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The Texas Contemporary Art Fair is open! The Glasstire staff will be live-blogging the fair through Sunday. Come by and see us at our booth, with Art Fair Mad Libs with exciting prizes (i.e. t-shirts) throughout the weekend. And, just like the Houston Fine Art Fair, we’ll be asking readers for their picks of the best and the worst art from the fair. Send a photo and caption to [email protected] All entrant’s submissions will be posted anonymously so don’t hold back. We’d also love your nominees for “Best Booth.” (And no, as with the Houston Fine Art Fair, we AREN’T doing “Worst Booth.”)
Sunday, October 23
Chatty morning here at the Glasstire Saloon! No time to post, no time for lunch. Although lunch at the fair is restricted to Aramark food products. It’s just like eating at the airport! If only Aramark’s ironfisted grip on the George R. Brown Convention Center could be broken and edible food allowed! Somebody should crash some food trucks though the loading dock doors…-KK
Saturday, Oct. 22
Too pooped to party; back-slapping at Chaney house skipped in favor of instant chocolate pudding in the thriftstore recliner which serves as the Glasstire News Desk.
Art Fair Pre-post-mortem: from my limited vantage point behind the bar at the Glasstire Saloon, (broad view of pathetic cafe area drained dry by vampiric caterers Aramark), 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. -BD
Thomas Glassford at Sicardi Gallery.
Fabulous Candida Höfer at Rena Bransten. – KK
Steven Keene’s $5 paintings in progress at the Rice Gallery booth!
Cool stuff from Austin’s Champion Gallery:
Ryan Schneider‘s The Display at Champion Gallery.
Marjorie Schwarz‘s paintings at Champion Gallery.- KK
Due to crap internet connection within the GRB, the Glasstire Live Blog has been slightly less live than we would like. Here is some stuff we could have posted if our AT&T air card had not reset and lost connection every 9 seconds…
Cowboy Mike arrives with Sugar in tow for Thursday night opening party.
Bill Davenport – artist, GT Newswire Editor and creator of Glasstire’s fabulous Saloon booth – adds the Glasstire logo to Sugar.
Gonzo247 contributes to the pony!
The Glasstire Bar in full swing with fab organic tequila and margarita mixers generously donated by Republic Tequila.
Artist, activist and designer Selven O’Keef Jarmon visits the Glasstire bar sporting his TX Contemporary t-shirt.
Artist and icon, Bert Long!
Sugar leaves a parting gift at the end of the night. Editorial cleaned up.
BOOZE ALERT: Several leftover bottles of Glasstire’s tequila of choice disappeared from our Saloon late Thursday night…if you have seen them please notify the Glasstire staff. The editorial department is distraught. – KK
Friday, Oct. 22
Local update: Inman has sold works by Demetrius Oliver, Katrina Moorhead and Darren Watterston. Roesch has sold a Jonathan Leach plexiglas box Madeline Dietz wall sculpture. – RK
Sales news: the big sale going around last night was David Shelton, the great San Antonio space, who sold the 6 piece suite of drawings of boxers (pugilists, not dogs) by Vincent Valdez, as well as works by Cruz Ortiz, Kelly O’Connor, and Sarah Frantz. Ka-CHING! – RK
Thursday, Oct. 21
GLASSTIRE SALOON IS OPEN!
To start things off, here’s a sneak preview from yesterday’s setup…
Kelly O’Connor collage waiting to be hung at David Shelton’s booth.
Angela Fraleigh at Inman Gallery‘s booth.
Michael Kennaugh at Moody.
PaperCity bookstore. (From 1:00 to 2:00 on Sunday, PaperCity‘s Catherine Anspon will lead a discussion about the Texas art scene, then and now, with Harvey Bott and other artists. A signing for Anspon’s Texas Artists Today will follow. )
And random, as yet unidentified stuff…
Michelle Andrade, Death by Daydream at Charlie James Gallery.
Lounge in progress…