Hey, wasn’t there one of those first annual art fairs at the George R. Brown just last month? Art retailer and barkeep Bill Davenport teases out the differences between that one and the smaller Texas Contemporary Art Fair that took place over this past weekend:
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From my limited vantage point behind the bar at the Glasstire Saloon . . . this fair was more spacious, more relaxed, and infinitely more interesting than the Houston Fuddy-Duddy Art Fair last month. If THAT show was a big furniture store, THIS show was a big furniture store with ideas.
Like all second children, everyone was anxious for this event to succeed, but without the pathetic hand-wringing given the firstborn fair. This fair was fun, which makes it seem less likely to return next year, because something went wrong: successful art fairs are not fun.
Where are the wire-tense collectors hectoring harried gallery assistants for first dibs, or the dazed crowds of footsore curators and student art-stars pressing their noses on the glass display window of the artworld they read about in magazines?
What we’ve got here is a Houston-style art fair: slower, looser, and less crowded than fairs in high-pressure places where things matter. Unexpectedly sophisticated, with time to think a bit before reaching for your wallet. I hope it sticks.
- Texas Contemporary Art Fair: LIVE BLOG [Glasstire]
- The TX Contemporary Art Fair Brings Quality Art to Houston [Art Attack]
- Texas Contemporary Art Fair: Day 1 [The Great God Pan Is Dead]
- Previously on Swamplot: Lost at the Houston Fine Art Fair, Battle of the Houston Art Fairs