Dallas Museum of Art to Premiere New Works by Wanda Koop and Sandra Cinto

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) will present two solo exhibitions debuting new works by Canadian painter Wanda Koop and Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto. Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline, the first US solo museum exhibition for the artist, will feature eight new paintings from her Dreamline series of landscapes. Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime will occupy the Concourse hall with a commissioned immersive mural. These internationally exhibited artists share an interest in the natural world: Koop investigates how urban society and the environment intersect, while Cinto combines drawing and painting to create intricate installations that evoke voyages through sea and space.

The DMA’s Concentrations series and Concourse hall mural space serve as platforms for innovative contemporary artists to share new work with our audiences,” said Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “Through the distinct perspectives each artist brings to their projects, the DMA builds on its outstanding contemporary art programming and exhibitions. We especially look forward to introducing Koop and Cinto to local and national audiences as part of a continuing commitment by the DMA to spotlight women artists.

Wanda Koop, River, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. ($68,000 USD)

Over the past two years, the DMA has presented eleven solo and group exhibitions of work by women artists, including, most recently, Women + Design: New Works; Women Artists in Europe from the Monarchy to Modernism; Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow; Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist; and Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence.

Wanda Koop, Capitol, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

For Concentrations 62, Koop will debut eight new works in her Dreamline series, accompanied by more than 20 preparatory paintings from the past two decades. Koop’s richly colored canvases straddle abstraction and figuration, the real and the imagined, the personal and the political.

Wanda Koop, Deep Bay, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Titled Dreamline after an airplane model, the series consists of paintings whose perspective resembles the view from an airplane window, looking out at sparsely populated worlds. The land- and cityscapes are unnaturally hued and are disrupted by drips of paint that recall windowpanes and tear drops, suggesting the uncertain relationship between humankind and nature. The exhibition opens on October 20 and will be on view through February 2, 2020.

Wanda Koop, Look Up, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Wanda Koop, Dreamline is part of the Museum’s Concentrations series of exhibitions that presents a recently completed body of work or site-specific installation by an emerging artist, generally as their first US solo museum exhibition. The series began in 1981 as part of the DMA’s commitment to the work of living artists and has staged the first major museum exhibition for many of the most established artists working today, including Doug Aitken, Shirin Neshat, Anri Sala, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Phil Collins, Karla Black, and Slavs and Tatars, among many others.

Sandra Cinto, Encounter of waters, 2012, Seattle Art Museum, USA. Photo by Nathaniel Wilson.0006

Sandra Cinto will transform the Concourse hall with Landscape of a Lifetime, a 153-foot mural covering the walls and ceiling in 24 shades of blue, shifting from dark to light to give the impression of the transition from night to day. Viewers will be immersed in a lyrical landscape of intricately hand-drawn lines and celestial forms, punctuated by canvases with the same motifs rendered in gorgeous detail. Low-level audio of sounds recorded by the artist (running water, rustling leaves, birds, etc.) played in the Concourse will further enhance the artist’s investigation of life and natural cycles. The exhibition opens on November 15 and will be on view through July 5, 2020.

Sandra Cinto, Encounter of waters, 2012, Seattle Art Museum, USA. Photo by Nathaniel Wilson.0010

Both exhibitions are curated by Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. “I am thrilled to share the work of Wanda Koop and Sandra Cinto with our audiences this fall. These veteran international artists offer poetic reflections on the interconnection between humans and nature. Their works celebrate the beauty of the world around us while also making us more aware of our impact on and place within that world, a lesson with particular resonance for us today.

Sandra Cinto, Open Landscape, 2017, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, USA. Photo courtesy of the artist’s studio.

Visitors can hear from the artists during these upcoming public programs:

Sunday, October 20, 3:00 p.m., Tickets $5, FREE for DMA Members and Students
Artist Talk: Wanda Koop
Join us for the opening day of the new exhibition Wanda Koop: Dreamline and hear the artist talk about her work with DMA curator Dr. Katherine Brodbeck and Robert Enright, editor of the quarterly cultural magazine Border Crossings.

Wednesday, November 6, 12:15 p.m., FREE
Gallery Talk: Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime
Artist Sandra Cinto will talk about her new site-specific mural at the DMA, Landscape of a Lifetime.

Beginning October 28, visitors will be able to watch Cinto as she works over three weeks to complete the mural.

Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline and Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime are organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and are included in free general admission. These presentations are made possible by the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art Fund and by the DMA Contemporary Art Initiative. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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