Qatar & Contemporary Art

The small but energy-rich Gulf state of Qatar is the world’s biggest buyer in the art market—by value, at any rate—and is behind most of the major modern and contemporary art deals over the past six years, The Art Newspaper can reveal.

Working through a number of advisors, as well as buying directly from dealers and at auction, Qatar is reliably believed to be building up a top-class collection of modern and contemporary art. Last month, Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani—the 27-year-old daughter of the Emir of Qatar and a driving force behind the country’s art buying—announced that Christie’s chairman, Edward Dolman, will become executive director of her office. Dolman will also join the board of trustees of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), which oversees museums and cultural initiatives in the country and which the Sheikha chairs.

Sheikha Al Mayassa is not the only art collector in the family: her relative Sheikh Saud Bin Muhammad Bin Ali Al-Thani has always been a passionate art ­buyer, and was recently named as one of the world’s top ten collectors by Artnews.

 

Reference: http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Qatar-revealed-as-the-worlds-biggest-contemporary-art-buyer/24185

Art Market News: A Take on China

The trend of the past few years of non-European and American artists and markets setting major records has continued this summer in full swing, with China remaining center stage of the new emerging markets to watch. In 2010, auctions on China commanded 33% of global auction sales turnover, edging out The United States by .1% according to Artprice’s 2010 Art Market Trends. Historically, while the market has been booming in China, the buyers there have focused mainly on Chinese artists. Again, in 2010, four of the top grossing artists were Chinese with much of their work selling primarily in China, as noted in 2010 Art Market Trends. This interest in this market and its effect on the global market in general has come into focus again in recent weeks.

A duo of articles printed in Art Info on September 8 and 13, both by Shane Ferro, centered on two conflicting viewpoints about the overall impact of the interest Chinese buyers have been showing for Western art. There are indications that this new pool of buyers may be a soon be a boon to the Western market. The recent record setting price for Picasso at Christie’s last spring was paid by a Chinese buyer. Major international galleries, such as Pace, who has had a storefront in that country for a while, will soon make their first foray into Western artists in that spaces. And Sotheby’s recently held a private exhibition for the Asian market that featured many prominent modernist Western artists. However, this excellent looking prospectus is tempered by a few key factors. The Asian auctions houses are still not looking toward any western art or artists. Additionally, the Chinese government does not allow non-Chinese auctioneers to do business in mainland China. If China’s growing market continues to expand, and there is no reason to suppose it won’t, it should prove an intriguing to see the changing influence it has on the global market in general.

Locally here in Dallas, the DADA Gallery walks will be happening this weekend, including a number of special events and two panels at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. The second of these two talks, titled Oak Cliff Art Now, will feature Kenda North, Kayli House, Nicole Horn, Scott Horn, Julie M Kim, Charla Sanderson, Patricia Rodriguez, and Steve Cruz, with Peter Simek moderating. The Oak Cliff Cultural Center has had some very exciting shows recently, buoyed by a unique blend of artists, and this could be an excellent forum to hear myriad points of view on just what is hot in one of our own cultural centers. The Dallas Architecture Forum will also be hosting a Chinese Architecture Lecture Series beginning Thursday, September 29 with more information to be found on their website, www.dallasarchitectureforum.org.

Above: A Peach painting by Qi Baishi, an early 20th century Chinese artist, who was behind only Picasso in 2010 total sales figures. 

Press Release – Dallas Art Dealers Association presents Edith Baker Art Scholarship to Michelle Reyes

Dallas Art Dealers Association presents Edith Baker Art Scholarship to Michelle Reyes

For press information, contact
Lisa Taylor, 214-914-1099 or info@dallasartdealers.org

DADA presented its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to Michelle Reyes, a visual art student from El Centro College of the Dallas County Community College District at a reception on Friday, Sept. 9, 5–7 p.m. at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave.

Art of all the finalists Taylor Pierre Bryant and Evan Davis of Brookhaven, Isiac Ramirez and Heidi O’Ferrall of Mountain View, Jesus Segovia and Giovanni Gonzalez of North Lake, Holly Lorren of Cedar Valley, Cathy Night of Eastfield, and Michelle Reyes of El Centro from five of the seven DCCCD campuses were on exhibition at the reception.

The Scholarship included a check for $2,500, a mentorship, an internship and an artist studio visit. The jury for the EBAS was Edith Baker, Maloree Banks, Sue Flynn and Lisa Taylor.

 ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c) 3, financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts in college as well as presents programs such as a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, a docent training program, biannual educational events, and Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.

Press Release – DADA Fall Gallery Walk Panel Discussions

Art of Oak Cliff: Then and Now
DADA Fall Gallery Walk Panel Discussions
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
At Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Including FREE Tours of Texas Theatre and Artists Gathering

Panel One
Oak Cliff Art Then, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Sam Ratcliffe, Bob Reitz, Stuart Kraft, David Hickman
Brendan McNally, Catherine Horsey, Scott Chase
Moderator: Bob Stimson

Tour One : The Texas Theatre, 12:30 p.m.

Panel TwoOak Cliff Art Now, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Kenda North, Kayli House, Nicole Horn, Scott Horn,
Julie M Kim, Charla Sanderson, Patricia Rodriguez, Steve Cruz
Moderator: Peter Simek

Artists Gathering  The Texas Theatre, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Tour Two: The Texas Theatre, 3 p.m.

Purchase Tickets
$10 per panel available online
www.dallasartdealers.org
or at the door.
Tours and Artists Gathering are free.
Cash bar. Lunch available for purchase at OCCC.

Place: Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Street parking is available, or behind the building.

DADA is pleased to be partnering with the Creative Arts Center for these panels — with funding provided by the Office of Cultural Affairs City of Dallas and the Texas Commission on the Arts.  Arts & Culture DFW is the media sponsor of the event that benefits DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund.

ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c) 3, financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts in college as well as presents programs such as a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, a docent training program, biannual educational events, and Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.

ABOUT CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) provides a nurturing environment for people to discover, develop, and express their artistic visions.  Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC offers more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and stone carving. CAC also offers free arts programming to disadvantaged children. Not only a visual arts school, CAC is also a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors.  Visit CAC at 2360 Laughlin Drive in East Dallas or http://www.creativeartscenter.org.

Press Release – Dallas Art Dealers Association presents Edith Baker Art Scholarship on Sept. 9, 2011

Dallas Art Dealers Association presents Edith Baker Art Scholarship on Sept. 9, 2011

For press information, contact
Lisa Taylor, 214-914-1099 or info@dallasartdealers.org

DADA will present its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to a visual art student from the Dallas County Community College District at a reception on Friday, Sept. 9, 5–7 p.m. at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave.

Art of all the finalists Taylor Pierre Bryant and Evan Davis of Brookhaven, Isiac Ramirez and Heidi O’Ferrall of Mountain View, Jesus Segovia and Giovanni Gonzalez of North Lake, Holly Lorren of Cedar Valley, and Michelle Reyes of El Centro from five of the seven DCCCD campuses will be exhibited at the reception and through Sept. 10. Call 214.953.1212 or visit www.the-mac.org.

The Scholarship includes a check for $2,500, a mentorship, an internship and an artist studio visit. The jury for the EBAS was Edith Baker, Maloree Banks, Sue Flynn and Lisa Taylor. 

ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND
To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c) 3, financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts in college as well as presents programs such as a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, a docent training program, biannual educational events, and Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.

 

 

Press Release – Dallas Art Dealers Association presents Fall Gallery Walk

Dallas Art Dealers Association presents Fall Gallery Walk Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, Including Panel Discussions, Tours of The Texas Theatre, Artists Gathering, and Tattoo Catwalk . Edith Baker Art Scholarship Show on Sept. 9, 2011

For press information, contact
Lisa Taylor, 214-914-1099 or info@dallasartdealers.org

Fall into DADA! It’s time for art. Join us for • Annual Fall Gallery Walk • Panel Discussions about the Oak Cliff art scene • Tours of The Texas Theatre • Artists Gathering • The Edith Baker Art Scholarship Show • Tattoo Catwalk.

DADA Fall Gallery Walk

Featuring 40 of DADA’s leading member galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces, Fall Gallery Walk is a free event Saturday, Sept. 24, 2–8 p.m. Art lovers of every description will have the opportunity to socialize and tour a full spectrum of galleries and special exhibitions — all in one day. Start at any member location and pick up a map or go online at www.dallasartdealers.org to print out a map. Hours at each gallery vary; please see individual listings listed below. Call 214.914.1099 or e-mail info@dallasartdealers.org.

The new DADA Docents program features high school and community college students who serve as exhibition hosts at select DADA galleries.

Art of Oak Cliff: Then and Now Panel Discussions 

Educational opportunities include panel discussions for artists and art lovers on the morning of Fall Gallery Walk along with tours of the historic Texas Theatre (site of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest). Artists are encouraged to attend the social gathering after the panels.

Art of Oak Cliff: Then and Now
DADA Fall Gallery Walk Panel Discussions
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
At Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Including FREE Tours of Texas Theatre and Artists Gathering

Panel One
Oak Cliff Art Then, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Sam Ratcliffe, Bob Reitz, Stuart Kraft, David Hickman
Brendan McNally, Catherine Horsey, Scott Chase
Moderator: Bob Stimson

Tour One : The Texas Theatre, 12:30 p.m.

Panel TwoOak Cliff Art Now, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Kenda North, Kayli House, Nicole Horn, Scott Horn,
Julie M Kim, Charla Sanderson, Patricia Rodriguez, Steve Cruz
Moderator: Peter Simek

Artists Gathering  The Texas Theatre, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Tour Two: The Texas Theatre, 3 p.m.

Purchase Tickets
$10 per panel available online
www.dallasartdealers.org
or at the door.
Tours and Artists Gathering are free.
Cash bar. Lunch available for purchase at OCCC.

Place: Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Street parking is available, or behind the building.

DADA is pleased to be partnering with the Creative Arts Center for these panels — with funding provided by the Office of Cultural Affairs City of Dallas and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Arts & Culture DFW is the media sponsor of the event that benefits DADA’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund.

Tattoo Cat Walk

The fun doesn’t stop there. Join tattoo artist Jason Brooks and his tattoo models for a tattoo fashion show at DADA member Dallas Contemporary at 161 Glass Street in the Design District. The reception is from 9 p.m.–midnight. The show starts at 10 p.m. and is free. Call 214.821.2522 or visit www.dallascontemporary.org

Edith Baker Art Scholarship Show – September 9

DADA will present its Edith Baker Art Scholarship to a visual art student from the Dallas County Community College District at a reception on Friday, Sept. 9, 5–7 p.m. at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Art of all the finalists will be exhibited at the reception and through Sept. 10. Call 214.953.1212 or visit www.the-mac.org.

ABOUT DADA

The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established independent gallery owners and nonprofit art organizations in the Dallas metropolitan area. As a professional and educational resource for the community at large, DADA facilitates the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, which provides financial and career support for visual art students. Organized in 1985 by June Mattingly of Mattingly Baker Gallery, the Dallas Art Dealers Association is a 501(c)(6) organization.

Like the Art Dealers Association of America, membership in DADA is by invitation of the board of directors. In order to qualify for membership, a dealer or nonprofit space must have an established reputation for honesty, integrity, and professionalism among their peers, and must make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of the community by offering works of high aesthetic quality and presenting worthwhile exhibitions. DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.

www.dallasartdealers.org.

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www.twitter.com/DADA25th

ABOUT THE EDITH BAKER ART SCHOLARSHIP AND ARTIST CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUND

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c) 3, financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts in college as well as presents programs such as a career fair at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, two juried exhibitions of Booker T and Dallas County Community College students’ artwork, a docent training program, biannual educational events, and Art Chicas and Art Chicos at La Reunion TX.

ABOUT CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) provides a nurturing environment for people to discover, develop, and express their artistic visions.  Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC offers more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and stone carving. CAC also offers free arts programming to disadvantaged children. Not only a visual arts school, CAC is also a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors.  Visit CAC at 2360 Laughlin Drive in East Dallas or http://www.creativeartscenter.org.

Thirty Something – DADA’s back! Get ready to canvas the neighborhood

Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine
Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine
April 2008

The Radar Art

by STEVE CARTER
It’s an adventure, one of the can’t-miss art safaris in town: One day; 30 galleries, diffused across eight neighborhoods; hundreds of artists representing all mediums, and many hundreds of aficionados making the rounds; two illuminating panel discussions and one worthy beneficiary of proceeds. That’s right-it’s time for the annual Dallas Art Dealers Association’s Spring Gallery Walk. One of DADA calendar’s defining events, the first Gallery Walk of the year is set for Saturday, April 19th. Returning with the spring for 20 plus years now, Gallery Walk will mix tradition and innovation as DADA continues to adapt to an ever-evolving market. From the recent impassioned canvases of Juliette McCullough (Alan Barnes Fine Art) to the haphazard realism of painter Luke Harnden (HCG Gallery), from the premiere US solo exhibition of Czech Republic photographer Igor Malijevsky (Photographs Do Not Bend) to a retrospective of Oskar D’Amico (Museum of Geometric and MADI Art), from the masterful granites of Jesus Morales (Latino Cultural Center) to painter Jim Woodson’s high desert revelations (Valley House Gallery), and the list goes on and on, art accessibility is the name of the game. DADA’s Spring Gallery Walk is an opportunity for discovery that has few rivals.

While DADA has been a major force on the local art scene for more than two decades, there was a time, pre-1985, when there was a conspicuous absence of esprit de corps among Dallas’ art spaces. Recognizing the shared interests and concerns of commercial gallery owners, famed gallerist Edith Baker, Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden’s Kevin Vogel and others began to discuss establishing an association. Current DADA director Lisa Taylor explains that “basically they formed a business association, similar to a neighborhood association. The first existence of DADA was about 10 galleries who saw a need to do things together, whether it was co-op advertising, or learning about ethics of being a gallery owner, or networking, or presenting to the public at large what they were doing; it’s easier to do things in numbers. They didn’t really start having events until a couple of years into it, and that’s when they started the Gallery Walks.” Originally hired by DADA to handle marketing and public relations more than 10 years ago, Taylor is the ideal advocate for the group: Her enthusiasm and unflagging devotion to all local arts is inspiring. Raised all over the country, with her high school years spent in Europe, her architecture-trained father and museum docent mother impressed their sensibilities on Taylor from an early age. “I spent my life going to museums and looking at buildings,” she recalls. “Both my parents have highly-tuned aesthetics, more than most people, and they would point out beauty more often than not.” At the association’s helm for the past two years, Taylor’s caucused to make the group more inclusive: a room big enough to include Office of Cultural Affairs facilities such as the Bath House and Ice House cultural centers, other non-profit art spaces, museums and even art-related businesses … “things that are necessary, like framing,” she continues.

“In the beginning, DADA was only commercial galleries networking to sell art. And now we are for-profit and non-profit banded together to expose the city of Dallas and its inhabitants to all the art we have in the city, the plethora of art opportunities. I just say, ‘We’re a group of art spaces, of all kinds,’ instead of just commercial.”

One of the biggest challenges in organizing and taking part in a Gallery Walk is the sheer size of the city and its environs; walking is great once you’re in a neighborhood, but some driving is inevitable. Since Dallas lacks a central gallery district, such as Santa Fe’s ballyhooed Canyon Road, DADA’s website and Gallery Walk brochures group all its member art spaces by neighborhood: Design District, Uptown, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, Downtown/Oak Cliff, Park Cities, North Dallas, Arlington and Irving. And even with sensible shoes, a fast car, fierce determination, a GPS and ADHD, there’s just too much to see in one day.

Back in 2005, as part of the association’s 20th anniversary celebration, DADA created the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund to help support, encourage and recognize the younger generation of visual artists coming up through the ranks. This year, a deserving senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will receive $3,000, take part in a mentoring program, and some of its student artists will be featured in an exhibit at Norwood Flynn Gallery during Gallery Walk. “DADA has changed and morphed over the years,” Taylor says. “We do want to sell art, but we also want to raise awareness and educate. I think Gallery Walk, when they created it long ago, was to make art accessible, and that’s what DADA is about-making art accessible.

Whether we educate you about how to understand art, or whether we open our doors to you on a special night and you go out and have fun with your friends, we’ve made it more accessible.”

Edith Baker Art Scholarship exhibition

Michelle Reyes of El Centro, "Spaceland Fairytale"

This year’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship exhibition promises to deliver some interesting and engaging works of art from visual art students attending Dallas County Community College Districts art programs.

With the prize being a $2,500 scholarship, mentorship, internship and artist studio visit, the competition is tough.  The work ranges from printmaking to photography to painting and more. Finalists are Taylor Pierre Bryant and Evan Davis of Brookhaven, Isiac Ramirez and Giovanni Gonzalez of North Lake, Jesus Segovia and Heidi O’Ferrall of Mountain View, Holly Lorren of Cedar Valley, Michelle Reyes of El Centro from five of the seven DCCCD campuses.

So, join us Friday September 9 from 5-7 p.m. at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3210 McKinney Ave, as DADA presents this year’s scholarship recipient with a $2,500 check along with the opportunity to participate in a mentor and internship program. This year’s jury includes Edith Baker, Maloree Banks, Sue Flynn and Lisa Taylor. The exhibition runs through September 10.

 

 

 

Did you miss last Spring’s panel discussion?

Don’t worry because now is your chance to purchase the DVD version. Just email, info@dallasartdealers.org.

DVDs are $15 per panel and the panel discussions include The Intersection of Art and Fashion (with Dallas Morning News Fashion writer Jason Sheeler, Fashionistas Executive Director Megan McQuery, fashion designer Darian Thomas, and artist Julie Michel.  Heidi Dillon, Fashionistas Founder was moderator) and Selling Your Art – Galleries and Beyond (with Talley Dunn of Dunn and Brown Contemporary, and artists Katrina Doran, Jacob Naasz, and Pamela Nelson. Brian Gibb, Public Trust owner, was moderator).

Be sure to save the date for September 24, 2011 for DADA’s Fall Gallery Walk!

It’s good to have friends…

“Spirit Tree” Elaine Merritt

And, the relationship between DADA and Creative Arts Center of Dallas just keeps getting better.

Not only has the Creative Arts Center been a longtime DADA Friend, but it has begun to sponsor our panel discussions held every spring and fall. And, this fall to help celebrate the CAC’s 45th anniversary, DADA and CAC will present 2 panel discussions at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center about Oak Cliff, the neighborhood where CAC began. the Oak Cliff-based discussions will be held at the original location in the OC.

Be sure to check out the CAC’s  juried membership show at the Mary Tomás Studio Gallery, 1080 Bldg @ 1110 Dragon Street,  in the Dallas Design District.The juried show is a varied as the classes offered at CAC, including several works of sculpture, mosaic, fused glass, metal arts, painting, photography and mixed media.  Judges were artists Lottie Minick, Cathy Drennan of Cohn Drennan Contemporary and Mary Tomás of Mary Tomás Studio Gallery.

The membership show runs until Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturdays noon until 5 p.m.

Artists include Jim Brightwell, Valery Guignon, Scharon Johnston, Jessica Burnham-Hinton, Grethe Haggerty, Gary Huntoon,  P.A. Jones, Sandra Lura,  Pam Owens, Carol AnnPeyron, Esther Ritz, Arlene Shiver, David Stover, Jackie MacLelland, Linda Martiniere, Elaine Merritt, Andy Morris, Jamie Pink, Sharon Shero, Rebecca Swann and Kathleen Wilke.