Held at the Fort Mason Center-Festival Pavilion overlooking the San Francisco Bay, artMRKT San Francisco showcases 70 galleries, eight installations, and art discussions May 16-19, 2013.
Travelers will be excited to see San Francisco’s newly unveiled project, the world’s largest light sculpture on the Bay Bridge, The Bay Lights. The sight of 25,000 programmed LEDs leads art thinkers to the question
What is the role of cities and cultural institutions in creating visibility for the digital arts?
and artMRKT is holding a discussion of the same title on Saturday, May 18 from 11:30-12:30pm.
With panelists including artists, collectors and the Chief Innovation Officer for the Mayor’s Office of the City of San Franciscoro, the talk–which promises to touch on the unique issues faced by artists who make work using digital technology, including The Bay Lights’ Leo Villareal–is a prescient, forward-thinking topic. From 1pm to 2pm Saturday, Deputy Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Richard Benefield presents “David Hockney in San Francisco” in anticipation of the upcoming Hockney exhibition featuring previously unseen new works coming to Golden Gate Park in October 2013.
artMRKT installations include titled Obscenity – a version for brotherhood. an Ohka airplane semblance at the fair ‘s entrance. The Ohka was a single-seater Japanese WWII aircraft made and used solely for suicide attacks on Allied forces in the Pacific, and re-imagined by artist Taro Hattori in paper and cardboard. The installation is presented by Swarm Gallery, whose booth at artMRKT will feature works by artistsJessalyn Aaland, Syndey Cohen, Adam Katseff, Leigh Merrill, Ethan Worden, and Mathew Zefeldt, whose Head #1 is pictured above. The following are more galleries we look forward to seeing at artMRKT:
artMRKT San Francisco
Thursday, May 16: Opening Preview Reception 6-8pm (benefits the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco); Opening Party 8-10:30pm
Friday, May 17: 11am to 7pm
Saturday, May 18: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, May 19: Noon to 6pm
Admission: $20/day or $35 for all 3 days
Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, California