Art Smart: Where to see great art in the Design District this Weekend

The year may be coming to a close but Design District galleries are not slowing down. We have a busy weekend ahead of us with plenty of new art shows to check out so consider your Saturday night booked. Here are my two must-see openings for December 1.

PDNB Gallery

The below photograph was all I needed to fall in love with the photography of Michael Kenna but lucky me, PDNB Gallery is hosting a whole show of Kenna’s hauntingly beautiful black and white photographs. You may have seen Kenna’s work exhibited at PDNB in the past but if you’ve never seen his powerful photographs of both iconic and unfamiliar landscapes, make plans to see this show.

Hunagshan Mountains, Study 21 by Michael Kenna

Kenna is one of the world’s foremost contemporary photographers and the show at PDNB will feature a wide variety of photographs Kenna has taken throughout the world. The opening reception for the exhibit is this Saturday from 5 to 8 pm and the show will run through February 16.

Cohn Drennan Contemporary

Taking its name from the distance in kilometers between Houston and Dallas, 387km at Cohn Drennan Contemporary is appropriately a show designed to showcase several prominent Houston artists and their work right here in Dallas. Artist Christopher Olivier who will also exhibit in the show alongside Houston artists J Antonio Farfan and John Jenkins, curates the show and states by way of explanation that, “The similarities between the three artists represented echo a similarity in vocabulary amongst many artists in both Houston and Dallas.” The rivalry between the two cities most of us are all too familiar with doesn’t exist in art, according to Olivier, and this show is meant to exemplify that idea.

"Spark" by John Jenkins

All three artists utilize different media to illustrate their various artistic interests and aesthetic. Farfan utilizes painting in a scientific way to examine the non-arbitrary fundamentals and relationships in art while Jenkins builds upon each of his previous pieces by utilizing various elements of his pop culture influenced paintings. Olivier represents the biggest change as he explores digital hardware and electronics in his work.

The opening reception for 387km will be held this Saturday from 6:00 until 8:00 PM and the exhibit will be on view until January 5. This Saturday Cohn Drennan will open another exhibit as well featuring the work of two up and coming artists entitled Anecdotal Evidence.

Other openings and open houses this weekend include Sun to Moon Gallery, which I wrote about in more detail earlier this week, Luminarte Gallery, Smink Modern Living and Samuel Lynne Galleries. See you this weekend!

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Jennifer Smart is the editor of DallasDesignDistrict.com, a lifetime Dallas resident, and an avid consumer of all things art, theater and music. Keep up with Jennifer on twitter, linkedin, instagram and google+.

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