Super Show: FOG Design + Art in San Francisco
The new year is off to a fresh and energizing start at the third annual Fog Design + Art Fair in San Francisco. This nicely scaled show with a carefully edited roster of 43 exhibitors, that includes Matthew Marks, Galerie Keo, Atlman Siegel Gallery, and Reform Gallery, is a balanced mix of established and emerging dealers of art and design from the United States and abroad. It’s the perfect formula in a city that is ripe for more art engagement opportunities. Over 8,000 visitors attended the fair, up from 6,000 just last year. From a digital art installation influenced by ancient Japanese Art to exquisite nature-inspired handcrafted furniture to artworks by Lichtenstein and Nicole Wermers, the fair offered a diverse snapshot of local and internationally recognized artists and designers under one roof. Organized by a volunteer steering committee with proceeds from the show and preview gala supporting SFMOMA, reopening in May, the enthusiasm for supporting and engaging with the arts was palpable. This fair is a must-see on your art fair calendar.
There were a number of highlights from the show’s enticing mix of art and design, such as Korean designer Bae Swe Hwa’s walnut and bronze Steam 26 bench at Seomi International; David Wiseman’s Unique Radial Branch illuminated sculpture, featuring bronze and porcelain blossoms; and French designer Christophe Côme’s jewel-like Pyramid Cabinet, made of iron and glass with oxidized silver leaf at Cristina Grajales. Other standouts varied in scale, from small houseware objects to larger centerpieces, including such works as Eric Serritella’s handcrafted stoneare, Untitled Teapot, at Jason Jacques; and Germany-based industrial designer Konstantin Grcic’s Jetdog table at Galerie Kreo, which took inspiration from Formula 1, and employed colorful graphics reminiscent of high performance sports equipment.