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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 4 Feb 2013 8:04 AM

Today in the roundup: How the Nasher is making adjustments to protect its Ken Price show, a Dallas arts patron is honored and debating the merits of ‘Downton Abbey.’


GLARING DIFFERENCES: This week, the Nasher Sculpture Center opens its major Ken Price retrospective, which is making a stop in town between dates in at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Those two museums may be bigger than the Nasher, but they don’t have near the quality of natural light the Nasher has. Which, of course, brings us back to the problem concerning that light. “The reflections from Museum Tower are so intense that they exceed permissible light levels for many of the works. So, you end up with a gallery that is darkened” Strick tells “You won’t be seeing it in the way that would have been possible, that should be possible in our building, by letting in the pure crystalline light that brings out every detail.” For the exhibition, the Nasher has installed protective material on the ceiling to block the glare. On its end, Museum Tower says that it is working with the University of Arizona on a possible adjustment to the Nasher’s roof, which has been a nonstarter from the beginning.

A LIFE IN THE ARTS: Dallas arts patron Deedie Rose was named the 84th recipient of the Linz Award. The honor, which is bestowed by the Zale Corp. and The Dallas Morning News, is given to a Dallas County resident who’s made major contributions to civic life. Rose has been involved in many arts organizations, and she says that’s because art has always inspired her. “A great artist makes you look at the world in new ways,” she tells “And to consider that there might be other solutions to things that you never thought of.”

DOWN ON ‘DOWNTON’: Downton Abbey (Sunday nights on KERA, but you knew that) is one of those shows that even if you don’t watch it, you almost feel as if you do. It’s got a certain zeitgeistiness to it. Which is why it’s rare to read anything negative about it. Ben Heineman Jr. doesn’t trash the show by any stretch in his recent piece on But he does draw the line at calling it art – a distinction he reserves for the series Downton is so often compared with, Brideshead Revisited. So is Downton high minded enough to be considered art, or does it fall in the less exalted “entertainment” category? Discuss.