Robert Boyd
Houston, TX
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I am a former Seattleite (I worked for Fantagraphics in the 1990s) I now live… more »

Aug 6, 2015 Robert Boyd commented on The Seattle Art Fair Was So Successful, the City Literally Applauded.
Art Market Productions also puts on an art fair in Houston, Texas. That one, the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, started in 2011 and continues to this day. After that first TCAF, the mood was pretty ebullient. It had some blue chip galleries, some foreign galleries, some interesting projects, etc. It felt like a good start.

But in subsequent years, the blue chip galleries have pulled out. There were 55 exhibitors in 2014 compared with 74 in 2012. The big art projects got smaller. The fair is less interesting now and doesn't seem particularly consequential anymore.

I mention this because this could be the future of the Seattle Art Fair. If the dealers when they do their final P&L learn that the ROI for having a booth in Seattle is less than for having a booth at the Armory Show and Frieze, Seattle will go by the wayside. Those 15,000 attendees don't really count--all that matters for exhibitors are collectors who are willing to spend money right now.

The problem with regional art fairs like Seattle's (or Houston) is that the big money collectors can easily fly to New York or Basel or Miami to buy their blue chip art. The question becomes, can a local fair convince a local collector to buy locally (especially local art)? I haven't seen that in Houston with TCAF, but maybe Seattle will be different.
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Feb 18, 2013 Robert Boyd commented on Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth.
True story--Charles Krafft told me he cried when he saw Schindler's List.
Dec 1, 2011 Robert Boyd commented on Update on the Art Critic Who Asked Me to Marry Him.
CATSPAWN666: I agree with what you've said (most of all about your understandable disinterest in art gossip from another city. The last Seattle art gossip that interested me was the split-up and reuniting of Larry Ried and Tracey Rowland...) Britt's journey as an artist is off to an inauspicious start, and the Art Guys have nothing to prove--they've been making great work since the 80s. I only wrote what I did above because even if Britt flames out into obscurity after this, at least he has a pretty decent legacy as a local art writer.
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Dec 1, 2011 Robert Boyd commented on Update on the Art Critic Who Asked Me to Marry Him.
Hey CATSPAW666. I'm slightly mystified by Douglas Britt/Devon Britt-Darby's roadtrip/social sculpture/whatever-it-is. However, ten years from now--and today even--he has a body of work that is respectable--as a critic. This piece might be completely off the wall and crazy, but his writing for the Houston Chronicle has generally been sensitive, analytical and accessible--qualities that are hard to find in one critic. I'm sorry to see him go because his voice has been an important one in Houston. I don't always agree with him, but I always enjoy reading his work.

--Robert Boyd (current Houstonian/former Seattleite)
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Dec 1, 2011 Robert Boyd commented on Update on the Art Critic Who Asked Me to Marry Him.
Hey CATSPAW666. I'm slightly mystified by Douglas Britt/Devon Britt-Darby's roadtrip/social sculpture/whatever-it-is. However, ten years from now--and today even--he has a body of work that is respectable--as a critic. This piece might be completely off the wall and crazy, but his writing for the Houston Chronicle has generally been sensitive, analytical and accessible--qualities that are hard to find in one critic. I'm sorry to see him go because his voice has been an important one in Houston. I don't always agree with him, but I always enjoy reading his work.

--Robert Boyd (current Houstonian/former Seattleite)