I love starting the new year with FOG Design+Art. There’s always a good showing of beautiful and thought-provoking art that often glows, sometimes fades, hangs, sits, and many times surprises. We all love our John Baldessari, Helen Frankenthaler, and Yayoi Kusama but it’s exciting to discover new artists and new works.
Things to know: Leading galleries all under one roof. This year’s lineup included Blum & Poe, Fraenkel Gallery, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Pace Gallery, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Pop-up dining from San Francisco favorites Jane and A16.
Seated L to R at ArtBites: Nancy Lim, Dr. Doty, Tucker Nichols, Ana Teresa Fernandez
Borrando La Frontera pictured on screen
Make time for: Artist and designer talks, including ArtBites. This year’s timely topic was The Art of Compassion: How Art and Altruism Spark Change. The discussion was moderated by Nancy Lim, SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Painting & Sculpture and the panel included:
Dr. James Doty, neurosurgeon, founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University
Ana Teresa Fernandez, artist and art professor at CCA and SFAI
Tucker Nichols, artist and author based in Northern California
From discussion: Dr. Doty stressed the importance of connections among people, without judgement, can change how we respond to the world. Art has magic and can shift change of how people view objects and the world. Art can create a different perspective, can act as an agent of change and sometimes a portal to freedom. We saw this in Ana Teresa Fernandez’s Borrando La Frontera.
Our new chandelier goal by Fred Wilson at Pace Gallery
A rear view of PixCell Reindeer by Kohei Nawa at Pace Gallery
Hanging Sculpture by Ruth Asawa at David Zwirner // These were ethereal.
Close up of Collective Binding #1591 by Emil Lukas hanging in Hosfelt Gallery booth
Some favorites from Adam Fuss at the Fraenkel Gallery: Untitled, 1987 If your wondering, those are glycerin drops on Cibachrome photogram // Untitled, 2017
When: Second weekend in January, Thursday to Sunday. Wednesday evening is the Preview Gala.
For a complete experience: Get a ticket to the Preview Gala and enjoy an evening of culinary treats and craft cocktails while you peruse the fair before it opens to the public. Catered small dishes and design-inspired cocktails. You also get a pass for the entire weekend. General admission for a one-day visit is $25.
Tip: Download the FOG app for a full schedule, complete list of exhibitors, and notifications.