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DFW Tours! Art in Dallas and Fort Worth. What to see and what to do.
NorthPark Center is an art destination. It is a wonderful place to see a movie, have lunch in a food court that will please anyone in the family, and demonstrate that art is a part life – a wonderful privilege and an enhancement!
Create a scavenger hunt to check out the number or pieces of art you can find with your children. If you find them all – decide on a treat from the many, many food vendors, most of them concentrated in the Food Court Area, next to the theater!
This is my favorite piece but it can be hard to find. This is located in the court yard behind Nike. You can access this courtyard from any number of restaurants, and some have lovely patios overlooking this courtyard. Don’t miss it! It is worth the journey of exploration.
Jonathan Borofsky (American, born 1942). Five Hammering Men, 1982
Wood, paint, steel, aluminum, foam, bondo, electric motors.
For me, no one influenced my taste in art more than Patsy Nasher. Seeing the Hammering Men for the first time, took my breath away. They still do.
Vividly painted sculpture with 20 wooden blocks of varying sizes joined together. Joel Shapiro (American, born 1941) is among the preeminent American sculptors of the 21st century. He began his career as a painter, but moved to Minimalist sculpture influenced by artists such as Tony Smith and Carl Andre. 20 elements was originally created for the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, as part of a series entitled “Correspondences”, which links contemporary artists with a work of their choice from the museum’s exceptional collection of 19th century art. The introduction of bright color, a new direction for the artist, adds to the bold dynamism of the piece. The installation of 20 elements in NorthPark’s Nordstrom Court is the only indoor painted wooden piece by the artist and is the first time his work can be viewed from two levels. Recently exhibited at the Musée d’Orsay, 20 elements came from Shapiro’s personal collection.
A 48-foot tall, 12-ton, orange steel sculpture. Mark di Suvero (American, born in China, 1933) is seen as a key figure in the development of postwar American sculpture. His monumentally scaled sculptures are constructed primarily from industrial I-beams that are either welded or bolted together. This is the first time his large-scale work has been installed indoors where it can be viewed from two levels.
Corridor Pin, Blue, 1999, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
Claes Oldenburg (the Netherlands, born 1942) and Coosje van Bruggen (Sweden, born 1929) began their collaboration in 1976 with the Trowel I, located in the sculpture park of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. Since then they have created dozens of large-scale works now displayed around the world in prestigious locations. As with Corridor Pin, Blue, which resembles a giant safety pin, ordinary objects are the inspiration for these monumental-scale sculptures. Corridor Pin, Blue, located in NorthPark Center’s CenterPark, is the only large-scale work by Oldenburg and van Bruggen on view in a public setting in Dallas.
Barry Flanagan (Welsh, born 1941). Large Leaping Hare, 1982.
Gilded bronze with painted tubular-steel base