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
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.