DRAWING ATTENTION: Local self-taught artist Willie Wayne Young gets props from galleries around the country that specialize in outsider art, or the work of little-known artists. Here in Dallas, he’s received little notice. That’s changing, as Dianne Solis reports in the Dallas Morning News. Sketches by the 67-year-old shoe shine man, who has produced nearly a drawing a day for nearly 50 years, are on display through Nov. 29 at The African American Museum in Fair Park.
NEW AT THE AMON CARTER: Star-Telegram art critic Gaile Robinson notes the latest acquisition at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth. Conversation – Sky and Earth byCharles Sheeler is an example of the American modernist movement known as precisionism, in which, Robinson explains, artists reduced realistic subjects to geometric forms. (Georgia O’Keefe’s early urban scenes fall into this category.) The image of a power station is one of Scheeler’s more romantic works because it is set against “the lovely sky that transitions from a beautiful turquoise to a heavenly blue.”
PAC WRAP: If you were not one of the more than 25,000 folks showed up yesterday to check out Dallas’ new Performing Arts Center, you’ll want to read the report from Jerome Weeks. Lines were long into both the Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theater, but folks seemed to wait patiently for the most part. (One family of five, including a disabled woman, was piqued and wanted media attention because they couldn’t get into a locked bathroom on the third floor of the Winspear, or down the crowded elevator. Done.) Museums in the arts district, open for free, were crowded too. Olin Chism said it best in his review of the DSO’s free performance at the Meyerson: Sunday was “a day in which the arts district, for once, was really a people place.”