Must-See Art

5 fall museum exhibitions every arts-minded Dallasite must see

UK Pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick
Photo by Iwan Baan
New Bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick
Photo by Iwan Baan
Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick
Photo by Iwan Baan
Isa Genzken
Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Isa Genzken
Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Barbara Kruger
Photo by Tim Nighswander
Robert Longo
Photo courtesy of Robert Longo and Metro Pictures
Jeff Koons Hoovers
Photo by Tim Nighswander
Edgar Degas, In a Café
Photo courtesy of Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Vincent van Gogh self-portrait 1887
Photo courtesy of Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Issey Miyake
Photo by Scott Hisey
Yohji Yamamoto
Photo by Rob Deslongchamps

Modernists, impressionists and fashionistas alike are spoiled for choice with a surprisingly eclectic group of fall shows. An inventive retrospective, an architectural star and the greatest of the ’80s are just the beginning of the season’s essential exhibits at Dallas-Fort Worth’s most significant museums.


“Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio”
Nasher Sculpture Center
September 13-January 4, 2015

One of England’s most gifted designers, Thomas Heatherwick has already been the subject of a retrospective at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, with a substantial accompanying monograph.

Pictured: UK Pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick.

Curated by Cooper Hewitt deputy director Brooke Hodge, Heatherwick’s “Provocations” represents an expansion in the Nasher’s programming, but the studio’s focus on innovation — from a spinning metal chair to the 2012 Olympic Cauldron —  aligns perfectly with the museum’s mission.

Pictured: New Bus for London by Thomas Heatherwick.

Says Hodge, who formerly worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles with Nasher director Jeremy Strick, “When the show came to London, I sent Jeremy to Thomas’ studio, and he was enchanted by all his projects.

“There’s a sculptural quality to Thomas’ work. There isn’t one specific style; it’s about the innovation behind the problem solving, and we thought that fit really well with the Nasher’s mission.”

“Provocations,” which includes models, photographs, video and furniture, runs through the beginning of January, and Thomas Heatherwick will be on hand for a free chat September 13 at 2 pm.

Pictured: Garden Bridge by Thomas Heatherwick.

“Isa Genzken: Retrospective”
Dallas Museum of Art
September 14-January 4, 2015

When the likes of the New York Times and the New Yorker describe an exhibition as “grand” and “dazzling,” you know it’s a must-see, whatever your artistic taste. One of the most important and influential sculptors of our time, German artist Isa Genzken is finally getting the retrospective she so richly deserves, organized in tandem by the DMA, the Museum of Modern Art and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Originally opening at MOMA in 2013, this collection of approximately 100 inventive objects finally lands in Dallas.

Pictured: Isa Genzken, Disco Soon (Ground Zero), 2008. Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Collection. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin. © Isa Genzken.

Spanning mediums including assemblage, collage, film, painting, photography and sculpture, the installations are the exhibition’s stars. Works like Oil XI, with abandoned astronauts floating in a terminal case of interrupted exploration, and Schauspieler (Actors), featuring hipsteresque mannequins waiting to take their turn on Genzken’s stage, are both thought-provoking and playful.

Pictured: Isa Genzken, Spielautomat (Slot Machine), 1999-2000. Private Collection, Berlin. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin. © Isa Genzken.

“Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s”
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

September 21-January 4, 2015

The modern art world wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the larger-than-life, anything-goes '80s. Crass, complicated and consumerist, New York artists of the time nonetheless had an influence that still resonates in auction houses and art fairs across the globe.

With more than 25,000 square feet devoted to iconic '80s works, the Modern’s “Urban Theater” gathers together key pieces by Laurie Anderson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Franceso Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel and Cindy Sherman — to name but a few.

Pictured: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I Shop therefore I Am), 1987. © Barbara Kruger.

A mix of mediums and of viewpoints made the decade what it became, says chief curator Michael Auping. “We had feminist conceptualism, macho painting, abstract or semi-abstract painting, graffiti in all its forms — the title comes from the fact that all of it had a performance edge to it.

“I’m trying to re-create the atmosphere where your head is pulled in all these different directions. Many of these artists' works are very well-known now, so it doesn’t have as much shock value, but it has the value of the polemics in the '80s.”

Pictured: Robert Longo, Untitled (Men in Cities Series), 1981. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures © 2014 Robert Longo / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Calling on old friends and colleagues from the era, Auping got most of his “wish list” — including Jeff Koons’ famous vacuum cleaners and floating basketball, a series of Keith Haring subway paintings, and a whole room of photographs from provocateur Robert Mapplethorpe.

Pictured: Jeff Koons, New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Hoover Deluxe Shampoo Polishers, Yellow, Brown Doubledecker, 1981-87. © Jeff Koons.

“Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris”
Kimbell Art Museum
October 19-January 25, 2015

Paris’ enchanting Musée d’Orsay takes over the Kimbell’s Renzo Piano Pavilion in October. Exploring the development of the portrait in late 19th century and early 20th century painting and sculpture, the arrival of these 70 masterworks are the lucky result of a symbiotic relationship between the Fort Worth museum and the Orsay.

Pictured: Edgar Degas, In a Café (l’Absinthe), 1875-76.

Says Kimbell director Eric M. Lee, “This project was conceived and curated by two friends and scholars: George T. M. Shackelford, our deputy director, and Xavier Rey, chief curator of paintings at the Orsay. Sparked by a desire to revisit the stunning Impressionist collection at the Orsay in a new light through the study of portraiture, the pair have labored over this large undertaking since early 2012."

“Faces of Impressionism” is a rare opportunity to see works by Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Renoir on our shores: The Kimbell is the sole venue for this major exhibition.

Pictured: Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1887.

“The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion”
Crow Collection of Asian Art
October 25-February 22, 2015

Former Cincinnati Art Museum curator and current gallerist Mary Baskett surrounds herself with art, right down to her closet. Her extensive collection of Japanese designers is the basis for “The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion,” opening in October at the Crow.

The exhibit, which includes both vintage and relatively current outfits by Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo — plus a selection of avant-garde accessories — was edited by current CAM fashion and textile curator Cynthia Amnéus, who says Baskett “had this sensibility of pushing the edge of what she was wearing.”

Pictured: Issey Miyake, dress and gloves, fall/winter 2000-01. Collection of Mary Baskett.

“I want to introduce the Dallas audience to the work of these three designers,” says Amnéus of the exhibit, which originated in Cincinnati in 2007. “When they began in Paris, they were doing something completely different than what was happening in fashion at that time, and it changed the fashion world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

“They’ve really influenced not only a generation of Japanese designers, but also Western designers — everyone from Helmut Lang to Martin Margiela to John Galliano.”

Highlights include a Miyake dress with inflatable sleeves and a sculptural frock of shoulder pieces crafted by Kawakubo.

Pictured: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, jacket and skirt, spring/summer 2011-12. Collection of Mary Baskett.

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