The Dallas Art Fair is back for another installment of grandiose art celebrations, exchanging big hair for big wallets. Over 90 galleries and art dealers have confirmed their place at the fair, each one making sure their presence is more prominent than the next, though everyone in the end works together for the love of art (and, let’s be honest, to see who gets the best public reviews).
Because of its location at the FIG, the Dallas Art Fair is a great place to get lost, partly because it’s actually so easy. Around every corner you’ll find something new and fascinating to interact with, but the feat is so large that any one person can find themselves overwhelmed without a plan. If you’re not attending the fair as a gallerist or art buyer, chances are you don’t have a dictated list of hot spots to guide you through this art amusement park. But don’t worry, I’ve made this one for you. Here’s a list of 10 artists you can’t miss at this year’s Dallas Art Fair.
Let me just start by saying Mixed Greens, a contemporary art gallery from New York, has already proven to be a lead orchestrator of fine arts in this year’s fair. The collection creates a perfectly harmonic band of works by a unique trio of artists made up of Keith Lemley, Zander Blom, and Mary Temple.
Keith Lemley’s works are made up of opposing forces of ephemeral light and structural woodblocks that unite to create one unique form. Other media like aluminum and ink create solid structures to reflect light that almost disappear into the wall while also expanding the space they are in.
Zander Blom creates a delicate backdrop with his canvas, much like a stage, to capture the movement of oils across the plane that look almost too natural to be man-made.
Mary Temple’s hand has a powerful presence on the plane it occupies, creating dimensionality with color, media, and movement in text that seems to dissolve into the canvas in a single moment.
Peter Alexander’s sculptures exist in a solid block of color that come to life in the presence of light, almost as if they were crafted directly from that source. It is a unique collection that feels almost like a scientific study of light when presented together. His work will be exhibited with NYEHAUS in New York.
Another impressive artist exhibited with NYEHAUS is Mary Corse. Her work is light, so I can see just how easy it was to pair her with Peter Alexander. Selected works from her popular 1967 White Light Series will be on view at this year’s fair.
This is where I gush. Chul-Hyun Ahn was at last year’s Dallas Art Fair with C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, hosting a very impressive space that attracted attention from everyone. This is a booth that is impossible to walk away from. Ahn’s works are entrancing, breathing with light and expanding on any limitations of space that you may have once known. I found myself revisiting this booth multiple times a day throughout 2014’s fair no matter how crowded it was. If you’ve never seen his work in person, do not leave this fair until you do.
Paul Lee’s works exist to inspire relationships between unlikely objects. He has been known to create from unique found items like soda cans, magnifying glasses, light bulbs and bath towels. At this year’s fair, his work will consist of mounted tambourines that act as a canvas to hold pastel painted wood blocks on a three-dimensional plane. His work will be exhibited with Maccarone in New York.
A local gallery, Ro2 Art took the Dallas Art Fair by storm last year as many remember the mass collection of works from over 20 artists that decorated their walls as if the fair was a national holiday and the booth was their front yard. I’m sure we can expect the same from the mother-son power duo this year as they standout with another impressive collection of works. Though they have many great artists to see, making them a booth you cannot miss, one artist in particular that I have my eye on is Julon Pinkston. Decadent and inviting, Pinkston’s work forgets any limits when it comes to paints existing on a canvas and is inspiring of a “let them eat cake” lifestyle. I’m having flashbacks of running my finger through the field of icing that decorated my sister’s birthday cake nearly twenty years ago just looking at it.
Jill Moser’s works are expressive and capture movement on a canvas much like a long-exposure photograph. Her use of color defines her movements of the paint and the relationship she creates with the canvas as she approaches each new work. She will be exhibited with Lennon, Weinberg, Inc. in New York.
David Ryan’s wall sculptures refine the movements of the artist’s hand that one may typically find with paint and canvas, but is represented at this year’s fair with acrylic and expanded PVC. His work is exhibited with Galerie Richard, and has locations in both New York and Paris.
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Last modified: May 9, 2015