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Art Weekend: It’s ‘The Bomb’


by Manuel Mendoza 13 Jun 2008

The Bomb by Robert Wilhite Put on your walking shoes and your thinking cap and give yourself over to artistic pleasure at a host of gallery openings in Deep Ellum, a free screening of The Wizard of Oz at the Nasher and the adjacent CityArts Celebration, featuring art exhibits, food booths and live music. Perhaps […]

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The Bomb by Robert Wilhite

Put on your walking shoes and your thinking cap and give yourself over to artistic pleasure at a host of gallery openings in Deep Ellum, a free screening of The Wizard of Oz at the Nasher and the adjacent CityArts Celebration, featuring art exhibits, food booths and live music.

Perhaps the most provocative Friday the 13th offering is painter/sculptor/set designer Robert Wilhite’s show, The Bomb, opening this evening at Barry Whistler Gallery. Wilhite has constructed a life-size interpretation of the nuclear device that was dropped on Nagasaki in 1945 to raise questions about weapons of mass destruction.

Over at Kettle Art, Cathey Miller also concerns herself with modern political dangers in her painting show, Prepared Americans, opening Saturday night. And down the street, photographer/filmmaker/activist Hal Samples unveils work by Sergio Garcia, Shayne W. Ridenour, Dylan Hollingworth, Desirae Embree and Fred Holston in Pluto is Not a Planet.

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  • The Bomb is hardly controversial – it supports galleries, it supports the art establishment, it supports the problems of conceptual art, and it challenges nothing substantial.
    What about conceptual art that opposes all of the above and introduces an entire new type of art. Now that is apparently too controversial to even talk about here!
    But what Dallas needs to know is that the future will not be an endless rehash of old styles and old methods of art.
    It’s a new century, time for new arts, and actually talking about new arts instead of avoiding them. Long live the revolution in all the arts.