FAIR FARE: In its fourth year, the Dallas Art Fair seems to be raising its profile nationally. You get that sense when you see previews in publications like The Wall Street Journal. Still, the top of the story focuses on the fair’s desire to make a local connection. “I don’t really think Miami Basel has a lot to do with Miami,” fair co-founder Chris Byrne tells the paper. “We want to have great exhibitors, but we want [the fair] to be grafted into the community.”
SHIELD YOUR EYES: In sorta related news, there hasn’t been a resulution yet in the Museum Tower vs. Nasher Sculpture Center situation, in which the Nasher is annoyed by a glare cast onto its space by the new tower. But John Sughrue, a developer of the tower and co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair, says he’s doing his best to find a solution while answering his critics. Chief among them: former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller. “The biggest threat to Ray [Nasher] was just having a large shadow over the sculpture center and the garden. It never dawned on him or me or anyone else at the time that, instead, it would be this giant solar project next door,” Miller tells dallasnews.com. “That is just so much worse than anything we had envisioned. And poor Ray would just be devastated.” Sughrue’s response: “I would say she’s right, if I were in a position to write a $200 million check to determine the absolute fate of this project. But since that is an impossibility, her remarks are completely inaccurate.”
SAME ‘OL SITUATION: Attracting a new, younger audience – it’s what all arts groups strive for. But opera companies in particular have a tough time with it because opera itself can be tough to sell to newcomers. In a column for theaterjones.com, Dallas Opera general director Keith Cerny writes that the opera world has been trying to figure this all out since at least the days of Mozart and Wagner and offers a few suggestions.