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I f you're interested in visual culture or starting a collection, or if your sights are set on making the Artnews Top 200, clear your calendar for April 6 through 9, when Dallas Art Fair once again takes over Fashion Industry Gallery. Year nine promises to be packed with importance and surprises, with nearly 100 galleries — including three dozen arriving from London, Bogota, Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Monterrey, Geneva, Madrid, San Juan, Dubai, Berlin, and Tokyo — and more than 30 new exhibitors. Biggest news to date: Global brand Gagosian Gallery, with its estimated $1 billion in annual sales, makes its first Fair appearance. The lineup also includes independents such as Workplace Gallery (founded in Gateshead, UK) and The Green Gallery from Milwaukee. Returning Dallas dealers Barry Whistler Gallery, James Cope's And Now, and Erin Cluley Gallery exhibit alongside notables Skarstedt Gallery (home to '80s-era rediscovered figurative master David Salle) and Galerie Perrotin, which again shows international it-artist Daniel Arsham, who mines history, natural science, and archaeology in his dystopian sculptures and installations. Another factoid: Awol Erizku, the MoMA-exhibited artist from Ethiopia who snapped Beyoncé's sensational Instagram "pregnant with twins" image, is represented by newcomer Night Gallery from GAGOSIAN and FRIENDS at Dallas Art Fair L.A. (Will works by Erizku be in Night Gallery's booth? Can a collector acquire the Beyoncé photo? Stay tuned.) The best way to navigate the Fair is to acquire the insider-y Patron Pass ($500), which offers early admittance to the Preview Gala (Thursday, April 6) and daytime shopping before opening night, tony collection tours, lectures, the very cool Eye Ball (Saturday, April 8), and Dallas Contemporary Members Opening bash (Friday, April 7). Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Contemporary are beneficiaries of the Preview Gala: Will go-go Larry Gagosian be in attendance, rubbing shoulder with Fair co-founders Chris Byrne and John Sughrue? That's the question of the day. Details, schedule, tickets, exhibitor list, dallasartfair. com. Catherine D. Anspon OBSESSIONS. DECORATION. SALIENT FACTS. 22 N e w s a l e r t : T h e D a l l a s Contemporary will organize the Ukrainian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale — making it the first major U.S. art institution ever invited to do so. The non-collecting art museum's executive director, Peter Doroshenko, was commissioner of the Ukrainian Pavilion in 2007 and 2009; he's enlisted fellow Ukrainian Lilia Kudelia, assistant curator of the DC, to help curate this year's exhibition, which will feature the work of Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov. On view in Venice May 13 through November 26, Mikhailov's "Parliament" series (2014 – ongoing) explores the fractured state of the VENICE or BUST media via glitch-art-style photographs of current political events including Brexit, the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the ongoing military conflict in Eastern Ukraine. During a time when alternative facts and fake news dominate the media, the exhibition's suggested theme could not be more timely. Post Biennale, Mikhailov's boundary-pushing show will travel to the Dallas Contemporary in 2018. The Ukrainian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Studio Canareggio 1345/D,; For an exclusive interview with Lilia Kudelia, click Christina Geyer COURTESY THE ARTIST AND MOTHER'S TANKSTATION LIMITED, DUBLIN Noel McKenna's Grey Cat beside stove, 2016, at Mother's Tankstation Limited, exhibiting Dallas Art Fair COURTESY THE ARTIST AND MIER GALLERY, LOS ANGELES Louise Bonnet's The Daisy, 2016, at Mier Gallery, exhibiting Dallas Art Fair Boris Mikhailov's Parliament

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