Nasher Prize Reveal Draws Dallas Art Lovers To The Warehouse With Rave Reviews

Nothing can keep art lovers from a new breaking occasion, not even rush hour traffic around the Galleria. So, the Mercedes and Bentleys made their way through the jam fest on Tuesday, September 19, to The Warehouse just beyond the LBJ-Dallas North Tollway square dance.

And what was the draw for the usual Dallas proper artsy types to venture away from their comfort zone? It was the announcement of the third annual Nasher Prize Laureate. The selection had been made by a jury of international collection of art experts.

And even if one didn’t know the difference between a chalk drawing on a sidewalk and a Henry Moore, it was worth the drive just to see the crowd.

Derek and Christen Wilson

Elaine Agather and David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher

Nasher Prize Co-Chairs Christen and Derek Wilson were works of sculpture beauty just by their presence. In a side room presenting sponsor JPChase/Morgan’s Elaine Agather was chatting with Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger. When asked about the possibility of one of Nancy’s and David’s kids carrying on the Nasher tradition in retailing and philanthropy, Nancy smiled and said, “That’s a possibility.”

Nancy Rogers and Sharon Young

Thomas Hartland-Mackie

Don Glendenning, Mary McDermott and Kern Wildenthal

Donald Fowler

Mike Granberry

Christopher Wynn

Snapshots around the room: Nancy Rogers in a denim jacket with Sharon Young and Cindy Rachofsky… Journalists Mike Granberry, Christina Geyer, Christopher Wynn and Tim Rogers taking note of the surroundings and announcements… Donald Fowler has just taken over the Nasher Sculpture Center’s retail store…and others like Nick Even, Mary McDermott Cook with Dan Patterson, Kern Wildenthal, Suzanne McGee, Carol and Don Glendenning and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, who reported that wife Nasiba Hartland-Mackie was in London and he was batching it with their three-year-old.

Jeremy Strick

Promptly, as promised, the announcement was made by Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick at 7 p.m. Drum roll — Chicago artist Theaster Gates will receive the Nasher Prize and its $100,000 on Saturday, April 7, at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The announcement was greeted with a thunderous wave of shouts and applause.

Alas, when it came to toasting the decision, Jeremy raised his glass. Only a scant few followed his lead. It wasn’t because the others didn’t want to. They just didn’t have glasses in hand.

For more pictures of the people in for the announcement, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate Reveal

Derek and Christen Wilson

Jeremy Strick

The sculptor aficionados of North Texas art lovers as well as the media gathered at The Warehouse on Tuesday, September 19, to learn who would be the recipient of the annual 2018 Nasher Prize. With live streaming of the announcement that Chicago artist Theaster Gates had scored the win according the international panel of judges, the crowd was also put on notice that the presentation of the prize co-chaired by Christen and Derek Wilson would take place on Saturday, April 7, at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

And in keeping with the focus on art, the crowd itself was pretty eyecatching, too. While the post is being finalized about the announcement by Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick, check out the guests at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Selection Of Columbian Sculptor Doris Salcedo As The 2016 Nasher Prize Laureate Receives Rave Responses

Cindy and Howard Rachofsky have been toiling in Addison. Their project has been The Warehouse on Inwood Road. Thanks to the Rachofskys teaming up with architect David Droese, the former furniture storage space became an art showplace.

While the Dallas Women’s Foundation held their patron party on Thursday, September 24, there, the universe of art lovers came together along as well as well-heeled media types to learn the name of the Nasher Prize Laureate.

Jeremy Strick

Jeremy Strick

Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick confided that he had bet on who would be the winner before the selection was finalized. Did he deal the cards so his choice won? Jeremy looked stricken (no pun intended). Of course, he didn’t!

Still he was delighted at the outcome and the reasoning behind it.

Deedie Rose

Deedie Rose

Luciano Peña and Jed Morse

Luciano Peña and Jed Morse

Christen Wilson

Christen Wilson

John Eagle and Kern Wildenthal

John Eagle and Kern Wildenthal

John Runyon

John Runyon

Lara Wilhelm Harrison and Donna Wilhelm

Lara Wilhelm Harrison and Donna Wilhelm

As photographers (one even had an iPhone on a tripod) set up, the heady types of the Dallas art crowd gathered including Jennifer and John Eagle, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Jeff Byron, Kevin Hurst, Luciano Peña, Catherine and Will Rose, Linda Marcus).

On the sidelines, handlers served as life guards advising even the most housebroken types to not get too close to the art on the walls.

Snapshots: Joyce Goss waiting for her car and admitting that she couldn’t wait to get out of her high heels…Merry Vose, who will be co-chairing the Perot’s Night at the Museum along with husband Chad Vose and Carrie and Steven Becker, was headed to Paris to shop for her shop Canary…Marnie and Kern Wildenthal were just back from settling their granddaughter at Oxford.

Jennifer Eagle, Jeremy Strick and Catherine Rose

Jennifer Eagle, Jeremy Strick and Catherine Rose

When the big moment came for the announcement, Jeremy stood at the podium in between two large monitors and introduced the the Nasher Laureate Prize Laureate Co-Chairs Jennifer Eagle and Catherine Rose. Looking like they had borrowed their husbands’ specs, Jennifer and Catherine thanked Aston Martin and JP Morgan Chase for being the Nasher Prize 2016 co-presenting sponsors. They recognized Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, who were standing among the crowd, for creating such an international award.

Then it was time to announce the artist who was selected to receive the $100,000 prize by a panel of international art elite (Phyllis Barlow, Lynn Cooke, Okwui Enwezor, Yuko Hasegawa, Steven Nash, Alexander Potts and Nicholas Serots). Smiling Jeremy resumed his place at the podium and announced that in this time of pain and turbulence, the choice was so right. It was Columbian sculptor Doris Salcedo. Following an excellent video on the artist, her works and the judges’ comments, Doris’ taped acceptance was gracious and as impressive as her work. The announcement was a resounding hit from the guests’ reactions.

Guest respond to announcement

Guests toasting announcement

With a toast to the decision and the announcement that a discussion would take place in London on October 11, another with Doris on April 1 and the gala presentation on April 2, the crowd broke up with media heading for media kits and interviews with key players and guests smiling and comparing notes.

What was of equal note was despite Monday’s announcement that Max Anderson had cleared his Dallas Museum of Art desk off, nary a word was heard aloud about Anderson’s departure.