Friday, May 9, 2014

San Francisco Social Diary

At San Francisco’s recent FOG Design+Art Fair, some of the nation’s top artists, designers, and galleries were represented. SF’s John Berggruen Gallery, shown here, showcased pieces by such famed artists as Chuck Close, Tom Otterness, and Richard Serra.
by Jeanne Lawrence

FOG rolled in—and this time, San Francisco cheered!

The opening night and inauguration of the FOG Design+Art Fair in San Francisco was one of the chicest and most vibrant evenings I attended recently in the city—an ideal prelude to the glorious Fair itself.

More than 40 of the nation’s top artists, designers, architects, gallerists, and dealers of 20th-century and contemporary design were represented, and the four-day Fair attracted more than 4,000 visitors.
FOG’s organizing committee: Roth Martin, Cathy Topham, Stanlee Gatti, Katie Schwab Paige, Allison Speer, and Douglas Durkin, who spent two years creating the event.
During the FOG Design+Art Fair at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, celebrated style-makers participated in exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations.

FOG Design+Art 2014 was the vision of event designer Stanlee Gatti and the late Elaine McKeon, the powerhouse who led the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) as president, chairwoman of the board, and chairwoman emeritus.

The Honorary Co-Chairs for the evening included Eileen and Peter Michael and Cathy and Ned Topham. “Anything the Tophams do, they do well,” one guest declared. It’s in their genes, of course: Cathy is the daughter of Elaine McKeon, and granddaughter of late philanthropic and fashion icon Dodie Rosekrans, who taught us how to live stylishly at any age.
Stanlee Gatti, Cathy Topham, Helen Schwab, and Charles Schwab. Honorary Co-Chairs Eileen Michael and Cathy Topham.
Kudos are also in order for Steering Committee members Gatti, designer Douglas Durkin, SFMOMA board member Katie Schwab Paige, and PR maven Allison Speer, along with Dealers Committee Chair Roth Martin.
Art dealer Jeffrey Fraenkel, with Steering Committee members  Katie Schwab Paige, Matt Paige, and Douglas Durkin.

When I entered the doors of Ft. Mason and saw a display of homemade pasta, I was momentarily confused. Wasn’t I here for a design and art event?

Then I realized that Gatti, known for his inventive event designs, had created a special installation, “21POP: In the Kitchen,” to celebrate the relationship between design and the culinary arts.

Restaurateurs Lindsay and Michael Tusk, who have begun a gastronomic empire with their much-lauded restaurants Quince and Cotogna, were on hand to launch their new line of dry and fresh handmade pasta.
Brenna Sanders, Evan Ingram, Michael Tusk, and Tim Caspare in the 21Pop Pavilion, the purpose of which was to link design and the culinary arts, so important in this food-obsessed city.
The Tusks debuted their handmade “Tusk Pasta,” a line of fresh and dried pasta. Here, the freshly made tagliatelle and tagliolini were hung to dry.
Maria Manetti Shrem with Michael and Lindsay Tusk. A native of Florence, Shrem knows her pasta—and she gave a thumbs up to the Tusks’ new line.
Lexie Fisher, Michael Tusk, Tessa Perliss, Zander Lehmann, and Emma Fisher.

Among the international design and art world leaders who gave lectures and appeared in panel discussions were Craig Dykers, a principal at Snøhetta, the architectural firm in charge of the SFMOMA expansion, and Ron Arad, the London-based architect and designer.

“The show was well curated; it was about quality, not quantity,” said Dealers Committee Chair Roth Martin. He continued, “San Francisco is having its moment like never before: it’s tops in food, technology, and green sensibility.”
Hedge Gallery featured the U.S. debut of Israeli artist Ron Arad, whose sculpture Pressed Flower (Baby You Can) is crafted from a crushed Fiat.
Hedge Gallery co-owners Roth Martin (left) and Steve Volpe with Artist Ron Arad (center).
Industry Gallery presented Benjamin Rollins Caldwell’s Binary Room, composed entirely of outdated computer parts. The installation had previously been exhibited in New York at Lady Gaga’s artRAVE party in 2013.
New York’s Friedman Benda gallery presented pieces by designer Paul Cocksedge.
Christopher Anthony Ltd., Inc. showcased furniture and art from the 1960s through today.
Gray Gallery presented one-of-a-kind artistic pieces that emphasize a tactile experience.
San Francisco’s Crown Point Press displayed a range of printed work from their artists.
Chef Lucas Shoemaker of McCall’s Catering served the firm’s always crowd-pleasing mini lamb chops, tacos, dim sum, and signature cocktails.
Winslow & Associates (W&A), an event company that puts on large-scale events and fairs, helped produce FOG Design+Art.

The inaugural gala attracted quite a fashionable crowd—a cross section of San Franciscans that included seasoned collectors, younger hobbyists, design world leaders, and SFMOMA patrons, friends, and board members.
Former US Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife, SF Chief of Protocol Charlotte Shultz. Jennifer Montana and her husband, retired Hall of Fame football player Joe Montana.
SFMOMA trustees Norah and Norman Stone. Lisa Pritzker and Douglas Durkin.
Alison Carlson, Victoire Brown, and Penny Coulter.
SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra and Maria Makela. Fashion designer Karen Caldwell and Joni Binder Shwarts.
George and Dolly Chammas with Maria Manetti Shrem and Jan Shrem.
Sobia Shaikh, Lindsay Bolton, and Jenny Emerson. Kate Clammer and Vanessa Getty.
Shannon Bavaro, Anna Weinberg, and Shirley Robinson.
Ned Mobley and Brenda Mickel. Ricky Serbin and Mitchell Benjamin.
Cameron  Phleger and George Cogan.
Emily and Roth Martin.
Kenneth and Dorothy Paige with Joel Goodrich.
Joshua Duthie and Randi Fisher. Hedge Gallery co-owner Steven Volpe, interior design partners Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman, and visiting New Yorker Ken Moore.
Ravin Agrawal, Frannie Allen, George Cogan, Alka Agrawal, and Cameron Phleger.
Matt Paige, Diana Nelson, and Gary Garrels, SFMOMA senior curator of painting and sculpture. Leight Matthes, Preston and Carolyn Butcher, and Bill Matthes.
Sara Hills, Bob Hill, and Dede Wilsey. Nion McEvoy with Victoire and Owsley Brown.
Joachim Bechtle, Alka Agrawal, Nancy Bechtle, and Ravin Agrawal.
Seasoned collectors Randi and Bob Fisher. Allison Speer and interior designer Kendall Wilkinson.
Steven Dinkelspiel and Clara Shayevich. Shirley Parks, James Smith, and Christine Suppes.
Jason, Doug, Lisa, and Matthew Goldman.
Joe and Sherry Felson, Chris Watson, Camilla and Shahan Soghikian, and Maria Watson.
Ellanor Notides and Nion McEvoy. Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.
Carissa Barrett and Mattia Verzella. Mario Roghiero and Candace Cavanaugh.
Becca Prowda and Daniel Lurie. Mimi Haas and Ari Lurie.

The FOG Design+Art fair was successful beyond all expectations, according to Steering Committee member Douglas Durkin. “We very much hope FOG inspires in our community a deeper interest in design, fine art, and photography,” he continued.

FOG Design+Art will return to the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion on January 16 to 18, 2015, with a special Preview Gala on January 15, so put it on your calendar now.
Photos by Jeanne Lawrence and Drew Altizer.

*Urbanite Jeanne Lawrence reports on lifestyle and travel from her homes in San Francisco, Shanghai, and New York, and wherever else she finds a good story.