HOUSTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Houston Fine Art Fair reported robust sales for its exceptional roster of prominent exhibitors including galleries from 13 European and Latin American countries. Fair officials estimated sales at approximately $6 million and total attendance at the George R. Brown, Sept. 15 – 18, for the inaugural fair was 10,500 with 3,000 attending opening night.
Strong sales were reported from scores of galleries including Anya Tish Gallery, Art Nouveau Gallery, Cernuda Arte, Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern, Hiram Butler Gallery, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Margaret Thatcher Projects, now contemporary art and Moody Gallery.
"This year's fair established a powerful foundation on which to build," said Fran Kaufman, Director, Houston Fine Art Fair. "It is our goal to develop this event into one of the most respected fine art fairs in America."
Artists whose works sold during the fair included: Adela Andea, Rafael Barrios, Fernando Botero, Chul-Hyan, Ahn, Leon Ferrari, Sarah Frost, Jasper Johns, Kim Joon, Jun Kaneko, Donald Lipski, Kenneth Noland, Chuck Ramirez, Robert Rauschenberg, Sebastiao Salgado, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, and Dan Tague.
"We succeeded in our goal in identifying and attracting new tiers of art lovers," said Rick Friedman, President of the Hamptons Expo Group, the organizer of the Houston Fine Art. "Many were inspired by what they saw, and many will eventually become passionate art collectors."
Cultural partners supporting the city's first international fine art fair include The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Arts Alliance, Fotofest International, Houston Center for Photography, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, Project Row Houses, Art League Houston, Houston Museum of African American Culture, The Orange Show for Visionary Art, the McNay Art Museum and Artpace San Antonio.
The fair is organized by Hamptons Expo Group Management, which also produces the annual art fairs ArtHamptons, ArtAspen, the San Francisco Fine Art Fair and the upcoming Palm Springs Fine art Fair February 16-19, 2012.
SOURCE Houston Fine Art Fair