Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair, brings the country’s best galleries to the area’s discerning collector base. Featuring a range of works and mediums, Texas Contemporary presents what is new in art as well as a focused representation of interests for this unique city.
Last year, Texas Contemporary’s 15,000 visitors, the Houston Chronicle’s “savvy crowd of collectors, dealers, curators and artists,” were met with dazzling ON-SITE installations, a robust schedule of talks, tours, and events, and access to the best in modern and contemporary art from around the world presented by the country’s top dealers. The fifth edition of Texas Contemporary also welcomed the launch of the fair’s dynamic partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs at The Mexican Consulate in Houston. Curated by Leslie Moody Castro, independent curator based in Mexico City, The Other Mexico highlighted Mexico City’s ground-breaking arts scene and aimed to make a tangible connection between the cities of Houston and Mexico City.
2016 will continue the fair’s relationship with Mexico City's art scene and it's notable partnerships with Texas’ finest institutions and museums. Texas Contemporary is excited to welcome back the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as the fair’s Preview Beneficiary. With the support of the Houston community and the city’s galleries and institutions, Texas Contemporary looks forward to returning to the George R. Brown Convention Center for what looks to be the most compelling year yet.
Other Criteria's booth B9 will feature works by artists Damien Hirst, John Hoyland, Thomas Scheibitz and Paola Petrobelli.
Early Access: 29th, 6pm–8pm and VIP Night Preview: 29th, 8pm–10pm Fair: September 30th & October 1st, 11am–7pm; October 2nd, 12pm–6pm
George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida De Las Americas Houston, Texas 77010
In addition to prints and multiples, we will feature Damien Hirst’s recent collaboration with Lalique of editioned crystal panels. Other Criteria will be in warehouse 4 booth H2.
ArtRio is the main endeavor of BEX, producer of cultural events specialized in the visual arts. BEX was founded in 2009, by Brenda Valansi, Elisangela Valadares, Alexandre Accioly dissemination and distribution of Brazilian art within and beyond Brazil's borders. The organization promotes fairs, publishes art-related materials and attracts international collectors, critics and curators to Brazil. In 2011, businesspeople Alexandre Accioly and Luiz Calainho joined the organization, bringing many new ideas and projects to the endeavor.
Fair: September 29th & 30th & October 1st & 2nd 1pm–8pm; October 3rd, 1pm–7pm
Pier Mauá, Avenida Rodrigues Alves, 10 Praça Mauá Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Rachel Howard’s largest major solo exhibition in Rome opens on the 22 September at MACRO Testaccio.
The exhibition will be housed in the museum’s Testaccio building, a former slaughterhouse. The centre space will be occupied by Howard’s Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian), an installation of ten paintings and one sculpture. Created over a period of five years from 2011 – 2016, Howard continues her examination of religion, mortality and violence, specifically ‘controlled violence’, meticulously planned and calmly executed. The title is taken from two opposing polemics, Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
More of Howard’s new and recent paintings that explore pattern and the grid, are exhibited in galleries either side of the main space. These paintings explore the idiosyncratic qualities of oil paint, unpicking the accepted rules of engagement with this most traditional of mediums. In the large-scale canvases, Symptoms and Side Effects, (2016) and Wood for Trees, (2016) an interchange between background and foreground is specifically explored. She describes her aim, ‘to bring the decorative forward, to give it a life of its own, to play with pattern as perhaps reflecting a mental interior as well as a literal interior’. These paintings alongside the grid paintings explore ideas of order and entropy.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bohen Foundation. A publication on the Paintings of Violence will be published later this month. The Paintings of Violence will travel to the MASS MoCA as a solo presentation, in 2017.
22nd September – 18th October, 2016 Macro Testaccio, Padiglione 9B, Piazza O. Giustiniani 4, 00153 Roma
Adam Dix: The Puppet, 2015 Ink, fluorescent pigment and oil on canvas 67 x 51 in / 170 x 130 cm
‘Social networking captures the techno-chic of the moment, but for all its glitz as the latest new technology to bind, bond and communicate, the principles it enshrines originate deep in our evolutionary past’. Clive Gamble from Thinking Big
Eleven is pleased to present new paintings by Adam Dix in ‘All Are Welcome’. Dix distills the social origins of communication through religion, folklore and national pageantry. He investigates the collective consciousness of past and present societies, exploring how we utilise social systems to create unity with one another.
Adam Dix: Inauguration, 2015 Ink, fluorescent pigment and oil on canvas 51 x 67 in / 130 x 170 cm
‘All Are Welcome’ refers to unification through both traditional and contemporary ways of connecting. Traditional realms for networking within communities may have developed at a church or village green, acting as a stage where the community physically comes together to strengthen common ideals. Modern societies’ methods of connecting have shifted towards creating a unifying experience through our screens. We are homogenised and alone together. However symbolically, the ways we have evolved to communicate offer us the same sense of belonging.
Dix’s paintings explore the many strata of connecting through bringing the past and present forms of communication together. ‘Puppet’ (2015) depicts a communication mast appropriated as a processional effigy, which acts as a unifying event. He expresses togetherness using symbols from both past and present ideas of European folk custom, performance and festival.
Dix’s palette of muted colours and hazy imagery root each work in a time of historical optimism. He references the imagined futures of our predecessors through his use of colour, linking the subject of contemporary technology toits 1950s origins. He applies numerous washes of ink and oil to build up the colours and imagery in each work. His process demands conscientiousness and precision, as once a colour is laid on to the surface it can’t be changed.
Adam Dix: Black Mirror, 2016 Ink and oil on canvas 35 x 51 in / 90 x 130 cm
Adam Dix was born in 1967 and lives and works in London. His work has been featured in exhibitions including: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2013) Yesterday’s Prophets, Eleven, London (2013), The Future Can Wait, London (2011 and 2012), Fratenise – The Salon, Beaconsfield, London (2011), and Transmission, Haunch of Venison, London (2010). His work is also part of prestigious collections including the Royal Collection of Monaco and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.
23rd September to 29th October 2016 Eleven Gallery, 11 Eccleston Street, London SW1W 9LX
EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fifth edition in 2016, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 140 leading galleries from around the world, and includes EXPOSURE — a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. EXPOSURE provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.
Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base.
Other Criteria will show new works by artists Rachel Howard, Harland Miller and Polly Morgan. Our booth will also feature works by Damien Hirst and John Hoyland.
Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, takes place Thursday, September 22, 6 – 9 p.m. General Admission: September 23 & 24, 11am–7pm and September 25, 11am–6pm