On a trip to Dallas recently (to shoot a pilot – yay Salvation!) I had a couple of days to explore the city. I was excited to hear about their free art museum downtown, the Dallas Museum of Art, so I took the free bus called the D-Link to check it out. Free is the best price! I wasn’t sure what to expect since it’s free – but it was amazing. Lots of variety, lots of wow factor in the pieces and the displays were focused and accessible. They have collections of African, American, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Arts and Design, European, and Pacific Islander art. Good job Dallas!
I love to photograph my favorite art pieces during a museum tour, especially now that none of the attendants seem to mind as long as there’s no flash! I only just realized that MarlaneDesign is a perfect place to record this inspiration. The photographs are obviously not as great at the art – you have to go to see it yourself 🙂
I also enjoyed their conservation studio where you could see paintings being restored and view some in 3-D in order to see the way they were framed and the special materials that might have been used instead of canvas. They also had delicious food at their cafe!
Check out my faves from the tour below:
Nature or Abundance by Leon Frederic
I love the assault of colors.
Valle Buona, Near Bordighera by Claude Monet
The Impressionists are favorites in general so I enjoyed meeting this piece by Monet.
Outside the Print-Seller’s Shop by Honore Daumier
I wish I had taken a better photo of this, because I can’t even find one online. I love art that finds depth in darkness, and the Dickensian quality of this piece.
Forest of Fontainebleau by Narcisse Diaz de la Pena
This is another one that had beautiful depth in the darkness and also didn’t photograph well. I was able to find a public domain version of it though, which is below.
Horse #6-82 by Deborah Butterfield
I want this sculpture in my backyard!
The Irritation by Freddie Diaz
This sculpture is a part of their “Young Masters” exhibition, which highlights Advanced Placement artists from ten Dallas area high schools. This sculpture made from toothpicks really grabbed me with its combination of fragility and violence.
Very Game of Thrones 🙂
Shrine from 18th-19th century India
I also want this in my backyard.
Cabinet from 1700s Peru
I don’t actually want this because it would take up my whole house, but the detail is breathtaking!
Detail from Vanderbilt Console late 1800s
I love the detail on this, very whimsical and dark for an otherwise stuffy piece of furniture.
Fiestaware Salt and Pepper Shakers
I photographed these because I have some at home! California history.
Emma in a Purple Dress by George W Bellows
I think this woman looks strikingly like Tilda Swinton, whom I love.
Sardine by Charles Webster Hawthorne
This adorable painting is another one that didn’t photograph well, but I couldn’t find a better depiction online anywhere!
Easy Edges chair by Frank O Gehry
This reminds me of something…
…It only took the pet care community 40 years to take the hint!
Necklace by Fernando Campana
This full body necklace is so regal! I would say I want one, but I can see myself getting tangled up in it.
Cabina dell’Elba cabinet by Aldo Rossi
Looks like an outhouse at first glance, but there is something appealing about it. Storybook quality.
Mural outside museum
Nice outdoor place to have a coffee.
Sculpture Outside Museum
Overall a very enjoyable day at the Dallas Art Museum! I recommend it!