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Dallas Art Fair announces exhibitors for its 12th edition, set for April

Although participants are more international this year, North Texas artists will have a strong showing as well

April in Dallas means more than the launch of baseball season, or far worse, the deadline for paying your income tax. It’s the launch of the Dallas Art Fair, whose 2020 edition will be its 12th consecutive show.

And in case you don’t know, April has also become Dallas Arts Month, which took much of its inspiration from the fair.

The fair began inauspiciously in the middle of the Great Recession, which failed to keep it from being what some consider a civic and cultural juggernaut. Over the years, it has grown and become even more international, and the 2020 version underscores that reality as well as any.

The fair recently announced its exhibitor list and a new exhibition of contemporary North Texan art co-curated by Justine Ludwig, Creative Time executive director and former Dallas Contemporary chief curator, and Brandon Kennedy, who serves as director of exhibitor relations for the Dallas Art Fair. Titled “Here Now: North Texas Artists in 2020,” the exhibition will feature more than two dozen artists from within the region.

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In total, the fair will welcome 72 returning exhibitors and 22 new exhibitors.

The 2020 fair will also include the fifth annual Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program, which organizers say has raised $600,000 for the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art. The program has allowed it to buy pieces by Sheila Hicks, Don Dudley, Sanford Biggers and Katherine Bradford.

The fair will take place April 16-19 in its usual setting, Fashion Industry Gallery, in the Dallas Arts District.

Summer Wheat, Picnic with Banana and Crab. SOCO Gallery.
Summer Wheat, Picnic with Banana and Crab. SOCO Gallery.(SOCO Gallery / Dallas Art Fair)

Among the noteworthy presenters for 2020 are Karma (New York), Marlborough (New York and London), Perrotin (which can be found in Paris, New York and other locations) and the Simon Lee Gallery (London, Hong Kong and New York). The 22 new exhibitors will include Carlos/Ishikawa (London), Kamel Mennour (Paris and London), Massimo De Carlo (Milan, London and Hong Kong), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels) and Salon 94 (New York).

The fair will have its 2020 preview benefit on April 16, with ticket sales benefiting the DMA, the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Contemporary.

Kenny Scharf, VORTEX, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Kenny Scharf, VORTEX, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.(Kenny Scharf / Dallas Art Fair)

Michael Granberry, Arts Writer. Michael Granberry was born and grew up in Dallas. He graduated from Samuell High School in Pleasant Grove in 1970 and from Southern Methodist University in 1974. Between his junior and senior years, he interned at The Washington Post during "the Watergate summer" of 1973. He spent 19 years at the Los Angeles Times before returning to Dallas.

mgranberry@dallasnews.com @mgranberry

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