This January, FOG Design+Art Fair continues its fruitful evolution with …
the most sophisticated gathering of dealers since it began three years ago. Divided equally between the design and art galleries, the fair housed at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion includes new showings from galleries such as Chicago’s institution-cum-design gallery Casati, the Gagosian Gallery, New York’s dependably provocative Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and influential European grande dame Dominique Lévy.
Lévy chose to join the fair after visiting last year, citing “the energy and support of collectors” and the city’s “long-standing interest in modern and contemporary art.” Her booth will present artists from the gallery’s program as well as a staging of Yves Klein’s iconic Monotone Symphony at Grace Cathedral to coincide with the fair.
“The art market here is thriving,” says Douglas Durkin, chair of the steering committee. “With the advent of BAMPFA and SFMOMA’s expansion, artist districts such as Minnesota Street, the Gagosian opening…people have confidence in the area.” In addition to the galleries, the fair includes a lecture on photographer Trevor Paglen’s off-site performance piece with the Kronos Quartet, a pop-up installation from renowned event designer Stanlee Gatti, and a curated reading room. For serious art and design buffs, everything from Sheila Hicks prayer rugs from Demisch Danant to Zaha Hadid’s spectacular glass consuls fashioned for David Gill, and classics such as a Richard Neutra drawing from Edward Cella are sure to beckon. PACE will also present Studio Drift, an artist group that pushes the boundaries between art and technology, and S.F. gallery Altman Siegel is showing graphic abstractions of quilt patterns by photography artist Sara VanDerBeek.
“There is anticipation that the younger demographic is more interested in the arts,” says Durkin. “We’re truly becoming a platform for seasoned collectors and enthusiasts to see art and design under one roof.” Jan. 12-15. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F., 415-551-5190; fogfair.com.
Edited by Elizabeth Khuri Chandler.