Situated in a low-slung office park on the edge of the Design District is one of Dallas’ newest art destinations, called River Bend.
Beginning in 2017 with the relocation of gallerist James Cope’s And Now, the locale is now also home to Erin Cluley Gallery and the Dallas Art Fair’s recently opened 214 Projects.
What was once a sleepy enclave of commercial rental units is now a white-walled, concrete-floored assortment of some of the city’s most exciting contemporary art spaces.
This fall the area welcomed 12.26, the brainchild of Hannah and Hilary Fagadau. Named for the sisters’ shared birthday
(although they were born two years apart) of December 26th, the gallery boasts two exhibition spaces and a viewing room,
the latter adorned with a massive black-marble table gifted to the duo by their late grandmother, Dallas art dealer and philanthropist Jeanne Fagadau.
Jeanne, who passed away in 2016, was a champion of the arts and education,
COMING TO THE TABLE serving as a board member for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and giving generously,
both financially and as a volunteer, to organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women and Booker.
Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She was also an art dealer,
selling prints by blue-chip artists such as Frank Stella and Robert Rauschenberg out of her home.
“She was the one who introduced us to the visual language that is modern and contemporary art,” Hannah says.
“We were the kids on field trips to museums that could discern a Donald Judd from a Richard Serra.”
Inspired by their grandmother, as well as their art-collecting parents, the sisters went on to study art in college and work in the arts in both the commercial and nonprofit sectors.
Hannah studied theater and art history at New York University and received a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia University.
She worked at Dunn and Brown (now Talley Dunn Gallery) and in development at the Dallas Contemporary.
Hilary received her bachelor’s degree in fine art specializing in studio art from
the University of Texas at Austin before working at D.A.P. in New York and as the director of Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles.
With a variety of experiences in the arts between them and connections on both coasts, the sisters decided to embark on opening a gallery.
They envision 12.26 as a way to marry their individual strengths (Hannah in sales and Hilary as an artist liaison)
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