The 7th annual Dallas Art Fair, founded by John Sughrue and Chris Byrne, kicks off this evening with the Preview Gala. The number of exhibitors has grown from an initial 35 to 95 prominent national and international art dealers representing painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installations by modern and contemporary artists. An interesting thing to note is that participating galleries and dealers must be chosen by previous exhibitors, which keeps the bar high and the art trendy.
"This year's fair will feature our largest and most diverse selection of exhibitors to date," says Chris Byrne, co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair. "Many of the world's leading galleries will debut in our city for the very first time."
The 2015 Fair will once again anchor the official 'Dallas Art Week,' highlighting the city's leading art organizations with major exhibition openings and art-related programming. MTV RE:DEFINE returns on Friday, April 10th, with a major benefit honoring iconic artist Michael Craig-Martin to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and the Dallas Contemporary. Coinciding with the MTV RE:DEFINE auction, gala and exhibition, The Goss-Michael Foundation will present an exhibition of 10 artworks by Michael Craig-Martin placed at prominent public spaces throughout Dallas from the beginning of April through May 2015. On Saturday, April 11th, the Dallas Museum of Art will celebrate Art Ball 50 -- the 50th anniversary of the museum's annual gala featuring a seated dinner, live auction and festive after party.
"During the week of the Dallas Art Fair, Dallas' museum's and institutions unite to present to collectors and the community an infinitely rich opportunity to experience the contemporary arts," notes John Sughrue, co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair.
The Art District is buzzing with a schedule of exciting events and a stunning range of talent to inspire art lovers- let's take a look at a few highlights from this year's fair:
By Hung Liu, hailed as the most important Chinese artist in the US. Mixed media on panel. Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe
Electric Eyes II, by Alan Rath, an MIT graduate. Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
* This year we see more LED and high-tech installations at the Fair.
Alejandro Guijarro's Momentum series covers great Quantum Mechanics institutions of the world, these are photographs of blackboards from MIT and Cambridge. Represented by Tristan Hoare, UK
Untitled WSJ, by Steve Mills, Oil on Aluminum. Gallery Henoch, New York
"Absconder" by Shawn Smith, Turner Carroll, Santa Fe
Jesus Drexel Gallery, Nuevo Leon Mexico
The Great Swindle, Santiago Montoya, Beatriz Esguerra Arte, Bogota, Columbia
Blue Butterfly Frame, Paul Villinski, Morgan Lehman, New York
The seventh annual Dallas Art Fair is sponsored for the 5th year by Ruinart Champagne, the oldest champagne house in the world. "Ruinart has always been very close to the art world; so this positioning is quite relevant - a fine champagne is a craft and an art, so we believe in honoring fine art partnerships such as this one." -Sebastien Vitry, Ruinart
2015 Dallas Art Fair Exhibitor List:
247365 (New York), 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong), ADA Gallery (Richmond), Alden Projects (New York), Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe (New York), Ana Cristea Gallery (New York), Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York), Barry Whistler Gallery (Dallas), Beatriz Esguerra Art (Bogotá), Bortolami (New York), C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore), CANADA (New York), Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago), Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (New York), Cernuda Arte (Coral Gables), Christian Berst Art Brut (New York, Paris), Coagula Curatorial (Los Angeles), Conduit Gallery (Dallas), Cris Worley Fine Arts (Dallas), David Richard Gallery (Santa Fe), DC Moore Gallery (New York), Derek Eller Gallery (New York), Drexel Galería (Nuevo Leon), Edel Assanti (London), Federica Schiavo (Rome), Franklin Parrasch Gallery (New York), Galerie Forsblom (Helsinki), Galerie Frank Elbaz (Paris), Galerie Perrotin (Paris, Hong Kong, New York), Galerie Richard (Paris, New York), Galerie Tanja Wagner (Berlin), Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas (Marfa/Dallas), Gallery Henoch (New York), Gallery Wendi Norris (San Francisco), Hales Gallery (London), Halsey McKay Gallery (East Hampton), Harlan Levey (Brussels), Hosfelt Gallery (San Francisco), Howard Scott Gallery (New York), Hus Gallery (London), Ibid Projects (London, Los Angeles), Jack Geary Contemporary (New York), Jack Hanley Gallery (New York), James Fuentes (New York), Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Johannes Vogt (New York), Jonathan Viner (London), Josée Bienvenu Gallery (New York), Josh Lilley (London), junior projects (New York), Kirk Hopper Fine Art (Dallas), LABOR (Mexico City), Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. (New York), Lisa Cooley (New York), Little Big Man Gallery (Los Angeles), Longhouse Projects (New York), ltd los angeles (Los Angeles), LUCE GALLERY (Turin), Maccarone Gallery (New York), Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City), Marlborough Chelsea (New York), Martos Gallery (New York), Massimo De Carlo (London, Milan), MISAKO & ROSEN (Tokyo), Mixed Greens (New York), MKG 127 (Toronto), MONITOR (Rome), Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York), Nathalie Karg (New York), Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (New York), NYEHAUS (New York), OHWOW (Los Angeles), Overduin & Co. (Los Angeles), Paul Stolper (London), RaebervonStenglin (Zurich), Ro2 Art (Dallas), Romer Young Gallery (San Francisco), Samsøñ (Boston), Sicardi Gallery (Houston), Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas), taubert contemporary (Berlin), The Apartment (Vancouver), The Green Gallery (Milwaukee), Tim Van Laere Gallery (Antwerp), Tristian Hoare (London), Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe), Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden (Dallas), Various Small Fires (Los Angeles), Washburn Gallery (New York), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc. (Fort Worth), William Shearburn Gallery (St. Louis), Workplace Gallery (Gateshead, London), Zhulong Gallery (Dallas), ZieherSmith & Horton (New York)
Open to the Public:
Friday, April 10, 11 AM - 7 PM
Saturday, April 11, 11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday, April 12, 12 PM - 6 PM
The Dallas Art Fair is located at the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g) - 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
For more information: www.DallasArtFair.com
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