Contemporary and Modern art sales are ablaze with news of celebrities
like actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio making big purchases
at shows and auctions. And the “Leo” art sightings are flooding social
media with him sporting a bushy beard. Personally, I hope he shaves it
soon. Meanwhile, what started as mere rumblings of a contemporary art
fair coming in 2009 has become of vital import for shaping and defining
Dallas Arts Week. To that end the 7th edition of Dallas Art Fair is here.
For this installment co-founders Chris Byrne and John Sughrue promise
spectacular programming from some dozen countries represented with a
host of robust new exhibitors like Gallerie Perrotin, Washburn Gallery,
and Bortolami Gallery. Represented by Stefania Bortolami’s eponymous
gallery, our cover features the work of Los Angeles conceptual artist Eric
Wesley. With its primary colors we think Wesley’s Blue, Yellow and Red Picture
could embody the foundation of all art.
Patron went inside five residences during the two most inclement weeks
of 2015 for our 4th year covering the fair. Riddled with snow, ice, and
sleet, photographer John Smith and I enjoyed our time with these avid
supporters of the arts. They are: Tom Fagadau, Beth and Jim Gold, Jennifer
and Tom Karol, Brett and Lester Levy, and Lisa and Steve Lieberman.
Dallas Contemporary board member, Becky Bruder (a former art advisor)
interviews each about how to navigate the Dallas Art Fair in Collective Souls.
There’s everything to like about Anna-Sophia—smart, beautiful,
and involved while remaining kind and approachable. Now there’s even
more as her role as Director of Festival Advancement for the inaugural
international arts and music festival, SOLUNA, takes shape. Anchored
by Dallas Symphony Orchestra with performances led by Music Director
Jaap van Zweden (Anna-Sophia’s father), the 21-day May festival presents
interdisciplinary arts content. Offering an interplay between globally
lauded guest soloists like Conrad Tao, visual artists like photographer and
filmmaker Alex Prager, and local painter Francisco Moreno, the theme for
this year’s SOLUNA is Destination (AMERICA), an ode to artists who came
to this country to pursue limitless freedom of expression. Lee Cullum
shares the details in The Power of Sensation.
Other brave souls who battled the sleet and snow to contribute to
this issue are fine arts photographer Maxine Helfman and stylist Andrew
Bayer. Thirsting for art and shopping, our model (umbrella and sunglasses
in hand) ignored the weather’s caprices and checked into The Joule Hotel
for The Downtown Girl.
In our home feature we captured the essence of Dianne and Mark
LaRoe’s art collection in Conversation Piece. The couple’s engaging spirit
is clearly reflected in the whimsical work they collect. These other arts
enthusiasts were also mighty generous to open their homes to Patron:
Mickey Ashmore, founder of the photography event, Retail As Art; and
Elisabeth Karpidas, art chair for MTV RE:DEFINE. Both events will
take place at The Goss-Michael Foundation.
Ah yes, so many great things are back this season like Art Ball—the
oh-so-sophisticated event at the DMA. It’s time to embrace and support
the arts. Major artists will be making appearances like Nate Lowman and
David Salle at Dallas Contemporary, Laurie Simmons at The Modern in
Fort Worth, Michael Craig-Martin at The Goss-Michael Foundation, and
the aforementioned Alex Prager in SOLUNA. Who knows—you may even
have your own “Leo” sighting. Regardless, you won’t be disappointed.
Publisher / Editor in Chief
April / May 2015