Pace, Gagosian, David Zwirner Among Top Galleries at Inaugural Seattle Art Fair This Weekend

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  • July 07, 2015

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Julie Blackmon, Airstream, 2011. Archival pigment print, 24 x 31 inches. Courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle.

Art Market Productions and Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc., co-producers of the Seattle Art Fair, wil launch the inaugural event from July 30 – August 2, 2015 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle, Washington.

The Seattle Art Fair will feature 50 leading local, regional, and international art galleries presenting top-tier modern and contemporary art. Site-specific art installations created for the fair by artists from around the world will be placed in select locations throughout the city. The fair will also highlight the Pacific Rim, with Asian galleries presenting the best of the region’s contemporary artwork.

2015 EXHIBITORS * Adelson Galleries (New York), Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe (New York), Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco), Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles) Danese/Corey (New York), Donald Ellis Gallery (New York), Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland), G. Gibson Gallery (Seattle), Gallery 16 (San Francisco), Gallery Jones (Vancouver), Gana Art (Seoul), Greg Kucera Gallery (Seattle), James Cohan Gallery (New York), James Harris Gallery (Seattle), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), Kaikai Kiki (Tokyo), Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), Maxwell Davidson Gallery (New York), Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami), Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York), PACE (New York), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), PDX Contemporary (Portland), Platform Gallery (Seattle), PUNCH Gallery (Seattle), Ryan Lee Gallery (New York), Sasha Wolf Gallery (New York), SEASON (Seattle), Tyler Rollins Fine Art (New York), Upfor (Portland), Winston Wächter Fine Art (Seattle/New York), Woodside/Braseth Gallery (Seattle), Zurcher Gallery (New York/Paris). *List in formation.

The Dealer Committee includes Catharine Clark, James Cohan, Mariane IbrahimLenhardt, Greg Kucera, and Eric Gleason, director of Paul Kasmin Gallery.


In addition to installations on-site, The Seattle Art Fair will extend beyond the walls of CenturyLink Field Event Center, with installations, talks, and special exhibitions throughout the city produced by the fair’s Curatorial Committee – Greg Bell, senior curator for Vulcan Inc.; Scott Lawrimore, director of the University of Washington’s Jacob Lawrence Gallery; and Eli Ridgway, an independent curator.

• Leeza Ahmady, director of New York's Asian Contemporary Art Week, is producing THINKING CURRENTS: An Exhibition and Curatorial Platform. The interactive exhibition, at the fair, will explore the Pacific Rim through video, sound, installation, and digital technology.

• Artist Robert Montgomery will build a site-specific work in collaboration with ALL RISE – a series of temporary art installations organized for a city block at the location of Seattle City Light’s future Denny Substation in the Cascade neighborhood.

• Artist Wendy Red Star will develop a site-responsive life-size diorama that incorporates Volunteer Park’s lush environment with decoys, inflatables and cardboard cutouts of animals that include deer, coyotes and moose. Visitors to the park and fair-goers alike will interact with the diorama and pose for photographs taken by the artist throughout the weekend. Red Star is a Portland, OR-based artist whose artwork comments on the way Native people have been portrayed, displayed, and represented as a people and culture of the past.


In conjunction with the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Art Fair presents Talk Contemporary, a series of free talks featuring leading contemporary artists Joshua Sofaer, Victoria Sambunaris, and Maya Lin. • July 15, 7 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum Joshua Sofaer, an artist centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation, will speak to his irreverent use of humor as he acts as curator, producer, or director of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, and publications.

• July 22, 7 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum Victoria Sambunaris will discuss her photographic journey across the American landscape, focusing on the intersection of geology, industry, and culture in South Texas's international energy industry. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.

• July 29, 7 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum Throughout her career, Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture. She will discuss her consistent exploration of how we experience the landscape, as well as how her works have merged completely with terrain, blurred the boundaries between two- and three-dimensional space, and systemically ordered the land by history, language, and time.

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