In honor next Friday’s public opening of the Dallas Art Fair, we bring you five exhibitors to follow—from Los Angeles to London to Bogotá—and whose booths should be kept on your radar as you peruse the fair.
Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles
From a small space nestled between Blum and Poe and Sam Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles’s Culver City arts district, Luis De Jesus gallery heads to Dallas with work by some of their best artists in tow—among them, photographs by Whitney Biennial standout, Zackary Drucker, whose intimate series, “Relationship,” is a current highlight of the museum’s third floor. Other works include photographs by Masood Kamandy (two of his photographs have been acquired by LACMA), new painted sculptures by Molly Larkey (fun fact: she’s Carol King’s daughter), and photographs by Chris Engman—whose work the gallery quickly sold out of at last year’s Dallas Art Fair and is awaited by a band of eager collectors.
Workplace Gallery, Gateshead/London
Founded in 2005 in an abandoned, four-story mattress shop in Northeast England, in Gateshead’s Trinity Square Shopping Center, Workplace Gallery has since moved to Gateshead’s Old Post Office, a 19th-century building on the grounds of late British artist Thomas Bewick’s once-lifelong home, and in 2013, opened a second space in Mayfair (joining the ranks of Pace, David Zwirner, and Gagosian, among others). To Dallas, the gallery brings British artist Eric Bainbridge’s large giclee prints on aluminum; Jo Coupe’s sculpture made from a tiny strand of golden chains; and British painter Laura Lancaster’s nostalgic works, based on found and once-discarded photographs.
Beatriz Esguerra Art, Colombia
Since 2000, Beatriz Esguerra Art has promoted Colombian artists both in Latin America and internationally, and from Bogotá, Colombia, to Dallas, Texas, the gallery brings work by primarily Colombian artists. Highlights include photographs by Edgar Martins, taken over the course of two years on the beaches of Portugal; paintings by Colombian artist Pedro Ruiz, dealing with displacement from a homeland (including a gold-leafed image of bananas trees); a ceramic installation by Carol Young, who was born in Uruguay and has lived and worked in Colombia since the ’80s; mixed media works by Santiago Uribe-Holguin, one of the best abstract artists in Colombia; and “Bookscapes” by Max-Steven Grossman—“libraries that exist only in his photographs.”
Klowden-Mann Gallery, Los Angeles
Last fall, Klowden-Mann Gallery inaugurated its new Culver City, California space—having moved from Santa Monica and changed its name from ‘gallery km’—with an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Bettina Hubby. The gallery pays particular attention to the city’s native artists, so featuring Hubby was a natural entrance; and this week, they’ll show the L.A. darling at the Dallas Art Fair. From a series titled “before sex,” the gallery presents 15 of Hubby’s small prints—photographs on silk—featuring discarded clothing and shoes, sprawled across an implicit bedroom floor and hinting, slyly, at lovemaking and the presence of the physical form. In addition, Klowden-Mann will show works by Rebecca Ripple and Alexandra Wiesenfeld.