Art Market San Francisco 2014

On May 15—18 Art Market San Francisco, the Bay Area’s contemporary and modern art fair, returns to Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion for its fourth annual show. Engaging the interest of both active and new collectors, the fair features artworks from approximately 70 established and up-and-coming galleries from around the country.

A large crowd mills about an art fair

Max Fishko, a co-founder of Art Market, is dedicated to educating emerging collectors about the fast-paced and ever-evolving art market. “There are so many innovative companies, initiatives, and new collectors in the Bay Area,” says Fishko. Tours of the fair will include an informational component designed to break down traditional barriers to collecting, making the process more accessible and less intimidating. Visitors to Art Market can expect to learn about how and where to start collecting, and how to appropriately manage relationships with dealers. “This is a really young marketplace,” Fishko says. The fair’s broad based approach will orient new collectors, providing key points of access to the art collecting world while simultaneously introducing the market’s best in contemporary art.

A Benefit Preview Reception supporting the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco New Acquisitions Fund will allow guests to be the first to enjoy Art Market San Francisco. Benefit Preview tickets include valet parking, express entry and first access to the fair, with appetizers and cocktails by Stag Dining, music by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo, and weekend-long admission to the fair, including VIP Lounge access. Guests are welcome to stay for the Opening-Night Party from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. Advance tickets $150 per person ($100 tax-deductible).

Throughout the weekend Art Market will feature special artist presentations, talks by Bay Area curators, including FAMSF curators, and the return of the popular artwork auction sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation.

FAMSF Curator Lectures at the Fair

Programs are free with admission.

Saturday, May 17, 1pm
Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection
Lecture by Richard Benefield, Deputy Director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Sunday, May 18, 1pm
Keith Haring: Pop and Politics
Lecture by Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Curator