Not Your Typical Fort Mason Art Fair

The S.F. Fine Art Fair aims to bolster the city’s status as a major player in the art world with an eye-popping international exhibition of modern and contemporary works across media including paintings, photography, and electronic sculpture. More than 500 artists, both established and up-and-coming, are represented by 75 prominent galleries, including a number of Bay Area leaders like the Braunstein/Quay, whose founder, Ruth Braunstein, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The three-day event (plus a May 20 “preview party” fundraiser for the S.F. Art Institute) should appeal to art enthusiasts of varied persuasions, be they Parisian collectors or Mission scenesters. Some names on the walls will be familiar —Andrew Wyeth (whose contribution claims the gig’s loftiest price tag of $15 million) and Venice Projects (stars of last year’s Venice Biennale) — others less so. That is, until showtime. Installation artist Chico MacMurtrie plans to dazzle with a pair of enormous robots, which inflate into unusual geometric shapes and allegedly even “breathe” (Battlestar fans, beware). There’s also an update on the Mortal Kombat videogame, propelled into the 21st century by the power of Dance Dance Revolution.
May 21-23, 2010

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