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  Artist and Collector by Tom Moody

Profiles in Aesthetic Courage

Story and Illustrations © 1989 by Tom Moody

from DARts #30, published on paper during autumn 1989

So, Dallas artists want to know, who's going to buy our artwork and bankroll that big "alternate space" in the sky? Where are the champions of culture who will turn our festering sprawl into Florence-on-the-Trinity?

As a service to readers of Dallas Arts Revue, here are some thumbnail sketches of local art patrons who have already dedicated their lives and wallets to putting Dallas on the international art map.

 

BOB AND STINKER STOCKTON

The Stocktons love art and live artistically. Their parties, covered extensively in the gossip columns of both papers, have gone a long way toward proving that surrealism isn't just a theory.

"Stinky" has appeared several times on the cover of D, and she's on a first name basis with Grace Jones. Bob is an artist himself: when he isn't helping Stinker entertain, he can be found in his kitchen-studio hunkered down over his specialty, those Constructivist cookies that have been munched at many a society fete. ( AUTHOR'S NOTE: After this piece was written, the Stocktons disappeared without a trace.)

 

E.R. “RUDY” KALRISIAN

Artist and Curator by Tom Moody

After Rudy made his pile from a chain of discount carpet stores, he didn't sit around gathering dust. He and his wife began buying art with a vengeance, specializing in contemporary painting.

Eventually their collection filled several warehouses and the best museum curators were called in to take stock of it. The collection traveled around the world and Rudy was recently named Dallas' first cultural ambassador. Foreign collectors and dignitaries, fascinated to learn that Dallas has indigenous culture, always ask Rudy what art in Dallas is like. Since he never bought any for his collection, Rudy usually changes the subject.

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BUCK SWINDLE

Buck is the chief executive officer of Landgrab Realty, a large development company headquartered in Dallas. Buck's name appeared next to no less than thirteen paintings in the Dallas Museum of Art's legendary "Visions of the West" exhibit, so you know he's a serious collector.

 

Buck wishes more young artists would paint in the manly style of his idols, G. Harvey and Charles M. Russell, but he'll buy anything with a horse in it. As soon as Buck beats the fraud rap overzealous federal prosecutors have slapped on him, he'll be back in the saddle, spending big ones on quality art.

 

DRAINEM, DRYE

Tom Moody's - Artist and Dealer

The international law firm of Drainem, Drye has over 200 attorneys in its Dallas office. Occupying the top five floors of an enormous downtown tower, this legal powerhouse bowls over prospective clients with its visible commitment to culture.

Working through a consultant, D&D has assembled one of the world's largest collections of museum posters — featuring reproductions of the finest work of Johns, O'Keefe, Wyeth and Frank Stella — and displayed them in exquisite frames throughout the firm's halls and conference rooms.

Dewey Drainem, the firm's managing partner, says "We've taken a lot out of this community, and we're proud to be putting some of it back by supporting fine art. We got into posters, because original art is so expensive, but we're proud of our collection." Bravo, counselor!

 

MARK AND HEATHER McINTYRE

The McIntyres met at their place of employment, a brokerage firm at Las Colinas. Mark still works hard selling securities, while Heather is busy at home raising their two daughters. The arrival of Ashley and Lindsay hasn't kept the McIntyres from making their semi-annual expeditions to Santa Fe, and they still return bearing armloads of original art.

Any Dallas artist who shows in New Mexico stands a good chance of placing work in the McIntyre's rumpus room, next to an original Gorman or a desertscape painted in the style of Dufy.

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SYLVIA DEFROST

Tom Moody's Artist and Critic

"Simply Sylvia," as she is known, puts the fortune she inherited from her father — refrigerator magnate Clarence DeFrost — to creative use. If she likes an artist's work she buys a lot of it, donates a piece or two to a major public institution, and puts the rest into climate-controlled storage.

"Sylvia has a microscopic attention span," says a local dealer who prefers to remain anonymous, "but that can actually work to an artist's advantage. If you keep plugging away, she'll probably 'discover' you several times in the course of your career."

Sylvia has definite likes and dislikes: "Animals are great," she says, "and so is abstraction, but if you're into angst, gore or French critics, just stay the hell away!"

BANDITO-OLAY

This extraordinary-named purveyor of doubtful food products — mostly air or congealed fat, with particles of corn or potatoes thrown in — says "excuse me" for its existence by keeping a large art collection.

Rotating exhibits in the corporate headquarters keep employees from sliding into guilt-induced depression over the company's promotion of obesity and malnutrition on a nationwide scale. Rumors that the collection has a disproportionate number of Bugle and Cheetoh shaped abstractions are absolutely untrue.

Well, that's it, a representative sample of the visionaries who make Dallas art possible. If your work isn't selling, cheer up! You obviously aren't meeting the right people.  

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