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PaperCity Houston May 2023

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In the main bedroom, a photograph by Heji Shin. From left, sculptures by Cauleen Smith and Pope.L. picked up an interest in art, often reading Artforum as a way to relax before tests. About eight years ago, they both landed in Houston, meeting at the art gallery where Fitzsimmons worked. They hit it off, spending free time going to museum shows and gallery openings. They soon began collecting as a couple. "Art became our whole lifestyle," says Fitzsimmons, who started advising private art clients full- time three years ago. "A huge part of our education was getting to know curators and collectors. We don't fit the normal mold of starting a business in the art world, but it's perfect for us." Earlier this year, Fitzsimmons and Scott sold their Houston house and moved to Dallas; in July they will launch their first project space, Tureen, inside a 1930s building in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood. The space is named after a 1984 Louise Lawler photograph, Pollock and Tureen, which captures an antique tureen displayed in front of a Jackson Pollock painting. Tureen will feature exhibitions by queer and other underrepresented artists from Texas and around the globe, along with public performances, screenings, lectures, and panel discussions. "We want to add to the conversation about art in Texas, not duplicate what other galleries are doing," Scott says. The project space opens with a group show that includes rare video works by Terry Adkins, drawings by Iran- born L.A. artist Sara Issakharian, and new paintings by exciting Dallas artist Francisco Moreno. If their Houston house is any indication, expect Tureen to turn heads and get the conversation going. "We're drawn to art that some people would be repulsed by," Scott says. "But we're also considering how the work holds two conflicting ideas at once — something that's incredibly beautiful with a craft or decorative element behind it, but that also has a darker, uglier side. It's an exercise to find the beauty in imperfections." 56

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