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Tuesday Roundup
by Jerome Weeks 15 Mar 2011

A multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Dallas Museum of Art by Wendy Reves’ unhappy heir, a pop-up Lady Gaga concert in town and a suggestion on where to stick a bunch of Donald Judd’s minimalist masterpieces in Fort Worth: It’s the Tuesday roundup!


Money and Art: Arnold Leon Schroeder, Jr., Wendy Reves’ only heir, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Dallas Museum of Art and the former president of UT Southwestern, Kern Wildenthal. It claims they basically manipulated the late socialite when she was suffering from dementia in order to get around French law and the wishes of Reves’ late husband Emery Reves to re-direct “hundreds of millions of dollars in assets away from the estate.” The “stealth transfer” in 1983 landed the DMA the entire Wendy and Emery Reves art collection, some 1,400 artworks worth $400 million. DMA officials said in an official statement the lawsuit is just a way for Reves’ “estranged son” to snag more than the half-mill his mother left him in her will.

Bringing down the house at the Round-Up: Over the weekend, Lady Gaga made a surprise return to the Round-Up Saloon — an old stomping ground on her way up to the top of the charts. Thanks, Front Row.

Well, why not keep it in-state? Arts blogger Tyler Green has been cooking up  “exhibition assignments” (his suggestions for museum shows that should be done but haven’t been). One recent idea hits close(ish) to home: Donald Judd. The great Marfa, Texas minimalist has never had a full-career retrospective in the U.S. “In a related story, even though Judd is one of the two or three most influential artists of the post-war era, there’s no Judd biography.” Green speculates on which museum would/could house such a show: MOMA in New York? The Dia:Beacon (the Dia Foundation helped Judd purchase the acreage in Marfa that is home to his Chinati Foundation that currently displays 115 of his works)? Hereabouts, the Nasher’s too small, the DMA could do it but do they really handle minimalism in a big way? So how about the Fort Worth Modern? Some critics felt the FWMOMA did a better job with Martin Puryear’s big abstractions than NYMOMA.