We recently participated in the Houston Fine Art Fair from September 15-18.  With strong support for the arts already in place, Houstonians were more than ready to host their first ever, international fine art fair.  80 galleries in total with international galleries from Amsterdam, Mexico City, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Dusseldorf to name a few and dealers from major cities in the U.S. displayed an exciting collection of work.  Cultural sponsors included FotoFest, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Lawrence Fodor, Gustavo Ramos Rivera and Harry Siter were big hits at the fair. Latin American Art was a focus and the serious collectors were out in full force…Gustavo Ramos Rivera made a big impression with them.

Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Restos de noche, 2010, oil on canvas, 60” x 60”

Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Tatuage de sombras, 2011, oil on canvas, 60” x 60”

Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Untitled monotype, 2011, 60” x 40”

Harry Siter’s work was probably the most photographed work in the Fair… with both children and adults wanting a picture with themselves next to his unique sculptures.  Front and center was major collector, artist and philanthropist Lester Marks, who is noted as being one of the “Top 200 collectors in the world” by Artnews magazine, one of the “Top 100 art collectors in the world” by Arts & Antiques Magazine and considered “One of the top 100 art collectors changing the art world”.  Lester Marks felt Harry Siter ‘s work was “some of the most interesting work in the fair”.  Being fortunate enough to attend a private party at his home I can attest to the fact that his collection is extraordinary and his personal work outstanding as well…more to come later regarding Lester Marks.

Harry Siter, Mother Nature, 2011, bronze, aluminum, wood, 84” x 40” x 17”

Art often tells a story and Lawrence Fodor does it in a big way…sometimes with a very small box.  Since childhood Lawrence has collected wooden cigar boxes.  His large-scale paintings that include the use of oil, wax and alkyd often take years to complete.  The process generates a great deal of dripping and his “koan box” paintings become bi-products of these large-scale works.

Harry Siter, Deer Hunter, 2011 (sold); Lawrence Fodor, Suspension 02, 2008-2011, oil, wax & alkyd on canvas, 80" x 84"

Placed below the large paintings during his painting process the cigar boxes become canvases that accumulate drippings resulting in beautiful, organic and intimate works of art. There is a real kinship between his large and small works that is enhanced by placing an object from his past inside. A very poetic collection and no, he doesn’t smoke cigars.

Lawrence Fodor, Gloria Cubana Box lll, 2008-2011 oil, wax, alkyd and 23kt gold on wood cigar box 6.5” x 6” x 4.5”

Koan Box Taupe/Orange/Blue-Green, 2008-2010 Oil, wax, alkyd and 23kt gold on wood cigar box 10.5” x 8.5” x 2”

Lawrence Fodor, Suspension 01, 2008-2011, oil, wax & alkyd on canvas 78” x 76”

It was an exhilarating weekend and we intend to return in 2012 for the 2nd annual Houston Fine Art Fair.  In the meantime please contact me at 415-290-5220 or seb@hamamjianmodern.com with any questions or comments.

My Best,                 Seb