Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seattle Art Fair 2016

The 2016 Seattle Art Fair was a very classy art fair to attend. Located in the CenturyLink Field Event Center this second edition of the Seattle Art Fair closed on Sunday, August 7, with amazing results reported by collectors, gallerists, artists, partners, and guests. By the end of the event some 18,000 visitors attended this year's fair to experience excellent exhibitions by extinguished local, national, and international galleries. 

The fair kicked off with the Beneficiary Preview on August 4, raising over $100,000 for the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), followed by the official Opening Night Preview. Notable guests included Rich and Sarah Barton, Cliff Burrows, Dale Chihuly, Adrian Hanauer, Marieluise Hessel, Christina Lockwood, David Morehouse, Jessica Morgan, Takashi Murakami, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Ginny Ruffner, Matthew Thompson, and many others.

One of the many halls
Photography by Valerie Gryfakis

Art Work by Kehinde Wiley
Roberts and Tilton - Culver City, California
Photography by Valerie Gryfakis

Participating exhibitors made important sales to top collectors with highlights including Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art's sale of work by Kymia Nawabi, Adams and Ollman's placement of work on paper by Ellen Lesperance, and Allan Stone Projects' sales of works by Alfred Leslie, Wayne Nowack, and Wayne Thiebaud. Petzel Gallery sold work on paper by Hiroki Tsukuda and David Zwirner sold work by Fred Sandback, multiple works by R. Crumb, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Al Taylor, as well as a Yayoi Kusama painting that was made by the artist specifically for the fair which sold to a local collector. Paul Kasmin Gallery sold photographs by Robert Polidori, and Pace sold work by teamLab - the artist collective who also presented an interactive installation as part of the Seattle Art Fair’s Projects. Forum Gallery sold painting by Alan Magee, Greg Kucera Gallery sold sculpture by Deborah Butterfield and work by Marie Watt among over a dozen more. Tokyo's Koki Arts placed work by Ryoichi Nakamura, Marlborough Gallery sold work by Dale Chihuly from the gallery's dramatic solo presentation, and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery sold works by a wide range of artists including Claire Falkenstein and Alma Thomas. PDX CONTEMPORARY ART sold work by Adam Sorenson, Jeffry Mitchell furniture and ceramics, and other works by Justin L’Amie, D.E. May, Kristen Miller, Jenene Nagy, and Joe Rudko. Peter Mendenhall Gallery sold work by Daniel Douke, and David Benrimon Fine Art sold work by Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol.

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