Much like during Art Basel Miami Beach in December, a sizable portion of New York’s art circle has traveled south this week for Dallas Arts Week. Although it is helmed by the opening of The Dallas Art Fair, other options continue far beyond: The Dallas Contemporary opened two shows of New York-based artists David Salle and Nate Lowman; The Dallas Museum of Art hosted the world premiere of a comissioned performance by New York-based artist Ei Arakawa; The Nasher Sculpture Center has a solo show of Texas-born, New York-based artist Melvin Edwards.
Firmly based in Texas, though, are a number of prominent art collectors including Derek and Christen Wilson, Catherine Rose, Marguerite Hoffman, and Deedie Rose, all of whom opened their homes to guests interested in seeing their collections. Businessperson and collector Jodi Shelton hosted cocktails at her “chateau” to celebrate Aurora 2015, an upcoming city-wide public art show, with Director of Programming Monica Salazar of Berlin Art Link, and curated by Aja Martin, Shane Pennington, and Joshua King from Dallas, Tim Goossens and Julia Kaganskiy from New York, and Carson Chan, the editor-at-large of 032c magazine, from Berlin.
Chris Byrne, who co-founded Dallas Art Fair with John T. Sughrue, has guided the programming for seven years, coordinating with concurrent happenings. “The collaborative nature of what’s happening in the city…it’s a long week, but it’s very nice,” he says. This year, about 12 of the 90 galleries are from Texas; others hail from around the world, including Hong Kong, Zurich, San Francisco, Brussels, Helsinki, Rome, Milan, Antwerp, Mexico City, and, of course, New York.
Click through the slideshow to see our favorite 10 works at The Dallas Art Fair, which is open through Sunday.