Seattle Art Fair Expands to Bust The Myth of a Summer Slowdown!
Traditionally there is a summer slowdown in the art market, the exception, however seems to be the Seattle Art Fair that has only been growing at an appreciable rate since its very successful and memorable launch almost a year ago. The second edition would take place this August and would flaunt forty six debut participants including the likes of New York’s Pace/MacGill and Marlborough galleries taking the number of participants up to 80 (up from 62 last year). Max Fishko, the director talks about the scope of expansion and the intent of fair to foster the burgeoning collector base in this area. Paul Allen the Seattle based co-founder of Microsoft, today a billionaire is the founder and Fishko intends to make this event a magnet for collectors based in the Pacific Rim and from the rest of the world.
With 34 galleries from the West Coast, 27 from the East Coast, 6 from the Central US and 18 galleries from the rest of the world, the participation is a fabulous blend where the whole nation and the international art community is well represented. Pace Palo Alto’s president Elizabeth Sullivan is among the 35 of the participants who would be returning this year after proclaiming a strong business potential and conducive economic terms.
The director of New York based Paul Kasmin Gallery, Eric Gleasonr eminisces that the gallery did quite well in the first edition of the event and expresses hopes of the fair building momentum on the same in this new edition. Prominent among the works that are being brought in by the gallery are works by Robert Motherwell, Bernar Venet and Iván Navarro, but the most awaited or talked about work is Experiment (2016) an installation by the American artist Roxy Paine. This installation is based on the psychoactive experiments done in the 1960s by the CIA.
The director for Marlborough Gallery, New York, Doug McClemont expresses his hopes of doing great business in their debut at the event. The most anticipated piece from the gallery would be the installation by the glass artist Dale Chihuly who is based in Seattle and founder of Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum right next to the monumental landmark of the city, the Space Needle. McClemont further says that it is the established presence of the artist in Seattle which egged the gallery on to participate in the event.
Interestingly Laura Fried, the Los Angeles based author and curator has assumed the responsibilities of artistic director here and would be organizing talks and various projects to throw some light on the cross pollination among the diverse practices from LA to Vancouver whether it is sculpture or performance, architecture or technology. The program that Fried has laid out will also spill out into the city, in the Pioneer Square with a sound piece and a choral performance by the musician Brendan Fowler.
Fishko goes on further to say that the performance and response to the second edition of this fair co-produced by Allen’s philanthropic investment firm Vulcan and Art Market Productions indicates that the proverbial summer slowdown in the art market is not entirely a norm and summer seems to be a great time to be here in Seattle.