Dalí and Design Highlight PATRON’s Fall Issue

Autumn gets surreal when an unprecedented exhibition opens in Dallas this September. Prompted by the demure-sized The Fish Man (L’homme poisson), 1930, which entered the coffers of the Meadows Museum in 2014, Dalí: Poetics of the Small (1929–1936) mounts September 9–December 9, 2018.

The Fish Man underwent extensive research at the Kimbell Art Museum and returns to join 20 additional Dalí cabinet paintings from all over the world. One such loan, from The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is The Weaning of Furniture-Nutrition, 1934, featured on one of Patron’s covers this month. A companion exhibit, Dalí’s Aliyah: A Moment in Jewish History, will present a set of lithographs donated to the Meadows by patrons Linda P. and William A. Custard in honor of Meadows Museum advisory council member Janet Pollman Kafka. This marks her 20th year as Honorary Consul of Spain in Dallas.

While Dalí shaped and interpreted his environments through painting, we have an opportunity to define our own through design. Simply, there is no better place to openly exude one’s personality than at home. In evidence, we bring you an unexpected residence nestled alongside Turtle Creek with a richly diverse art collection reflective of the thoughtful homeowner and gallerist Scot Presley, and his husband, in Creekside Sanctuary. Peggy Levinson explores Scot’s personal connection with each artist he collects and his collaboration with interior designer Lee Lormand, as together they reimagined the essence of a 1970s’ townhome. 

Continuing our design coverage, we shift our emphasis to home décor where we review some of the great design houses in the field today. In Space, Peggy Levinson interviews three disparate manufacturers including the inimitable Marcel Wanders on his new collection for Roche Bobois, Claud Cecil Gurney of the venerated de Gournay known for hand-painted wallpaper, and relative newcomer Lee Broom on the release of his Observatory lighting collection. We also share the color trend in furnishings and accessories.

Further afield in London, Chris Byrne had the rare opportunity to call on Paula Rego, a figurative painter whose works are part of major exhibitions this summer at the Tate Britain and Royal Academy. Fine Lines finds Steve Carter’s coverage of British painter Ian Davenport’s 30-year survey exhibition opening September 30 at Dallas Contemporary. One more Londoner appears in this issue, artist Adam Ball who installed a spectacular piece in a Dallas home this summer.

Back home, Danielle Avram examines the “art-world superstars” who have been honored with the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS through TWO x TWO, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this October. 

Brandon Kennedy takes over Patron’s Studio column from Justine Ludwig, who began her post with Creative Time in New York this summer. In his first installment, Kennedy examines the practice of Shelby David Meier, a Dallas-based conceptual artist. One-part joke teller, read about Meier in The Last Man Standing Up With Props.

We reveal a taste of fall fashion in Drawing Attention. Shayna Fontana combines her photographs with stylist and artist Ruben Burgess Jr.’s drawings to create stimulating collaged works for Patron’s style feature. We hope you enjoy the interesting images.

As summer wanes and our son begins his first semester at college to study classical trumpet, my husband and I look to fill our time with exhibitions this fall as new empty nesters—at least for the time being.

-Terri Provencal 

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