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Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow. Before coming to D Magazine, Simek launched the well-loved, if short-lived, Renegade Bus, an online journal that brought out-of-the-box perspectives to Dallas life and culture. He also wrote for D Magazine and D CEO on topics ranging from soccer hooligans and insurance detectives to the pedestrian friendliness of the Dallas Arts District. Simek covered Dallas City Hall; helped launch Oak Cliff People; and wrote about movies, classical music, and opera while on the staff at People Newspapers.

Distilled Life: The Elusive Simplicity of Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans is a figurative painter. That may seem like a simple statement, but given the state of contemporary art—with its endless carnival of art fairs peddling vacuous abstraction, celebrity-hyped artists, and conceptualism-light—the fact that Borremans paints the kinds of pictures he does is actually a radical proposition.

The Belgian artist, who will receive his first large-scale U.S. museum survey this month at the Dallas Museum of Art, paints portraits and still-lifes, those archaic artistic genres that critics and academics still can’t seem to fully pronounce as dead.

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5 Art Gallery Openings For Your Weekend

Earlie Hudnall took up photography while serving in the Vietnam War. Returning stateside, he began photographing neighborhoods in Houston as part of the Model Cities Program, funded through Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty initiative. Throughout his career, Hudnall has remained faithful to documentary photography, creating images that recall Gordon Parks and Charles Burnett alike. Some are quickly posed, others more candid, but they all manage to survey a wide-range of human experience, resonating with a scarcely concealed social and political subtext, each image tremoring with the rawness of life and a sense of individuality and personal dignity.

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