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Texas Contemporary Art Fair Brings Thousands To Convention Center

Now in its fifth year, the fair works to support a local museum through an international reach.

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    Crews setting up Brandon Vickerd's "Sputnik Returned,"a replica of the satellite as if it had fallen to Earth.
  • Enrique Guerrero runs a gallery in Mexico City. It's his first experience with the Houston market.
    Enrique Guerrero runs a gallery in Mexico City. It's his first experience with the Houston market.
  • Barbara Davis has run her Houston gallery for 30 years. It's her third year at the fair.
    Barbara Davis has run her Houston gallery for 30 years. It's her third year at the fair.

 

In an enormous exhibit hall, dozens of white-walled booths are being erected as art dealers hang up paintings and install sculptures for this year's Texas Contemporary Art Fair. The fair's director Max Fishko says they're here to show and sell, but it's also a chance to help out the Contemporary Art Museum Houston.

"Each year, our opening night is a benefit for the museum to keep it fresh and free, as it always is," Fishko explains.

Barbara Davis has owned a gallery in Houston for 30 years and sees the fair is an example of how the city's art scene continues to grow.

"People are starting to really see the magic of performing and visual arts and want to be a part of it," she says.

But there's also a global perspective. Of the 60 galleries represented, 43 are from other states or countries. This year, the fair is partnering with the Mexican Consulate of Houston to showcase a few galleries from Mexico City. That's where Enrique Guerrero is based.

"And it's a new market for me," he says. "Houston has one of the top museums in the state, so it was the perfect time to come."

About 17,000 visitors are expected to attend the event.

The Texas Contemporary Art Fair runs through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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