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Mall Art!

by Melanie Jones on October 7, 2009

I spent this past weekend in Dallas, a trip I took for the sole purpose of going to the new (and incredibly insane) Cowboy Stadium for the inaugural Southwest Classic on Saturday, featuring our Arkansas Razorbacks against those awful Texas A&M Aggies. However, I took the first flight out of Little Rock Friday morning for the sole purpose of having plenty of time to spend at NorthPark Center, Dallas’ freakishly awesome shopping mecca. After undergoing a three-year expansion and renovation, this is not the NorthPark I last visited some 12 years ago.

From the very beginning in 1965, NorthPark has always been filled with a world-class rotating collection of paintings and sculpture, and has been recognized in the past for its commitment to art and architecture. Displayed throughout the shopping center, among every store from Barneys, Michael Kors and Cartier to Urban Outfitters, Apple and The Gap, is a spectacular collection of modern works for everyone to enjoy. I love public art!

But at almost 2.5 million square feet, I failed to cover NorthPark Center in its entirety, but below are some of my favorites of what I did get to see.

20elements

20 Elements by New York artist Joel Shapiro. Wood and casein paint.

gildedhare

The gilded bronze Large Leaping Hare by Welsh artist Barry Flanagan, perched atop a painted tubular-steel base.

AdAstra

Shanghai-born Mark di Suvero’s Ad Astra, a 48-foot tall work of painted steel.

Stella

American artist Frank Stella’s Washington Island Gadwall (Exotic Birds), a 12-foot-by-nearly-19-foot creation of crayon, enamel and glitter on aluminum that extends more than two feet from the wall.

3places

Three Places, by English sculptor Antony Gormley. Fiberglass, plaster and lead.

dine

American sculptor Jim Dine’s The Field of the Cloth of Gold, bronze.

hammer2Five Hammering Men, by American Jonathan Borofsky, is a moving (literally) work of painted wood with steel, aluminum, foam, bondo and electric motors. Standing at nearly 15 feet tall, the men are spaced widely apart and almost impossible (for me) to photograph all together. Below is my best attempt.

hammer1

The installation combines five of Borofsky’s Hammering Man—individual versions can be found in New York, LA, Frankfurt and Seoul, among other places—all connected and moving like clockwork.

surroundedfigure

Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino’s A Surrounded Figure (Assediato), in bronze.

rediscoveredkingConveniently located by one of my favorite stores (PaperSource), French sculptor Alain Kirili’s Rediscovered King. Forged aluminum.

Warhol

And last but not least, a colorful portfolio of silkscreen advertising prints by Andy Warhol, American artist.

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