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Critics’ picks: Twice as much of artist David Bates

Posted 6:03pm on Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013

The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what’s rocking their world this week.

1 Cross-county collaboration: Early next year, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas are going to share the wealth of contemporary artist David Bates. A retrospective of the Dallas-based artist’s 40-year career will appear at both institutions simultaneously. Opening Feb. 9 and on display through May 11, the exhibit will feature approximately 45 of his paintings at the Modern and 45 of his sculptures and 20 related paintings and drawings at the Nasher.

— Gaile Robinson

2 Midlake, Antiphon: Personnel changes can cut both ways for bands. On one hand, a person deciding to leave can doom the whole enterprise, while on the other, someone stepping away can free up a band to reinvent itself. The latter is the case for Denton’s Midlake, which, after vocalist Tim Smith departed last year, came roaring back with a stunning sonic overhaul in the form of its fourth studio album, Antiphon, due out next month. The psychedelic title track, which features lead vocals from Eric Pulido, is available for streaming on Midlake’s Soundcloud page.

— Preston Jones

3 A Hijacking: Tom Hanks’ film, Captain Phillips, has brought the topic of Somali piracy back into the news cycle. It would be great if it could also rekindle interest in A Hijacking, a harrowing 2012 Danish film that, like Phillips, is based on actual events. It’s out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday.

— Cary Darling

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