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Mark Grotjahn sighting lures hundreds of arts patrons to Nasher Sculpture Center

Mark Grotjahn sighting lures hundreds of arts patrons to the Nasher

Bryan Green, Debbie Green, Mark Grotjahn, Eric Green, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Bryan Green, Debbie Green, Mark Grotjahn, Eric Green Photo by Lisa Stewart
Alan Questrom, Nancy Nasher, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Kelly Questrom, Alan Questrom, Nancy Nasher Photo by Lisa Stewart
Jennifer, Kristen and Lauren Smart, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Jennifer Smart, Kristen Smart, Lauren Smart Photo by Lisa Stewart
Frank Dufour, Lee Cobb, Lee Dufour, Lucilo Pena, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Frank Dufour, Lee Cobb, Lee Dufour, Lucilo Pena Photo by Lisa Stewart
Christina Rees, Wendy Strick, Mark Grotjahn Sneak Peak
Christina Rees, Wendy Strick Photo by Lisa Stewart
Brady Wood, Megan Wood, Cris Jordan, Scott Porter, Mark Grotjahn Sneak Peak
 Brandon Kennedy, Karin Oen, Jed Morse Photo by Lisa Stewart
Brady Wood, Megan Wood, Cris Jordan, Scott Porter, Mark Grotjahn Sneak Peak
Brady Wood, Megan Wood, Cris Jordan, Scott Porter Photo by Lisa Stewart
Allison Rodman, Robin Segel, Michael Segel, Amy Hofland, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Allison Rodman, Robin Segel, Michael Segel, Amy Hofland Photo by Lisa Stewart
Bryan Green, Debbie Green, Mark Grotjahn, Eric Green, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Alan Questrom, Nancy Nasher, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Jennifer, Kristen and Lauren Smart, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Frank Dufour, Lee Cobb, Lee Dufour, Lucilo Pena, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak
Christina Rees, Wendy Strick, Mark Grotjahn Sneak Peak
Brady Wood, Megan Wood, Cris Jordan, Scott Porter, Mark Grotjahn Sneak Peak
Brady Wood, Megan Wood, Cris Jordan, Scott Porter, Mark Grotjahn Sneak Peak
Allison Rodman, Robin Segel, Michael Segel, Amy Hofland, Mark Grotjahn sneak peak

More than 700 Dallas art enthusiasts gathered at the Nasher Sculpture Center to get a first look at “Sightings: Mark Grotjahn Sculpture.” The exhibition, on display through August 17, is the first presentation of his sculptures in a museum setting.

Patrons not only got a sneak peek at the works — complex hybrids of sculpture and painting — but they also got to hear from the artist himself. The Nasher combined the opening with its ongoing 360: Artists, Critics, Curators Speaker Series, so Mark Grotjahn chatted with director Jeremy Strick about Grotjahn’s work and the ever-expanding definition of sculpture.

This Nasher exhibition highlights many new, never-before-seen, three-dimensional works. Ranging in size from medium to large-scale, the sculptures derive from common cardboard boxes and tubes that have been combined and cut to roughly resemble masks or faces, then scraped, cast in bronze, and either left raw or elaborately painted.

When guests — including Nancy Nasher, Frank Dufour, Lee Cobb, Lee Dufour and Lucilo Pena — were not ogling the works on view in the upstairs galleries, they were busy socializing in the Nasher garden, enjoying music by DJ Sober, dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering featuring a bounty of summer produce and ingredients, and popsicles served by Steel City Pops.