The Dallas Art Fair at the FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery) in downtown Dallas has
become an annual event. It runs three days and is open to the public (at $25 for a daily
admission ticket). There are also various patron packages for several hundred dollars,
which entitle patrons to attend various events and panel discussions.
I spent about an hour there this morning and was able to visit almost all of the galleries
which had exhibits in that time.
On the bright side, you can see dozens of galleries in a short amount of time, without
have to travel about town or further aﬁeld. In addition to about a dozen Dallas galleries,
there were many galleries represented from many U.S. cities and around the world. It
was impressive to see galleries from Paris, Tokyo, London, Mexico, Italy and Korea.
New York had the greatest number of galleries from any city.
So it really is a chance to see what is happening in the art world internationally.
Personally, I felt much of what was on display was redundant, without soul or creative
imagination. Yes, there were many individual works that I liked, or even loved. But
overall, much of the art seemed tired. As one friend quipped “It looks like they all went
to the same art school”. I will say it is easy to get visual overload with so much art in
one place, so that may have been part of my problem. But I saw little that I could say
was break out art. Most was within the bounds of art “fashion” of today.
This same weekend I participated in a POP UP show at the Trinity Grove Art Fair. Trinity
Grove is a newly developed warehouse district just on the west side of the beautiful
Calatrva Bridge in Dallas.
Sixteen local Dallas artists represented by Haley Henman Gallery were exhibited.
The show was eclectic and fresh, with many different styles and points of view
represented. In addition to my own contemporary abstract art, there were watercolors,
sculpture, digital photography, representational oils and others.
This type of local art show was a great contrast to the international one downtown.