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Portrait Tim Boole, Styling Jeanna Doyle, Stanley Korshak

May / June / July 2019

TERRI PROVENCAL Publisher / Editor in Chief Instagram terri_provencal and patronmag

When writing this note, Notre-Dame’s spire had crumbled to ash the day prior leaving the entire world grieving and longing to right the centuriesold cathedral. Of the hundreds of millions of euros pledged within hours of the devastating fire that engulfed the building, which French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild, it was deeply apparent that those with a passion for art and culture remain the great caretakers for generations to come. Stepping up, among many generous donors, French art collectors François Pinault and his son François-Henri Pinault of Kering Group (Balenciaga, Boucheron, Yves Saint Laurent) pledged over €100 million; following suit, business rival LVMH Group (Celine, Dior, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton) CEO Bernard Arnault vouchsafed €200 million more. L’Oréal matched that €200 million gift. For creativity brings out the hopeful in everyone. This is the best of the arts. In Texas, the dust had yet to settle on Dallas Arts Month before we put the finishing touches on Patron’s Best of the Arts coverage. We had a tremendous time in April—Dallas Art Fair’s 11th installment, SOLUNA’s 5th go-round, Nasher Prize’s 4th honored laureate—nevertheless it was time to turn our attention to the vestiges of spring before heading into the season when things heat up but slow to a simmer. It’s the month of May in which galleries bring a renewed and final flourish before forging ahead with group shows during the summer months. The lack of public satiety for novelty is prevalent in galleries. Dealers bravely seek the next artist to satisfy appetites while invigorating the established. It’s here we begin our Best of the Arts coverage. Nancy Cohen Israel finds newly represented artists showing work at area contemporary galleries in New On View and delves into the strong female curatorial voices enthusiastically present within our major museums in Retelling the Story. We also take a closer look at the American-born, Paris-based textile artist Sheila Hicks, an octogenarian mounting a site-specific installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center opening on May 11, in Looming Large. And the late David Park, pioneer of the Bay Area Figurative Art Movement, gets his due at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in June with a retrospective. Chris Byrne interviews Janet Bishop, Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, about the exhibition in Park Placed. In Steve Carter’s Virtuosity in a Tiny Texas Town and Lee Cullum’s Tomorrow’s Talent, both writers share their encounters with musical prodigies highlighting the little known but nonetheless exceptional Round Top Festival Institute and the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, respectively. Endurance plays a role in these institutions as much as it does in Reviving a Park Cities Grande Dame, which tells the story of Gigi Potter’s prudently restored historic home. Our cover story places readers inside the home of art collectors Claire and Brian Gogel. Working with art advisor Anne Bruder, and with the advice of an important arts patron friend, the couple’s home brims with the work of female artists and artists of color, all at one point underrepresented in their field. Art is nothing without risks. Consider Christian Dior, first an artist selling his own sketches, a gallerist selling works by Picasso second, and most enduringly to grateful women everywhere, the fashion designer who founded the House of Dior. Kendall Morgan details the ingenuity behind the house’s survey Dior: From Paris to the World at the Dallas Museum of Art in J’Adore Dior. As French blood flows partially through my veins (my father remains quite proud of our Provence roots), I can’t help but take notice of the persistent influence of the City of Lights. “We are rebuilders,” French President Macron declared. We are rooting for you—Vive la Paris! – Terri Provencal



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