I saw red. And by that I mean all the red dots next to the paintings on the opening night of Donald Robertson’s “Alcohol: A Love Story” show at the Sky Blue Gallery at Dallas. It was like stepping into the Gagosian Gallery booth at Art Basel Miami and realizing that the tech titans and seasoned collectors had already come, bought and gone.
Guests invited to Robertson’s reception received an email earlier in the week that the opening had been extended by two hours in light of the influx of RSVPs. “Drawbertson” (as he’s nicknamed by a legion of loyal Instagram followers) has quickly gained Dallas’ support since relocating to Texas from Southern California last January.
The Cerulean Gallery at Snider Plaza welcomed a chic crowd ranging from a couple of octogenarians to a bevy of girls who look like they probably walked over from the Pi Phi house (the gallery borders directly on Southern Methodist University). was best dressed ReedRobertson He looks very handsome in a black coat from Frame, a sweatshirt from Chateau Marmont, a Goyard clutch and Valentino sneakers. And when I asked him about his hat, he replied: “My fabulous chapeau? It’s Gigi Burris.”
Rob Dailey was thrilled to let me know that he was able to purchase one of the few remaining paintings without a red dot. His? “V stands for Vin Blanc.” “The story of my life,” he commented with a mischievous wink.
Cornelia Gast kept her appearance chic and casual in Levi’s and a delicious brown cashmere sweater from Ralph Lauren. Her best accessory: an adorable Great Dane puppy named Pearl. “Donald’s talent is to create beauty and whimsy,” Guest said, sharing her thoughts on the artist. “And I adore him too — my colleague from Texas who recently had a transplant.”
Max Trowbridge sauntered in wearing a leopard print Paco Rabanne blazer Capera Ryan, Joyce Goss, Mary Steenand Francine Ballard (from Houston). They were spotted waiting in line through the back room of the gallery, waiting for their copy of Alcohol: A Love Story to be autographed Luis Araujo, Jerry Mooty, Kristen Wasicek, Heath Burnettand Lisa and Wayne Moore. And how did the artist personalize the books? In a very Donald way – with pink do-it-yourself tape adorned with his name.
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