Houston Fine Art Fair Debut Totals $6 Million in Sales

  • September 21, 2011 20:36

  • Email
The Opening Night of the Houston Fine Art Fair.
photo: CatchLight Group

The inaugural Houston Fine Art Fair found a ready audience in Texas over the weekend. The gate topped 10,500 with 3,000 attending the opening night of this new 80-dealer show. Sales of artwork were reported to be about $6 million total, according to the fair organizers.

Exhibitors from across the U.S. as well as 13 European and Latin American countries were carefully chosen to fit the Houston market. An emphasis on mid-century Latin American art, 20th century American art, and younger contemporary artists appealed to the crowds who filled the George R. Brown Convention Center from Sept. 15 to 18.

“This year’s fair established a powerful foundation on which to build,” said Fran Kaufman, Director, Houston Fine Art Fair. ”It is our goal to develop this event into one of the most respected fine art fairs in America.”

Works by such artists as Fernando Botero, Jasper Johns, Sarah Frost, Robert Rauschenberg, and Donald Sultan were among the many sales.

The Houston Fine Art Fair
CatchLight Group

Haunch of Venison director Robert Goff reported selling an important 1963 drawing by Argentine conceptual artist León Ferrari, along with other major works.

“We succeeded in our goal in identifying and attracting new tiers of art lovers,” said Rick Friedman, President of the Hamptons Expo Group, the organizer of the Houston Fine Art. “Many were inspired by what they saw, and many will eventually become passionate art collectors.”

Hamptons Expo Group also organizes ArtAspen, ArtHamptons, and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair. According to a company website, a new Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, dedicated to postwar and contemporary art, is in the planning stage with a debut date of February 17 to 19, 2012, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Lenfest Hall, facing East toward the Forum (below), the Great Stair Hall (above) - On view- Generation, 1988, Martin Puryear - Steve Hall © Hall + Merrick Photographers, 2021

Philadelphia Museum of Art Opens New Galleries and Public Spaces in Major Renovation

  • ArtfixDaily / May 6th, 2021

On May 7, 2021, the Philadelphia Museum of Art unveils to the public the culmination of two decades of planning, ...

Read More...
Desert X installation view of Zahrah Alghamdi, What Lies Behind the Walls.  2021.  Photography by Lance Gerber.  Courtesy the artist and Desert X.

Take A Virtual Walk-Through of Desert X 2021 in the Coachella Valley

  • ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2021

After a postponement due to pandemic stay-at-home orders, Desert X 2021 is in its final weeks of a 9-week (to May 16) ...

Read More...
Ackroyd & Harvey, installation of Beuys’ Acorns, at Tate Modern.

British Artists Ackroyd & Harvey Plant 100 Oak Trees Outside Tate Modern

  • ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2021

In advance of the Tate Modern galleries' reopening (planned for May 17) in London, Beuys’ Acorns is a fresh ...

Read More...
George Bellows' "Polo Crowd"

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Splitting Up. Now What About Their Art Collection?

  • ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years, the couple announced via Twitter on Monday. Noting ...

Read More...

ARTFIXdaily Artwire