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Texas Contemporary Art Fair by Abby Koenig , Oct. 2012 

John Abrams         Birds - Smoking        2012        36 x 48 inches        oil on panel

Oh art, how lovely you are? Let us count the ways...

   Last night kicked off the second annual Texas Contemporary Art Fair filling the George R. Brown with so much lovely art work, it was almost overwhelming -- in a good way!

   We will have plenty of coverage throughout the weekend's many events, but wanted to give you a sneak peek from the opening reception.

   Last night's opening party and preview, which benefitted the CAMH, rolled out the red carpet for art lovers to oggle over the vast displays of artwork. As the beautiful, well-dressed people entered the George R. Brown, they were serenaded by a string duo covering Beatle's songs. Upon entering the main space, the first piece on display is a monstrous, black and white installation by Jules Buck Jones called Vulpecula. The piece is an optical illusion, which appears to be moving from within its many textured layers.

People milled about, glancing and admiring, walking past the hall's centerpiece, Pyramids of Conscience, which are four large glass pyramids comprised of different materials, thus tapping into a variety of sensory perception.

   In addition to the new works on display, several galleries were back from last year's fair. The Boltax Gallery, from Shelter Island, NY, brought new works from its popular (and my favorite) artist John Abrams. Abrams paints scenes from well-known Hitchcock films, with a tragic, muted sensibility. Last year, the Boltax sold out of all the Abrams works they had, so get them while the getting's good.

   Again, there is so much to see and mesmerize over, a trip downtown is well-worth it, whether you are a collector or just someone who enjoys art.

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