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Texas Contemporary Art Fair’s Insider Perks Wow — Your Early Sneak Peek

BY // 09.02.15

Just in: Here’s an insider first look at the out-of-town dealers — and their artist headliners — traveling in to Houston for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which opens Thursday, October 1 (through October 4) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. From a smart contingent of Mexico City avant-garde galleries organized by independent curator Leslie Moody Castro to the It-twins of the design world, aka The Haas Brothers, there’s a dose of importance and edge that makes year five really travel-worthy.

The Haas Brothers, the daring darlings of the international art circuit — collaborators with and collected by Donatella Versace — promise to serve up a design high point.
The Haas Brothers arethe daring darlings of the international art circuit — collaborators with and collected by Donatella Versace. They promise to serve up a design high point.

Also making the Texas Contemporary’s fifth edition an appealing destination are this year’s VIP offerings. Stoking the importance quotient are rare experiences at The Menil Collection usually reserved for the likes of Tilda Swinton or Beyoncé; a Rothko exhibition tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, led by curator Alison Greene and paired with a Rothko Chapel brunch; plus trips to some of Houston’s very famous private collections, including the just-being-completed Texas Art House as well as the fabled Fayez Sarofim Collection, which is among the Top 200 in the world according to ArtNews. And the presence of the Opening Night co-chairs — international queen of Houston philanthropy Becca Cason Thrash and husband John Thrash — will ensure that the national and international art world pay attention.

Here are our picks for some of the most intriguing fare, including the Damien Hirst co-founded gallery Other Criteria — a terrific place for shopping for multiples and more democratically priced; ask to see a Hirst edition butterfly silkscreen — and The Hole, quite possibly the hottest gallery in Manhattan (according to The New York Times). Keeping reading PaperCity for the Fair’s must-sees.

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