Top Fare at the Dallas Art Fair 2013

The Booths, the Buzz and Best in Show: Who's Coming Back, Who's New, Why Internationals are Flocking

Catherine D. Anspon
April 03, 2013

Marking a Milestone — Year Five

We’ve been covering the Dallas Art Fair since 2009, when the Fair began with a tightly curated roster of 30 gallerists and officially launched as the very first art fair in Texas. In 2010, the co-founders — private art dealer/independent curator Chris Byrne and real estate developer/civic leader John Sughrue — bumped it up a notch, drawing 50 exhibitors to town; that same year, PaperCity magazine began as media sponsor, producing an annual Special Section as the official guide to the Fair. Flash forward to 2013: What you now hold in your hands reflects the evolution of the Dallas Art Fair into arguably the most important boutique-size fair in America. And incontestably the most significant fair not in New York or Miami.

Carefully calibrated from Texas, the Dallas Art Fair, topping off at 80+ galleries in 2013 has achieved a milestone for year five, luring not only innovative dealers with singular vision along the lines of Thomas Solomon Gallery (progeny of legendary maven Holly Solomon), but also major players such as Marlborough Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea, as well as a fresh crop of internationals (see page 8), a hefty dose of coast to coast national exhibitors and a stalwart contingent of Texans. And then there’s the ground-breaking presence of a fair within a fair — the Seven Fair, in collaboration with the Dallas Art Fair and Dallas Contemporary.

Behind the Curtain

And kudos to Byrne and Sughrue for assembling an adroit team to foster both art commerce and the art dialogue for Dallas. The Dallas Art Fair happens because of the curated efforts of many, beginning with one of Sughrue’s seminal partners, Lyle Burgin, whose architectural expertise includes reconfiguring Fashion Industry Gallery annually to create the spacious, elegant, non-convention-center/non-cookie-cutter layout that is the hallmark of the Fair. We’ve worked most closely with Beth Shapiro (deftly fielding press inquiries and coordinating details with all Fair sponsors), Kelly Coppock (our go-to for exhibitor images and gallerist connections), Tracy Moberley and Terri Stillwell (who help coordinate and organize all things Art Fair). All planned the Houston kickoff party, co-hosted by PaperCity and Patron Sponsor Neiman Marcus at The Chaney Family Collection. Lauren Christensen directs VIP Programming and Lauren Burgin works with Moberley on special sales of Premiere Patron Passes, Patron Passes and opening night Preview Gala tickets.

The Great Eighty-Three

Drumroll. The roster of 83 exhibiting Dallas Art Fair 2013 gallerists is complete. Read on. Significantly, the list is almost evenly divided between returning dealers (41) and new exhibitors (42). Who are we most excited about? Among the former, Andrew Edlin Gallery’s stable of visionary artists is hard to beat (we’re hoping for another Henry Darger masterwork), as well as the always incomparable CANADA; Monterrey, Mexico-based Drexel Galeria, which stocks a surprising array of pop surrealists; Hedge (HQ for the confluence of art and design); Howard Scott Gallery, whose stable includes the hallucinogenic texts-based Fred Stonehouse; young West Coast lion Jessica Silverman Gallery; Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert, Inc., whose encounter at the 2012 Fair with independent Dallas curator Cynthia Mulcahy resulted in the gallery’s now on view “Engines of War”; former Texan Lisa Cooley (we can’t get enough of the messy vitality of Andy Coolquitt, soon to appear in a solo at the Blaffer Art Museum); the aforementioned Thomas Solomon Gallery; Stewart Gallery, from the improbable place of Boise, Idaho; and ZieherSmith, whose co-owner Andrea Zieher told us, “We are exhibiting because of our fabulous experience in 2012. The Dallas community has a clear love of contemporary art. The collectors were friendly and engaged — and prepared to commit to new artists. We sold work by every artist that we brought, but more importantly, we have been able to maintain ongoing relationships with these collectors. Often fairs are either chaotic or depressingly slow. The Dallas Art Fair is unique in that it is intimate and relaxed, and yet lots of good business occurs — and by that, I mean actual sales.”

And among the Fair’s newcomers, see our online list of the preeminent internationals, including gallerists arriving from Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo and Seoul as first-time exhibitors. In the category of new national dealers, we’ll be most eagerly eyeing Nathalie Karg / Cumulus Studios, whose Field Day on Saturday, April 13, provides a welcome dose of play while it melds the great outdoors with design and art (ping-pong, anyone?). Speaking of games, we’re also enamored of a pair of L.A. game-changers: Anat Ebgi and Esther Kim Varet, with their respective galleries Anat Ebgi and Various Small Fires, rolling out exhibitions for Jay Stuckey and Anna Sew Hoy, as well as New York progressive incubator, the lively Mixed Greens and Brooklyn dynamo The Journal Gallery (both a gallery and a magazine).

Dallas Art Fair 2013: The Official Lineup

A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia

Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington

Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles

Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

Artspace 111, Fort Worth

Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas

Benrimon Contemporary, New York

Bischoff/Weiss, London

Brand New Gallery, Milano

Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia

C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore

CANADA, New York

Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles

Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables

Charles Bank Gallery, New York

Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

Conduit Gallery, Dallas

Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas

Danese, New York

David Lewis Gallery, New York

DC Moore Gallery, New York

Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston

Dodge Gallery, New York

Drexel Galería, Monterrey

DTR Modern, Boston

Feature Inc., New York

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York

Galleri Urbane, Marfa / Dallas

Gallery Henoch, New York

GAMO Gallery, Seoul

Gerald Peters Gallery, New York

Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton

Hasted Kraeutler, New York

Hedge, San Francisco

Highlight Gallery, San Francisco

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

Howard Scott Gallery, New York

Hussenot, Paris

James Fuentes, New York

Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte

Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York

Jonathan Viner Gallery, London

Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert,Inc., New York

KM Fine Arts, Chicago

Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston / Dallas

Lennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York

Lisa Cooley, New York

Louis B. James, New York

Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles

Luis Perez Galeria, Miami

Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City

Marlborough Chelsea, New York

Marlborough Gallery, New York

Martos Gallery, New York

Massimo De Carlo, Milan / London


Mixed Greens, New York

Moody Gallery, Houston

Morgan Lehman, New York

Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York

Nathalie Karg  / Cumulus Studios, New York

New Galerie, Paris

Newzones, Calgary

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York

Salomon Contemporary, New York

Stewart Gallery, Boise

Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas

The Green Gallery, Milwaukee

The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn


Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles

Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas

Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth

William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis

Workplace Gallery, UK

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

ZieherSmith, New York