From left: Jesús Rafael SOTO, Tes y banda azul, 1980, Paint on wood and metal, 84. 25 x 56 in., Unique, Courtesy of Galerie Perrotin; Irby Pace, PRADA, 2014, Marfa
Series archival print, 35 x 55 in., Courtesy of Galleri Urbane. Opposite: Tom Fagadau; James Krone, Ceremonial Painting, 2014, oil on canvas, 49. 25 x 39. 37 in.
What do you enjoy about the Dallas Art Fair?
I really look forward to the Art Fair every year. I am grateful
to co-founders John Sughrue and Chris Byrne for establishing
such a great event and venue to bring the best of the art world
to Dallas, Texas. I like the opportunity to see old friends from
galleries I have patronized in the past and enjoy meeting new
upcoming gallery owners as well.
Do you research the exhibitors beforehand?
I usually try to log on to the visiting gallery websites before I
go to the Art Fair. If I find some interesting art that appeals to
me, I will generally put a list together to make sure to visit those
galleries. Fortunately I have assistance from several well-known
art consultants who can help me finalize my decision-making.
Are you looking for a particular artist? Have you been aware
of this artist and have been following his/her career?
There are several artists that I continue to gravitate back to.
Is there a particular piece in your collection that made an
I would love to say that I can spot someone who will be the
next Damien Hirst, but I believe that requires way more intense
knowledge and research than I have dedicated to my collection. I
have been an avid collector of a New York artist named Richmond
Burton. Though his career has had its ups and downs, I find his
colors, imagery, and sense of harmony and balance soothing in
my home. On the other hand, I have also enjoyed collecting Rusty
Scruby, a Dallas artist represented by Cris Worley. In fact, I had
commissioned Rusty to do a piece as the focus of our boardroom.
impact on you?
I purchased a spectacular piece at last year’s Dallas Art Fair—
the painter is James Krone and was sold to me by the Brand New
Gallery located in Milan, Italy. I was initially taken by the deep
and rich blue color and its monochromatic nature. However, once
I hung the piece in my living room, I became more impressed
with its layering and geometric spatial orientation.
Are you interested in collecting a specific time period of art
or a specific group of artists?
I enjoy all kinds of art. I believe that if given the opportunity and
capital, I would split my focus into three different areas. I love
early 20th century American painting derived from the Ashcan
School. Due to my parents’ focus on print collecting in the 1980s
and ‘90s, I also love Pop art. The prints by Warhol, Motherwell,
Hockney, Stella, Jasper Johns, et al. Finally, most of my focus has
been directed recently to emerging artists and some very avant-garde art. My youngest daughter, Hilary, lives in NYC and works
for DAP Artbook. I believe that she, an artist, has an extremely
discerning eye and from time to time will give me some great
advice on up-and-coming artists.
Tommy Fagadau has been surrounded by contemporary art all of his life. His mother, Jeanne Fagadau, has acted as print dealer for 30-plus years and has
represented some of the finest publishers—Petersburg Press, ULAE, and Pace Prints, to name a few.