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Fine Arts Fair Brings the Hamptons to Houston

If your travel schedule is like ours (okay, like we wish ours was), you're spending the first week of the new year plotting your path among the high-profile art fairs of the world: Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, maybe NY's Armory Show, and of course, the Houston Fine Art Fair.

Huh? Houston?

Yes, Houston is to be the location of a new fine arts fair, organized by the Hamptons Expo Group (HEG), the same folks who recently brought art fairs to San Francisco, the Hamptons and Aspen. The fair will run from September 15-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. According to Douglas Britt's piece in the Chronicle, HEG president and fair organizer Rick Friedman met with Houston gallerists and collectors to sell them on the idea, with mixed results. A focus of the fair will reportedly be on international galleries, especially those from Latin America.

And though Friedman has declared Houston a "new Miami" as an entry point to Latin America, it's not yet clear if the Houston Fine Art Fair will have the tourist cache to rival ArtBasel Miami. At the moment we don't have much to go on except for the other fairs HEG has run, and that's not really enough to render a judgment. But while we wait for the list of galleries and artists that will be showing in Houston this fall, check out more photos of the Hamptons Expo Group's other fairs here.

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Jenny Staff Johnson