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DALLAS STAR TELEGRAM - JULY 19th 1998

 

IN THE GALLERIES
By SUZANNE AKHTAR
 

Group shows run gamut from glass to vintage photos

The summer is traditionally a quiet time for galleries, but several large group shows currently on display offer a great opportunity to see a broad selection of works by different artists.

• "New Work/New Faces" at William Campbell Contemporary Art includes more than 30 artists. Many are already well known in Fort Worth, including Luther Smith, Otis James. Frank X. Tolbert. Richard Thompson and Julie Lazarus.

The new faces include art dealer Bruce Webb. His colorful paintings on corrugated steel and salvaged wood reflect his commitment to the outsider and folk an he collects and sells. Many of his works feature caricatures of people who live outside the mainstream of American life.
Also new is glass artist David Keens. who teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. His curving vessels, laced with precious metals, are made in the tradition of Venetian glass.
Geoff Laurence, from London but now working in New Mexico, creates luscious still lifes that sometimes include incongruous combinations of elements such as fruits and tools.


• In Dallas, Conduit Gallery has a group show featuring artists who have had solo shows this year‑‑ paintcrs Lance Letscher with his spare landscapes, Robert Jessup offering abstract works on paper, and sculptor Sherry Owens, displaying her carefully crafted sinuous pieces made of crape myrtle branches.

Kirk Hayes, of Fort Worth, new to this gallery, stunningly fools the eye with works that look like rough collages made of everything from cardboard to wood or metal. (They're actually oil on canvas.)
Tern Thornton offers small, detailed ballpoint pen drawings of sections of the human torso on paper containing text from the pages of old art books. In them, she contrasts the organic forms made by an artist with those printed by a machine.

Reinhard Ziegler's pastel‑tinted blurry photographs of landscapes taken from the window of a moving ear reflect the hectic pace of contemporary life.

Photographs Do Not Bend has two group shows going. "New Acquisitions" is a selection of photographs acquired from Sotheby's and Christie's, spanning the period from the 1930s to the present.

Notable among these are works by Robert Capa, famous for his World War II photographs featured on the covers of Life magazine, and George Hurrell's Hollywood glamour shots of such stars as Johnny Weissmuller and Dorothy Lamour.

Advertising and fashion photographer Nikolas Muray photographed artists, writers, actors and musicians between the '20s and the '60s. His portrait of Frida Kahlo as she painted her self‑portraits, Two Fridas, is a stunning commentary on both the artist and her art.

The second show. "Anonymous & Unknown," displays a selection of PDNB owner Bert Finger's collection of vintage photographs found over the years at flea markets. They include studio photographs as well as discarded works by serious amateur photographers. A look at them may send viewers scurrying back to re‑evaluate their own familv photo collections

• "New Work/New Faces" will continue
through Aug. 29 at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers Ave., 737‑9566. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.‑ 5p.m. Tuesday‑Friday, 11 a.m.‑4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed Aug. 3‑8.

• 'Group Exhibition" will run through Aug. 1 at Conduit Gallery, 3200 Main St., Suite 25. Dallas, (214) 939‑0064. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.‑5 p.m. Tuesday‑Saturday.

• "New Acquisitions" and "Anonymous &
Unknown" will continue through July 25 al Photographs Do Not Bend, 3115 Routh St., Dallas, (214) 969‑1852. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.‑6 p.m. Tuesday‑Saturday.

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