allas and Fort Worth are broadly envied
for their unfettered economic optimism.
After turning the area into an impressive
hub of commerce with the completion of a sprawling airport in 1973, an
already thriving economy became impervious to the
torque of economic downturns. Upscale neighborhoods have never seen a shortage of luxury cars or
haute couture—and, apparently, the city-as-cash-cow
motif holds true for a booming art market. If you’re
looking for optimism in challenging times, you need
only speak with Dallas Art Fair Co-Founders John
Sughrue and Chris Byrne.
A well-spoken and elegant frontman for the fair,
Byrne occupies an office behind Stephan Pyles’s
eponymous restaurant on Ross Avenue. He states that
the Dallas Art Fair—still rapidly growing a mere five
years after its inception—has steadily gained traction.
Not only are there stellar galleries from all over the
U.S. participating in the 2013 iteration of the fair, but
there is also a special emphasis on both emerging artists and a burgeoning international scope. Says Byrne,
“We’re bringing in four galleries from the U.K., two
from Paris, two from Italy, one from Japan, and one
from South Korea. They’re coming here for a reason. Everyone keeps their eye on Dallas because it’s
a vibrant center with important collectors and collections.” Apparently the city’s sky-high stacks of cash
and serious buyers make good on the promise of an
outstanding market for both art dealers and collectors. In Texas vernacular, the city has both “hat and
cattle.” It delivers on the notion that Dallas offers
a robust venue for high-stakes art being shown and
sold in an increasingly skyrocketing art market. Any
naysayers (they are few and far between) should take
heed and get on the lucrative bandwagon. The 2013
fair is making it easier to determine what artists are
hot and what works are likely to morph into blue-chip
items in prospering art portfolios.
Here’s your chance to get the inside scoop from
nationally recognized experts in diverse locations.
While all the collectors offer impressive work, Byrne
selected some experts on what’s happening in the field
of emerging artists. In other words, this is as close as
you’ll come to a crystal ball. Here are a few gallerists
offering insight that is likely to be especially prescient:
Above: Christopher Badger, Geometric Construction of Antiquity, 12, 2012, chalk on
panel, 62 x 62 in., Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. Opposite: Study for
Circuit Board #2, 2012, laser-sculpted acrylic paint on canvas, 11 x 11 in., Thomas
Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles.