From New York to Dallas to Arlington, TX, here are some art highlights we loved in June! We saw so much art last month! It was hard to get through it all for this post, and I still haven't written about each experience. I will get it done eventually! In the meantime, check out these gorgeous and interesting pieces.
Jonas Wood at Gagosian West 24th St., NYC. We saw his retrospective at the DMA earlier in the spring and it was love at first sight. His "pots" series was very cool and it was hard to pick a favorite. I loved how he juxtaposes a classic decorative piece with bright and whimsical subject matter.
"We are the Baby Gang," by Paola Pivi at Perrotin NYC. This was such a fun show. Each little feather bear had its own expressions and personality, and I wanted them all.
"As one of nature’s most ferocious creatures, Pivi presents the bears in a childlike, playful manner, while also exhibiting human traits like hugging, practicing yoga or looking at one’s reflection." - Hypebeast.com
"Camp: Notes on Fashion" at The Met. This was one of two comprehensive fashion exhibitions that we were lucky to see in June.
"Dior: From Paris to the World" was June's second fashion exhibition.
In both experiences, the clothes were gorgeous and the exhibition design was flawless. The Dior, in particular, was very cool and well-presented. I loved how the DMA paired art from its permanent collection with the show pieces.
"Sheila Hicks: Seize, Weave Space" at the Nasher Sculpture Center. We saw this exhibition right after the Dior exhibit, and it was interesting to see fiber/textiles used two completely different ways. Dior's beautiful gowns were once these raw materials, and these pieces are just as stunning using fabric and fiber to produce more organic forms.
Our last stop in this BUSY month was the Arlington Museum of Art for "Keith Haring: Against All Odds." This was a comprehensive exhibit in a sophisticated space, and one that I hope will put more attention on both the museum and the downtown Arlington area where it is located. We live roughly 20 minutes away and had no idea what all it had to offer. But the museum was great, its staff was friendly, and the surrounding area was clean, inviting, walkable and full of public art.
The Arlington Museum of Art is also exhibiting a room-sized graffiti exhibition by local artist and muralist Trey Wilder. We were so excited to stumble upon this artist's work. I loved the bright colors and how he was able to make such a "busy" piece with so much going on, but every element stood out on its own without getting lost or losing the piece's message. I hope to see more of his work.
June was a busy month, now bring on July! This month, we're heading to Fort Worth, Austin and possibly Arkansas in addition to exploring here in Dallas. Stay tuned and follow our art adventures on Instagram! If there's something that should be on our radar, drop a line and let us know!
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