San Francisco’s art market has always been on the fringe, second to more prominent art cities. Since their first art fair in 2011, artMRKT founders Jeffrey Wainhause and Max Fishko have been working with dealers, galleries, and artists to give San Francisco larger significance on the global art map. With their second artMRKT weekend having had an impressive attendance increase last year, their third event invites even more galleries from around the country and world — Tel Aviv’s Zemack Contemporary Art, Germany’s Walter Bischoff Galerie, and Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Tanner | Hill Gallery, among others. The event does, however, mostly have San Francisco’s contemporary art scene in mind. The opening reception benefits the deYoung and Legion of Honor, and they’ve developed an online program called MRKTworks in which pieces from local galleries are put up for bids and all of the proceeds are given to corresponding Bay Area art world beneficiaries like Zero1 and SF Cameraworks. Business affairs aside, the multiple day event is worth checking out for installations like Future Cities Lab’s Datagrove, which translates local trending Twitter feeds into shifting patterns and intensities of light and sound that respond to the physical presence of people, or Laurina Paperina’s Welcome, in which people can enter into the mouth of a Godzilla-sized giant pink bear and share the sensory experience of … whatever that world may be. One day, multiday, or preview passes are available with access to parties, an open bar, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle with important players and patron of the international art world.
Thu., May 16, 6-8 p.m.; Fri., May 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., May 19, 12-6 p.m., 2013

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