The Luc Tuymans exhibit opened at the Dallas Museum of Art last week, and a few of us media types got to go check it out with the artist himself. The takeaway is that it’s a really big deal that we have this collection in Dallas. It is Tuyman’s first U.S. retrospective, and he has been called “one of the art world’s brightest stars,” by the Wall Street Journal. If I were you, and I had a free lunch hour today, I would stop by the museum for the 12:15 gallery talk, which will focus on the new exhibit. This way you’ll get all the inside info, like the story about Tuyman’s work Secretary of State, a painting of Condoleezza Rice. The artist told us that Condy wasn’t exactly a fan of the work, because she appears to have kind of a buck tooth in the front. But go and see for yourself.
While you’re down there, walk across the street to the Crow Collection and take a quick spin through New Vision: Ballpoint Drawings by Il Lee. The Crow is such a nice place to spend a few minutes, and it’s free to get in. This new exhibit features large works of art created by ballpoint pen, which should make doodling aimlessly suddenly much more important.