A pop-up in Deep Ellum marks the start of the neighborhood's new future, Dallas Art Fair scores Seven, Maxwell Anderson's ongoing row over antiquities, the year in performance art, plus all the gallery openings.

This Week’s Visual Art, Feb 14-17: Gallery Openings, News, Reviews, and More

Seven Joins Dallas Art Fair

For the past two years, the Dallas Art Fair has extended its reach beyond their booths of FIG during its weekend run. In 2011, they commissioned a number of artists to trick out the windows at Neiman Marcus. Last year, they partnered with the Dallas Contemporary, which curated Dallas first (and last) Dallas Biennale. This year the DAF will team with the Dallas Contemporary again to bring in the Seven Art Fair, a consortium of galleries that first banded together to infect Art Basel and also showed in conjunction with last year’s Frieze. Dallas will be the third location the gallery collective sets up shop; the Dallas Contemporary will host BravinLee Programs, Catharine Clark Gallery, Inman Gallery, Pierogi, P.P.O.W., Ronald Feldman.

Maxwell Anderson Responds to Repatriation Criticism

If you haven’t noticed, DMA director Maxwell Anderson is in a row over the repatriation of art objects. First Anderson announced that the DMA would return work to Turkey, a country that has been particularly aggressive in its efforts to claim back objects from major museums.  Then Anderson led the Association of Art Museum Directors to adopt tighter standards for acquiring ancient art. Writing in the New York Times Sunday Review, Hugh Eakin didn’t think that was such a great idea. Last week, Anderson shot back in the Dallas Morning News:

We are advocates of doing what is right, even if the law has not coerced us to do so. Competing political interests within certain nations are certainly propagandizing the issue. But such grandstanding does not relieve museums of an obligation to examine material evidence with great care — and to act responsibly and ethically in the pursuit of public trust.

A Year In Performance Art

Over on Dallas Arts Revue, JR Compton has compiled images and reflections on very long list of performances that have taken place in North Texas over the past year. It’s definitely worth checking out, if only if you want to, like me, remind yourself how much you missed.

Gallery Openings

“EXPO 2013 – A juried exhibition for artists in Texas” by Iris Bechtol, at 500X Gallery – February 16: 7-10 p.m. 500 Exposition Ave., Dallas, Tx 75226

The annual juried Texas show at 500x is curated by Eastfield College Gallery director Iris Bechtol. Selected artists include: Kalee Appleton, Justin Atkinson, Luke Ball, Lane Banks, Benjamin Bascombe, Bryce Bennett, Preston Bradley, Joseph Browning, Kerry Butcher, Bailey Chapman, Rusty Chapman, Bee Chehayeb, Ben Davis, Jose Dominguez, Jackson Echols, Morgan Everhart, Ari Ferdman, Jessica Fuentes, Laura Garcia, Danielle Georgiou, Lori Giesler, Trish Igo, Shawn Jackson, Allison Jarek, Cosmo Jones, Norman Kary, Mandy Keathley, Ingrid Laubach, Antonia Lechuga, Alisa Levy, Nan Martin, Gary McCoy, Thomas Menikos, Ashley Milow, Katie Murray, Jeanne Neal, Ricardo Paniagua, Jess Peri, Cassie Phan, Sean Phetsarath, Jon Revett, Alex Revier, Angelita Rodriguez, Joel Sampson, Orlando Sanchez, Kristina Smith, Julia Trinh, Kathy Windrow, and Kathryn Young.

My My Misfire curated by Stephen Lapthisophon at 2701 Main St. – February 16, noon – 6 p.m. 2701 Main St. Dallas, TX 75226.

The investment group that has bought-up a huge amount of Deep Ellum has been meeting members of the art and music communities, looking for feedback about how to go about bringing about their intended revitalization of the historic neighborhood. I had heard that they were interested in opening doors to artists, and this show is the first manifestation of that interest. Lapthisophon’s one day only exhibition will feature work by Hannah Hudson, Hayley Fowler, Lana Paninchul, Apophenia Underground, Michael Mazurek, Michael Wynne, Pierre Krause, and Sharon Turner.

“NIGHT & DAY” by Chris Bramel and DJ Perera, at RO2 Art Downtown Gallery – February 16 – 7-10 p.m. 1408 Elm Street, Dallas, Tx 75202.

This exhibition reunites two recent graduates of Texas Christian University, whose young careers after graduation have taken them in divergent directions. Perera just completed an MFA at Pratt, while Bramel checked out to track 24,000 miles across the United States and Canada gathering images to incorporate into his digital prints.

Red Arrow Contemporary’s One Year Anniversary! at Red Arrow Contemporary – February 16: 6 p.m. 1130 Dragon St, Dallas, TX 75207

David A Dryer: Resonance of Place (Paintings and Sculpture) at Valley House Gallery – February 16: 6 p.m. 6616 Spring Valley Rd. Dallas, Texas 75254.

James R. Blake: Paintings: 1997-2012 at William Campbell Contemporary Art – February 16: 6 p.m. 4935 Byers Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76107.

“Love Songs” by VET, Brett Dyer, Mark Greenhalgh, Monique Roberts, Robb Conover, Gloria Lobaugh, Sandhya Manne, ARTners Group, Johanna Roffino Hulsey, Steve Danner, Roberta Masciarelli, Sherry Houpt, Sharon Neel Bagley, Laurie Mahoney, April Greenlee, Melissa Wertz, Karen Gray, and Jacque Forsher, at the Art Hotel Collective – February 16: 6-9 p.m. 1112 South Akard, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“New Works” by VINCENT, at the Banks Fine Art – February 16 : 2-6 p.m. 1313 Slocum Street, Suite 103, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Free Forun : New Paintings by Vern Johnson” by Vern Johnson at the UPStairs Gallery – February 16 : 4-7:00 p.m. 1038 West Abram, Arlington, Tx 76013.

“Art Talk” by Arthur Pena, at RE Gallery – February 17: 6-7 p.m. 1717 Gould Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.