Spring in San Francisco has been blooming art excursions everywhere. Studio tours and Art Market happened a couple weeks ago. This year Art Market brought a mini Art Basel type experience to the Fort Mason area. At least that's what I imagine. I haven't yet been to Art Basel.
Art Market has been happening in SF for 5 years. This year felt different because a couple other events popped up at the same time to share in the buzz of art enthusiasts. If you don't know what Art Market is, it's an opportunity for galleries to show off the artists they represent all in one place. It feels like a contemporary art museum but you can purchase the art... well, someone can purchase the art.
Happening at the same time this year was StArt Up Fair at Hotel Del Sol. This was a way for artist without representation to showcase their work for sale and potentially find representation. Being a short distance from Art Market hopefully enticed some galleries over to check out the work. I attended StArt Up and it was one of the most unique art going experiences I've had. Every hotel room featured an artist. All the regular hotel fixtures where still in the room including the beds. This meant some unique ways of exhibiting. Art hung on the cieling. Art laying on the bed. Art in the bathroom. Art clipped to hangers inside closets. Art as an immersive experience.
Lastly there was also the Parking Lot Art Fair. Unfortunately I couldn't go but did have a friend who participated. The parking lot show was a rogue take-over of several parking lots that most people walk through to enter the Fort Mason complex. I heard artists showed up at 6am to stake their claim. Most artists created installations as this event was not about selling but about the conversation of Art.
I only spent one afternoon perusing the art but one could easily spend the whole weekend. Below I'm sharing just a handful of the pieces from Art Market that caught my eye. If you're in the area and missed it this year it's worth putting on your calendar for next. And keep a look out for any other art fairs that may spring up next year.