The 2020 Dallas Art Fair is officially canceled
The Dallas Art Fair surprised no one on Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that the 2020 edition planned for April but postponed to October will not take place in 2020 at all.
Kelly Cornell, director of the international show, made a statement saying, “This has been an extremely difficult decision, but given the high number of COVID-19 cases in Texas and global travel restrictions, we need the safety of our dealers and Collectors first. “
Cornell added that show officials “work with each gallery individually and offer credit for future shows. We’re an independent company, and the show was scheduled so close to the US pandemic outbreak that our suppliers have already been paid and we are operating at a significant loss. “
She concluded by saying, “We are incredibly sorry we had to make this decision, and we hope that we can work through this with each gallery individually.”
Agustín Arteaga, Eugene McDermott, Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and Kelly Cornell, Director of the Dallas Art Fair, listen to speakers during the announcement of the Dallas Art Fair Foundation’s fourth annual acquisitions program on April 11, 2019 at the Fashion Industry Gallery at the Downtown to Dallas. (Ben Torres / Special Contributor)
The hugely popular fair, which had become the focus of Dallas Arts Month for the past 12 years, emerged in March as one of the first high-profile cancellations of COVID-19. The fair had expected a peak year. 22 exhibitors were to fly to North Texas from other countries.
The show only broke news last month when it launched a new company called Culture Place, which its executives call “a digital marketplace for contemporary art collectors to discover and connect” [with] and buy in galleries in the region. “
Shortly before the rise of Culture Place, the fair had launched virtual sales in April – a first in the past twelve years – and it was proving to be a huge success as it generated $ 3 million in sales over a 10-day period .
Cornell said it had become such a success that it was a natural extension to go one step further. That move became Culture Place, now available online at cultureplace.com.