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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 20 Dec 2011 7:48 AM

Today in the roundup: A street artist breaks into the Modern, the year in visual art and rethinking “Les Mis.”


TAKIN’ IT TO THE STREETS: Artist Brian Donnelly is better known as KAWS, the moniker he assumed as he developed his street art in New Jersey. Now, that outsider approach has landed him on the inside in a FOCUS show at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which features his sketches, drawings, paintings, murals and sculptures. And if you think you’ve seen his art before, Gaile Robinson says you probably haven’t really seen it. “Photographs flatten and dull his paintings’ fluorescent colors,” she writes on “To see the photos is not to see the work. You have to have a close encounter to know KAWS.” You can have that close encounter through Feb. 19.

THE YEAR IN ART: It’s been a pretty exciting year for visual art in North Texas, no? Even a kid could tell you that after playing in Martin Creed’s balloons at the Nasher. Michael Granberry looks at the top 10 visual art events for And you can still see No. 1 on his list: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” at the DMA.

RETHINKING ‘LES MIS’: In oh, about 12 hours from now, I’ll be settling in for opening night of Les Misérables at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. And while it will be my first time to see the show (I know, I’ve been under a rock) many in the audience will probably know every song. But good news for them – this 25th anniversary tour won’t be the same ‘ol show they’ve already seen. The show’s assistant director and music director talk to about some of the changes they’ve installed.