Architect IM Pei selected American painter Ellsworth Kelly to create the only public art project in the newly designed symphony hall. In this, his largest work, rich colors interact with each other and the environment. A giant of abstract painting, Kelly developed a style covering large canvases to the edge with bright color, depicting no objects at all. He hoped Dallas Panels would express "clarity, optimism, and joyful good spirits." What a gift he gave Dallas! Enjoy our adventure. See you next week....

American artist Jasper Johns created Flag when he was 24, soon after serving in the US Army. First of many works inspired by a dream, it's Johns' best-known painting (4x5 feet) with 48 stars of the then US states. Attracted by "things the mind already knows," Johns' image of the US flag allowed him to explore a familiar object with simple structure + complex symbolism. See you next week. *encaustic: pigments added to hot wax...