No More Disaster Balls

Where We Want to Be

Catherine D. Anspon
October 01, 2012

After a decade of wild gala making, Glasstire, Texas’ bold and authoritative arts Web site — and one of the best online art magazines in America — has spun off from its party partner, Fresh Arts Coalition, to strike out on its own. The result is a newly minted and more collector-focused fund-raiser. This month, Glasstire: The Auction Texas is born, with a preview party Wednesday, October 3, at Pennzoil Plaza Lobby, in anticipation of the main event Friday, November 2, again at Pennzoil. Christie’s VP Sara Friedlander arrives from NY to conduct the live bidding. On the block: a curated collection of 15 top Texas talents culled by eminent art eyes: consultant Julie Kinzelman of Houston, DFW-based Christina Rees, Austin gallerist Lora Reynolds and former San Antonio gallerist/now Houston dealer David Shelton. The lots encompass offerings created during the past decade, including a beautiful but disturbing Robyn O’Neil drawing donated by Jeanne and Mickey Klein; a gem from Trenton Doyle Hancock’s personal trove; Alejandro Diaz’s neon affirmation Happiness Is Expensive; a haunting animal vignette by Erick Swenson; and a Sharon Engelstein biomorphic ceramic “cookie jar.” Best of all, the artists selected — whose prices vary to appeal from beginning to Basel-type collectors — receive half of the proceeds. The winning bidders support both the makers and the promoters of Texas art. Glasstire: The Auction Texas, Wednesday, October 3 Preview Party, Pennzoil Plaza Lobby, 6 pm (free); Auction Night, Friday, November 2, Pennzoil Plaza Lobby, 6 pm, ‘70s-theme “Glory Days,” cocktails and dinner, tickets from $100; PaperCity as media sponsor; for info, artist list, tickets and advance bidding,