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Mask, 1995. Courtesy Lisa and John Runyon.


Negation of the Universe

11 APRIL - 10 AUGUST 2014

In his first US solo museum exhibition, Richard Phillips brings his exploration of contemporary culture to Dallas. His strikingly distinctive paintings address the complex web of pop themes in our media-saturated world – sexuality, politics, power and death among them. For Phillips, critique is as much an intrinsic material in the conception and staging of his work as the materials of their making. His conflating of subject and genre continues to provide challenging comment on the condition and reach of contemporary art.

In a style that both challenges and embraces classical painting techniques, Phillips positions modern day figures within the art historical canon. His subject matter ranges between political figures like George Bush and pop culture icons like Dakota Fanning, Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Gray, as well as found imagery from media sources past and present. While painting remains the backbone of Phillips' work, his most recent works explore other modes of image production - through short films, photographic stills and sculptures.

Presented in tandem with his monumental outdoor sculpture, Playboy Marfa, which will be installed outside Dallas Contemporary in March, Phillips’ exhibition will feature both past and new works that emphasize his career-long exploration of political and social identity, consumerism, eroticized desire and social constructs.


Untitled (Milton Puffy Clouds Strong Cocktails), 2005. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery.


An Artist Has A Past (Puffy Clouds and Strong Cocktails)
15 Paintings Over The Last Decade

11 APRIL - 10 AUGUST 2014

Dallas Contemporary announces an exhibition by JULIAN SCHNABEL – the New York-based contemporary artist.  The exhibition runs from 11 APRIL 2014 - 24 AUGUST 2014 with an OPENING CELEBRATION: FRIDAY 11 APRIL 2014 FROM 21.00 - 24.00 (9.00 - MIDNIGHT).

Julian Schnabel is a painter.  He also is a sculptor, a writer and an Academy Award nominated filmmaker. His monumental paintings exist on many levels, utilizing a layer of materials, sources and subject matter to capture and freeze a larger narrative that resonates a poetic that is beyond the picture plane and exclusive to each viewer. There seems to be a cinematic intuition in these paintings.  By fabricating and staging his own singular reality in each work, Schnabel takes complete control, contrasting banal situations and a subliminal world of conflict.  He once said that his paintings feel like films, his films feel like sculptures and his sculptures feel like paintings. 

Schnabel moved to Brownsville, Texas from Brooklyn, New York in 1965 and attended the University of Houston from 1969-1973. Veering away from the prominent practice of minimalism and conceptual art of the 1970s, Schnabel invented a new version of art through an exploration of sculptural painting. His handling of fragmented material, specifically demonstrated in the now-historical Plate Paintings, propelled him into the center of the international art world.  In 1980 he was the youngest artist in A New Spirit In Painting show in London, the oldest artist being Pablo Picasso. This is his first museum show in Texas since 1987.  We’re very pleased to present these fifteen recent paintings at The Dallas Contemporary Art Museum.


Citywide Street Mural Project


Dallas Contemporary has invited Los Angeles based street artist SHEPARD FAIREY to create more than 12 murals throughout the city with a focus on West Dallas. Known for his iconic designed President Obama HOPE poster, Fairey has worked as an artist creating works on the streets and globally in public spaces using posters, stickers, wheat paste and painted murals.

CLICK HERE to view mural location map.
Shepard Fairey mural. Courtesy the artist.

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