Fair Play

Houston Fine Art Fair rushes from the start gate Friday through Sunday, September 16 through 18, 2011, with an Opening Preview Party on Thursday evening, September 15; all the acquisition action happens at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The momentum, speculation and excitement are building as international, national and Texas dealers vie for space among the 80 available booths. Details are still in the works, but word%26rsquo;s out that the fair will also feature a Latin American Pavilion and reflect current trends in modern and contemporary art via varied media, from painting, sculpture and drawing to photography, drawing, prints, art glass and avant-garde digital art. Stay tuned for the gallery roster as it unfolds, and the latest on the opening-night beneficiary. Also expect Houston museums, galleries and nonprofits to line up in support, beginning with top collectors Victoria and Marshal Lightman (he, Houston Arts Alliance board chairman), who hosted a welcome bash at their home. Kudos to the organizer, charismatic software tycoon and ab ex collector Rick Friedman %26mdash; whose fairs to date include ArtHamptons, ArtAspen and the SF (San Francisco) Art Fair %26mdash;%26nbsp;for identifying our town as a 21st century collecting nexus. houstonfineartfair.com.

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