Bid Online Now on 100s of Artworks by Cindy Sherman, Mario Testino and More for MTV Re:Define

Untitled works by Cindy Sherman, 1980/2012. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

It seems like every other week there’s a new excuse to throw on your “These Boots Were Made For Walking” playlist and head to Texas for some fantastic cultural event. And this week that event would be the fourth annual MTV Re:Define, a world premiere art exhibition, auction and fundraiser gala to benefit the Dallas Contemporary and MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an international content-producing and grant-giving organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV among young people. Last year’s event raised over $2 million dollars.

Taking place on April 10th during Dallas Art Fair week, this year’s event (presented by the Goss-Michael Foundation and curated by Peter Doroshenko and The Future Tense) will be honoring Michael Craig-Martin (the godfather of British Conceptual Art), and will feature over 100 works from artists Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Mario Testino, Tom Sachs, and many more. Even if you can’t squeeze in a last minute trip to Dallas, you can bid on the radically cool auction live now on Paddle 8.

Below are some works we have our eyes on.

Attempt 124, Arthur Pena, 2014. Courtesy of Arthur Pena

Receipe Book Cone, Donald Baechler, 2012. Courtesy of Cheim & Reid and the artist.

Tribute to Edward Hopper/Another night at the Phillies Bar, Gerard Rancinan, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Umbrella (blue), Michael Craig-Martin, 2011. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Dollar Flower, Nate Lowman, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone (New York) and Massimo de Carlo (London and Milan).

enza, Richard Phillips, 2015. Courtesy of Richard Philips Studio and Gagosian Gallery.

Dallas Opening: Make Up For Ever

Although we all wish that the ability to make up forever in relationships could be purchased over the counter, Make Up For Ever at least promises you’ll look beautiful even when love has brought you to an impasse. And in a true Paris, Texas story, the French beauty brand has just opened this new Dallas boutique.

Living up to its reputation as the "candy store" of the cosmetics world, MUFE stocks more than 1,500 products, including hard-to-find specialty items used for film and TV. It’s also a high-tech wonderland with a Smart Board interactive touch screen and a Video Make Up Lesson Recording Studio, which can create a permanent record of your personalized makeup session and an interactive Make Up School. 

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Dallas, the City, Comes Back Too!

Earlier this week, to celebrate the return of Dallas, we had Patrick Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, muse on the return of the show. Well, there’s also a city named Dallas that is experiencing a Comeback. So we asked Chris LaBove, co-artistic director of Second Thought Theatre, to give us a tour of the new and re-up and coming city.

In the 1980s, Dallas, awash in oil money, had little in the way of culture. Thirty odd years later, some of that money has finally made its way into the arts. Now Dallas is at a cultural tipping point. Creative energy breeds creative energy, and in the last few months alone, Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaap van Zweden was named conductor of the year by Musical America; the Dallas Museum of Art hosted the Gaultier exhibit—one of only two cities in the U.S. to do so; and the musical Lysistrata Jones, which premiered at the Dallas Theater Center, jumped to Broadway.

Much of this ferment is found in a four-block stretch that comprises the Dallas Arts District. At one end are the Dallas Museum of Art, The Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. At the other end is the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which is home to The Dallas Opera, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Dallas Theater Center, whose director, Kevin Moriarty, launched the citywide Foote Festival, a tribute to Texan playwright Horton Foote. Take that, arty Austin!

But from the ground bubbles underground spots, too, like the Texas Theatre, an independent film house, and indie rock spot The Curtain Club. Be sure to pay a visit to the brew masters at the Meddlesome Moth where, on any given night, you’ll find the sophisticated sons of the oil boom.

Patrick Duffy on the Return of ‘Dallas’ During an Election Year

On the eve of the all new Dallas, we asked Patrick Duffy to compare and contrast the Dallas of his youth and today’s show. He obliged.

Compared to the new Dallas, which premieres on Wednesday on TNT, the pacing of the original was lethargic. It was a 13-year shaggy dog story, stringing the plot lines along in real time. There used to be an “Oh my God!” moment every three episodes. Now it’s every commercial break.

When Dallas first aired on CBS, it seemed there was no end in sight for the American oil boom. The conflict wasn’t one of natural resources, but of geopolitics and, of course, the internecine war waged between J.R., played by my friend Larry Hagman, and my character, Bobby Ewing. The show premiered in 1978 and the Iran oil embargo began two years later.

Now, if you talk to any oil company, they’ll say we have another 100 years left, maximum. Alternative energy is no longer a hippie pie-in-the-sky concept. It’s economically feasible. On the new show, you’ll see this as the dichotomy between old school and new school: J.R. and his son want to drill and find new oil, and my son Christopher and I want to secure a reasonable way to find alternative energy. One fights for the status quo; one fights for the future. Though we never explicitly state the political affiliations of the characters, I’d say Bobby is a Democrat and J.R. is a Republican. Time has only deepened each character’s sense of his own righteousness and allowed him to engrain it into his now-grown children. With the primary season and the presidential election heating up, the show couldn’t come back at a more perfect time.

Dallas Openings: Oak, The Chesterfield

Oak (Dallas Market Center) – The Design District gets a nice, quiet place to dine and date away from the madness of Uptown and Downtown.

The Chesterfield (Downtown) – A return to "The Golden Age of Cocktails" with its 11-chapter cocktail menu, velvety booth seating, and top-tier chef’s American cuisine.

Cointreau and BlackBook’s Spooky Chic Halloween

It’s not easy being spooky or chic, but luckily, we’re here to help. Introducing Cointreau’s Spooky Chic Halloween, a nationwide celebration throughout Halloween week. Check out some of the photos in Boston (Flann O’Brien’s), Chicago (NV Penthouse Lounge, Crimson), Dallas (Manhattan Lounge, Candle Room, Jorge’s Tex Mex, Vice), LA (Next Door Lounge), New York (Hudson Terrace, Katra, Taj, Yerba Buena), Miami (Blue Martini, Blue Martini Boca, El Vato, Solita Restaurant, Town Kitchen & Bar), San Francisco (Marinitas), and Washington DC (Lounge 201, Blackbyrd, District Underground).