Art Market San Francisco Returns With a 26-Foot Inflatable Buddha Among Large-Scale Installations

  • SAN FRANCISCO, California
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  • April 17, 2017

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Paranirvana by Lewis deSoto
Presented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary
Temple Street by Joshua Smith
Presented by Muriel Guépin

Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area's leading modern and contemporary art fair, returns to Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion from April 27 - 30, 2017. ​Art Market San Francisco welcomed a record-breaking 28,000 visitors in 2016​. The fair's seventh edition will build on this incredible momentum, welcoming important collectors and curators with unique and unexpected installations, presentations of the best in modern and contemporary art by eighty top galleries.

Art Market San Francisco will feature important returning exhibitors including Pace Art + Technology, Walter Maciel Gallery, Muriel Guépin Gallery, Forum Gallery, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, George Lawson Gallery, Chandran Gallery, Ever Gold [Projects], Electric Works, Johansson Projects, and Hashimoto Contemporary, joining exciting newcomers such as San Diego's Scott White Contemporary Art, Sundaram Tagore Gallery of New York City, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Chimento Contemporary of Downtown Los Angeles, New York City's Gerald Peters Gallery, Atlanta's HATHAWAY, and Tokyo's Galerie Taménaga.

The Crime of Willful Neglect (BP) by Pam Longobardi. "Black plastic is the most ubiquitous and least recyclable type of plastic. It reveals its origins in oil. Petroleum companies go to more extreme lengths to extract the last remaining drops of oil from miles underneath the ocean and under former Arctic ice at the same time that the world ocean is plagued by discarded plastic. Plastic objects are the cultural archeology of our time...," Pam Longobardi.
Presented by HATHAWAY

Art Market San Francisco will also present a dedicated program of large-scale installations, driving the art experience out into the fair's public spaces. Highlights include Joshua Smith's Temple Street, 2017,​ ​ a mixed media installation built with specific materials and incredible technique to deliberately recreate 23 Temple Street in Kowloon, Hong Kong, presented at Art Market San Francisco by Muriel Guépin Gallery.

Shown by Walter Maciel Gallery, Lisa Solomon's ​Seninbari ​(1,000 stitched knots), is the presentation of 1,000 French knots made from 2,200 feet of rope that Solomon hand dyed using a rich red, a traditional Japanese color noted on their flag, that fades into a pale pink from one end to the other.

Chandra Cerrito Contemporary will present Lewis deSoto's ​Paranirvara, 1999-2015. Made of the same material as a bouncy house, the sculpture - a 26-foot inflatable Buddha - approaches the topic of death with a playful tilt.

Art Market San Francisco's seventh edition will also feature an exciting cocktail program created and presented by Grand Lake Kitchen, ​SF Chronicle's ​ "Best Brunch in Town," along with local beers from SponsorFort Point Beer.

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