Timothy Anglin Burgard, Catherine Clark

October 21, 2012 @ Houston

Texas Contemporary returned to Houston for its second edition with a spacious layout for the 75 international exhibitors, artists' installations spread over the fair, and an integrated program of events that included talks and tours, VIP receptions at collections and galleries, and the city’s unveiling of Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston (CAMH). “Moving to Houston four years ago I had no idea I would find an art scene so vibrant, international and spirited,” CAMH director Bill Arning told A.i.A. over the weekend. “I keep telling artist friends that it's the new Berlin: cheap rents; great galleries, museums, and collectors; and a regular flow of visits from the best artists working today.” CAMH also hosted provocative exhibition by photographer Alvin Baltrop, while the Blaffer Art Museum showed off its version of a traveling survey of Tony Feher’s playful assemblages and the Menil Collection provided VIP visitors a morning view of its distinctive assortment of art and antiquities.—PAUL LASTER