In Dallas, January weather can be frigid and wet, making outdoor activities not so delightful. But good news for Dallas visitors and residents alike – the Dallas Museum of Art is the perfect place to spend a cozy indoor afternoon.
Jackson Pollock has always held a special place at the Dallas Museum of Art, as his works have a tendency to bring out art enthusiasts of all ages. In fact, the Dallas Museum of Art was the very first museum in the world to acquire one of his "classic period" works of art, Cathedral. That piece, along with Portrait of a Dream, will be on display at the museum from now until March 20, 2016 in the Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibit.
Checking out one of the paintings — Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
This widely acclaimed exhibit from the artist deemed "the greatest painter this country has ever produced" has been organized by the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Gavin Delahunty.
It's sure to impress art lovers and critics alike, as it's the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. To make it even more special, the sole US presentation of the exhibit will only occur in Dallas.
Including a wide variety of pieces that have not been exhibited for more than 50 years, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots gives museum visitors an unprecedented look into Pollock's practice, namely his classic drip paintings.
With more than 70 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, the exhibition first introduces museum goers to Pollock’s work via a wide selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950.
Then, the exhibit moves into the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings created by Pollock between 1951 and 1953. There are an amazing 31 black paintings included in this part of the exhibition.
While you're already at the museum, don't miss some of its other great permanent exhibits and collections, like the African collections and Ancient Mediterranean art. The Dallas Museum of Art boasts more than 23,000 items, including everything from European paintings to Pacific Island sculptures, from ancient times to the present.
Visitors can also buy discounted passes to check out the adjacent Nasher Sculpture Center. If you work up an appetite exploring the museum and want a casual meal or snack, you can dine at the onsite cafe, or visit the food truck area at Klyde Warren Park. Visitors who want a nicer meal can choose from a number of fine dining restaurants in the downtown Dallas area, from steaks to Latin cuisine.