Last Chance Sunday

The best of the Houston Fine Art Fair: See the work that's wowing a city


Houston Fine Arts Fair, artwork, September 2012, light wheel, shadows
Photo by © Dave Rossman 2012
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, David Datuna, White Flag, mixed media and eye glasses, Villa del Arte, Barcelona
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Installation by Carol Young for Beatriz Esguerra Art, ceramic
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Javier Arean, Astronauta, 2012, Courtesy TOCA,Galeria, Mexico City
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Chul Hyun Ahn, Well, 2005, cast concrete, lights, mirror; courtesy C. Grimalgis Gallery, Baltimore
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Nathaniel Donnett, Scotomas Are Larger Than They Appear, conte, graphite and acrylic on paper bags
Courtesy of Photo courtesy Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Frida Kahlo, Display Window in a Street of Detroit, 1931, oil on sheet metal, Cernuda Art, Coral Gables
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, artwork, September 2012, Pavel Zoubok
Photo by © Dave Rossman 2012
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Al Souza, Blinky, 2004 Puzzle Pieces on Wood, Court Pavel Zoubok, NY
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Allen D'Arcangelo, Pegasus, 1963, acrylic on canvas, cour Hollis Taggart, NY
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, September 2012, Jari "WERC" Alvarez, Ride On, 2012, mixed media on panel, Thomas Paul Fine Art, curated by Cheech Marin
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Sedrick Huckaby, Diabetes, 2012, oil on canvas, courtesy Valley House Gallery, Dallas
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Leon Ferrai, Untitled, 1998, mixed media on wood, Pan American Art Projects, Miami
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Arts Fair, opening night artwork, September 2012, Cubeworks, Ribbon Red, Rubiks Cubes, court Woolff Gallery, London
Photo by Tyler Rudick
Houston Fine Art Fair 2012 opening night Javier Arean
Photo by Tyler Rudick

The 2012 Houston Fine Art Fair is in the home stretch of its four-day run. It's showcased some of the biggest names in modern and contemporary art, including new talent like Karin Waskiewicz at the Schroeder Romero & Shredder booth and Jari "WERC" Alvarez at the Cheech Marin-curated Thomas Paul booth.

Here are some highlights after CultureMap's sweep of more than 80 galleries.

RIGHT: Matthew Schreiber, Fluorescent Ring, 2012, courtesy Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston.

White Flag by David Datuna drew a regular stream of curious visitors during the opening night party. Contrstucted of clear framed eye glasses, the piece takes the form of an American flag from a distance.

Closer than three feet, the flag pattern disappears to reveal a smattering of newsprint under the glasses.

RIGHT: David Datuna, White Flag, mixed media and eye glasses, courtesy Villa del Arte, Barcelona.

A few booths down, Beatriz Esguerra Art highlights two artists who focus on paper without actually using it in their work. Janice Mehlman explores paper's textures and curving forms through photography, while Carol Young (see right) offers an uncanny recreation of the ancient art supply in sheets of clay.

RIGHT: Installation by Carol Young for Beatriz Esguerra Art.

New York-based Japanese artist Kazumasa Noguchi is presenting a dedicated booth of his work for the Dillion Gallery.

To house his collection of geometric animal shapes constructed from treated cardboard, Noguchi, a trained architect, has treated the walls with a series of lines resembling something lifted from a drafting room table.

RIGHT: Kazumasa Noguchi in his So Close, Yet So Far Tour installation for Dillon Gallery, NY.

After several showstopping pieces at last year's HFAH, Korean light artist Chul Hyun Ahn returns with an absolutely fascinating collection of works for Baltimore's C. Grimaldis Gallery.

Shown to the right, Well uses glass, light and mirrors to create what appears to be a vortex real enough to make viewers lose their breath for a moment.

RIGHT: Chul Hyun Ahn, Well, 2005, cast concrete, lights and mirror, courtesy C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore.

Houston-based artist Nathaniel Donnett has several captivating works on display with D.C. Morton Fine Art.

Fusing political and social commentary with personal narrative and psychology, Donnett reworks the symbols and signs of everyday life into layered, historical readings of the human condition.

"The red shape is taken from one of my favorite albums, De La Soul Is Dead," the artist tells CultureMap. "I like to add elements from my own life on top of the social critique."

RIGHT: Nathaniel Donnett, Scotomas Are Larger Than They Appear, conte, graphite and acrylic on paper bags, courtesy Morton Fine Art, Washington, D.C.

For a cool two million dollars, Miami's Cernuda Arte is selling a rare Frida Kahlo piece painted on sheet metal during a trip she made to Detroit with Diego Rivera, who had been working in the city to create a new mural.

RIGHT: Frida Kahlo, Display Window in a Street of Detroit, 1931, oil on sheet metal, courtesy Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables.

Pavel Zoubok and his eponymous New York gallery focus almost entirely on collage and constructions, offering up an impressively wide range of material . . .

. . . including this puzzle-piece work from artist Al Souza.

Click through the slideshow for more images and don't miss one of the biggest art events of the season. Sunday is the final day.

RIGHT: Al Souza, Blinky, 2004, puzzle pieces on wood, courtesy Pavel Zoubok, New York

 

RIGHT: Allen D'Arcangelo, Pegasus, 1963, acrylic on canvas, courtesy Hollis Taggart, New York.

 

RIGHT: Jari "WERC" Alvarez, Ride On, 2012, mixed media on panel, Thomas Paul Fine Art, curated by Cheech Marin.

 

RIGHT: Sedrick Huckaby, Diabetes [detail], 2012, oil on canvas, courtesy Valley House Gallery, Dallas.

 

RIGHT: Leon Ferrari, Untitled, 1998, mixed media on wood, courtesy Pan American Art Projects, Miami.

 

RIGHT: Cubeworks, Ribbon Red, Rubiks cubes, courtesy Woolff Gallery, London.

 

RIGHT: Javier Arean, Astronauta, 2012, Courtesy TOCA/Galeria, Mexico City.