Category Archives: Art

Luminarte hosts International Biennale Exhibit

In the likes of 19th century Venice, Luminarte Gallery is hosting its own International Biennale exhibition, running Nov. 5 through Dec. 10 and featuring work from over 40 contemporary artists from all over the world. Italian for “every other year,” a biennale is traditionally a multi-cultural manifestation of contemporary art, and Luminarte will follow in that tradition.

Curated by Dallas-based artist Matt Anzak, the exhibit, according to its press release, was organized to portray a “varied understanding of technique, media and subject matter, while typifying contemporary trends in the international art world.”

Here are a few artists showcased at the exhibit:

Canadian bronze sculptor Esther Wertheimer, who is also featured in this year’s Florence Biennale, has monumental pieces throughout Canada, U.S., China and, predominantly, Japan. Paulo and Francesca, dedicated to the Dallas Ballet Company, are at the Wells Fargo Building here in Dallas. Her 13-foot Primavera was installed in front of the new Fukuoka City Hall and two of her bronze sculptures were selected for the Katsushika Performing Art Centre in Tokyo. With sculptures full of movement and grace, Wertheimer’s pieces “forge a connection between bodies and souls, blurring the line between our physical and spiritual beings,” according to her website.

Robin Antar is a Brooklyn-based sculptor of American icons, such as denim jackets, Oreos, Heinz ketchup bottles and No.2 pencils, which she realistically replicates in heavy marble, limestone or other stone. On her website, she describes her method as “the precise art of creating ‘virtual records’ of contemporary culture — capturing common, everyday items in stone…It’s more than art imitating life, it’s art mirroring life.”

Colombian artist Alicia H. Torres uses paint, oxide, gesso, paper and fabric in her abstract paintings. “My goal and desire,” she said on her website, “are to release emotions in my paintings where they become a language to communicate with the spectator where each one provides a different interpretation but they still keep the universal meaning.”

Bronwyn Towle, raised in Hawaii, fills her canvases with movement, color and human form. “At times,” she said in a prepared statement, “my work will reflect the rich and diverse cultural background of my upbringing in Hawaii; ethnic, primitive and always inspired by the beauty of the human face or form.”

Puneeta Mittal studied in India and allows her belief in reincarnation to permeate and enlighten her artwork. “With a strong belief that everything that is born, grows and withers away to be yet born again – incessant change from one to another proceeds in an evolutionary cycle – I chose not to be limited to a small corner space that defines who I am and what I must make,” she said on her website. Through glazes on her ceramic bowls and layers of paint on her canvases, she creates “an inner landscape without compromising the content.”

Many more artists will be featured in the exhibit as well, some of which will be attending the opening reception on Nov. 5 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Luminarte Gallery is located at 1727 E. Levee St. in the Design District. Hours are Thursday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only.  For more information, call 214.914.4503 or visit 

Culture Mashup Fest at FrontRow LIVE this Thursday

Curated DJ performances, experimental bands, film screenings, video art, violinists, spontaneous theater, food trucks, beer, a pop-up coffee bar, and 1,500 of your closest friends — what more could you ask for in a party?

FrontRow, DMagazine’s blog on the Dallas arts scene, is throwing FrontRow LIVE on Nov. 3 at the Dallas Contemporary. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and (I wasn’t joking before) features everything cool and artsy you can think of.

Three DJ’s will be throwing down on the dance floor (Play-n-Skillz, DJ Prince William and DJ Sober); live video will be streaming from Lars Larsen, creator of the analog video synthesizer; a short film will be showing in the screening room; Rhythm Knightz, a battle dance troupe, will be showing off their moves; Pearl Cup will sell coffee from their pop-up coffee shop (supposedly the best latte in the Big D); Upstart Productions will be staging a spontaneous theater piece; five food trucks will temp you with their eclectic fare; Michelob Ultra will be providing the beer; and Richmond Punch and The Dallas Family Band will be providing the live music.

Plus, the event will be taking place amidst the Aaron Parazette, Jennifer Rubell and Jason Brooks exhibit already in place at the Contemporary, and Brian Gibb will be live screen printing in front of the audience.

The event is FREE, as are your first three beers. Tickets can be reserved here.

Design District Diversion and Pop-Up Show is today!

Join Jim Lake Companies and Trinity Loft on Oct. 20 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for their second Design District Diversion, but their first ever pop-up art show. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature five local Dallas artists, music, food, wine, beer and great company!




Get a sneak peek at each participating artists’ work:

Courtney Miles

David Harman

Jennifer Leigh Jones

Chris Lattanzio

Nathan Madrid  (and 3 of his students)

Tierney Kaufman from the Trinity Trust will be attending to keep you updated about the changing Design District and Trinity River Corridor.

Stop by after work for some free drinks and great artwork!





MTV Re:Define features 30 contemporary artists to mark 30 years of AIDS awareness

The Goss-Michael Foundation is hosting the MTV Re:Define benefit art exhibition and auction, curated by The Future Tense. The exhibit runs through Sept. 23, culminating in an auction on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

The event marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus and will benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting the stigma and discrimination surrounding AIDS and empowering young people to protect themselves against the disease.

The Future Tense, a unique, anti-gallery curating group that represents emerging contemporary artists, has assembled an eclectic roster of 30 original works valued at over $1 million from some of the world’s most exciting, dynamic and sometimes controversial artists, including painting, photography, sculpture and a large-scale public installation in downtown Dallas by street artist Ben Eine.  The full lists of contributing artists can be found here.

The auction, hosted by Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company, will feature a live performance by The Boxer Rebellion.

If you aren’t able to attend, absentee bidding information can be found here, and a full catalogue of the artworks up for bid can be found here. 


Tamales, tattoos and naked mannequins: A weekend at the Dallas Contemporary

The Dallas Contemporary Museum is shaking things up again with its two-part opening weekend starting this Thursday, Sept. 22. Leading off the weekend will be Jennifer Rubell’s performance piece, followed by opening receptions on Saturday, Sept. 24, for Rubell, Aaron Parazette and Jason Brooks.

Rubell’s Thursday night interactive food performance, “Made in Texas,” will feature a recreated food labor line in front of an audience, bringing to the forefront the usually hidden process of food production.

According to the event’s press release, the performance will feature seven different platforms, each representing a different stage in the labor process, including assembling tamales, stretching queso Oaxaca, cooking salsa, pressing linens, polishing silverware/plates and arranging flowers.

“At this time, when more people are focusing on what they eat, it will be exciting to see Jennifer Rubell create amazing food theater – filled with beauty, design and a dash of politics,” stated Peter Doroshenko, director of the Dallas Contemporary. “We are very fortunate to have one of Jennifer’s largest, most over-the-top, event and exhibition opening in Dallas. Awe struck, will summarize it quite well.”

You can purchase tickets for the event on the Dallas Contemporary web page.

Saturday night, Sept. 24, will debut a completely new set of events, though equally exciting. Jennifer Rubell will have her exhibit, “Nutcrackers,” installed for the viewers to interact with and observe. The “Nutcrackers” are actually life-size busty female mannequins with their legs spread open and an indentation on their inner thighs. Attendees can then pick up a pecan and crack it between the mannequins’ legs. According to an interview with Eater Dallas, the mannequins spark a conversation between the stereotypes of feminine power: “the idealized, sexualized nude female form and the too-powerful, nut-busting uberwoman.”

Aside from “Nutcrackers,” two other exhibit openings will be celebrated on Saturday. One is Aaron Parazette’s site-specific, abstract wall paintings and the other is tattoo artist Jason Brooks’ collection of tattoo photography. A short documentary film by Quin Mathews Films will be shown alongside the exhibit, and Brooks’ tattoos will be shown in a tattoo catwalk at 10:00 p.m. the night of the opening.

Saturday night’s DJ will be Nicky Siano, the original DJ from Studio 54 in New York.

Though you must purchase tickets for the Thursday night performance, the events on Saturday are free and open to the public from 9:00 p.m to midnight.

Here’s a sneak peak from “Made in Texas” on Thursday:


14 + 1 Collective Pops-Up on Dragon Street

14 + 1 Collective is a group of University of Texas at Dallas students and alumni who have come together, according to their blog, to “[pursue] the intriguing, possible, and impossible within the arts broadly conceived.” They will have a debut pop-up show at a vacant space owned by Jim Lake Companies on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The show will feature dance, video, sculpture, painting, performance and photography. Members include Frank Tringali, Paul Snelson II, Robin Myrick, Emily Loving, Hillary Holsonback, T.J. Griffin, Danielle Georgiou, F Kites, Sandi Edgar, Val Curry, Yaseen Benhalim, Willie Baronet, Andy Amato.

The +1, said member Emily Loving, is you.

Check out 14+1’s unique show at 1130 Dragon Street, Suite 110, while you’re out for

 this Saturday on Dragon Street

Once again, participating Dragon Street galleries will open their doors from 5 to 9 p.m. for, offering attendees a chance to enjoy great art while sipping wine and catching up with friends.

A few of the exhibit openings that will be happening that evening include:

Samuel Lynne Galleries – Michael Kalish’s “Legends and Lonestars”

Holly Johnson Gallery – Otis Jones’ “New Work”

Cameron Gallery – “Feeling Color”

PDNB Gallery – Chema Madoz

Cohn Drennan Contemporary – “Steel: Fun with Guns and Pachinko Machines”

Craighead Green Gallery – Heather Gorham, Jay Maggio and Arturo Mallmann

Plush Gallery – Celia Eberle & Micheal Mazurek

1130 Dragon St., Suite 110 (pop-up show) – 14+1 Collective, “HELLO!”

If you’re willing to stray from Dragon Street, Galleri Urbane and Cris Worley Fine Art on Monitor St., and Conduit Gallery on Hi Line Dr. are hosting opening receptions in the Design District on Saturday evening as well.

Galleries on Dragon Street open their doors for the Evening of Art Gallery Stroll

Doors will be open, wine will be flowing, and new art will adorn the galleries on Dragon Street Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come early to make sure you get a chance to stop by each one!

The following galleries will be participating:

Cameron Gallery, 1414 Dragon Street – Opening reception for Ruben Miranda’s new collection

Craighead Green Gallery, 1011 Dragon Street – Opening reception for New Texas Talent 2011

Jacques Lamy, 1607 Dragon Street

Mary Tomás Studio Gallery, 1110 Dragon Street  – Group show featuring several new artists

PDNB (Photographs Do Not Bend) Gallery,1202 Dragon Street – Opening reception for Fun Show!

Samuel Lynne Galleries, 1105 Dragon St



Explore your inner artist at 1330 Studios

Nathan Madrid, an established DFW painter who has held exhibitions and participated in shows all over Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth, is holding Open Studio Sessions every Wednesday this summer for whoever would like to attend.

Normally reserved for students enrolled in a class, Madrid is opening his studio up to any artist or amateur that wishes to explore the human figure. During the three-hour session, attendees observe a live model in a combination of short and long poses, and can use any medium they would like.

As the instructor’s mission statement says, “I am a firm believer that the best way for an artist to learn and improve is the draw and paint from life.”

For only $20 a session, you as well can draw and paint from life every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Each class is limited to 15 students, so e-mail info@1330studio ahead of time to sign up!

The studio is located at:

1330 Motor Circle
Dallas TX, 75207