I honestly didn't know what to expect from the Dallas Art Fair, but I had the opportunity to go for work and I'm so so happy I did. The exhibitor list is similar to that of Zonamaco where there's a wonderful diversity of galleries from blue-chip, to emerging to secondary market dealers.
My Favorite Galleries from NY were:
My favorite galleries outside of New York
The best part of the Dallas Art Fair is how invested the Dallas community is. For example, they provide funding (via the Dallas Art Fair Foundation + Dallas Museum of Art Acquisition Fund) to acquire fair artworks for the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Art
The works the Dallas Art Fair Foundation + Dallas Museum of Art Acquisition Fund aquired in 2018 were the following:
1. Brie Ruais’s ceramic wall work, Broken Ground Red (130 lbs of clay spread out from center), 2017 (Albertz Benda)
2. Sanford Biggers’s quilt work, Sirroco, 2016 (Massimo De Carlo)
3. Matthew Ronay’s sculpture, Condition, 2018 (Casey Kaplan)
4. Tony Lewis’s wall drawing, Nes, 2018 (Shane Campbell Gallery)
5. Geraldo de Barros, both Untitled, from the series Fotoformas Sao Paulo, 1949/1908, (Sicardi Gallery)
6. Shara Hughes’s painting Gusto, 2018 (Rachel Uffner Gallery)
7. Alicia Henry’s mixed media work, Untitled, 2017 (Liliana Bloch Gallery).”
You also get the sense of how excited many galleries are to be out of New York.. and in a more relaxed environment. Galleries also stated they always sell a lot...so that could explain why they're relaxed as well....It was common by the end of the fair to see each gallery drinking champagne at their booths at 3pm.
The Dallas Art Fair is April 14th-April 19th, 2019.