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June 2017 - Dallas

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20 WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE AS STARE-WORTHY Carla Camacho, David Maupin Chris Byrne, Lucas Tommasi Joe Cole, Janelle & Alden Pinnell Michelle Rawlings Jeremy Strick Alexander Lynx Kat Herriman CJ Jones Derek Wilson Ford Lacy & Cece Smith Jaspreet Singh, Roshni Bedi Lorenzo Ronchini, Roxanna Farboud Parnilla & Stefan Lundgren, Saga India By Jane Rozelle. Additional reporting Catherine D. Anspon. Photography Daniel Driensky. F or its ninth anniversary, the Dallas Art Fair at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) brought out the big guns, with 96 national and international galleries presenting painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation work. Included were a cache of stellar first-time exhibitors as well as stalwarts returning; dealers ranged from power- house Manhattan brands Gagosian and Lehmann Maupin (which ended up selling out, including works by Juergen Teller and Catherine Opie) to indie internationals like Great Britain's Workplace Gallery and Tokyo's Misako and Rosen manned by Jeffrey Rosen. Everyone stopped by L.A. gallerist Hannah Hoffman's space, daughter of the late Robert Hoffman, making a very successful Fair debut. Opening night's Preview Gala attended by a cast of several thousand — benefitting Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Museum of Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center — lured no- tables like Artnews Top 200 Collectors Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, shopping the Shane Campbell Gallery booth, and Marguerite Hoffman. Founders John Sughrue and Chris Byrne and the DAF dream team — Kelly Cornell, Brandon Kennedy, and Marlene Sughrue — held court in the main lobby as the art-seeking crowd piled in. Then it was off to the Ruinart Champagne bar, where co-hosts Betsy and Richard Eiseman toasted friends and discussed the art flanking the walls from Peter Blake Gallery, among the California dealers in the Fair. MORE SIGHTINGS: Artist Piero Golia in from L.A., who took over the Gagosian booth for a reprisal of his Chalet Dallas; Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick; New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore, sharing fashion intel on her outfit with Faisal Halum; and Heritage Auctions' Ed Beardsley and Frank Hettig in their Patron sponsor booth, a popular stop for its life-sized KAWS sculpture and dramatic David Bates canvas, both upcoming on the block. Also among the power players: Dallas Contemporary's Peter Doroshenko and Justine Ludwig; DMA senior curator Gavin Delahunty, shopping for the museum thanks to the six-figure Dallas Art Fair Foundation Fund; NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson; Neiman Marcus' Jim Gold with wife Beth; Houston artist Patrick Turk in Cris Worley's booth, discussing his obsessive Victorian-type collages; exhibitor Carrie Secrist, in from Chicago, whose monumental Shannon Finley geo- abstract canvas stopped traffic; Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth in their democratic booth with its sold-out Bumin Kim fiber-based paintings that the owners get to comb; and Amber LaFrance, who played a part in curating the music lineup the next day. The entire Dallas Art Fair weekend soared to nearly 15,000 in attendance, a record for the acclaimed boutique Fair, considered now the top in America; to date, DAF has distributed an impressive $1 million plus to hometown arts institutions — a nice swatch of green for the city's cultural landscape. AS THE ART John & Marlene Sughrue

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