A Global Fair for an International City

Texas Art Fair Amazes
Photo by Carla Soriano

Houston, TX (August 19, 2013) – The third annual Houston Fine Art Fair will once again assemble leading galleries from across the United States, Latin America and Europe Sept 19-22, 2013 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Eighty-four galleries representing approximately 12 countries and 34 cities have established the Houston Fine Art Fair (HFAF) as the largest in the Southwest Region.

The 2013 Houston Fine Arts Fair anticipates 15,000 attendees. The 2013 fair will honor Houston native Robert Pruitt as Artist of the Year. Pruitt is known for his drawings and sculptures about the complexity of Black identity. He combines the contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics to examine historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans. The artist currently has an exhibition, Robert Pruitt: Women, on view at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York through October 27.

The Houston Fine Art Fair will kick off Thursday, September 19th with a VIP Preview Party from 6 to 7:30pm and an Opening Reception from 7:30 to 9pm benefitting the Houston Business Volunteers for the Arts Program of the Houston Arts Alliance. The organization enhances the quality of life and tourism in the Houston region by supporting and promoting the arts through programs, initiatives, and alliances.

FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award. Founded in 1983, FotoFest promotes the exchange of art and ideas through international programs and the presentation of photographic art. Watriss and Baldwin created the first international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the United States.

More than a local art fair, The Houston Fine Art Fair is known for its international roster of exhibitors, and attendance by world-renowned collectors, curators, and art patrons. In keeping with last year’s fair, HFAF will host a strong Latin contingent with art galleries from Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia. Attendees will also experience art from galleries from Spain, Italy, France, England, and Switzerland. New this year, HFAF will host a Korean government sponsored pavilion featuring 14 galleries and 150 artists from Korea. Galleries featured at this year’s fair are Houston’s Deborah Colton, Miami’s Sammer Gallery LLC, London’s Quantum Contemporary Art, and Barcelona’s Villa del Arte Galleries. Works of art are estimated to range from $3,000 to $1,000,000.

The Houston Fine Art Fair starts Thursday, September 19th with the VIP Black Card holder’s preview party, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and the Opening Reception from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, which will benefit the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA). Regular fair hours are Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st from 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, September 22nd from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

All fair tickets include access to an on-site program of panel discussions on thought-provoking art-market topics featuring curators, critics and collectors.

The Houston Fine Arts Fair was founded and is produced by the Hamptons Expo Group which also produces art fairs in Aspen, the Hamptons, Palm Springs and Silicon Valley. US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management is a participating sponsor.

To learn more about the benefits available from the various ticket levels and prices, purchase tickets online, or obtain a complete list of Participating Galleries, VIP Programming, Panel Talks and Events, Fair Tours, and Host Hotels, visit www.houstonfineartfair.com

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