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Hastings Origin

Dallas will forever know Sheila Hicks from her exhibition, opening at the Nasher this evening. Many now will always associate the Nasher Sculpture Center with Sheila Hicks’ vibrant work that makes one step back and admire, walk around and absorb, dive in closer, increasingly mesmerized by the visual tension of the details. I will always associate the avant garde brilliance of Paris-based, Yale-educated Sheila Hicks with Hastings, Nebraska, her birthplace. Many associate Nebraska with the swaying wheat and cornfields her grandfather pointed out extended as far as the eye could see, the reason America would never go hungry. I associate Hastings with the 2:42 a.m. Denver Zephyr trainstop in the middle of the country that both Sheila Hicks and I took in our youth to visit our respective grandparents. My grandfather owned the bank, her grandfather owned the general store, where I recall my grandfather buying important provisions when I discovered a squirt gun for sale. Hastings also was my introduction to culture, the Pioneer Museum/House of Yesterday and fascinating people. I recall Betty Kostle McBride, my mother’s closest childhood friend and Carleton College roommate, visiting Hastings where her father was the doctor. She glided across the living room of my grandparents’ architect-designed 1952 modern home with long hair, bare feet, and brightly painted red toenails. What I thought elegant as a child, my mother mentioned was a bit unusual. It made sense when years later I discovered the McBrides were managers of Allen Gingsberg’s City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, the epicenter of the Beat and counterculture generation. Tractor tire tubing with the McBrides gave me farm cred with Allen Ginbsberg when he visited SMU. Another Hastings contemporary of our grandfathers was Patricia Shinn’s grandfather, the owner of the Hastings title company. Patricia and James Shinn came to Dallas as Director of International Affairs after their prestigious and elegant postings in the diplomatic corps. The Nasher conveys the rich texture of Hastings and the magic of Sheila Hicks. *Hastings Origin
@AtelierSheilaHicks #Artist #Art #JoySpotting #Dallas #NasherSculptureCenter


As John Reoch said when he moved from Philadelphia to Munger Place decades ago, “Driving down Fitzhugh was like visiting the United Nations.” Many countries from around the world were represented in small shops, micro-restaurants, and recently arrived immigrants inhabiting crowded, dilapidated housing. I recall 20 years ago, James Shinn, the Dallas Director of International Affairs, asking me where I specialized when he was discussing having me represent Patricia and him on the sale of their Turtle Creek Park home. For the first time, I said with a smile, I specialized in the Fitzhugh corridor. My answer might have been considered a counterintuitive pitch at the time since Fitzhugh probably conveyed the most negative connotations of a street in Old East Dallas. However, it spoke directly to Turtle Creek Park, which is bordered by Fitzhugh (along with Turtle Creek and Rock Creek). And despite Fitzhugh being so sketchy, it bordered many of my favorite neighborhoods including Northern Hills, Cochran Heights, and the Swiss Avenue, Jefferson Peak, and Munger Place historic districts. Now, the Beverley restaurant is an exclamation mark on the transformation of Fitzhugh and Old East Dallas. Recently, with Jim and Carole Young, two of the most respected people in Dallas, we celebrated a special occasion, on the patio at the Beverley reflecting the changing perception of Fitzhugh. A charming manager and staff, good food, and surrounded by what some might even classify as beautiful people, Fitzhugh has become a destination rather than an international trek through cultures. Slide through to see the Beverley and vestiges of the early Fitzhugh. *Fitzhugh!
#Beverley #Fitzhugh #FitzhughCorridor #Dallas #DallasNeighborhoods #CochranHeights #JeffersonPeak #TurtleCreekPark #NorthernHills #MungerPlace #SwissAvenue #OldEastDallas #HistoricDistrict @BeverleysDallas #Transformation #Revitalization

Tremont Trees

Which expresses the decline of a neighborhood more—peeling paint on houses, broken curbs and sidewalks, or barren parkways? One of the early Munger Place neighborhood initiatives was to plant parkway trees. One of the homeowners went through the 12-block neighborhood with a backhoe, scooping out a place for the cedar elms that cost the homeowners $25, or a red oak that cost the homeowners $35, with other Munger Place neighbors helping place a tree and covering the root ball with the excavated dirt. Neighbors also bought these inexpensive trees for the houses on the street owned by absentee owners. Immediately, these saplings gave life, definition, and a sense of the future for the neighborhood. Now these trees provide a majestic feel to Munger Place. Having grown up riding my bike on the tree tunneled streets of Hinsdale, these arching trees are both nostalgic and help define the success of the neighborhood. The early Dallas City 312 low-interest renovation loan program made no impact on Munger Place. Code Enforcement made a miniscule impact on the neighborhood. However, bond money and block grant money for new curbs, sidewalks, street paving, and antique street lights replacing the telephone poles and electrical wires propelled the revitalization and renovation momentum. Neighborhoods improve when there is physical evidence of a better working future. *Tremont Trees
#treetunnel #Trees #CedarElm #RedOak #MungerPlace #Dallas #AntigueStreetLights #pathtosmu #pathtotrinitygroves #Revitalization #Renovation #NewCurbs #NewSidewalks #Neighborhood #HistoricDistrict #ParkwayTrees #DowntownNeighborhood #SingleFamilyHomes

Counterintuitive Real Estate Ideas

Dubious Real Estate Clichés and Real Estate Myths were discussed in a Conversation at the Barry Whistler Gallery. Surrounded by the fabulous art (slide through to see) of artist including,Tom Orr, Linnea Glatt, Jay Shinn, and Allison V. Smith, the room was filled with friends who I think have the greatest real estate instincts, who are either visionaries or have a keen curiosity that quickly grasps concepts contrary to the real estate mantras passed down for decades. This conversation and reception also reminded me of how powerful art is for engaging people, generating interaction of people, and reminding people of the importance of aesthetics to a home or site. Many thanks to Barry Whistler, Allison V. Smith, and Fernando Alvarez for opening the Barry Whistler Gallery for this conversation. As I said at the Barry Whistler Gallery in the Design District that evening, “We are in the safest space in Dallas. Any real estate agent has been required to check their license at the door. We are in a real estate license-free zone.” This was a fun evening of ideas and art! *Counterintuitive Real Estate Ideas
@BarryWhistlerGallery @TomOrr @Jay_Shinn_Art @allisonvsmith @Linnea_Glatt #ArtGallery #DesignDistrict #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #CounterintuitiveRealEstateIdeas #DubiousRealEstateCliches #RealEstateMyths #art #artist #sculpture


April 21st has always been one of my favorite days. It is the day the Dallas Commissioner’s Court designated for Margaret McDermott Day and the Dallas Morning News editorial page lauded the day and the many contributions of Margaret McDermott and the spirit she infused in Dallas. Also, it is the birthday of Queen Elizabeth, who I admire with increasing intensity. The Queen has an incredible sense of the public and her service is understated considering what she does and how much she does. Also, the Queen and the royal family have created incredible branding. The House of Windsor is a totally made-up name in the last 100 years or so. This April 21st is also Easter, which makes the day this year even more fun and significant. Happy April 21! *Celebration
#Easter #MargaretMcDermottDay #QueenElizabethBirthday #dallas #joyspotting

Architecture Propels Faith

Architect Mark Lemmon designed this Methodist Chapel on the SMU campus in University Park. Sacred spaces invoke a tranquility and appeal that goes beyond their specific discipline. Here the chapel is used for a Catholic Easter vigil starting with lighting of the candles for a procession into the chapel. We see the cathedral of Notre Dame attract more visitors than the Eiffel Tower. Recently, we have seen nonpracticing Catholics and nonbelievers on their knees or weeping at the site of the fire. The sorrow expressed went beyond the loss of architecture and went directly to the faith and feelings that this architecture propelled for so many. I have always loved sacred architecture, whether it is imaginative, modern, or steeped in historical tradition, shiny or rustic. My favorite sacred space is where a birch bark cross, bound together, was placed on the point of a peninsula protruding into a small glacial lake surrounded by virgin forest. Birch bark-covered logs provided the seating and white faded stones lined the path to this transformative spot. Simple or elaborate, architecture and design does more than house or protect, it nourishes.
#Chapel #EasterVigil #SMU #UniversityPark #SMUChapel #CatholicService #Easter #Worship #LightingOfCandles #Dallas #Neighborhood #UniversityParkNeighborhood #SacredSpace #MarkLemmon #Design #Architecture #Architect #SMUCampus #Faith

Reclaim Palm Springs

Palm Springs would do well to reclaim the vibe conveyed in this 1990s shoot of 1950s Palm Springs. Dallas may no longer have cattle drives through the region, but it still has boots, buckles, and swagger. There is still iconography and a vibe in Texas that continues. Most of the mid-century Palm Springs hotels are gone, but the vibe of Palm Springs should continue. My recommendation is to place these Thom Jackson photographs of Chandra North in every major Palm Springs hotel, the vistors bureau, and Palm Springs promotional material. The 1950s and 1990s are decades of growth and change. It was a time of underlying elegance, sophistication, and fun. These Thom Jackson shot photographs of Chandra North show these aspirational qualities are timeless. *Reclaim Palm Springs
#PalmSprings #Dallas #CraigheadGreenGallery #DallasArtFair @ChandraNorthOfficial #ChandraNorth #ThomJackson @tjphotodtx #DesignDistrict #DallasNeighborhood #Photography #Fashion #FashionPhotography #Retro #Design #Model #FashionModel #PhotoShoot

Palm Springs in Dallas

Photographer Thom Jackson and model Chandra North reminisce about their photography shoot in Palm Springs 30 years ago. This retro shoot for American Airlines brought attention to Palm Springs in 1990 and brings attention to Palm Springs now. It also brings attention to the Craighead Green Gallery where these photographs are exhibited and brings attention to Dallas. The talent of photographer Thom Jackson and beauty of Chandra North demonstrates that fashion, photography, and art show best in Dallas. *Palm Springs in Dallas
#PalmSprings #Dallas #CraigheadGreenGallery #DallasArtFair @ChandraNorthOfficial #ChandraNorth #ThomJackson @tjphotodtx #DesignDistrict #DallasNeighborhood #Photography #Fashion #FashionPhotography #Retro #Design #Model #FashionModel #PhotoShoot

Small House Triumphs

This small home on four acres overlooking White Rock Lake is a triumph and testimony for quality architectural renovation design. Architects Ted Larson and Paul Pedigo of Larson & Pedigo reduced the 1939 home to its original 3,600 square feet ten years ago and designed the renovation that has continued to attract families to raise their children in the home. In this era where even 12,000 square foot homes are being torn down after 20 years, this 80-year-old 3,600 square foot home reflecting the architecture of its period survives. One can never underestimate the importance of a vision for a home and quality design and renovation. Sited on land with far more value than most lots where 10,000 square foot homes are being torn down, this home remains. This spring the third family with children purchased the home and will keep the original 3,600 square foot architectural footprint intact. These buyers were attracted to the refined and sophisticated materials, finishes, and craftsmanship that enhance the elegance and relaxed lakehouse feel of the home. The renovation design immerses the home on the site and provides full views of the lake, the spectacular terraced land, trees, and gardens. The owners that originally renovated the home had a vision that a 1930s home typical of the era could be enhanced by accentuating its merit rather than conspicuously modifying its architecture. The second family continued to groom the four acres of land to make it even more enjoyable and enticing for their family. Now, the third family with children, since the renovation, is able to fully enjoy the architectural and landscape contributions of their predecessors. A home on
White Rock Lake is more than just a home. It is about the benefits and tranquility of the lake. When someone says a house should be torn down because the land is so valuable, this is a good example of a small home where three successive families with ample resources celebrated the land with a small house design renovation. *Small House Triumphs
#SmallHouseLargeLand #Preservation #Architecture #Architect #LarsonAndPedigo #Design #WhiteRockLake #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #PeriodHome #Renovation #Historic

Dallas Gallery Excels

At the Dallas Art Fair, collectors are introduced to galleries around the world. Also, art collectors from around the world are introduced to Dallas art galleries. The Valley House Gallery with the insightful presence of gallerists Cheryl and Kevin Vogel, in a prime location on the second floor, exhibits several sought-after artists like Mary Vernon and Sedrick Huckaby shown here. The energy of Dallas galleries, including Conduit, Liliana Bloch, and many others next to San Francisco, New York, and European galleries is contagious. Walking the halls, you will see drifting in and out of the galleries sophisticated collectors, museum directors, and art lovers. Dallas at the end of the 21st century second decade is becoming what the Chicago Art Fair at the Navy Pier was in the last decade of the 21st century. *Dallas Gallery Excels
#DallasArtFair #ChicagoArtFair #MaryVernon #SedrickHuckaby @ValleyHouseGallery #Gallerists #ArtFair #Dallas #Downtown #DowntownDallas #Art #Artists #Painting #ArtGallery #Gallery #ArtExhibition #MuseumDirector #ArtMuseum

Art Fair Begins

If you live in a neighborhood north of downtown, just follow the moon until you see the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas and you will be at the entrance of the Dallas Art Fair. Galleries are taking the Dallas Art Fair more seriously, as are the art collectors. The work exhibited has a great range of price and relevance and is well curated and displayed. International artists are introduced or reintroduced to collectors. Interestingly, galleries from both coasts bring work of Dallas artists that they show in their galleries to share with the international audience that comes to the Dallas Art Fair. This Art Fair in Dallas is such a nice way to acquaint oneself with a great amount of art and artists in a short amount of time. The Dallas Art Fair also provides the opportunity to spend quality time with many of the top gallerists from across the country and around the world. The best news is the Dallas galleries hold their own! *Art Fair Begins
#DallasArtFair #Dallas #Downtown #DowntownDallas #FairmontHotel #DallasFairmontHotel
#Art #Artists #Gallerists #ArtGallery #DowntownNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood

Black and White?

Artist Linnea Glatt has always impressed me with her work. It is geometric, precise, organized, symmetrical, sequential, balanced, and correct. But, as you can see, this mounted sculpture has soft tactile edges. This linear piece creates undulating shadows and then your eye is taken back to the black and white contrast the artist created. Here artist Linnea Glatt has created a sculpture that presents itself as a statement of black and white, but is so much more. You can see recent work of Linnea Glatt at the Monumental II exhibition @BarryWhistlerGallery that opens April 6th. * Black and White?
@linnea_glatt #LinneaGlattArtist @BarryWhistlerGallery #BarryWhistlerGallery #GalleryOpening #Artist #Art #Design #Architecture #Architect #DesignDistrict #DallasNeighborhood #Dallas #ArtExhibition #tremontartists

Orr Art

Life can be just life Orr so much more—it can be art. Artist Tom Orr’s work for this Monumental II show opening @BarryWhistlerGallery is just that. Tom Orr works large, strong, and with finesse. I have long been impressed with how well his work stands up to time. Like his work today, his pieces from decades ago are still inviting and compelling. Good art like good architecture does not waver out of a trend line rendering it out of date, it becomes more centered on enduring design fostering even greater appreciation. You will enjoy seeing recent work of Tom Orr when the Monumental II exhibition opens April 6th at the Barry Whistler Gallery. * Orr Art
@TomOrrArt #BarryWhistlerGallery #GalleryOpening #Artist #Art #Design #Architecture #Architect #DesignDistrict #DallasNeighborhood #Dallas #ArtExhibition #TomOrrArist

Academic Set Back

In the distance, framed through the allée of live oaks on the median of SMU’s Bishop Bouevard, is the domed Dallas Hall. This architectural icon of SMU higher learning was set back from the entrance of SMU almost as an academic lure or academic destiny. Now it looks set back in the distance as an afterthought with the five-story indoor football practice field dominating one’s SMU field of vision. Instead of SMU setting back the indoor practice football field, they set back academics and what SMU stands for. *Academic Set Back
#AcademicSetback #SMU #DallasHall #BishopBoulevard #SMUIndoorFootballField #Architecture #CollegeArchitecturePlan #UniversityArchitecturePlan #AcademicTravesty #Design #Dallas #UniversityPark

Practice Makes Perfect

The building of an indoor practice football field on SMU’s Bishop Boulevard purports to make an SMU football team better. The total disregard for campus aesthetics promises to perfect bad. It will be hard for SMU to find someone with a straight face that this indoor practice football field reaches an acceptable standard of campus planning or architecture. I have always thought a football field helped a university. If the games were on campus—even better. Academics and athletics can easily coexist. What can’t seem to coexist at SMU are aesthetics and athletics. Athletics detracting from academics I have considered a fairly tiresome argument. Aesthetics versus athletics is a fresher and more dynamic concern. The design of college stadiums might draw some comment from architecture critics or university faithful, but I cannot recall anywhere when aesthetics were so pummeled by athletics. This university architectural site plan came on a campus that has long been ranked high in the nation for its beauty, SMU is also a university that hs one of the nation’s best art schools. Now, right across from the plaza of the art school is an indoor practice football field that hugs the curb of Bishop Boulevard. Whether it is SMU's performing arts, studio arts or art history, the Meadows School of the Arts raises the aesthetic sensibility of every student on campus. The visually and emotionally deadening effect of a monstrous indoor football practice field lowers the aesthetic awareness and expectations of every student. I always knew SMU could survive their athletic death penalty as the sanctions would go away and the teams would rebuild. But how can SMU aesthetics survive this athletic assault? I wish the NCAA could issue aesthetic sanctions on SMU and deny them building permits for the next 30 years. The only hope is, just like the oversized homes from the 1980s and 1990s that are being torn down, this building too will be torn down in the not too distant future. *Practice Makes Perfect #AcademicsVersusAthletics #ArchitecturalTravesty #SMU #BishopBoulevard #SMUArts #SMUArtSchool #Design #Dallas #UniversityPark #AthleticsAssaultsAesthetics #Aesthetics.

Architectural Setback

Maybe the worst university campus architectural site decision in America is the new SMU indoor football practice field that has virtually no setback from the street and violates the 100-year-old setbacks of the neighboring dormitories. The indoor football field building is a setback for the university for another reason, it replaces the outdoor aquatic courtyard with a 50-meter swimming pool and separate diving tower pool. The outdoor pool attracted students, professors, alums, childrens’ camps, and Dallas residents from across the city to feel welcome to visit the heart of the SMU campus. The outdoor pool also provided clear site lines of the surrounding student dorms, the Highland Park Methodist Church, Perkins Chapel, the gold dome of the Cox Business School, and the blue sky. Now, across from the Meadows School of the Arts sited in the middle of Bishop Boulevard is a five-story football field indoor practice building. Violating the existing building setback line further punctuates the overwhelming architectural blemish on what had been one of the country’s most beautiful promenades of college campus Georgian buildings. These stately buildings line the boulevard that included a median and an allée of live oaks that made their way up to Dallas Hall. It is almost as if the university took their architectural cue from small university park lots that had 10,000 square foot pseudo mansions inserted on a street of cottages owned by professors. What was the university thinking? SMU is an institution that is supposed to foster thinking. The Meadows School of the Arts across the boulevard fosters aesthetic awareness. An indoor football field practice building placed on the prime spot of the SMU ceremonial boulevard is an intellectual and aesthetic travesty. *Architectural Setback
#SMU #IndoorFootballField #SMUBoulevard #SMUArchitecture #ArchitecturalSetback #CollegeCampus #UniversityPark #Architecture #Design #Travesty #Aesthetics

Next Generation Old East Dallas

Khao Noodle Shop shows evolution of Old East Dallas neighborhood is not gentrification. Many Vietnamese refugees and southeastern Asians landed in Old East Dallas in the 1970s. Vietnamese and Asian restaurants, grocery stores and gardens sprung up around Bryan and Fitzhugh where many of these Asian immigrants found housing in the surrounding deteriorated neighborhood. Over 40 years the neighborhood has improved. Divided up rent houses have returned to single-family homes, historic districts have been created, apartment complexes have gradually improved. The mainstays of Bryan and Fitzhugh like Jimmy’s Italian Food Store and Mai’s restaurant have remained. Urbano and other longtime restaurants also continue to line the streets. What is particularly heartening is Donny Sirisavath’s opening of Khao Noodle Shop serving Laotian food from his mother’s recipes who came to Dallas in the early 1980s. Rather than Asian restaurants being gentrified, they have been added to and upgraded. At Khao, you will see Laotians, East Dallas residents, and hipsters. The outdoor community tables included wine retailer, restaurant owner, wine distributor eating lunch. Sure, over 45 years a neighborhood evolves, but gentrification is misunderstood. A neighborhood can gently evolve over a half century and still have the character, vibe, and many of the same people, just not as much crime, disease, transience, murders, and prostitution as the neighborhood once had.
#Khao #KhaoNoodleShop @dondarkooo #OldEastDallas #Dallas #gentrification #NeighborhoodEvolution #DowntownNeighborhood #DallasNeighborhood #LaotianFood #LaotianRestaurant #NeighborhoodRestaurant

Larry Boerder Endures

Here is a large Larry Boerder architect-designed house that ten years ago replaced an even larger home built in the 1980s in this Preston Hollow neighborhood. Better placed, more proportional to its large lot, and architecture that has a timeless quality to it, creates a home that looks like it can endure and be enjoyed for more than the 20-year lifespan of its predecessor. We often think of the importance of site and design of modern homes. This architect-designed home shows it can be just as important for a traditional home that draws from historic precedent.
#PrestonHollow #EstateArea #Architecture #ClassicArchitecture #HistoricDesign #DallasNeighborhood #Dallas #EstateHome @larryboerder_architects #architect #dallasarchitecture

Secessionist Backdrop

Some of the Jonas Wood paintings in the current solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art have a Secessionist element to them. The DMA brilliantly used wallpaper in some of the museum gallery spaces that was reminiscent of the Neue Galerie Secessionist exhibition a few years ago. I love the way the botanical paintings were displayed on this background. The Dallas Museum of Art put on a great show and displayed a very fine artist!
#Secessionists @NeueGalerieNY #JonasWood #Artist #DallasMuseumOfArt @DallasMuseumArt #ArtOpening #MuseumOpening #Fashion #ArtAttire #Dallas #Painting #Art #ArtsDistrict #Museum

First Museum Show

The first major art show for an artist is a big deal. The first major solo museum exhibition for an artist is maybe even a bigger deal. It is also a big deal to the museum to be able to have the first major solo exhibition of an artist. The recent opening featuring Jonas Wood at the Dallas Museum of Art was a triumph for both the artist and the museum. It was also a joy for all of those that attended. Jonas Wood had his first major New York show just ten years ago. Now, just days before his 42nd birthday, the DMA is celebrating his work with this mid-career exhibition. This museum opening was my favorite art opening in a long time. It included the genuine excitement of the artist who was enjoying his first museum show, the pride of his extended family all in attendance, the keen interest of gallery owners from New York, Los Angeles and Dallas who were also attending the opening, and collectors of his work from Dallas and across the country that were in attendance, as were couple number one. Those seeing his work in person for the first time were also thrilled. Enthusiasm for the arts, not pretense, was the mood. Kudos to the DMA Director Agustin Arteaga and Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Anna Katherine Brodbeck, who initiated, curated, and organized this exhibition.
#JonasWood #Artist #DallasMuseumOfArt @DallasMuseumArt #ArtOpening #MuseumOpening #Fashion #Dallas #Painting #Art #ArtsDistrict #Museum #art

Dress for Painting

There is often much conversation on how one should dress for an art opening or how art patrons were dressed for the event. The specific museum, gallery, or featured artist might often subliminally or consciously guide these sartorial decisions. It is fun to see when someone hits the tone of the evening exactly right with their attire. At this exhibition, Beverly gets my enthusiastic nod for so closely tracking Henri Rousseau’s influence on this painting with her beautiful green mid-length open jacket.
#HenriRousseau #JonasWood #Artist #DallasMuseumOfArt @DallasMuseumArt #ArtOpening #MuseumOpening #Fashion #ArtAttire #Dallas #Painting #Art #ArtsDistrict #Museum #joyspotting

Mother – Theater Designer

Not everyone grows up with their kitchen woodwork painted purple, but not everyone has a mother like artist Jonas Wood’s mother who was an artist and theater designer. We can see the colorful expression that artist Jonas Wood grew up with from this painting of the family home in Weston, Massachusetts, where he was raised. He was the beneficiary of this colorful exuberance as a child. We are the beneficiaries of his exuberant art now. The joy of Jonas Wood’s work seen at the Dallas Museum of Art solo exhibition spilled over to the people that attended his opening at the DMA. His art is strong, expressive, and brings a smile to the viewer.
#PurpleWoodwork #JonasWood #DallasMuseumOfArt @DallasMuseumArt #Kitchen #MuseumOpening #Dallas #ArtOpening #Art #Artist #Design #Color #ArtsDistrict #TheaterDesigner #Mother #WestonMA #joyspotting

Scholar Studying Up

Read, look, or listen are three approaches to learning about the Jonas Wood exhibition opening at the DMA. A prominent gallery owner and fellow SMU Town & Gown member chose to read the exhibition catalog before he viewed the paintings. A distinguished museum director got up close to the painting maybe to authenticate it or to study brushstrokes. My choice of an introduction to this painting was to listen. The delightful family of Jonas Wood came to the opening where I met his dad in front of the painting of the bathroom of the home Jonas Wood grew up in. The back story was particularly interesting to me. Jonas’ father is an architect who bought this 1903 home in Weston, MA, in 1975 and owned it until 2016. In 1975 I bought my 1905 house that was also dilapidated; however, his was painted battleship gray and was considered the “horror house” of Weston. The agent thought when seeing the young couple (wife in overalls and husband with long hair and beard) that the house was going to go from bad to worse. Mr. Wood assured the agent his wife was an artist and he was an architect and knew what to do with the home. He showed me many details of the painting, from the American Standard bathtub five inches longer than usual, the replica pedestal sink, and ceramic tile installed in 1935, the last year any work had been done on the house. Mr. Wood discussed many of the travesties of the home that he corrected over the next several decades. He mentioned that Jonas’ mother was able to see her son’s first major New York show in 2009 right before she died. The oral history of the home and family gave depth to the paintings in the exhibition. There is an intimacy and bond with the architecture that comes from living in a 100-year-old home. The extravagant details and patterns of architecture in the paintings of Jonas Wood reflect his having an architect and artist as parents and his entire young life observing the patterns, proportions, materials, and quirks of an old house. Listening adds depth that even the most acute studying and the most intense observation cannot offer.
#JonasWood #Art #Artist #Architect #DallasMuseumOfArt @DallasMuseumArt #Dallas #MuseumOpening

Suburban Brownwood

A view out the front door of this Dick Clark architect-designed modern home presents a much different look than that of a flat Dallas neighborhood suburban development. Even with other homes in the vicinity, there is a sense of endless Texas country and a rugged rather than city environment. Here is a site where the advantage of large modern home windows makes sense. #Brownwood #Architect #Architecture #FrontDoorView #SuburbanDevelopment #Country #Hill Country #TexasHillCountry #NorthHillCountry #Design #Contemporary #Modern #ModernHome

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