BY STEVE CARTER
he Dallas Art Fair turns six this year, and it’s already distinguished itself as a formidable art destination, known for
its prestigious exhibitors, sense of community, easy accessibility, and refreshing lack of pretense. Founded by John
Sughrue and Chris Byrne, one signal of the Fair’s increasing importance is its ever-expanding internationalism—
this year’s 90-plus exhibitors include at least 15 from outside the country. Running from April 11-13, with a Preview Gala
Benefit on April 10, it’s an annual don’t-miss Dallas art highlight. Here’s an insider’s preview of seven of the esteemed
international exhibitors who’ll be helping make 2014’s Fair the best yet.
Berlin’s Taubert Contemporary is making its inaugural visit to the Dallas Art Fair, and director Thomas Taubert admits,
“I’ve never been to the city before, nor to Texas—everything will be very new to me!” His program of photography,
painting, and sculpture is international, as he represents French, U.S., Finnish, Dutch, Swiss, and Swedish artists, among
others. With nearly 30 years in the business, Taubert’s drawn to mainly mid-career artists whose works are fresh and
unique, and he doesn’t shy away from humor or political agendas. He’s showing six or seven artists here, the best-known
among them being Brooklyn-based German expat Markus Linnenbrink and Switzerland’s Beat Zoderer. Other high
points include large-scale C-prints by Finland’s Nanna Hänninen and Spain’s Dionisio González, and new works by
Zürich-based Markus Weggenmann and El Paso’s Adrian Esparza, who generated buzz at the recent Miami Art Week.
Taubert Contemporary, Markus Linnenbrink, BUILDINGSTEAMWITHAGRAINOFSALT, 2010/2011 epoxy resin, pigments wood foam, 35 x 76 x 40 in..
Opposite: Nanna Hänninen, Plant II, 2011, C-print, diasec, mounted on mdf/oak, 63 x 48. 4 in. Courtesy of Taubert Contemporary