artMRKT Productions, a newly formed Brooklyn-based organizer of modern and contemporary art fairs, announces Houston as the host city for its inaugural Texas Contemporary art fair taking place October 20 – 23, 2011 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Texas Contemporary will present 50 contemporary art dealers from around the world, including a section showcasing special projects and pieces that focus on energy and sustainability by Texas-based artists featured in solo booths.
Texas Contemporary’s opening night preview will be held Thursday, October 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from all opening night ticket purchases will be donated to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The Texas Contemporary fair will continue through October 23.
"Houston has a vibrant art scene, with fantastic museums, galleries and collections,” said Max Fishko, Co-founder of artMRKT Productions. “With Texas Contemporary, we are looking to present fresh ideas to the Houston audience by presenting galleries across the nation and showcasing some of the very special contemporary work being done in Texas."
Houston dealers Kerry Inman of Inman Gallery and Fredericka Hunter of Texas Gallery are guiding the local programming and production elements of the show, and veteran Miami dealer Frederic Snitzer and San Francisco’s Catharine Clark are also involved as early participants.
In conjunction with the fair, Texas Contemporary is proud to present MRKTworks Texas, an online and live benefit auction, with proceeds going to a select number of Houston based arts non-profits. Opening online two weeks in advance of Texas Contemporary, on Monday, October 3 at 3:30 p.m., MRKTworks Texas will offer a select number of artworks for auction donated by participating Texas Contemporary dealers. Bidding will culminate with a final live auction call on Saturday, October 22 onsite at Texas Contemporary, followed by a private event to honor the beneficiaries, donating galleries and winning auction bidders.
For more information, please visit: www.txcontemporary.com