Fair Game: The Houston Sequel

Houston Fine Art Fair and Texas Contemporary updates

Catherine D. Anspon
April 03, 2012

Now what’s going on in our fair city regarding art fairs? Here’s the latest: Houston Fine Art Fair and Texas Contemporary both return this fall for year two. The first, and reportedly the larger of the two offerings, HFAF, leads the way September 14 through 16, with an Opening Night Preview Party Thursday, September 13, once again benefitting the MFAH Core Program. MKG Art Management’s respected duo Melissa Grobmyer and Janet Hobby have been tapped as advisors and are actively tweaking the look of this Fair, including adding Art Basel–style sections such as Fahrenheit (highlighting hot new galleries less than five years old) and Focus (for dealers that showcase a single talent). A host committee is being readied too. Also new is the Houston Fine Art Fair’s venue; the show relocates from the George R. Brown Convention Center to the more commodious Reliant Center. Weeks later, we get Texas Contemporary Fair, a lively brash upstart that takes place October 19 through 21, returning to the George R. Brown, with an opening-night preview bash Thursday, October 18. It’s going to be a big art fall and collecting is definitely, decisively in the air.

IMAGE: Matt Magee’s Greentext, 2010, at Hiram Butler Gallery, showing at Houston Fine Art Fair. Photo courtesy the artist and Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston.