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Highlights of UNTITLED and FOG Design+Art in SF

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After checking out UNTITLED (at Pier 35) and FOG Design+Art (at Fort Mason), and seeing a lot of great artwork, I think that UNTITLED was the stronger art fair of the two.  Although FOG benefits SFMOMA and tends to get more hype leading up to it, the overall selections at UNTITLED were edgier and more international.  This year’s edition of FOG had 53 galleries participating including buzzier blue-chip galleries like Hauser & Wirth, Andrew Kreps, and Perrotin.  With ticket prices at $25 to $35, the free shuttle buses that ran between the two fairs was a nice touch.  Read more below for my picks of the best art from last weekend.


San Francisco’s favorite gallerist Jessica Silverman had one of the most popular booths– check out the ocean acrylic-on-canvas painting by Luke Butler and the cardboard It’s OK to Be Angry; Feminist Slogan. by Andrea Bowers (it’s rumored to have sold for a price in the high five figures!).

Jessica Silverman Gallery, Booth 210 at FOG

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It took me a minute to realize that these were JR‘s photos presented by PACE Gallery, not a junior outlet of PACE.

PACE Gallery’s booth at FOG

FOG had some surprisingly good food options on-site with pop-up cafes from Jane and A16.

FOG attendees munching on pizza from A16 outside of the theater

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive displayed work from artists and activists made in their pop-up participatory installation with artist Misako Miki, centered around female empowerment and the 2019 Women’s March.   Untitled held a poster making workshop on Friday where anyone could make a poster for the march, and the remaining Risograph prints were then given away to fairgoers all weekend.

Misako Miki and the BAMPFA’s booth at UNTITLED

Paris-based onestar presented Daniel Gordon‘s Au Bon Marché photography series.  Each image was created by collaging found photos of each object into a 3D version, then photographing the result.

Daniel Gordon, Artichoke. Photo courtesy of onestar.

Five Car Garage presented a collection of paintings that evoke a “goddess moon temple” by Alison Blickle with prices that ranged from $8,000 to $10,000.

Five Car Garage’s booth at UNTITLED

A quiet moment with a Sunday Morning painting by Byron Kim at Tina Kim Gallery‘s booth: “It poured rain the last two days here leaving a stifling amount of humidity behind.  It feels like Bali.  Maybe I’ll make banana pancakes tomorrow morning.  My show of black paintings at MCASD opened on Thursday and looks a lot better than I imagined.  I haven’t really been to the beach on this trip.  I need to get out of this funk I’m in.  Maybe the beach is the answer.”

Byron Kim’s Sunday Painting 7/20/15 at Tina Kim Gallery’s booth at UNTITLED

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Kirsten Chen

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