Last year, the Houston art fairs were the talk of the town, and most people were dubious that two fairs would be able to survive. Well, not only did both return this year, but a third satellite project has been added– The Pan Art Fair. [...]
The premise of Boyd’s project is simple: start small and strong in a single hotel suite. He removed the bed and much of the furniture from the space and turned the narrow sequence of rooms into jam packed displays. The maximal approach, where photographs are installed above the bathroom sink, in the mini-fridge, and inside dresser drawers, makes for a cluttered display but an impressive collection of artists. Most of the participants are artists or artist-run spaces, so the project has a distinctive Houstonian voice that is a welcome alternative to the NYC feel of Texas Contemporary.
"Art Blogger Robert Boyd's Counter-Texas Contemporary Art Fair" by Meredith Deliso, The Houston Press, October 4, 2012
Houston's big art fairs aren't the only games in town anymore.
When the Texas Contemporary Art Fair takes over the George R. Brown Convention Center this month, fewer than five weeks after the Houston Fine Art Fair was at Reliant Park, a counter-art fair will be setting up a stone's throw away at the Embassy Suites in downtown.
Dubbed the Pan Art Fair, it's being organized by Robert Boyd, the man behind the Houston Press award-winning arts blog The Great God Pan is Dead and, in a great bit of mischief befitting another Greek deity, it runs the same time as the Texas Contemporary, from October 18-21, and, from its perch at the Embassy Suites, is just two blocks away from the convention center.