by-68 inches, and her deconstructed books take the bound objects from a state of disintegration into wholeness.

SOME NEW PAINTINGS, Susie Rosmarin, at Talley Dunn Gallery
Opening reception: 
September 14, 6-8 pm
 
Exhibition dates: 
September 14-October 26

“Some New Paintings” is a rather demure title for Houston artist Susie Rosmarin’s optically engaging show. Applying layer after layer (after layer!) of acrylic paint onto her masked canvases in precise lines, she alternates between using neutral shapes and saturated color to achieve an almost hallucinatory quality, making each piece seem to vibrate off the walls.

Just the latest iteration in a longtime love of mathematical patterns and numerical equations, “Some New Paintings” is a visual playground for both artist and observer.

WILLIAM EGGLESTON: HIS CIRCLE & BEYOND, various artists, at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery
Opening reception
September 7, 5-8 pm
 
Exhibition dates: 
September 7-November 9

Fine art or fast fashion — modern photography owes quite a debt to William Eggleston, who changed the standard of black-and-white photography in 1976 with his landmark Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Color Photographs by William Eggleston.” His use of compositional color and elevation of ordinary landscapes and objects give his images an intensity that is still a source of inspiration for artists of his time, as well as the generations that followed. 

PNDB is showing six of Eggleston’s rare pieces, which are difficult to source for both collector and institution. “Some of his work sells for seven figures, and the dye transfer prints are the most sought-after,” says gallery co-owner Missy Finger.

“When he began shooting, the color photography of the time was mostly snapshot photography, but he took it beyond that to a high art form. As far as contemporary photographers go, the use of color is so much more refined and such a major part of the image, it becomes a character in itself.”

The exhibit also highlights the work of some of Eggleston’s contemporaries and fellow Southerners, including Peter Brown, William Christenberry, David Graham, William Greiner, Birney Imes, Bill Owens, Stephen Shore, Neal Slavin and Alec Soth.