Having forged relationships with local artisans, Brooklyn artist Alexander Gorlizki infuses a playful, cultural perspective onto a variety of media, from textiles and video to sculptures, paintings and digital embroidery for Variable Dimensions, which runs through March 20 at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. The exhibition seamlessly blends elements of sacred geometry, biomorphic symbolism and themes commonly found in the Islamic arts to defy artistic and cultural boundaries. Best of all, the Crow Collection is always free.
Also ending March 20 is the Dallas Museum of Art's Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots; and because of the exhibition's popularity, the museum has extended its weekend hours until 8 pm. There's a curated selection of merchandise created exclusively for Blind Spots, from nail polish to tableware. (We don't always recommend hitting up gift shops, but when we do it's probably something you'll rarely find anywhere else.)
Across the street from the Crow Collection, Belgian light artist Ann Veronica Janssens makes her first solo exhibition debut in the U.S. at the Nasher Sculpture Center, on view at the esteemed Dallas Arts District museum through April 17. Using spotlights, projections, fog and a little scientific research, Janssens creates interactive environments that “heighten viewers’ perceptions of themselves and their surroundings.” Exhibiting minimalist qualities and those reminiscent of the California Light and Space movements of the 1960s and 70s, Janssens’ sculptural installations provokes visitors into “situations of dazzlement,” as well as “feelings that can bring us to threshold states of altered consciousness.”
Remember that famous painting, "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer? Another work by the Dutch artist, who only created about 50 paintings in his short lifetime, is the focal point of another exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art —Vermeer Suite: Music in 17th-Century Dutch Painting—through Aug. 21. This small collection of paintings that demonstrate how music and song were incorporated into daily life and Dutch culture, and give insight into the lives and techniques of these 17th-century artists.
For the fashion-forward set, Decadence: Fashions from the 1920s (through Feb. 28) at the Galleria Dallas offers nostalgic couture and accessories from the bygone Gatsby era. Flapper dresses, Fortuny gowns and avant-garde jewelry populate this unique exhibition, which illuminates the influence of the designers who styled an iconic decade and paved the way for today's favorite fashion houses and fashionistas. Curated by Ken Weber of Dallas' legendary designer consignment boutique, Vintage Martini, the exhibition sets the mood with 1920s jazz music and a glamorous selection of art deco accessories and vintage couture.
A multifaceted exhibition of literature, film production and 19th- century Western art, Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story at the Sid Richardson Museum illuminates the historical context and inspiration behind Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the 1989 miniseries (starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones) that followed. Featuring a collection of iconic works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as production memorabilia and the final pages from McMurtry’s annotated manuscript, the exhibition also serves as the starting point for The Lonesome Dove Reunion and Trail, a citywide extension of the exhibition.
Contemporary and pop art enthusiasts will enjoy Level Gallery's The Art of the Pop Portrait, on display through April. Juxtaposing pop art-style portraits by Jim Evans and Richard Duardo from the mid- to late-1980s, and sculptural as well as functional art pieces by artist/furniture designer Dakota Pratt, the exhibit is a delightful display of the next generation of pop art alongside iconic figures from the past, including Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and the king of pop art himself, Andy Warhol himself. We dare you to take a spin on the gigantic bottlecap-covered banana. Trust us, you'll just have to see this one in person.
Finally, fans of Surrealist master Salvador Dali should hurry to Fort Worth's Milan Gallery for Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection (through Feb. 28). Additionally, Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum presents Salvador Dali: An Early Surrealist Masterpiece surrounding its recent acquisition of "L'homme Poisson" (1930), an early Dali masterpiece that incorporates many of the artist's signature elements (such as the timepiece) that defined his Surrealist style.