The nightlife was crap. If you didn't have a car, you couldn't go anywhere. Sounds familiar? Believe me, it's not. The soulless boredom of Dallas has a special quality. But if you manage to step out of your soporific stupor and find yourself near the Dallas Arts District, head straight for the Dallas Museum of Art, which is where I found myself one hot and dusty afternoon.
On show at the time in the main hall was an incredible retrospective of the work of Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, one of my all-time favorites. There were 72 paintings, including Tuyman's portrait of former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice:
Luc Tuymans, The Secretary of State, 2005, oil on canvas.
Also on display, for the first time ever, was rare video film footage produced by Tuymans during the brief period when he gave up painting and focused only on film in the 1980s. The footage was fascinating, but more so because of the insight it gave into Tuymans process, which often involves processing film images and stills.
Detail from Tuyman's Die Zeit, 1988.
But apart from the temporary Tuymans show, the DMA also boasted a robust permanent collection, including several important pieces well worth the visit.
Renee Magrite's The Light of Coincidences (1933) and Jean Arp's Classical Sculpture (1966).
Naum Gabo, Constructed Head No. 2 (1916).
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