Art for Art's Sake
Dallas Art Fair set to soar
The racket of last minute artworks being installed filled the halls Thursday afternoon at Dallas’ Fashion Industry Gallery, but the buzz surrounding the monumental Dallas Art Fair drowned out any noise. Gallerists, their assistants and media types bustled around the cubbies of contemporary art as caterers set up for last night's Preview Gala.
Indeed, for the next three days the second annual Dallas Art Fair, presented by Veuve Clicquot, will capture the hearts and minds of the international art world. Celebrating modern and contemporary art, the fair will showcase paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from post war artists represented from 55 prominent national and international art dealers from across the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. There are 16 Texas galleries, a quarter of which come from Houston. Exhibiting for the first time at the fair, Wade Wilson of Wade Wilson Art expressed enthusiasm for what the weekend holds, while Carolyn Farb of Colton & Farb Gallery gracefully led guests around the dizzying array of represented artists.
The preview gala officially launched the fair, providing patrons a glimpse of the exhibits and benefiting the District’s Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Almost 800 collectors, dealers, curators and press descended upon the Fashion Industry Gallery, located at the epicenter of Dallas’ reinvigorated starchitect-studded Arts District.
After the gala, the cool kids made their way to tucked-away Bar Céline, behind Park restaurant and named for the restaurateur’s coquettish wife. The after party was sponsored by a collection of arts organizations and galleries, among them Texas Gallery and its renowned director, Fredericka Hunter. Lady Céline spun a mélange of underground remixes while gallerists, artists and their hipster hangers-ons toasted the kickoff to what is sure to be the biggest art event in our state to date. Sipping away the night: artist Gene Gilbert, Houston powerhouse gallerist Barbara Davis, musician Tony Barsotti, Dallas patron J. Patrick Collins and top-notch New York gallery director, Christopher D’Amelio of D’Amelio Terras.
When asked what he thought of the art fair and Dallas, D’Amelio kindly replied, “This is a great city. I can tell you now, this fair is going to be big for Texas.” He concluded, in jest, “But would you happen to know where I can find a 24-hour spray-on tanning salon?”