In preparation for the upcoming Dallas Art Fair at Fashion Industry Gallery April 10-12, we chatted with some of the exhibiting galleries to preview what they have in store for local enthusiasts and collectors.
Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Art fair veteran Jessica Silverman participates in six to eight a year, bringing a curatorial theme that runs through the works in a visually and conceptually engaging way.
For the Dallas Art Fair, Silverman will explore the process of layering, with Dashiell Manley’s stained glass pieces benefiting from the actual location of the booth.
Says Silverman, “Our Dallas booth is placed near glass windows, where tons of light floods inside. Not only do glass partitions reflect the concept [of layering], but they also allow natural light to literally shine through the artworks.”
Other abstract and hyper-figurative work by Hugh Scott-Douglas, Ian Wallace, Hayal Pozanti and Ruairiadh O’Connell will round out the booth. As the gallery’s roster includes artists that have been acquired by the likes of the Tate Museum, MOMA, LACMA and the Whitney, Jessica Silverman is a must-stop on any fairgoer’s agenda.
Pictured here: Ian Wallace, In the Studio (Work in Progress) I & II, 1996-2013. Photolaminate with acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 in.
Galerie Richard, Paris and New York
The very nature of an art fair inspires the viewer to speedily move through the booths, absorbing all they can within a limited window of time. But Galerie Richard’s Jean-Luc Richard recommends the serious collector take a moment for quiet contemplation and discovery at Dallas Art Fair.
“As a consequence of art fairs, there is a recent tendency for artworks to deal with only one message: Watch me! Watch me! Watch me!” he says. “It’s all about large scale, glitter and decoration.
“Only people who stay long in front of Lauren Marsolier’s photographies with enjoy them.”
In addition to Marsolier’s wide-open spaces, Galerie Richard will bring the work of Dionisio González, Norio Imai, Lauren Marsolier, Takesada Matsutani and David Ryan. Matsutani and Imai may ring familiar to Dallasites, as the duo is part of the Gutai Association that brought art in new directions after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The same collective that gave us current DMA stars Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga, the Gutai was incredibly influential to artists such as Jackson Pollock and the Fluxus Group.
As both Masutani and Imai are in the Rachofsky Collection, Richard hopes to use the Dallas Art Fair as a chance to connect with other Texan curators.
“Hopefully this is an opportunity to meet museum directors and curators in Dallas and other cities in Texas, and we would be very cooperative to bring exhibitions in museums and art centers in Texas,” he says.
Pictured here: David Ryan, HMS Sword, 2013. Acrylic on expanded PVC,12 1/2 x 24 x 2 x 3/4 in.
Edel Assanti, London
Originally devised as a pop-up focusing on the world of London-based talent, Edel Assanti has expanded to include international artists who are both forward-thinking and aware of their role within the realm of art history.
Bringing works by French artist Noémie Goudal and Brit talent Jodie Carey, Edel Assanti has also garnered a spotlight location in the fair’s courtyard for its site-specific installation by Marcin Dudek. Each piece was selected with our fair city in mind.
“At fairs, we always try to present artists in destinations where we feel they will be particularly well-received,” says Jeremy Epstein, who founded the gallery with Charlie Fellowes.
Having made its Dallas Art Fair debut in 2014, Edel Assanti plans to build on their established foundation this year while catching up with new and old friends within the art community.
Pictured here: Noémie Goudal, In Search of the First Line II, 2014. Lambda print, 168 x 19 cm. / 111 x 139 cm. Editions of 5.
The Apartment, Vancouver
Founded in — you guessed it — a modernist apartment nestled in bucolic Vancouver, this 9-year-old space focuses on the current practices of the conceptualist avant garde of the ’60s and ’70s.
The Apartment will arrive at Dallas Art Fair with exclusive works from Matthew Higgs, Tiziana La Melia, Wayne Ngan and Hans Wendt. According to gallery co-owner Lee Plested, the fair appeals for its ability to draw collectors and curators who are interested — and educated — about contemporary art.
“Having many colleagues who participate in the fair, we felt it was a good opportunity to expand our perspective and reach into a new community,” Plested says. “We hope that the strength of the artists’ work speaks to the Dallas audience, and that we will develop relationships with new clients we can start conversations with and help build their interests and collections.”
Pictured here: Wayne Ngan, Sculptural Vase with Lines. Stoneware and matte yellow glaze and scoffito designs, 17 x 16 x 5 in.
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