TX Contemporary Art Fair Unspooled

by Bill Davenport October 11, 2013

Here’s the fair, blogged at it unrolls at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

Thursday Night Opening and VIP preview

mideendorf and co

The always well-dressed Paul Middendorf was among the throng of party-goers that passed the Glasstire booth.

coyote lover

Some loved our taxidermy homages to Rauschenberg and Beuys more than others . . . but no one got away without a trick-or-treat bag (right, in the background).

west collection

Next door, the West Collection was showcasing its favorite Philadelphia artists in a beautiful mahogany-decked shipping container, including this pipe cleaner marvel by Don Porcella, even though, they sheepishly admit, he lives in Brooklyn.

barraera draw w

Debra Barrera, proud Houston artist, and the drawing  Moody Gallery sold for her in the fair’s first nine minutes! Bonanza!


Feature’s booth was crammed with interesting, colorful paintings; Andrew Masullo, a personal favorite, had his own wall (right).

Friday, October 11

dean copy

CAMH curator Dean Daderko stands out against the Susie Rosmarin’s op grid. Rosmarin, like Barrera is a candidate for the fair’s $10,000 artist prize. Daderko will be featuring some of her paintings in his slice of the CAMH’s year long anniversary show series.


Glasstire intern Nohelia Vargas, who “wants to be an art collector when she grows up” got some advice  from Judy Nyquist who told her, “it doesn’t take a lot of money to be a collector; just follow your passion and buy what you like.” She posed in front of the piece she’d most like to own; Tara Tucker’s Bigfoot Loves Minicorn, 2013 from Rena Brantsten Gallery.

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joel Sampson October 19, 2013 - 00:11

I thought the quality of the art was very high. The opening Thursday night was very crowded, but it was still possible to get around and talk to dealers. Friday was very relaxed. The dealers I talked to seemed happy with sales.

My pet peeve was galleries without labels on the art, no name, no price – nothing. It is a museum or is the art for sale? I did see art labeled with a $168,000 price, a Louise Nevelson wall mounted 3-d piece that was quite nice.

I got some out of town gallery leads and met a lot of nice people. It was well worth the trip from Dallas. Not to mention the Glasstire Trick or Treat bag.


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