San Francisco Social Diary: Seventh Annual FOG Design + Art Fair Kickoff

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The seventh annual FOG Design+Art Fair attracted a record 15,000 visitors, cementing its reputation as a major player among international art fairs.

Now in its seventh year, the annual FOG Design+Art Fair has helped turn the third week of January into the city’s unofficial art week. The contemporary art fair kicked off with a preview gala at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture to benefit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).



This year’s fair featured 48 of the leading visual art and design galleries from around the world. During its four-day run, FOG also offers a series of programming with artists, curators, dealers, and other art and design leaders.


The FOG opening preview featured culinary creations and design-centric cocktails in addition to the extraordinary works of art, design objects, and exquisite furniture on view.
FOG Steering Committee members Katie Paige, Douglas Durkin, Susan Swig, Allison Speer, Stanlee Gatti, and Sonya Yu.

A GLOBAL ART PHENOMENON

This year’s international roster included exhibitors from London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. Naturally, there were plenty of San Francisco galleries too—but the biggest player was New York City!

Of the 48 exhibitors, 24 of them hailed from The Big Apple, including such renowned names as David Zwirner, Fergus McCaffrey, James Cohan, Pace Gallery, and Perrotin, among others.


New York-based Hostler Burrows showcased a mix of wall art, furniture, and objects d’art.
Superstudio’s 1968 “Bazaar Sofa,” presented by Brooklyn-based Nicholas Kilner Gallery, was a favorite installation.
This creative bench was designed by Jen Lee, a student in the furniture program of California College of the Arts.
Attendees gravitated most toward interactive art pieces that made for good Instagram fodder.
Admiring a photography series by Ryan McGinley.
San Francisco-based Ratio 3 Gallery specializes in contemporary artwork.

COLORFUL ATTENDEES

FOG is appreciated as much for its art offerings as its attendant parties and programming. At the sold-out preview gala, more than 1,800 chic fair-goers turned out to hobnob with art dealers, curators, collectors, and leaders from the art, design, business, and tech communities. As usual, guests went all out in dressing the part—the fashion on view is rivalled only by the artworks for creativity!


L. to r.: Gallerist John Berggruen and SFMOMA Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture Gary Garrels; SFMOMA Trustee Lisa Pritzker and Maria Manetti Shrem, founder of the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis.
L. to r.: Artist Leo Villareal and art consultant Yvonne Force Villareal; World-renowned designer and entrepreneur Yves Behar.
SFMOMA Trustee Joachim Bechtle, SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Jenny Gheith, Nancy Bechtle, and SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra.
L. to r.: SFMOMA Trustee and art consultant Sabrina Buell; Couture collector Christine Suppes; Yurie Pascarella.
L. to r.: Art adviser Mary Zlot, SFMOMA Board Chair Emeritus Charles Schwab, and Helen Schwab; Artist Esther Elia and designer Jamie Alexander.
SF Symphony Board of Trustees President Sako Fisher, Bill Fisher, and Rose Fisher.
L. to r.: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Executive Director Monetta White and SFMOMA Trustee Pamela Joyner; Susie Tompkins Buell and Summer Tompkins Walke.
L. to r.: OJ and Gary Shansby; Tony and Robyn Coles.
L. to r.: SFMOMA Trustee Becca Prowda; Kate Clammer; Maria Garmaeva.
L. to r.: SFMOMA Trustee Alka Agrawal and Ravin Agrawal; Sloan Barnett and Juliet de Baubigny.
L. to r.: Mary Beth Shimmon; Exploratorium Board Member Laurie Olshansky; Jane Gruber.
L. to r.: Inder Dhillon and SFMOMA Trustee Ken McNeely; George Chammas and SFMOMA Trustee Dolly Chammas.
Kevin King, Meridee Moore, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, and Joseph Becker.
L. to r.: SFMOMA Trustee Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein; Ellanor and Russell Notides.
L. to r.: Courtney and Seth Dallaire; SFMOMA Trustee Katie Paige and Matt Paige.
Frish Brandt, Jeffrey Fraenkel, Connie Wolf, and Alan Mark.
L. to r.: NYC gallerist Matthew Marks and SFMOMA Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture Gary Garrels; Ivy Getty and Toby Engel.
L. to r.: Matthew and Jason Goldman; Nadir Shaikh and Gaurav Garg.
SFMOMA Trustee Komal Shah, artist Rayyane Tabet, and SFMOMA Curator of Contemporary Art Eungie Joo.
L. to r.: Exploratorium Executive Director Chris Flink; Kaitlyn Krieger and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger.
L. to r.: Artist Herbie Fletcher and Dibi Fletcher; Jack Calhoun, Trent Norris, and Tom DeCaigny.
L. to r.: Kelly Huang; Nion McEvoy Jr. and SFMOMA Trustee Nion McEvoy.
L. to r.: Stacey Caen and Stephanie Breitbard; T.T. Nguyen and gallerist Gregoire Vogelsang.
SFMOMA Board Chair Bob Fisher, Ralph Nauta, Randi Fisher, and Tom Kelley.
L. to r.: Raphaela Lipinsky and John Fisher; Bahya Murad.
L. to r.: Rachel Topham and Justine Williams; Harry Yuan.
Damien Frazer and Brian Robinson.
L. to r.: Justin White, Monica Kravchenko, and Carlos Rodriguez; George McCalman and John Toya.
L. to r.: Peter Vaz and Artist in Residence Tina Vaz; Wayee Chu and Ethan Beard.
L. to r.: Pei Lin and Jordon Swanson; Artists Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall.
Art collector Putter Pence, Joshua Haldeman, and Jennifer Gold.
L. to r.: Chelsea Voudouras; Designer Fanny Singer.
L. to r.: Amanda Michael; Josh Gray and Rachel Leff-Kich.

Photography by Drew Altizer.

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