Beatriz Esguerra ArtNavigating Space


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The human figure is one of those timeless topics that have been consistently explored throughout art history. “Navigating Space” is a group show that compiles the work of four different artists whose expressions, although all quite different, work around the exploration of this theme. The way they treat space, the relationship between the subjects and the surface or the surroundings they find themselves in, are also important aspects of these artists’ work. 

In the cases of Pablo Arrázola and Armando Castro, the subjects exist within a limited, though significant amount of space. They are scattered along the plane in a way that allows them to maintain their importance while also giving some to the material on which they are materialized. Arrázola’s figures interact in a limited yet infinite space. They want to transcend from that space but can’t. Castro intervenes his materials to make sense of the vacuous space that surrounds his figures. They are drawn with the utmost detail on raw cardboard and interact with these interventions done by the artist. Materials such as paper and cardboard are employed with the purpose of highlighting their particular traits, thus becoming protagonists in the works.

Ismael Rivera juxtaposes abstract and figurative elements in his surreal landscapes. The universes in which his characters exist are incredibly atmospheric and dynamic. He studies what is hidden beyond his mistakes, in painting as in life, through his masterful use of color and layering.

Meanwhile, Mario Arroyave’s figures unfold as a pattern. There is a certain rhythm within his timeless spaces that makes them dynamic and almost surreal. Although Arroyave works a digital medium, and therefore less organic than Castro’s, Arrázola’s and Rivera’s, his interest in the human figure, and in its behavior within a certain context remains potent. 



Interview with BEA director, Beatriz Esguerra

Colombian art has come into world focus. The international community has been discovering an exciting universe of ideas and cultures that for years had been a hidden treasure of artistic expressions. Suddenly, today they are at the forefront of global collections, art fairs, museums, and galleries. Colombia has flourished and is the focus of international investors in all fields including art.

Since opening in 2000, Beatriz Esguerra Art has promoted selected Colombian artists locally and internationally. The gallery is committed to fostering the careers of its represented artists, from emerging to established, through carefully curated projects, exhibitions, publications, art fair participation in the US and Latin America, and joint ventures with American galleries. 

BEA provides consultation and services in commercializing art, curating exhibits, collections, and organizing art events. Its webpage,, is continually updated with the gallery’s and artists’ exhibits and activities, works available for sale, and local and international art market news.

Permanence, transcendence, intelligence, aesthetics, harmony, and skill, are the values that BEA looks for in art. Art should enrich both the soul and mind, in that order. With academic training in art history and more than 30 years of experience in the field, Beatriz Esguerra, director of Beatriz Esguerra Art, has always abided by her mission: to enrich lives through art, with integrity and professionalism. 



Galerie DrosteGalerie Droste

Galerie Droste is pleased to present four different artist positions from its program within the Dallas Art Fair Online Show in November. Two of these artists are not new to Dallas Art Fair visitors, as they were already shown in the spring edition of this year's Dallas Art Fair by Galerie Droste. Willehad Eilers (*1981) from Amsterdam and Brian Robertson (*1978) from Los Angeles will present new canvas works. While Eilers throws the viewer into collective, surreal, sprawling scenery, Brian Robertson's work is marked by quiet, self-referential nuances.

In addition, this time the Austrian-American artist Lydia Maria Pfeffer (*1976) from New York and the Hungarian artist Ákos Ezer (*1989) from Budapest are also present. The latter shows two new ceramic works. An artistic discipline that has been added to his expressive pictorial work over the past year, adding a multi-layered layer to his canvas works. Lydia Maria Pfeffer, on the other hand, is showing two painterly works that are characteristic of her, which, like her entire oeuvre, immerse themselves in the world of fable stories and transfer fairytale, morally charged narratives into the present. 

Galerie Droste is a contemporary art gallery in Wuppertal, GER and Paris, FR. The focus of the program is on internationally emerging and established artists, most of whom practice painting and sculpture. The representation of the younger generation of artists, with academic and non-academic backgrounds, creates an exciting diversity in the exhibition prospectus without classifying. The program is intended to open up new perspectives, to work out points of mutual contact and to illustrate cultural and social trends. 

Kerlin GalleryApproaching Landscape ...


approaching landscape from 4 different positions

In the 16 years since William McKeown first exhibited at Kerlin Gallery to the time of his death in 2011, he developed a body of work that has had a radical and fundamental effect on our understanding of the age-old relationship of art to nature. The foundation of his work and life was his belief in the primacy of feeling. His paintings took on the guise of objective minimalism and the monochrome, but presented us with so much more; nature as something real, tangible, all around us, to be touched and felt. He steered our attention not to the distant sky but to the air around us, the openness of nature, the feeling of our emergence into light and our proximity to the infinite. Through subtle gradation of tone and a highly refined use of colour McKeown created moments of exquisite beauty and bliss.

The Irish/French artist Samuel Laurence Cunnane's recent work deals in large part with the idea of the outskirts, what the writer Brian Dillon refers to as “messy peripheries, the obscure edges of distinct places, sidelong glances instead of vivid or picturesque vistas”. This idea of the outskirts is not just meant in the physical sense, such as the edges of a town or city, but also the outskirts of our vision and consciousness. Many of his works use cinematic techniques, be it framing, lighting or even particular ratios as a way of exploring this idea of the unseen ‘landscape’, what lies in our peripheral vision. Cunnane draws our attention to the dramatic potential in the everyday or the over-looked. These are carefully hand crafted, analogue photographs are processed and printed by the artist himself and so Cunnane remains highly connected to the physicality of the production process; in no small part influenced by the increasingly dematerialised nature of contemporary image making and its dissemination.

In 2020 Elizabeth Magill spent five months of lockdown on the coast of Ireland, swapping her east London studio for one nestled in the rural landscape which has long featured in her work. The result is a series of paintings, collectively titled 'Her Nature' that explore our physical and psychological relationship to the land. Each painting has its own, very different mood, its own story or mystery such as 'pink mineral,' with its fantastical 'red sky at night,' its title a reference to Rose Quartz, one of many earthly treasures or 'smoulder,' the contained, potential energy of a sleeping volcano. Magill has said of these new works: 'These particular paintings came out of this unusual time. They were my response to nature but are also a kind of lament to the strange times we are living in... perhaps too they are my attempt to suggest a beauty; a beauty created by distance and maybe the passing of time and an acknowledgment to things we can’t fully fathom'.

Throughout her career Kathy Prendergast has received international critical acclaim for her work with cartography, often returning to the Atlas of North America and in particular the state of Minnesota. The map of this state, commonly known as the ‘land of 10,000 lakes’  makes clear the problem of our need to place geometric structure and order on millions of years of organic natural history. A uniform grid of road networks contrasts sharply with a landscape formed by volcanic eruption, carved by glaciers and defined by irregular lakes and serpentine waterways. Prendergast has painted directly on the map itself, filling in the space between the roads, redacting nature with exuberant colour. Prendergast transforms the map from a key to understanding how to navigate the Minnesota landscape to a kaleidoscopic abstraction celebrating the chaotic clash of two opposing orders.  


Established in Dublin 1988, Kerlin Gallery has built an international reputation by providing sustained and meaningful representation for leading contemporary Irish and international artists. 

For over three decades, the gallery’s programme has reflected significant trends in international contemporary art with significant solo shows of Dorothy Cross, Liam Gillick, Willie Doherty, Siobhán Hapaska, Callum Innes, Merlin James, Albert Oehlen, Sean Scully and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others. In recent years, the gallery has introduced a new generation of artists working across diverse media including Gerard Byrne Isabel Nolan, Sam Keogh, Aleana Egan, and Liliane Tomasko. 

The gallery continues to publish artists’ catalogues and monographs independently and in association with public institutions, including in 2020 for Isabel Nolan in association with LaunchPad and for Siobhán Hapaska in association with Kunst Museum St. Gallen & Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Many of Kerlin Gallery’s artists have participated in Documenta, the Venice Biennale, and the Turner Prize, including Dorothy Cross, Gerard Byrne, Willie Doherty, Liam Gillick, Siobhán Hapaska, Callum Innes, Merlin James, Isabel Nolan, Kathy Prendergast and Sean Scully, amongst others.

Kerlin Gallery participates in several major art fairs annually, including Art Basel, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel Miami Beach, FIAC and Dallas Art Fair.

SOCO GalleryThomas Gleaner

Thomas Gleaner's new paintings attempt to convey wisdom and knowledge skipping like stones across one’s consciousness. Utilizing color and form, the works represent the inherent vulnerability of language itself, which is susceptible to spin, manipulation, obfuscation, and misinterpretation.

Gleaner initiates his process by gathering lists of idioms, aphorisms, proverbs, or sage advice from literature, philosophy, religion, and his own writings. Select quotes are transcribed in layers onto prepared canvases in an intuitive, entangled manner so as to undermine any meaning or value these wise refrains may have to offer.

As the inherent nature of humans remains impulsive and fallible, these works may illuminate one's unconscious reluctance to convert rational awareness into a more positive and sustainable life practice. They examine humanity's enduring unwillingness to heed the wise counsel of life lessons compiled throughout the ages. In this Information Age, we have the benefit of wisdom and knowledge, but to what end?

Southern Comfort Gallery (SOCO) is a contemporary art space and bookshop based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The gallery provides a thoughtful platform for contemporary art to be experienced, discussed, and acquired. SOCO Gallery produces exhibitions and represents artists working locally, nationally, and internationally at the highest levels. The gallery specializes in assisting private collectors, institutions, and corporations to build their collections with museum-quality artworks, from emerging to established artists. Community engagement and education are central to the mission of the gallery. Each exhibition includes artist talks, book signings, and related programming. SOCO Gallery and bookshop is centrally located in a renovated 1920’s bungalow in historic Myers Park.

Taubert ContemporaryMarkus Linnenbrink – Huseyin Sami – Markus Weggenmann

1961 born in Dortmund, Germany lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA
After finalising his studies 1988 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, Markus Linnenbrink started his artistic career by showing in several galleries and institutions in Germany, since 2000 also in an international context. His work is part of important institutional and private collections like ERGO Düsseldorf, Germany, Justiz Vollzugsanstalt Düsseldorf, Germany (wall painting), Ministry of Culture, The Hague, The Netherlands, Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey, San José Museum of Art, San José, California, USA or Collection Mark Giambrone, Dallas, Texas, USA. Liberation of the colour from the object represented, developing its own materiality and colourful luminosity is Linnenbrink’s story, referring to Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier and Emil Schumacher in Europe in the mid-20th century, followed in the US by Jackson Pollock and Morris Louis at the same time. Linnenbrink elicits from the colour as matter and material a dazzling variety of individual colours, which he can achieve through different admixtures – covering panels, walls or even floors, be it outside or inside. The by far largest drip painting is on view in the lobby of the Rockefeller Center, New York, USA.

Markus Linnenbrink’s newest works were recently presented at the exhibition IWANNABEWHEREYOUARE until October 31, 2020 at Taubert Contemporary.

1979 born in London, UK lives and works in Sydney, Australia
Huseyin Sami finished the first part of his education in Sydney, Australia as Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons First Class) Sydney University 2000, followed by Master of Visual Arts Sydney University (Sydney Collage of Arts) in 2003. He works with the physicality of paint itself. His medium, subject and process, is an ever-evolving thesis on the possibilities and limitations of household paint. Through incessant experimentation, Sami has developed an ingenious repertoire of techniques and activities predicated on dealing with the ontology of painting. Besides many grants and residencies he has shown in several gallery solo and group exhibitions, among them notable institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia. Sami’s work is part of many public collections in Australia and New Zealand as well as private collections in Australia, Germany, UK, Japan and the USA.

Taubert Contemporary presents Huseyin Sami’s solo exhibition „matter and colour“ 7 Nov 2020 – 30 Jan 2021.

1953 born in Singen/Hohentwiel, Germany lives and works in Zurich and Lumnezia, Switzerland
Painter Markus Weggenmann started with solo shows in 1987 and has been shown in group shows since 1992. First part of shows in Switzerland and Germany, his work expanded more international since 2000. Weggenmann’s works are part of important institutional and private collections such as Kunsthaus Zurich, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstmuseum Singen, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Collection Credit Suisse, Collection Hyundai, South Korea or AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, The Netherlands. Having started with conceptual stripe paintings, followed by high gloss paintings on aluminum, Weggenmann developed his work with side steps to tapestry and sculpture up to a back-to-the-roots distemper on canvas painting. Always investigating various aspects of the intensity and scope of colour, Weggenmann’s work is highly charged reactive substance that wraps the viewer in a kind of atmospheric spatial grasp.

Markus Weggenmann’s work is presented in a comprehensive solo exhibition at Museum Liner Appenzell in Switzerland until April 11, 2021.

Founded 2013 in Berlin (2003 – 2012 as fiedler taubert contemporary) the gallery focuses on abstract painting, photography and site specific works and projects. Representing 19 national and international emerging and established artists and artist duos specialised in working with space, color, form and material in a specific manner, the gallery invites national and international guest artist and builds up international exchange exhibitions respectively.

Thomas Taubert started in the art world in 1993 in Düsseldorf, Germany, with a non-profit exhibition space focussing exclusively on site specific installations.
Taubert Contemporary participates in international art fairs as PULSE Miami Beach, Dallas Art Fair, VOLTA New York and Basel. The gallery successfully placed works in a variety of public and private collections, including Fotomuseum Winterthur, Kunstmuseum Bonn, PAMM (Pérez Art Museum Miami) and many others.
The artists represented show worldwide in institutional solo exhibitions and regularly take part in prominent group shows. They have been commissioned to realise large in- and outdoor exhibitions and projects all over the world.

Taubert Contemporary also manages the estate of the painter Gerhard Taubert.

Markus Linnenbrink
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Markus Linnenbrink
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Markus Linnenbrink
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Markus Linnenbrink
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Markus Linnenbrink
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Markus Linnenbrink
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Magenta PlainsDallas Art Fair Projects 2020

Magenta Plains is delighted to present works by three New York-based gallery artists at Dallas Art Fair Projects: Nathaniel Robinson, Don Dudley, and Zach Bruder.

NATHANIEL ROBINSON Derived from photographs and subdued in color, Nathaniel Robinson’s paintings comment on the intermixing of natural and built worlds in an unplanned way and the physical shattering of ecosystems while presenting a picture of quotidian serenity. Robinson expresses the controlled landscape or accidental still life through a poetic vernacular, expressing a deep ambivalence toward the limits of human perception and functioning as a metaphor for the ambiguous experiences of everyday life. In 2015, The New York Times described Robinson as a “remarkably inventive sculptor [making] technically impressive, philosophically provocative works that play in the gap between perception and cognition — between what you see and what you understand.” While primarily known for his sculptures and installations, Robinson's new paintings merge realism with abstraction, to suggest urban or natural landscapes and environments. In an Artforum review of his first painting exhibition in 2019, Michelle Grabner wrote, "Robinson withholds the details that make things unremarkable and exaggerates the abstract qualities that build a compelling with his sculptures, we find ourselves taking a second look at what is in plain sight." Nathaniel Robinson received his BA from Amherst College in 2002 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Robinson has held solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains, New York, NY; Feature, Inc., New York, NY; Devening Projects, Chicago, IL; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL. Robinson has also been included in group exhibitions at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY; White Columns, New York, NY; Martos, New York, NY; Thomas Park Gallery in New York, NY; Maerzgalerie, Leipzig; dok25a, Dusseldorf; and TCB art inc, Melbourne. Robinson is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts & Letters 2019 Art Purchase Award and his work has been written about in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum, and Art in America. The artist lives and works in Brewster, NY.

DON DUDLEY The new paintings on paper by 90-year-old New York-based painter Don Dudley represent his ongoing fascination with space and form as well as his career-long dedication to developing ideas on paper as a cornerstone of his practice. The new works expand on Dudley's unusual merging of West Coast Minimalist sensibilities while also engaging in East Coast Minimalism's modular rigor. Dudley’s phenomenological approach to his work emphasizes atmosphere, affect, and pure visual experience while seeking to channel the sublime and expressing the richest variety of visual phenomena by the simplest means possible. Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1930, Don Dudley’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions including MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center (1982) and New Museum of Contemporary Art (1984) in New York, NY. Throughout his seventy-year career, Don Dudley has challenged artistic conventions and the traditional concept of painting by incorporating industrial materials in his work such as aluminum, lacquer, homasote and plywood, creating subtle and sophisticated wall works that stand out for both their elegance and formal intelligence. Dudley’s first solo presentation was at New Gallery in Houston, TX. Subsequent solo shows were held at La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA; I Gallery, La Jolla, CA; John Doyle Gallery, Paris, FR; Galerie Alfred Schmela, Düsseldorf, DE; Galerie Farideh Cadot, Paris, FR; Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, CA ; Pam Adler Gallery, New York, NY; I-20 Gallery, New York, NY; Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, BR; Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, DE; and Magenta Plains, New York, NY. Select group exhibitions at major institutions include “Contemporary American Painting” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; “Double Take” at New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; ”Corners” at Vera List Art Center at MIT, Boston, MA; “Activated Walls” at the Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY; TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, Dallas, TX; Annual Contemporary Art Auction, Dallas, TX and most recently, “Between Two Worlds: Art of California" at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. Dudley lives and works in New York, NY and Kerhonskon, NY.

ZACH BRUDER Zach Bruder's paintings explore confrontations with the past as a means to interpret the ever-changing present. Bruder captures images on canvas which seem to float in the collective unconscious. Visually and compositionally harmonious, his paintings conflate divergent pictorial influences from advertisements, caricatures, cartoons, art history, and photos from his extensive historical archive. Zach Bruder’s metaphorical approach to painting and long-term interest in image collecting results in inventive compositions in which both pictorial and illusionistic space play a role. Often humorous and allegorical, his paintings involve animals, architecture, and anthropomorphism. His canvases revive and repurpose familiar motifs, referencing folklore while finding new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The source material—archetypal and drawing from classical and vernacular mythology—is culled from the artist’s extensive archive of historic imagery. Addressing mythologies both cultural and personal, Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives and urgent responses to the societal and political moment in which they were produced. About his work, Valentina Di Liscia writes, “Faced with one of Bruder’s canvases, the viewer takes an active role, deciphering the intertextuality between the multiple literary, historical, and folkloric references he often cites simultaneously.” Zach Bruder received his BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Bruder presented his first solo show at Magenta Plains in January 2018 in New York, NY and has an upcoming show at Magenta Plains in 2020. Solo exhibitions have also been held at Harlan Levey, Brussels, BE; galerie l’inlassable, Paris, FR; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and LaMaMa Galleria, New York, NY. Bruder has been included in group shows at Peter Freeman, New York, NY; Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA; The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Phillip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO; and Magenta Plains, New York, NY. The artist lives and works in New York, NY.

GALLERY BIO Founded in 2016, Magenta Plains is a contemporary art gallery located in the Lower East Side of New York City directed by Dallas native Olivia Smith, Chris Dorland and David Deutsch. The core mission of the gallery is to bring greater attention to artists regardless of age or career and to provide historical context and meaning for the development of new ideas while preserving older generations of artists' work. The gallery participates in fairs such as Independent NY, Frieze NY, NADA Miami, and has mounted over forty-five exhibitions to date, and formally represents twelve artists whose ages span over 60 years between them. Exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, The New Yorker, Art In America, Forbes, The New York Observer, Artnews, Artinfo, Artnet, and more.

Night GalleryCynthia Daignault

Night Gallery is pleased to present works from Cynthia Daignault’s 2019 series Elegy, which consists of a group of black-and-white paintings exploring environmental collapse. Created in monochrome, Daignault’s subjects—trees, glaciers, disasters, and the infamous kiss between Al Gore and Tipper—exist beyond reality, fading into memory, history, and death. Each canvas is an elegy, a metaphor for the contrast between eternal forces: black and white, life and death, love and loss. These works look back to Picasso’s Guernica, and through Picasso to Robert Motherwell’s Elegies and Andy Warhol’s Death and Disasters. As in those precursors, the subject is abject horror—the sickness of bearing witness to an unthinkable global tragedy and the dilemma of how art might make sense of collective trauma. Robert Motherwell described his Elegies as “an insistence that a terrible death had happened that should not be forgotten.” Daignault too insists on remembrance, creating each painting as a lament to the passing of the natural world—to the redwood, to the Angel Oak, to the tortoise, and to the unsustainable contemporary life.

Daignault is known for serial works that often involve hundreds of small paintings. In Elegy, she takes this practice to a new scale. Opposing the nihilism of digital image streams, she instead uses groups of images to build overarching narrative. Daignault often compares this process to that of writing poetry; each frame functions like a single word—complete and meaningful unto itself—while the group operates like a poem—able to express more complex ideas and emotions, even those incommunicable in language.  

Daignault positions her work between film and painting, and the references to black-and-white photography are many. Here, Daignault invokes photography as a powerful metaphor for loss. A camera captures a transitory moment before it disappears forever, much like a species, or a tree, or a life.  Daignault focuses the work on the paradox between beauty and loss—the essential American irony. The country defines itself through a sublime landscape that its very existence destroys. Memento Mori. Life is beautiful, even as we are dying a little each day.

Gallery Bio

This year, Night Gallery celebrates one decade as Los Angeles’ leading platform for emerging artists. Founded by Davida Nemeroff in 2010, the gallery was first housed within a strip-mall storefront in the city’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood, where openings were held between 10PM and 2AM. In 2013, we moved to our current location in L.A.’s downtown arts district.

Over the past ten years, Night Gallery has become the locus of Los Angeles’s thriving visual art community. In 2016, we were described by the New York Times as “arguably the epicenter of the underground art world in Los Angeles,” and our artists have received accolades from the LA Times, Vogue, Artforum, Cultured, and GQ, among others. Our programming continues the joyfully experimental approach of our early years, while supporting our artists’ studio and production costs.

Night Gallery has maintained its commitment to artists of diverse backgrounds and points of view while establishing itself as a major player in the international market. We have recently placed work in the Whitney Museum, LACMA, MCA Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Brauer Museum, and the PAMM, among others. We have additionally helped organize exhibitions around the world, including at the Tate Modern; the YUZ Museum, Shanghai; and the Frye Museum, Seattle.

Nancy Littlejohn Fine ArtKysa Johnson's After Monet

I have always loved Monet’s lyrical and luscious waterlily paintings. I would spend hours as a teenager sitting in the Water Lilies room at the “old” MOMA in New York basking in the sublime beauty of its three long enveloping panels in the room that was dedicated just to it.

When I was researching the microscopic sea dwellers phytoplankton (whose fossils become the raw material for crude oil) for the series Crude which traces the natural history of oil from its chemical inception in nebulae to its modern extraction from the earth, I was struck by how their forms reminded me so much of those paintings. Simple shapes based on phytoplankton structures became the base imagery of this work and it seemed only fitting to relate the micro water creatures and the macro water lilies, so I recasted Monet’s Water Lily paintings as the compositional and chromic structures in the Crude paintings and drawings.

Not only linked by their aquatic nature and their basic forms, historically Monet’s Water Lily paintings were created at the moment when due to technological advancements in WW1 oil was about to explode in usage in a way that has defined our relationship to it over the last hundred years. As we near the transition to a new age of energy, looking back to the start of that journey seemed a fitting bookend.

Kysa Johnson, November 2020


NLFA gives the Houston arts community well-deserved recognition in the National and International art world. Bringing 30 years of experience as a patron, collector, art advisor, and gallerist, Littlejohn delivers an experience unlike anything you’ve seen. In 1998 she opened what has been noted as the most avant-garde gallery in Texas, bravely showcasing emerging talent through exhibitions, performances, and thoughtfully curated multi-disciplinary events. Today, NLFA represents the very best Nationally and Internationally recognized established and emerging contemporary artists.

Nestled in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood in Houston, Texas, Nancy Littlejohn thoughtfully renovated the 5,000 square foot modernist masterpiece originally designed and occupied by world-renowned architect S.I. Morris in the early 1970s. “Seth Irvin Morris and his architectural firm left a timeless imprint on the Houston skyline, from the first-of-it’s-kind Astrodome to downtown’s trapezoidal Pennzoil Place skyscraper to the Williams Tower that looms high over the Galleria”. NLFA is a destination surrounded by the city’s best boutique design firms, antique emporiums, flower shops, and restaurants.

Ms. Littlejohn’s civic work includes serving as a board member of the Houston Symphony and past board president of the Houston Symphony League, board member of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Blaffer Art Museum University of Houston, the Moores School of Music University of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Guild, Lawndale Art Center, the advisory board of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Littlejohn has also been recognized for her work with the AIDS Foundation Houston, Escape Family Resource Center, FotoFest International, Houston Art League, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the MFAH, and the Rothko Chapel.

Laura Rathe Fine Art"Reconstructed" - Laura Rathe Fine Art

Objects separated from their original context can be rebuilt to serve an entirely new purpose. Artists Max Steven Grossman, Paul Rousso, and James Verbicky use this concept when creating different thoughts and ideas through their art. Each working with identifiable imagery, they thoughtfully assemble fragments of various media, focusing primarily on textual references, to reconstruct a whole new dialogue with the viewer.

Max Steven Grossman uses composite images from various bookshelves, and combines them to form libraries that only exist in his photographs. Each composition, or in Grossman’s own words, collage, is an intricate process of digital manipulation and engineering in the hopes of creating a personal conversation with each viewer. Grossman returns time and again to these bookscapes to not only reflect on the changing nature of books and photographs, but to allow for the physical world to be taken over by the virtual world he constructs. 

Paul Rousso aims to create works that embody everyday objects and media on an exaggerated scale. The objects of his focus, he describes, are the things that “are going away,” currency, advertising, newspapers, magazines, and other print media. Using heat infusion on acrylic, Rousso is able to sculpt and mold these images into dynamic sculptures that give new life to these objects. 

James Verbicky uses vintage and current media clippings, dissecting them to form new messages. His work leads viewers to question the undeniable prevalence of popular imagery and its effect on modern life.  His ‘Media Paintings’ bridge the gap between sculpture and painting by binding fragments of vintage media to one another, using both language and imagery and melding them together. By unearthing and layering the remnants of numerous disparate generations, the artworks transcend simple words and images, which become objects that contain the essence of human culture.

LRFA represents a dynamic roster of established and mid-career contemporary artists working in a variety of media, many of whom have been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate, and museum collections. With over 25 years experience in the industry, gallery owner, Laura Rathe, started her career working as a private art dealer before establishing Laura Rathe Fine Art (LRFA) in 1998 in Houston, Texas. LRFA now operates out of two locations in Houston and a third gallery in Dallas on Dragon Street, the city’s premiere arts district destination. Since the gallery's inception, LRFA has established itself as a leading contemporary art venue, offering an impressive range of exhibitions and programming to its patrons in both cities.

Max Steven Grossman
Rock Art Film Fashion B, 2019
Available: $14,000
Max Steven Grossman
Fashion WT2, 2020
Available: $14,000
Max Steven Grossman
Rock Art Film Fashion CV, 2020
Available: $9,000
Max Steven Grossman
Rock SQ 6, 2020
Available: $9,000
Max Steven Grossman
Music VQ, 2020
Available: $9,000
Max Steven Grossman
Rock Art Film Fashion WV4, 2019
Available: $9,000

Conduit GalleryKirk Hayes, Matt Clark, Robert Jessup, Catherine Howe & Jeff Baker

Kirk Hayes, Matt Clark, Robert Jessup, Catherine Howe & Jeff Baker

From it’s inception in 1984, the focus of Conduit Gallery has been to forge a link between contemporary artists’ work and the public. The gallery represents established mid‐career artists and young, new talent. The program includes three exhibitions which run concurrently, including the Project Room, committed to showing works by artists not represented, often experimental or small scale in scope. Exhibitions include painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and video. Since relocating to Hi Line Drive in 2002, Conduit Gallery has led the way to what is becoming a vibrant, energetic gallery sector in the Dallas Design District.

William Campbell Contemporary ArtA Collection of Work by Gallery Artists

A Collection of Work by Gallery Artists


Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

Bill ArningBricks and Mortar Time

Bill Arning Exhibitons just transformed from a roving curatorial project to a bricks andf mortar space in the Montrose area of Houston, the artistic spiritual home for the city. This presentation is focussed on our first show-Plans For the Fall and a preview of Michael St John's upcoming solo exhibition These Days/The Passions opening November 17th through January 2021


Bill Arning has done everything with contemporary art but make it. As a curator, critic, museum director, advisor, lecturer, grant maker, dealer, gallerist and collector, Bill Arning Exhibitions curatorial project space will give the fullest expression to his vision for what art can do to our hearts, minds and souls.

Michael St John
These Days: The Passions, (Emcee), 2020
Available: $12,000
Michael St John
These Days: The Passions, (Camille Javal), 2020
Available: $12,000
Michael St John
These Days: The Passions, (Jim Carroll), 2020
Available: $12,000
Michael St John
These Days: The Passions, (Philip “Buzz” Perry), 2020
Available: $12,000
Michael St John
These Days: The Passions, (Derek Vinyard), 2020
Available: $12,000
Michael St John
These Days: The Passions, (Ghostface), 2020
Available: $12,000

Dirty Dark PlaceDDP Does Dallas

In collaboration with the Dallas Art Fair's Culture Place, Dirty Dark Place is proud to represent artists Butch Anthony, Andy Don Emmons, Devin Lunsford, Jack Sanders, Julie Speedand Wayne White.

Dirty Dark Place (DDP) is an errant, artist-run project space dedicated to disrupting the hierarchical and socioeconomic systems that shape access and patronage of contemporary art. We collaborate with Texas-based, contemporary artists to develop programming that challenges the dominant structures and strictures of exhibiting art. DDP is an experiment in community that willfully mismatches place and programming as a means to both incite artists and to provoke new audiences.

In partnership with our publishing imprint, Cattywampus Press, we create and publish original books, goods, and other ephemera that support and document the work of artists who live and work in the American South.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture GardenON BEING HUMAN

Valley House Gallery is pleased to present an online version of our exhibition "On Being Human."

These last months have reminded us of the importance of our basic humanity and the inherent value of others. After isolating, we felt a need to be surrounded by people—hence this invitational exhibition about people seen through the artist’s eye. In addition to Valley House artists, we have invited figurative artists whom we admire to participate:

Deborah Ballard, Vera Barnett, Lu Ann Barrow, Peter Bonner, Curt Brill, Lloyd Brown, Jerry Bywaters, Sean Cairns, Jeanne Campbell, Lindy Chambers, John Cobb, Brian Cobble, Robert D. Cocke, Carol A. Cook, Laurie Hickman Cox, Lee Baxter Davis, Laurence Edwards, David Everett, Max Ferguson, Barnaby Fitzgerald, Scott Gentling, Miles Cleveland Goodwin, Ira Greenberg, Jimmy Hill, William Eric Horsbrugh-Porter, Otis Huband, Sedrick Huckaby, Anita Huffington, Kathryn Keller, Sirena LaBurn, Emily LaCour, Rudolf Sotelo Lailson, Jungeun Lee, Laurie Lipton, Jun-Cheng Liu, William B. Montgomery, Philip Morsberger, Fred Nagler, Trish Nickell, Gail Norfleet, Michael O’Keefe, Luke Sides, Hadar Sobol, Ellen Soderquist, Everett Spruce, Earl Stroh, Bob Stuth-Wade, James Surls, Chaco Terada, Valton Tyler, Mary Vernon, Donald S. Vogel, Amy Werntz, Jim Woodson, and Miguel Zapata.

This exhibition is held in memory of Lu Ann Barrow (1934–2020). Her paintings enriched our lives with uplifting parables on being human.

All works are available to see in person.

"On Being Human" is on view every Monday through Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, through October 31.

Masks are required.

Please call 972-239-2441 or email gallery @ for further information.

We will be adding video interviews and written statements from our artists for the duration of this exhibition - so please check back!


About Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:

Founded in 1954 by Peggy and Donald Vogel, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden is located in its original North Dallas location (on Spring Valley Road between Preston and Hillcrest.) Second generation owners Cheryl and Kevin Vogel, along with Director Laura Green, represent established and emerging contemporary artists working in inventive ways with traditional media. Sculpture is on view throughout the 4+ acre garden. In addition, the gallery offers 19th and 20th century American and European art, as well as significant Early Texas works. The gallery has promoted artists internationally for over 60 years through curating exhibitions, showing in art fairs, publishing scholarly catalogues, and placing fine art in private and museum collections.

Amy Werntz
Marjorie, 2018
Available: $6,200
Hadar Sobol
a blink of existence, 2015-2016
Available: $2,800
Lloyd Brown
Highway Altarpiece: “The Child Is Father of the Man”; from Kingston, Ontario, Canada to Holden, Utah; U.S. Highway 50, 2019
Available: $4,200
Deborah Ballard
Not-So-Perfect World IV, 2019
Available: $65,000
Miles Cleveland Goodwin
The Addict, 2018
Available: $3,400
Carol A. Cook
Wet, 2018
Available: $2,500

Inman GalleryDavid Aylsworth at Inman Gallery

Throughout his career, painter David Aylsworth has deftly embraced ambiguity and the liminal possibilities inherent in the painterly process, one where the resulting canvas lives on not so much as an end product but more as a space for an ongoing adventure. In a recent essay Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Curator Alison de Lima Greene writes: “Over the past three decades, David Aylsworth has built up a remarkable body of paintings that are sensual, humorous, at times wry, and always bursting with love. Grounding his pictorial vocabulary in the non-objective language of such early modernists as Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove, Aylsworth has also remained steadfast in his commitment to finding fresh inspiration in the world around him as he consistently renews his painting practice through trial, error, and resolution.”

In the past 5 years, David Aylsworth’s colorful, expressive abstractions have expressed evocations of landscapes and seascapes, with suggestions of horizon lines visible. In this viewing room, we are highlighting works with a strong suggestion of landscape.

David Aylsworth (born 1966, Tiffin, OH) earned a BFA from Kent State University in 1989 and was an artist resident at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 1989-1991. Aylsworth's paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the El Paso Museum of Art; and the Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. He currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.

About Inman Gallery: Founded in 1990 with an emphasis on artists living in Houston and the region, Inman Gallery has since cultivated an internationally recognized program that represents contemporary artists from the region, nationally, and abroad. The gallery takes an active approach in supporting artists from the early stages of their careers into national and international recognition; the gallery is equally active in its local community. Education, community engagement, and a long-term commitment to artists form the core of the gallery’s mission. Celebrating the gallery's 30th anniversary this fall, we welcome visitors by appointment.

Inman Gallery has been a member of the ADAA since 2009.

Ruiz-Healy ArtInterval

Interval: in everyday and global events, a moment of deviation from the original course, which if passed unrecognized, may eventually veer purpose in the opposite direction. Interval invites a pause and a place to consider disparate connections, subtle changes, implied possibilities.





With galleries in San Antonio and New York City, Ruiz-Healy Art specializes in contemporary works of art with an emphasis on Latinx and Latin American artists, as well as working with prominent Texas-based artists. Ruiz-Healy Art features 6-8 exhibitions a year, often accompanied by fully illustrated catalogs and has done so since 2006. 

The gallery is proud to be the exclusive representative of the Estate of Chuck Ramirez. As member dealers of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), Ruiz-Healy Art demonstrates a high level of expertise and adheres to a strict code of conduct with professional integrity. The gallery has participated at the IFPDA Fine Print Fair, every year since 2015, Frieze, New York, ZonaMaco, Mexico City, Volta NY Art Fair, and The Dallas Art Fair, among others.

Holly Johnson GalleryBack & Forth: Celebrating Women and our 15th Anniversary

Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to present Back & Forth: Celebrating Women. The exhibition commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the gallery and celebrates the centennial of the 19th amendment.

Since its inauguration in April of 2005, the gallery has presented nearly 125 exhibitions by more than thirty artists from the region, the U.S. and abroad. The anniversary exhibition is about looking back in time as well as looking forward into the future — highlighting where we have been and where we are going.

Presenting sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, and photographs, this exhibition highlights the varied creative practices and compelling artworks created by the distinguished women represented by the gallery and invites visitors to consider the centennial milestone in the context of a woman-owned business.

Artists in Back & Forth include Anna Bogatin Ott, Rebecca Carter, Theresa Chong, Dornith Doherty, Raphaëlle Goethals, Misty Keasler, Ana Esteve Llorens, Sharon Louden, Michelle Mackey, Kim Cadmus Owens, Margo Sawyer, Kim Squaglia, Gael Stack, Jackie Tileston, and Joan Winter.

Image: Back & Forth: Celebrating Women, Installation 2020 (Raphaëlle Goethals, Dornith Doherty, Jackie Tileston)


Holly Johnson and Jim Martin founded the Holly Johnson Gallery in 2005 in the Dallas Design District. The gallery represents contemporary artists from throughout the United States and abroad. The gallery features eight exhibitions per year, primarily one-person shows, by mid-career and internationally acclaimed artists. The gallery continues to refine and augment the careers of their artists while increasing the appreciation of their art. The gallery strives to educate and provide culturally significant experiences for all guests, whether collector, observer, or student.

Works by many of the gallery artists are included in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Austin Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Gallery artists include: John Adelman, Terry Allen, Stuart Arends, David Aylsworth, William Betts, Anna Bogatin Ott, James Buss, Todd Camplin, Rebecca Carter, Douglas Leon Cartmel, Theresa Chong, Eric Cruikshank, Matthew Cusick, Dornith Doherty, James Drake, Jacob El Hanani, Tommy Fitzpatrick, Christopher French, Raphaëlle Goethals, Virgil Grotfeldt, Geoff Hippenstiel, Dion Johnson, Sharon Louden, James Lumsden, Michelle Mackey, Antonio Murado, Dorothy Napangardi, Mike Osborne, Kim Cadmus Owens, Matt Rich, David Row, Margo Sawyer, Kim Squaglia, Gael Stack, William Steiger, Jackie Tileston, Randy Twaddle, Casey Williams, Joan Winter, and Michael Young.

Holly Johnson Gallery advises private and corporate collectors - making recommendations for an art collection’s enhancement and expansion as well as assist in the resale of works of art, provide fair and accurate advice on the market value of singular works of art or entire collections, and offer solutions for framing, conservation, and installation.


Featuring a curated selection of works by artists represented by Moody Gallery.

Moody Gallery opened in 1975 and exhibits work by contemporary American artists. The emphasis has always been on artists living and working in Texas, as well as artists who have a strong connection to Texas. The gallery is interested in a wide range of artistic ideas and in showing all media. Many of the artists represented are recognized on a national (and in some cases, international) level; however, the gallery also represents mid-career and emerging artists. The gallery is committed to showing the best work possible from this region and putting the work in context with established artists from other parts of the country.

Claire Ankenman
Stay, 2019
Available: $6,000
Dan Sutherland
Cool Mountain, 2019
Available: $8,000
Sarah Williams
South Cannon Road, 2020
Available: $2,700
Page Kempner
Redrawing the Maps, 2015
Available: $6,500
Claire Ankenman
Hope, 2019
Available: $6,000
Pat Colville
Hearts Own Quiet #1, 2020
Available: $16,000

Cris Worley Fine ArtsCWFA Celebrates 10 years

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to present works on paper by Anne Allen, Maysey Craddock and Adrian Esparza; cast bronze and crepe myrtle sculptures by Sherry Owens, black and white photography by David Fokos, and small scale paintings by Isabelle du Toit Timothy Harding, and Paul Manes. 

Established in 2010, Cris Worley Fine Arts is dedicated to promoting innovative work by contemporary artists at various stages of their careers. The gallery’s dynamic approach to fostering artistic growth includes the presentation of compelling exhibitions, and collaborations with public institutions, professional art organizations, and collectors.

For two decades, Cris Worley has contributed to national art dialogues as a gallery director participating in art fairs, as a guest juror for numerous exhibitions, and as an esteemed art advisor. As a charter member of the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas, Cris Worley has played a vital role in the vigorous growth of the Dallas arts community, encouraging the evolution of contemporary art collections.

Galleri UrbaneCP v. 2.0

Galleri Urbane brings together new and recent work by 7 gallery artists exclusively on Culture Place. From more traditional approaches like photography, paintings on canvas to experimental techniques incoporating repurposing books, plywood and spandex fabric, the selection highlights a wide range of artistic practices found in the gallery's program.

Please feel free to contact the gallery directly with any questions or to request a list of additional available work by any of the artists found below.

Galleri Urbane has been promoting the work of contemporary artists since 2000. With a location in Marfa from 2003-2019, the gallery has maintained its primary exhibition space in Dallas since 2009. Its program champions emerging artists who are getting their start in the field alongside well-established artists whose work can be found in prestigious private and public collections around the world. Through its exhibitions, the gallery advocates for fresh approaches to painting, mixed-media, sculpture, photography, and genre-defying artworks. Galleri Urbane ultimately seeks to connect its artists with all levels of collectors through a wide range of visually and intellectually stimulating art objects.

12.26Cary Leibowitz

12.26's presents three New paintings by New York-based contemporary artist Cary Leibowitz (b. New York, 1963)

Cary Leibowitz’s work has shown in museums and institutions across the globe including The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York, New York; Museum of Modern Art, PS1, New York, New York; The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany; White Columns, New York, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany; Cabinet Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; Galerie Claudio Botello, Turin, Italy; List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

 Leibowitz’s first comprehensive career survey and solo museum exhibition, Museum Show, originated at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco in 2017 and traveled to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston in 2018. Leibowitz’s work has been included in the landmark exhibitions Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities at The Jewish Museum in New York, New York; In a Different Light at the University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley; and Bad Girls, New Museum, New York, New York. His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum, The New York Times, Frieze Magazine, and Art in America, among others.


12.26 is a Dallas-based contemporary art gallery with a focus on emerging and mid-career artists. Co-founded by sisters Hannah Fagadau and Hilary Fagadau, 12.26 was created with the intention of offering a new international perspective to the Dallas gallery landscape.

Foto RelevanceSelections

We are excited to present this selection of curated works from three of our gallery artists: Robert Calafiore, Karen Navarro, and Jennifer Ling Datchuk. Robert Calafiore employs a hand-built pinhole camera to create large scale one-of-a-kind c-prints of carefully constructed sets featuring the nude male figure or glassware from his family's collection. Karen Navarro constructs portraits in a highly stylized aesthetic on a diverse array of mediums which express self-referential questions that connect in a much larger scale to ideas of construction of identity, societal expectations and the understanding of being. Trained in ceramics, Jennifer Ling Datchuk captures the conflict between her Chinese and white identities by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives.

Foto Relevance exhibits museum-quality, contemporary photo-based art and provides a platform for an innovative selection of American and international photographic artists. The gallery has mounted monographic exhibitions as well as group shows to investigate current trends and themes in contemporary art, showcasing an unusual range of both darkroom and digital photographic techniques. Foto Relevance provides guidance and consultation, educating collectors and corporations in the acquisition and sale of art.

Contact: | 713-505-1499

Robert Calafiore
Untitled (Figure Series), 2011
Available: $15,000
Robert Calafiore
Untitled, 2011
Available: $15,000
Robert Calafiore
Untitled (Figure Series), 2009-2012
Available: $5,000
Robert Calafiore
Ogetti de Vetro, Fuocco #1, 2014
Available: $5,000
Robert Calafiore
Ogetti de Vetro, Fuocco #2, 2014
Available: $5,000
Robert Calafiore
Ogetti de Vetro, Fuocco #3, 2014
Available: $5,000

McClain GalleryColorfast

McClain Gallery presents a group of works by Seth Cameron, Gisela Colon, Christian Eckart, and Cleve Gray. 

McClain Gallery’s program represents important twentieth-century figures while continuing to commit to younger generations of artists, which includes primary representation of many Texas-based artists. The gallery has mounted monographic exhibitions, as well as published scholarly catalogues for Peter Halley, Donald Baechler, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Rosa Loy, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Julian Schnabel, Bo Joseph and Pablo Picasso. Our exhibition program is augmented by survey and group shows that investigate current themes in contemporary art within historic contexts. 

In addition to promoting the work of our stable of artists, our strength is guiding and educating both the new, as well as the seasoned, collector. We actively advise and help private individuals and institutions in the acquisition and sale of artworks to organizing a comprehensive program of collecting. With over three decades of proven expertise, McClain Gallery has a strong reputation as secondary market specialists who offer, research and source artworks of exceptionally high quality with discretion. We regularly attend art fairs, bid at auction and draw on our existing strong relationships with dealers, museum professionals, and collectors around the globe to provide our clients with thorough, insightful and market savvy advice.

McClain Gallery is an ADAA member.


Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Flying Fast Forward, Eduardo Portillo's first solo-exhibition at Barbara Davis Gallery.

Portillo’s work leads a negotiation between a borderline and the exterior of the pictorial plane, realizing his desire to deviate from the rectilinear into real space. ​Portillo’s latest work might be the apotheosis of his mestiza aesthetic, insofar as he’s condensed his idiom through a progression that can be mistaken by radical minimalism when studied up-close the work is an actual manifestation of what the artist defines as the new American Baroque

The way Portillo's work moves toward a further streamlined sensibility allows for his pieces to focus more effectively on the concept of borderlines, the complexity of the structure of the work, and his material ingenuity. The juxtaposition that is established between what is considered painting and what is categorized as a sculptural work, subverts the allotted space each is normally given. In this way, his work breathes life into these ordinarily lifeless areas, celebrating the tension between implied capacity and imposed boundary.

For 39 years, Barbara Davis Gallery has brought groundbreaking contemporary art to Houston.  Driven by her intuitive sensibilities and perennially fresh vision, Barbara Davis has championed a generation of significant contemporary artists. In the process she has challenged a generation of art collectors, both seasoned and aspiring, to see the beauty and value in their work through dialogs and panel discussions with prominent museum curators and artists from across genres.  She has launched the careers of international artists such as Julie Mehretu, one of the most important contemporary artists of our time, and Mie Olise  Kjærgaard, a rising star from Denmark discovered in a Saatchi Sensations exhibition, having given Mehretu her first gallery exhibition and Olise her first U.S. exhibition. She was also one of the first to bring to Houston the influential names of Joseph Beuys, Kiki Smith, Jonathan Borofsky, Allan McCollum, and Gilbert & George among many others.  She brought progressive international exhibitions such as Leipzig Select, artists from the New Leipzig School, and exhibitions for Beijing East Village artists Zhang Huan and Li Wei.  Barbara Davis Gallery was one of the first Texas galleries to be included in the influential and prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach art fair.  The gallery’s exhibitions have been reviewed in international publications such as ArtForum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art International, The Art Economist, and The New York Times among many others.  Her passion for exhibiting innovative contemporary art and her commitment to educating her collectors and the community has driven the focus of the gallery for 39 years.

Erin Cluley GalleryErin Cluley Gallery

Erin Cluley Galley is pleased to present a selection of works from the gallery's program of emerging, mid-career, and established artists from Dallas and the United States. The gallery presents a provocative roster of artists working in both traditional and alternative forms including painting, sculpture, new media, photography, sculptural installation and public intervention.


In 2014, Erin Cluley Gallery ignited a creative movement in West Dallas acting as a hub for visual arts and community engagement. After nearly five years on Fabrication Street, the gallery has moved its operation to Riverbend – a development in Dallas’ Design District celebrating the intersection between culture and commerce. 

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