Art can sometimes be about delivering the unexpected, or playing on assumptions we subconsciously make each moment. By noticing little human quirks and understanding the dynamics of surprise, very interesting demonstrations can take place. The Dallas Art Fair recently sported two live mannequins wearing Roberto Cavalli as greeters to the queues of culture lovers who attended the preview gala event.
Because the city itself doesn't stand out as a centre of artistic relevance, competing with other American names such as San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, it takes a lot to do something that turns heads. So they figured that turning heads where heads don't usually turn is exactly the sort of thing that would get people talking.
The massive Northpark superstore in Dallas provided the exhibitionist props in a move to link art and clothing together. Fashion is of course an art form, and there are many ways of expressing ourselves through the medium of clothing.
The art fair was proud to be showcasing ninety-five art dealers with a 40% international base, making it a truly multicultural event, proud to give American soil over to the promotion of cultural relations and group solidarity for the ninth consecutive annual event.
Among buyers at the fair were several institutions of local importance such as the Dallas Museum of Art which has its own program of acquisition for the art fair. Traditional political messages were toned down this year, as an oil rich republican state, Texas usually does attract art of this manner at its events but it seemed particular effort had been made to reduce it this time. Perhaps tensions are still fairly high after such a divisive election and it was wise to keep things in the comfort zone.
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