As part of their “Best of Everything Series” Culturemap got contributor Kendall Morgan to list the ten best contemporary art galleries in Dallas; despite having “recently returned to Texas after a decade working in marketing and advertising in New York,” Morgan’s list isn’t too bad: long-established commercial galleries, Barry Whistler, Conduit, Talley Dunn, and Marty Walker; a couple relative newcomers, Cris Worley and Oliver Francis; two nonprofits, 500X and CentralTrak; Karen Weiner’s Reading Room, somewhere in between; and only one odd choice, at the end of her list: Valley House Gallery. Maybe it’s a Google thing: a search for “Best Gallery in Dallas” turns of Valley House at the top of the results.
If you count them as a galleries, rather than as artists (who can tell these days?!) I’d add fly-by night collective Homecoming Committee, and curator-artist-instigator Cynthia Mulcahy to the list, along with occasionally brilliant spaces like Kirk Hopper, Ro2 art in its various manifestations, Photographs Do Not Bend, The Dallas Contemporary (mind the plastic surgery!), El Centro College’s H. Paxton Moore Gallery, under the direction of Plush founder Randall Garrett, and others, but I guess the trick is limiting it to ten . . .