Texas Contemporary Art Fair has a few surprises

The Texas Contemporary Art Fair was at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center the first weekend in October. This was my first time visiting the event.

Highlights

Hirst

One exhibitor had framed Damien Hirst dot paintings for sale. They were only $5100 each, framed.

Damien Hirst Dots painting

Damien Hirst Dots paintingOne painting deviated from Hirst’s normal “pure grid” layout, where each dot is “x” units wide, and space between is also “x” units wide. One column of dots was cut in half vertically and moved down half a row.

Damien Hirst Dots painting
Damien Hirst Dots painting

Miró

We enjoy Miró’s work and have two block-signed lithographs in our home, “The Sun” and “The Moon.” We were surprised to see that one exhibitor had several pencil-signed Joan Miró serigraphs and lithographs. The work below is interesting because the red, black and blue shapes have more defined, Calderesque, edges. Miro’s shapes often have irregular brushstroked edges.

Joán Miro painting at Texas Contemporary Art Fair
Joán Miro

Ekpuk

We were drawn to the work of a Nigerian artist, Victor Ekpuk. His work uses a lot of symbols and characters.

Three Victor Ekpuk paintings
Three Victor Ekpuk paintings