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Ahmad Anwar Zakii’s "Men II" 2013, Charcoal On Paper, at Read Contemporary

From new acquisitions to fresh fall shows, Dallas art galleries always have it goin’ on. Here are some of our top picks:

1. Banks Fine Art
Banks Fine Art was opening its doors in 1980 just about the same time that Dallas artist David Bates was bursting onto the art scene with his signature flat painting style. His subject matter was often influenced by the Texas coast, its lakes and the people and flora and fauna that inhabit them. Banks Fine Art, which specializes in traditional and Impressionist paintings, has acquired Bate’s 2008 oil on canvas “Horned Owl,” signaling a subtle, but exciting, shift in direction for the 30-year-old gallery. 1231 Dragon Street, 214.352.1811, banksfineart.com

2. Read Contemporary
Owner Saher Saman is one of seven gallerists in the country licensed to represent the work of Aboriginal artists, and that’s interesting enough on its own. But Read Contemporary’s shows are complex and varied, reflecting Saman’s sharp eye for quality—Malaysian artist Ahmad Anwar Zakii’s monumental charcoals on paper translates the everyday and ordinary into the extra-ordinary. Korean artist Cheong Kwang Ho’s pots, flowers, leaves, fish and landscapes weave intricate patterns and careful detail into two and three dimensional images. 1507 Dragon Street, 972 803 1184, readcontemporary.com

3. Photographs Do Not Bend
The works of one of America’s most influential photographers, William Eggleston runs through Nov. 9 at Photographs Do Not Bend. He photographed the mundane, but he was also a pioneer of modern color photography in the early 1970s—and his use of saturated color has influenced generations of photographers since. 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, 214. 969.1852, pdnbgallery.com

4. Conduit Gallery
Lance Letscher is a master of collage—and he will collage anything, including a 1980s motorcycle and a collection of books. His densely-collaged works have humor and introspection, so spend some time studying them. Letscher’s show spans all three exhibition spaces and includes two-dimensional and large-scale 3-dimensional works. 1626 C Hi Line Drive, 214.939.0064, conduitgallery.com

5. Galleri Urbane
An offshoot of the Marfa-based gallery, Galleri Urbane is always doing something provocative. The self-photographic and videographic works by Chinese-American artist Jay Yan are a great example—Yan once videotaped himself trying to sleep in a tiny box, then projected “Sleeping Giant” onto the side of a tall building in downtown El Paso. In “Iwanttogooutwithyou.com,” Yan hands a video camera to a stranger on the street and asks her to point it at him. He tells her he likes her, then asks her out. You can see Yan’s newest works at the gallery’s one man show. 2277 Monitor Street, 432.386.0590, galleriurbane.com