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From October 10 through 13, 2013, scores of leading contemporary art galleries from as far away as Japan will return to downtown Houston for the Texas Contemporary Art Fair at the Pompidou-inspired George R. Brown Convention Center. Entering its third installment, Texas Contemporary continues to gain traction in relevance and size, mirroring the economics and demographics of its host city, one of the country’s fastest growing markets.
The four-day event, which drew 12,500 attendees in 2012 – a 20% increase over 2011 – is produced by Brooklyn, NY-based artMRKT Productions, led by seasoned fair veterans, Jeffrey Wainhause and Max Fishko. In addition to the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, the team produces three other art fairs annually, including artMRKT San Francisco, artMRKT Hamptons and the Miami Project – premier events that have received praise from exhibitors and visitors alike.
This year, an anticipated 70-plus galleries will showcase original works from the most innovative and progressive international and local artists today. New participants, drawn to the fair for reasons ranging from the production quality and caliber of galleries to the increasing attendance levels, price point and overall sales, include Houston’s own Barbara Davis Gallery, McClain Gallery and Devin Borden Gallery, as well as Boston’s Carroll and Sons, Miami’s Emerson Dorsch and Charest-Weinberg, Santa Monica’s Rosamund Felsen Gallery, New York’s Margaret Thatcher Projects, plus Chicago’s Western Exhibitions and THE MISSION.
With a focus on giving back, for the third year in a row, the October 10 opening night preview will benefit the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) and will guarantee a minimum $20,000 donation to aid the facility’s free admission policy and community programming. artMRKT Productions also supports a variety of partnership and exposure opportunities before and during the fair, including complimentary or reduced-fee booths for more than 25, local non-profit arts organizations, providing many small and medium sized groups with a unique platform for connecting with new audiences. $20 for one day, $35 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and $100 Preview Pass, which includes a Thursday evening preview from 6 until 7:30 pm followed by opening party from 7:30 until 9:30 pm, VIP lounge access, invitations to VIP tours and events plus general admission Friday through Sunday.