While some dealers at the third annual Texas Contemporary Art Fair, which took place this past weekend in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, mumbled politely tepid descriptions of this year’s fair experience, the organizers gathered up some happier participants for their round-up press release.
The announcement cites some impressive examples of success: Avis Frank Gallery placed a sculpture by Galveston artist Ann Wood with the Dishman Art Museum, and Dutton placed work by outsider artist Richard Gordon Kendall with the Harrison Museum of Art. Catharine Clark Gallery sold several works by Nina Katchadourian, who will have a survey of her work in 2015 at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art, to a prominent Austin collector. Mark Moore Gallery sold Yoram Wolberger’s Blue Cowboy #3, for $100,000.
“There’s no doubt we will return to Houston next year,” said Max Fishko, co-founder of the fair. “Our dealers are going home very happy, and Houstonians have told us that they loved Texas Contemporary this year.” A record number of 13,000 people total visited the fair.