Dallas Art Fair Boosts DMA Collection

The Dallas Museum of Art will add 12 artworks from this year’s Dallas Art Fair, funded by the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program, according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,

“Twelve artworks from this year’s Dallas Art Fair will be added to the Dallas Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

The Dallas Art Fair and the DMA announced the acquisitions Thursday in a kickoff to the annual event. The acquisitions are funded by the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program, an annual gift from the foundation that places fair works into the DMA’s collection.

The Dallas Art Fair, founded in 2009 and regarded as the centerpiece of the Dallas visual arts scene, opens to the public Friday at the Fashion Industry Gallery.”

According to the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art of DMA, the acquisition was made possible thanks to the $100,000 funds that was primarily intended to support artists, galleries and of course, the museum as told by an Art Newspaper article which says,

“This year, the museum had $100,000 to spend and picked up a dozen works, a new record haul according to Katherine Brodbeck, the senior curator of contemporary art at the DMA. The new acquisitions will help bolster the representation within the museum’s collection of work by artists from the Asian, Latin America and African diasporas, she said.

The DMA also likes to support Dallas artists and galleries with the gift, Brodbeck says. This year, the museum acquired work by two Dallas-based artists represented by local galleries: four works on paper mounted onto fabric by Nishiki Sugawara-Beda from Cris Worley Fine Arts, and Riley Holloway’s Records on Repeat (2023) from Erin Cluley Gallery. The museum also selected Masamitsu Shigeta’s Interior Flower (2023) from Dallas art gallery 12.26.

Works acquired by the museum with through the fund this year also include True Westerners for One Strange Hour (2023) by Yowshien Kuo, an artist based in St Louis, Missouri, from Turin-based Luce Gallery; Yifan Jiang’s Pelican (2022) from Los Angeles gallery Meliksetian Briggs; Portrait Vignette: Healing (2022) by Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu, a Mongolian artist, from Sapar Contemporary in New York; Out in the Open (2023) by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber from Toronto gallery Patel Brown; Karla Diaz’s watercolour painting Torera (bullfighter) (2023) from Luis de Jesus Los Angeles; and Self-Pollinating Androgyne Dreamscile Covers the World in Yes(es) and Possibilities (2023) by Chelsea Culprit from Morán Morán, a gallery in Los Angeles.”

Currently, museums and galleries alike are starting to expand and increase artworks through the help of acquisition funds which have been also increasing around the country.