April 6, 2012 in Show Details
Partnering with the City of San Francisco, the Opening Gala bestowed Richard L Greene with the Lifetime Achievement Award for the benefit of ArtCare. Emceed by local TV personality Liam Mayclem and introduced by SFMOMA’s Exec. Director Neal Benezra, the kickoff ceremony set the high-energy and high profile tone for the Opening Gala. Over 3,000 eager visitors, many of whom were the who’s who of the northern California art buying community, poured into the exhibition over the 3 hours.
Helps Reclaim the City’s Stature as an Art Mecca
As the pioneering and solo fair in 2010, SFFAF returned the glamour and prestige of an international fine art fair to SF-after an 8-year absence. Its rousing success re-established the Bay Area as a well-earned stop on the national art fair circuit. Now with a 2 year track record of producing 15,000+ sophisticated and knowledgeable acquisition-oriented fairgoers and generating $5-6+ million in annual sales, SFFAF has established itself as viable location for serious art commerce. Its success has inspired other fairs to jump in. With the 2012 event planned to be its most impactful to date, SFFAF will maintain the city’s statue as one of the most important art marketplaces in America- in the eyes of gallerists, collectors and the national art press.
What to Expect
Expect the best in post-war and contemporary art. Experience a most carefully selected collection of galleries. Select from 5,000 significant works of art from 400 respected artists all presented by 70+ prominent galleries worldwide. Get inspired as you explore our 50,000 sq ft of world-class art under one roof. We expect our range and quality of galleries to be among the most exciting and relevant showcased on the West Coast. Attend impactful lectures, which help uncover and define the latest trends in contemporary art. There’s mesmerizing installations, passionate live performances, special celebrity appearances, that will make for an unforgettable day of art buying at this invigorating Bay view bucolic setting.
There’s Art for Every Budget Level
With the help of the Selection Committee’s discriminating eyes, SFFAF offers visitors the very best in broad spectrum of media from 1950 to present. The treasures you can acquire range from paintings, works on paper, drawings, and printed editions to fine art photography, indoor and outdoor sculpture, and glass art. Prices ranged from $1,000 to $1 million.
With a rebounding economy, there’s no better time to invest in art. From buying the masters to discovering upcoming stars, you can acquire items that not only accrue in value, but also bring everyday beauty and enjoyment into your home.
Just the Right Size
While large enough to rank as a major international art fair with 70+ galleries, the fair also lends itself into a cozy boutique setting on the pier. This provides visitors a fun and manageable viewing experience. SFFAF will ignite your creative instincts as you meander through the 3 spacious aisles, exploring the memorable displays. It’s the perfect setting to meet many of the nations’ top art dealers The Festival Pavilion, with sweeping and spectacular views of SF Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, is an ideal setting to contemplate and experience the art.