No sooner had we gotten the taste of $10 George R. Brown Texas toast sandwich out of our mouths from covering last weekend's first-ever Houston Fine Art Fair than the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, also an inaugural event, announced its initial list of exhibitors, programming and partners for its October event.
Confused? Overwhelmed? Don't be. Organizer Max Fishko told Art Attack that the TCAF has a differing size, scope and focus from the recently wrapped-up HFAF, beginning with a smaller number of exhibitors (55 to HFAF's 80) and an emphasis on energy and sustainability.
"The GRB is a pretty large place, and we're doing a pretty carefully vetted show where, if we don't need or want all of the space, we might as well use it in a way that makes sense," Fishko said.
Fishko said the plan to have the sustainability element came from Houston's status as an energy city. "We saw the opportunity to have that conversation in a city where the conversation is very important," he said. And while there will be a group of projects and talks dedicated to the subject, "It's not anything we're throwing in people's faces. This isn't the Texas Contemporary Sustainability Art Fair."
Fishko said the fair is also an opportunity for collectors and casual viewers alike to see what is being made in the art world right now and to check out both world-famous and emerging artists from across the country.
Attendees will also have the chance to be among the first to see some of the works, as Fishko's group (artMRKT Productions) gave the artists incentives for producing work specifically for the fair.
Participating Houston galleries include: Art Palace, Bryan Miller Gallery, Exquisite Corpse Bookseller, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Inman Gallery, Moody Gallery, Sicardi Gallery, Texas Gallery and Wade Wilson Art.
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There will also be a host of galleries from all over the country and the world, including ones from New York, San Francisco, Miami and Tokyo.
The TCAF takes place October 20 through 23 at George R. Brown Convention Center. Passes range from $10 to $110. For information, visit www.txcontemporary.com.