Preview Gala images by Drew Altizer Photography; Exibitor images courtesy of Todd Merrill Studio; Event images by Joseph Driste
Today, the world of modern art and design is an ever-changing landscape that can move as quickly as technology advances. Artists have access to a new universe of mixed media that includes traditional material like metals and ceramics to technical media like lights and custom electronics. The results are creations that are both visually and intellectually compelling, and many were on display at the 3rd Annual FOG Design+Art Fair.
From January 13 – 17, The Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion was transformed into a hub of creative energy for aficionados of modern art, design and innovation. The five-day event, steered by FOG Forum Chair Douglas Durkin, Stanlee R. Gatti, Katie Paige, Roth Martin, Allison Speer and Catherine Topham, epitomized the spirit of the West Coast through art, design and technology. This year, FOG Fair brought 43 leading national and international dealers of vintage 20th-century and contemporary design, art, and photography.
The event kicked off on January 13th with the FOG Design+Art Preview Gala to benefit FOG partner, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The preview gala offered patrons early access to the range of furniture, fine art and design objects from dealers and galleries before the fair opened to the public.
Leaders in the design industry, SFMOMA patrons and supporters, VIPs and top-level sponsors enjoyed an evening of entertainment and culinary creations. Guests were greeted by the FOG’s stunning entry installation, “21POP: CUT IT OUT,” organized by celebrated designer Stanlee Gatti. Dedicated to “craft by hand,” the 2016 project celebrated the art and design of cut outs and features materials including bowls, leather, paper and aluminum. This year’s installation was presented by Penny and Jim Coulter, the Fisher Family, Stanlee R. Gatti, Lisa and John Pritzker, Courtney Roberts-Preston and Steve Preston and Catherine and Ned Topham.
With a varied mix of art, film and discussion, the remainder of FOG generated as much interest as its opening. Guests were in store for a showroom littered with intriguing installations, created with thought-provoking themes in mind. One such installation came from Beth Katleman; her ornate porcelain installations examining themes of consumption and desire sparked much conversation. Another interesting piece came from the the Todd Merrill Studio; Niamh Barry’s Walking – an optical illusion – was the artist’s first standing screen light sculpture.
Other highlights of the 5-day affair included the Innovators Luncheon on Thursday, January 14th, honoring Instagram Co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Friday’s main draw was the ArtBites breakfast, “Deconstructing Design” presented by SFMOMA’s Modern Arts Council, where guests received an early preview inside the new SFMOMA. Next up was a Saturday full of activities, beginning with a screening of Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Lisa Immordino Vreeland. FOG Fair bid farewell on Sunday, January 17th and surely, art enthusiasts were left with enough material to hold their attention for next year’s installation.