International Jet Setters, NASCAR Royalty and Major Surprises: This Dallas Art Fair Rocks
Fair exhibitor Carrie Secrist devoted more than half her booth space to paintings by Shannon Finley, underlaid with a romantic, geometric aesthetic.
Maneesh Raj Madahar and Fred Holston bask in a booth conceptually taken over by the work of Piero Golia.
Every single Fair goer in the know stopped by Gagosian, strategically placed at nexus of the first floor entrance.
Goss-Michael power pack: Joyce Goss, Barbara Buzzell, Kenny Goss, Elisabeth Karpidas.
Paul Heil with a Billy Childish canvas at The Goss-Michael Foundation.
Kenny Goss hosted a collector breakfast for The Goss-Michael Foundation's Billy Childish exhibition
Bianca Anderson, Barbara Buzzell, Joyce Goss at The Goss-Michael Foundation
Joe Mancuso gazing at Conduit Gallery.
Beverly Penn and John Fraser at William Campbell highlighted some of the themes at this year's Fair: nature and geometric abstraction.
Dallas talent Jeff Gibbbons' "For Hugging," 2016, at Conduit Gallery evoked conversation.
Fair co-founder John Sughrue greets yours truly at the Preview Gala.
Houston contingent: gallerist Yvonamor Palix and Found's Ruth And Neill Davis.
The Dallas Art Fair's Kelly Cornell and Brandon Kennedy with gallerist Lawrence Matthews.
Late night at the Preview Gala the crowd was still buzzing.
Beautiful geometry at Berlin dealer Taubert Contemporary.
The sylvan setting surrounding FIG.
"Paris Texas" at Galerie Frank Elbaz was one of the side pleasure of Dallas Arts Month.
Erin Cluley, Chivas Clem, Travis Vandergriff at Erin Cluley Gallery
Chivas Clem's latest series at Erin Cluley was photographed at the artist's studio in Paris, Texas, a former funeral parlor from the turn of the century.
Darryl Lauster's take on American history at Barry Whistler Gallery is a must-see in the Design District. The dealer also has a booth at the Fair.
John Pomara at Barry Whistler in the Design District was as good a painting show as you could get.
ATT executive Brooks McCorcle and Kristin Schwartz-Lauster at Carneal Simmons exhibition for Duayne Hatchett. Schwartz-Lauster co-curated from the artist's estate for this rising Design District player.
Dallas talent Art Fairchild's buoyant abstraction at Carneal Simmons in the Design District.
A wry little work by Sarah Bell at Conduit's booth.
Patrick Turk and Cris Worley with Turk's "Eastern Garden," 2016, an exuberant, obsessive collage, at Cris Worley Fine Arts.
A memorable neoplastic canvas by Jan van der Ploeg at Taubert Contemporary.
Combing a Bunim Kim canvas as Ro2 Art.
A detail from a witty text work by Pedro Escapa in the booth of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, dealer Drexel Galeria.
The Ro2 Art tribe.
A wall of Charles Clary's captivating carved constructions at Ro2 Art.
Heritage Morning After scene: Frank Hettig, Ed Beardsley, Yvonamor Palix, Atlee Phillips.
A Leger ceramic beckons at Heritage Auctions.
Chubb executives at Heritage Auctions: Maggie Reynolds, Zann Faust.
Amazing pencil drawings deftly done at a small scale by Alejandrina Herrera at Drexel Galeria. Priced at $400, they were among the affordable treasures to be had at the Dallas Art Fair.
The Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala drew a record 2,000-plus collectors, patrons, curators, and VIPs to Fashion Industry Gallery for year nine of a convergence that has in less than a decade put Texas on the art fair map in a major way.
Serving as de facto ambassador for the Fair, co-founder John Sughrue graciously stationed himself in the FIG lobby, greeting the well-heeled, influential, and international crowd, hailing from Paris, Mexico City, London, Berlin, Dublin, Dubai, and all points of the United State.
“It’s been a slow burn,” Sughrue confided, discussing the path he and co-founder Chris Byrne have forged to bring the Fair to its current status — a respected player on the international circuit, and undoubtedly the best boutique fair in North America.
We also got a scoop from Sughrue, who revealed the group of collectors who support an acquisition fund made via the Fair for the Dallas Museum of Art, may grow to $250,000 in the next couple of years. It’s now already at a hefty $100,000.
Making a mad dash in from Houston and arriving at 8 pm Thursday night, there was a chance to look at about 20 percent of the Fair in some modicum of depth, so here follows booths that stood out from the first foray throughout the first floor. (We’ll report more in the coming days — come back to PaperCityMag.com for updates.)
Occupying a prime spot at the epicenter of the first floor, a conceptual takeover installation for Piero Golia — the must-stop booth of the Fair — drew every collector, and resulted in fervent interest in Golia’s “Mariachi Paintings,” work based upon the artist’s Chalet Dallas project for the Nasher Sculpture Center realized in 2015-2016.
Conduit Gallery: Nancy Whitenack and Danette Dufilho curated a gothic-feeling booth that resulted in sales to Texas collectors for Baroque-inspired ceramics by Tony Sonnenberg, and intense interest in an epic canvas of a bull by Annabel Daou.
Drexel Galeria: Witty, Joseph Beuys-inspired text pieces by Pablo Escapa also found new homes. Among the most affordable treasures were miniature photorealist drawings by Alejandrina Herrera, steals at $400, which were taken from vintage photo albums (yes, the artist does undertake commissions).
Carrie Secrist Gallery: A monumental canvas by Shannon Finley, the artist’s largest painting ever to date, dominated. It stopped traffic, and evidenced a trend for geometric, prismatic paintings that permeated a number of booths at the Fair.
Erin Cluley Gallery: We can’t stop thinking about a new series of works, photographs by Chivas Clem, at Erin Cluley; the images melded the classicism of ancient Greece with eroticism, and a Versailles Hall of Mirrors effect. The series were photographed at the artist’s Paris, Texas, studio, once a 19th-century funeral parlor.
Cris Worley Fine Arts: With its underlying theme of nature and texture, Worley always is a strong player. One of its most exuberant offerings, a dramatic, dizzying 3D collage by Houston artist Patrick Turk is case in point. The work was based on the Garden of Eden, with a side of Cabinet of Curiosities.
Ro2 Art: Mother-and-son team Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth win our vote for the most democratic booth, with a dazzling array of paintings and sculpture hung salon style, and priced for all comers from $150 on. Best bets: Jeff Parrott’s hallucinogenic figuration, Bunim Kim’s fiber-based paintings (you can actually comb them), and carved paper canvases by Charles Clary.
Exhibitions and events in the Design District also added to the depth of the art gazing. Key stops were the Billy Childish exhibition breakfast at The Goss-Michael Foundation (reportedly the Childish canvas at the Fair entrance is about to be acquired) and a Heritage Auctions Morning After gathering hosted by Ed Beardsley and Frank Hettig — both great opps for art and collector sightings.
Our Houston posse also branched out, again in the Design District, to Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, Barry Whistler Gallery, and Galerie Frank Elbaz for respective showings Duayne Hatchett and Art Fairchild, John Pomara and Darryl Lauster, and a group exhibition based upon the 1984 Wim Wenders film “Paris Texas” replete with Rauschenberg and Ruscha, alongside Julie Cook, Blair Thurman, Davide Balula, and Francis Alÿs.
And while Larry Gagosian was nowhere to be seen, NASCAR royal Jimmie Johnson did go Fair shopping. (Johnson’s in Dallas for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.) As did (perhaps no surprise) Cindy and Howard Rachofsky.
PaperCity’s next art fair story will cover Dallas Contemporary’s winsome trio of exhibitions. Stay tuned.