Bay Area art lovers, prepare thyselves for a very full weekend. Two fairs descend on San Francisco beginning Thursday, and everyone is pulling out the stops.
FOG Art+Design (located at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion) and Untitled, San Francisco (trying out venue number three at Pier 35) bring 112 exhibitors (some local, some from as far away as Warsaw and Taipei) to the northeast edge of San Francisco for a weekend of art viewing, accompanying events and—the exhibitors hope—sales.
If you’re an gallerygoer without much wall space or pocket change to spare, fairs are a chance to see offerings by out-of-town galleries, take the temperature of other regions’ art scenes and make note of venues to visit should you happen to find yourself in London, Madrid or, more easily, Los Angeles and New York.
And if you’re a collector, fairs are pretty much all of the above, but with the added possibility of purchasing work.
It can all be a bit overwhelming, but in addition to strolling through rows of booths filled with beautiful things, FOG and Untitled offer visitors a variety of extra programming in the days to come (which may help justify the $25 and $35 ticket prices, respectively).