Houston's big art fairs aren't the only games in town anymore.
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|"Pork Skins" by Emily Peacock, one of the artists being shown during the Pan Art Fair.|
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.
Boyd announced the fair on his blog last week, writing, "Ever since Houston got not one but two mainstream art fairs, I have thought we needed some counterprogramming. The Pan Art Fair will be a real art fair, with artwork for sale to any collector with brave eyes. And I hope it will be seen as an alternative to the big boys in town."
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As part of his counterprogramming, Boyd is more modest than the big fairs. He will be exhibiting two Houston artists -- Lane Hagood and Emily Peacock -- and two Houston galleries -- Montrose's Front Gallery, run by artist Sharon Engelstein (she intends to bring Virginia Fleck, Hilary Harnischfeger, Biff Bolen, Monica Vidal and Kim Dingle) and Cardoza Fine Arts, a Downtown gallery run by artist Pablo Cardoza, who as of now is still finalizing his selections. Boyd has also called on other artists to follow suit and rent a room at the Embassy as a cheaper alternative to one of the Texas Contemporary's booths.More »
We caught up with the rogue art fair organizer this week and asked him what to expect from the Pan Art Fair: