The Menil Collection Celebrates the Dallas Art Fair

Amidst Warhols, Gobers and Mardens, a Toast to the Dallas Art Fair

Catherine D. Anspon.  |  Photos by Dustin Mansyur
February 25, 2010
Event Date:
January 05, 2010

Art Hearts Commerce
Houston’s illustrious art contingent — museum directors, curators, collectors and artists — came together to clink cocktails for the coming of the Dallas Art Fair. The Menil Collection opened up one twilight evening to stage a perfectly curated party, co-sponsored by PaperCity magazine. Against a backdrop of works by Andy Warhol, John McLaughlin, Brice Marden and Robert Gober, 120 rapt guests listened intently as Fair co-founders Chris Byrne and John Sughrue, joined by art advisor Cindy Schwartz, invited one and all to the second annual Dallas Art Fair. (Stay tuned for our complete Fair coverage next month, and read our blog at

Party Palette
Veuve Clicquot (presenting sponsor of the Fair) flowed, as did Belvedere Pure Vodka and Casa Lapostolle Chardonnay. Tony’s had the catering honors and passed bountiful bites.

Social Sculpture
Among the art aristocracy: Menil director Josef Helfenstein, engaged in a tête-à-tête with Sughrue; Menil curator Michelle White; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston director Bill Arning and curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, who would head to the Fair to see Donald Moffett’s installation at Anthony Meier’s booth in preparation for curating a major Moffett show; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Barry Walker, who was honored at the Fair’s dealer reception; Marlene Sughrue, accompanying her husband on her first visit to the Menil; Jim Harithas of the Station and ArtCar Museum; exhibiting gallerists Fredericka Hunter, Barbara Davis, Carolyn Farb, Deborah Colton, Kerry Inman, Patrick Reynolds, and Wade Wilson; collector types Lester Marks (whose Fair tour was quickly filled to capacity), Jereann Chaney, Poppi Massey, Judith Oudt (who is chairing next month’s CAMH Gala), and Mrs. and Mr. Pop, Dorene and Frank Herzog (he, AXA Art Texas representative); Menil Contemporaries leader Adrian Patterson; Ballroom Marfa co-founder Fairfax Dorn in town for an Exit Art fund-raiser at Colton & Farb; Lori and Efisio Farris, whose Arcodoro restaurant was the destination later for an intime dinner party honoring Byrne and Sughrue hosted by PaperCity’s Jim Kastleman and Holly Moore; Moët Hennessy’s Rhonda McDonald; and artists Bert Long Jr. and Joan Batson, Sharon Engelstein and Aaron Parazette, Elaine Bradford, Ken Mazzu, Howard Sherman, crooner Zoë Jackson-Jarra, and Selven O’Keef Jarmon, dropping by before returning to his nonprofit project in South Africa.