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DMA Acquires Monumental ‘Map’ Painting By Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling Marcia H Travels 1970 acrylic on canvas 305 x 570 cm courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales Gal (2)Frank Bowling, Marcia H Travels, acrylic on canvas, 2007. Image: Frank Bowling and Hales Gal

The DMA’s announcement is about both the acquisition and the exhibition that’ll showcase it, Frank Bowling: Map Paintings, opening at the DMA in February 2015.

Although the Guyana-born Bowling grew up in England and graduated from the Royal College of Art (in the same 1962 class as David Hockney), he didn’t really find success until he moved to New York in 1966. His development from a figurative painter to a more abstract artist influenced by Mark Rothko, Larry Poons and the ideas of critic Clement Greenburg is almost exactly the opposite of many of his British, post-war peers. In 2005, he became the first black member of the Royal Academy of Art.

Bowling created the ‘Map’ series in 1971 for a show at the Whitney Museum of Art – using world maps as the basis for lush accretions of dripped and swirled colors. The paintings are huge. Marcia H Travels, for instance, the painting the DMA has acquired, is 12 feet by 18 and a half. The DMA exhibition will be the first time the series of paintings has been ‘re-united’ since the Whitney show.  One of the other ‘Map paintings — an 11-foot wide acrylic called Polish Rebecca — had been rolled up and forgotten in a friend’s attic for 40 years. Last year, it was sold at the New York Armory Show for $275,000.

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The Big Screen: Inside The Found Footage Festival

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe programmers of the Found Footage Festival pour through all the VHS tapes they can get their hands on in a search or the best of the worst. No aerobics instructor, corporate trainer or public access TV host is safe. This week, we talk to one of the festival’s founders about why these terrible videos are so much fun:

The Found Footage Festival plays Friday night at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff.

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The High Five: Landscape Architect Laurie Olin Speaks Tonight

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a settlement is reached over last summer’s tragic Texas Giant accident, no textbooks were voted on in yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting, Fort Worth names its interim police chief, and more.

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Looking Back at Art Conspiracy X

Art Conspiracy 10 was tons of fun last Saturday night!  Still waiting to hear the total dollars raised and official attendance figures, but money raised from the auctions will go  to Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, this year’s beneficiary.

And we had an awesome time with Art&Seek’s Art Hunt. There were loads of certificates and tickets given away, like free passes to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Kessler Theater, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Granada Theatre, Black Nativity presented by TeCo, the PIN show and so much more! Thanks especially to artists Richard Ross and Alison  Jardine, who allowed us to hide their work as prizes.

Check out the pictures below to see some of the highlights from Art Conspiracy and the winners of the Art Hunt – also, see if you can spot yourself! Photos by Mashal Noor and Christina Ulsh.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Handel’s Messiah

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s oratorio masterpiece, Messiah. Of course, if you going to perform Handel’s Messiah you are going to need a chorus. Joining the FWSO will be the Seminary Master Chorale, the critically-acclaimed choir from Southwestern Seminary. For this Big Deal you can win tickets to see this much anticipated local tradition. To hear the rousing Hallelujah chorus in person, sign up to win tickets to the Dec. 2, 2 p.m. performance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Home for the HolidaysDon’t forget to take the time now to peruse our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see The Nutcracker presented by Texas Ballet Theater at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, or tickets to see Here Comes Santa Claus at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to hear Handel’s Messiah performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Seminary Master Chorale.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ At Casa Mañana

Photo: Samuel Rushen

Photo: Samuel Rushen

Do you know somebody who is on Santa’s naughty list this year?  Maybe you know somebody who gets coal in their stocking, or who maybe deserves it? Are you Bob Cratchit to someone’s Ebenezer?  Then sign them up to win this Big Deal. Maybe, just maybe, you can get them into the Christmas spirit when Casa Mañana presents the heart-warming holiday spectacular, Here Comes Santa Claus.  Win this Big Deal and you can take four curmudgeons of your choice to the Nov. 28, 7 p.m. performance at “The House of Tomorrow” in Fort Worth.

And while you are in the spirit of signing up for ticket giveaways, sign up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to see The Nutcracker presented by Texas Ballet Theater at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, or tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Here Comes Santa Claus at Casa Mañana.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’ At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Photo: Texas Ballet Theater

Now this giveaway is a Big Deal!  Enter to win coveted tickets to one of the most charming and beautifully danced productions of the holiday ballet season, brought to you by the Texas Ballet Theater.  Don’t miss Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by the legendary Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.  Tickets to this holiday classic go fast so sign up for your chance to win a family pack of four tickets to the Nov. 28th performance at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal, you might also be interested in signing up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, or tickets to Casa Mañana’s Here Comes Santa Claus.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see The Nutcracker in Dallas presented by Texas Ballet Theater.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Art&Seek Jr: 4 Fun Things To Do With Out Of Town Family This Thanksgiving

Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself.  Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

This past weekend as I was standing in a grocery line 15 people deep, it occurred to me that this is the week when all the preparation for out of town family happens. When I was a kid it was never “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.” Nope. Thanksgiving was the holiday when the relatives came to our house. For my mother this meant days of preparation that involved sleeping arrangements (there never seemed to be enough beds or pillows to go around), cleaning, and especially cooking. As in a lot of households, the Thanksgiving meal was a huge source of angst for my mother. She wasn’t a confident cook, so in the days leading up to the big meal there was always a lot of hand wringing and dithering about the menu and whether she could pull it off.

One particularly angst-ridden Thanksgiving that comes to mind happened when I was 17. About 15 people were expected for dinner and my mother was busily stuffing a 20 pound bird with grandma’s famous cornbread dressing. She was up to her armpits in dressing when I called her to help me get my junker car started. It was a two-person job that required one person to jiggle the battery terminals, while the other person tried to start it. Mom wiped her hands, left the turkey on the counter and came to my rescue in true mom fashion. While we were outside jiggling cables we heard the kitchen phone ring and as we bounded inside to answer it we saw a sight no one who’s expecting 15 for dinner wants to see–the family cat  inside the cavity of the turkey eating grandma’s famous cornbread stuffing. As we extracted the cat from the bird, my mother looked me square in the eye and said, “Not. One. Word.”

As I recall, that was the year mom finally threw in the towel and passed her Thanksgiving apron on to us.

Planning for out of town guests can be stressful, especially when trying to figure out what to do once everyone’s done eating. Here are some fun events that even great Aunt Jane will enjoy.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Christopher Richey of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Christopher is a multiple winner of our contest. His last victory was back in May. He follows our previous week’s winner, Mackenzie Hall.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Tuesday to Monday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Friday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Tuesday.

Now, here’s more from Christopher:

Name: Christopher Richey
City of Residence: Dallas
Title of photo: Dallas, Texas – November 7, 2014

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Saturday Spotlight – Vienna, Silver, and the Wittgenstein Wealth

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to the Dallas Museum of Art to explore early 20th-century Viennese design. The program “Modern Opulence: Art and Design in Early 20th-Century Vienna” includes discussions on works from the collection of the wealthy Wittgenstein family. You’ll also learn about fashion and design of the time in Vienna and Budapest and meet a descendant of the Wittgensteins.

 

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