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Whitewaller Dallas 2019: Your Must Do List

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For your time in Dallas for the Dallas Art Fair, Whitewaller has put together the ultimate to-do list with all of our top fairs, exhibitions, shopping spots, and more.


1. Dallas Art Fair
April 11–14
Returning for its eleventh edition, the Dallas Art Fair will take over the Dallas Arts District’s Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.) from April 11 to 14, 2019. With an eye to the next generation of collectors, the Dallas Art Fair showcases modern and contemporary artworks, accompanied by extensive programming for community-wide (and international) impact. Over the course of April, attendees will encounter the fourth annual Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program (an opportunity for patrons to donate directly to the Dallas Art Museum permanent collections); the 2019 Preview Benefit to support the Dallas Art Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Contemporary;  the SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival; and solo exhibitions by Jonas Wood and Rochelle Goldberg, among others.

In 2019, the Dallas Art Fair welcomes 100 exhibitors from across the globe, including first-timers (yet heavy-hitters) Lisson Gallery (London, New York), Sadie Coles HQ (London), and Blain|Southern (London, Berlin). Other participating galleries include Albertz Benda (New York), Beatriz Esguerra Art (Bogotá and Miami), Eduardo Secci Contemporary (Florence), Luce Gallery (Turin), Voloshyn Gallery (Kiev), and
Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo).


2. Dallas Museum of Art
Jonas Wood
Now—July 14
The first major solo museum exhibition of work by the Los Angeles–based painter, “Jonas Wood” comprises over thirty works that grapple with psychology, memory, and the self. Wood’s technique merges photographic preparation with painterly modernism and his subject matter, observed familial dynamics with artful fictions. Taking form in works such as Face Painting, in which an iPhone captures Wood’s daughter applying face-paint before a mirror, Wood’s innovative and thoughtful autobiographical approach makes for an intensely playful—and relevant—commentary on the shifting definitions of public, private, and personal in the digital age.

3. Dallas Contemporary
April 13–August 25
Francesco Clemente
Unfurling over 1,100 square meters, Francesco Clemente’s exhibition will focus on the Trinity River, a waterway that once neighbored the 1850s French utopian settlement La Réunion. Inspired by the settlement’s interests in natural synergies, craft, religion, and social change, Clemente explores these elements through large-scale site-specific works, such as wall paintings and sculptures. The sculptures, cast from aluminum, will
serve as “found objects,” seemingly fished from the river itself, building on motifs from his exhibition “Tide of the Ocean Stories” (2016) at Springs Center of Art in Beijing. The exhibition connects to his broader oeuvre, which plays with historical materials, public role-playing, space, and architecture.

“The Self Service Stories: Twenty-Five Years of Fashion, People, and Ideas”
In conjunction with its 2019 inaugural gala, Dallas Contemporary presents a retrospective of Self Service magazine, “The Self Service Stories: Twenty-five Years of Fashion, People, and Ideas Reconsidered.” As Dallas Contemporary celebrates its 40th anniversary, Self Service observes its 25th—a quarter-century of cutting-
edge content creation and original editorial. The magazine’s passionate, multi-hyphenate co-founder, Ezra Petronio, will be in attendance as one of the gala’s Honorary Chairs, alongside Mario Sorrenti and Dennis Freedman.

Mario Sorrenti: Kate
Alongside the “Self Service” retrospective, “Kate,” an exhibition of the work of Mario Sorrenti, will mark Dallas Contemporary’s inaugural gala. Best known for his striking photos of Kate Moss, the storied Italian-born photographer has powerfully experimented in photography and painting since the 1990s. His confident compositions, articulated through light and careful framing, have appeared in numerous publications, such as WThe New York Times, Vogue, and Self Service, and, recently, in his book Kate.

4. Nasher Sculpture Center
Sterling Ruby: Sculpture 
Now–April 21
Sterling Ruby considers and critiques American culture via a practice in ceramics, textiles, installation,  painting, collage, photography, and video. The multifaceted artist—irreverently, honestly—expresses our human inclination toward amassing objects. SCALES, for example, counters Calder’s cheerful abstractions through mobiles supporting the random flotsam of contemporary existence. “Sterling Ruby: Sculpture” will be the first museum survey dedicated to the American artist’s sculptural output and will feature nearly thirty moderate-and large-scale works spanning Ruby’s career.

5. The Modern
Analia Saban: Focus
Now—May 12
From March 30 to May 12, 2019, The Modern presents the work of the Los Angeles–based artist Analia Saban. In paint, marble, and canvas, Saban stretches the bounds of tradition, pushing scientific experimentation into artmaking, challenging viewers’ perceptions of the very materials with which she works. In Draped Marble, for example, Saban bends and fractures marble, referencing the miraculous drapery of, say, Michelangelo’s Pietà. Simultaneously delicate and malleable, her multifaceted work layers and challenges long-held ideas about our approach to creation itself.

6. The Power Station
Rochelle Goldberg: born in a beam of
Now—April 14
From January 19 to April 14, 2019, The Power Station features “Rochelle Goldberg: born in a beam of light,” a harrowing, philosophic installation featuring light, sculpture, and overturned topography. The New York–based Goldberg often works in hybrid forms that shift, molt, and transform over the course of their existence. Part commentary on the nature of the artwork, part fixation with our contemporary psychological landscape, Goldberg’s display provocatively ruminates on morality and human life. The Power Station will host a special performance relating to “born in a beam of light” on April 10, 6–9 p.m.

7. The Warehouse
Now—April 13
Gathering more than 100 works created between 1952 and 2016 by 61 artists, “Topologies” looks at how the geometric concept of topology (“logic of place”) influenced and inspired postwar artists to explore themes including permutation and distortion in space, inversions and other shifts in the body’s phenomenological
relationship to space, material transition based on gravity and entropy, the politics of displacement, and reconceiving abject encounters between the synthetic and organic. “Topologies” draws works from The Rachofsky Collection, the Dallas Museum of Art, Deedie Rose, and Jennifer and John Eagle. Open by appointment only.


8. The Joule
This revitalized 1920s neo-Gothic landmark building is set in the heart of Dallas’s central business district. With dramatic art installations, unique retail destinations, a cantilevered pool that overlooks the hustle of Downtown and Main Street below, and award-winning food and drinks, The Joule is seen as the cultural epicenter of Downtown Dallas. Experience The Joule’s art collection in both public and private spaces, including renowned midcentury mosaics just through the Main Street entrance, and Roger Hiorns’s crystal-covered engine in the Commerce Street lobby.

9. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
A Texan icon, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek offers impeccable service and a world-class luxury experience. Located in the heart of Dallas, the hotel honors the heritage of the original Mansion estate and features elegant furnishings, local art, and modern amenities.


10. Bullion
Elevated above the ground floor of 400 Record in Downtown Dallas, Bullion is the latest culinary offering by Michelin-starred Chef Bruno Davaillon. This contemporary French brasserie offers classic favorites to elegant coursed meals. Each taste has been meticulously crafted to ensure that the ingredients stand out. Designed by noted Swedish interior architect Martin Brudnizki, Bullion reflects a highly decorative aesthetic with exceptional bespoke details. The facade is clad in gold scales, and the interior design incorporates midcentury furniture in mohair velvet, leather upholstery, and a statement rose gold leaf ceiling. Art commissions for Bullion include a two-story glass sculpture by Jean-Michel Othoniel, a stainless-steel sculpture by Kathryn Andrews, and flocked canvas panels by Matthew Chambers, along with works by Nate Lowman, Anna Ostoya, Ugo Rondinone, Elad Lassry, and Brock Fetch.

11. Grange Hall
Grange Hall is one of the top spots, for both shopping and dining. Since 2004, owners Rajan Patel, Jeffrey Lee, and Wylie McAnallen have been dedicated to offering its community a discerning level of luxury—creating an inspiring, beautiful, and slightly mysterious space. Grange Hall is an exquisite staple in Dallas for those looking to find something unique. Whitewaller Insiders agree, the restaurant is hands down the best spot for lunch. They also just rolled out their highly anticipated dinner service on Thursday nights. And we suggest working off those calories by perusing the store’s collections of designer jewelry, accessories, home decor, apothecary items, epicurean delights, and floral arrangements for all occasions.


12. Forty Five Ten
Since 2000, Forty Five Ten has been a boutique destination, featuring top collections for men and women, home decor, fragrance, and beauty. Throughout the years, the store has hosted designers, celebrities, and clients including Narciso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Scott, Cindy CrawfordDerek LamErykah Badu, and Steven Tyler, and has actively supported nonprofit organizations such as The Family Place, amfAR, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Joined by a flagship store on Main Street, the
establishment has continued to grow as a household name within the community for rare specialties for men, women, and home. In addition to a global roster of over 400 designers, the space features high-quality works by artists like Tracey Emin, Jose Dávila, and Juergen Teller.

13. Highland Park Village

The legacy of Highland Park Village—widely known as the first self-contained shopping center in the United States—began in 1931. Since then, it has flourished within the community of Dallas as a trusted destination for the very best in shopping, dining, and relaxing. In 1997, the center was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2000 it was named a National Historic Landmark. Now renowned for hosting more than 50 contemporary and luxury boutiques (including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brunello Cucinelli, Dior, FRAMETom Ford, and Valentino), the Village Theatre, and some of the best restaurants in Dallas, the esteemed space is a favorite among locals and guests.



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