Art-wise in San Francisco, it hardly ever rains but then it pours. The middle of May sees 2 major art events here (it used to be 3, but one is now defunct, which makes this weekend a little less manic), so it’s time to make the most of all that’s on offer.
ArtMRKT, after it’s success over the past couple of years of being housed in the SF Concourse, not the prettiest of buildings, has moved to a pier pavilion at Fort Mason, with it’s views of the Golden Gate bridge. ArtPad is held, as always in the very cool Phoenix Hotel, slap bang in the middle tenderloin district.
ArtMRKT and ArtPad had big openings on Thursday night. I opted for artMRKT, as I had a large work on paper showing at Kala’s booth. The hoi-poloi..that’s me and almost everyone else, aren’t allowed to get in before 8pm as the 5.30-8.00 pm slot is reserved for those willing to fork over $150 for preview ticket, and therefore get first choice of all the lovley art work for sale..I wish!
We had to drive around for 20 minutes looking for parking… that had to be a good sign, then managed to park right outside. Got to the door and there was some kind of lock out situation..too many people, fear of the building collapsing and sending us all into the drink..who knows, but it was bloody chilly standing in that wind-blown queue.
Wasn’t long before we were inside though, and it was very encouraging to see so many art enthusiasts crammed into the building..made me feel positively optimistic! I thought the show this year was the best so far, very nicely hung ( well hung.. can I say that?) and a lot of work I would love to own – someday maybe.
I popped into artpad on Friday for a talk about residencies..very enlightening, and had a quick look around. It was a bit like that old joke – ‘quick quick, show me the Mona Lisa, I’m double parked’, so I didn’t spend too long in each bedroom.. I mean Gallery. The Phoenix rents out the whole hotel for the 4 days of the art fair, all beds, curtains, side tables, etc are removed, and each room transformed into a mini-gallery… very cool idea, and it works. But for my money… and since I got a free ticket (oh yes, and free drinks as well!), my personal preference was for artMRKT this year.
Here are some photos of some of the work from ArtMRKT that caught my eye, before I got sidetracked by wine and chatting to friends….