Seattle Art Fair | Everything You Need to Know

Photo: Seattle Art Fair, 2015.

The Seattle Art Fair returns this summer, bringing 75 top galleries from around the world to CenturyLink Field Event center from August 4­–7, 2016. Now in its second edition, the fair has a special emphasis on the Pacific Rim, underscoring its focus on the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Co-produced by Art Market Productions and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., the fair is designed to be a destination for new and established collectors, international art patrons, and residents of one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

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The line up is spectacular, with some of the finest galleries in attendance. Among the returning galleries are Crave favorites Charles A. Hartman Fine Art (Portland), Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), David Zwirner (New York), Donald Ellis Gallery (New York), Jenkins Johnson Gallery (San Francisco), Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), Pace Gallery (New York), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), and Samsøn (Boston). New exhibitors include all-stars such as Marlborough Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery (both New York).

Seattle Art Fair 2015

The fair will also feature a series of Projects, Talks, and Performances including:

Kyle MacLachlen + Carrie Brownstein

Saturday, August 6 | 4:00pm

Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center (Seattle Art Fair Theater)

Best known for his performance as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper in David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks, actor Kyle MacLachlan sits down with musician, writer, and actor Carrie Brownstein, creator of Portlandia and member of Sleater-Kinney to discuss cultural investment in the Pacific Northwest.

Kim Gordon + Branden Joseph

Saturday, August 6 | 2:00pm

Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center (Seattle Art Fair Theater)

Artist and musician Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth sits down with art historian Branden Joseph for a discussion about art, music, and language—not t be missed!

Photograph by Dan Merlo. Courtesy of the artist and Velocity Dance Center.

Bebe Miller + Darrell Jones

Friday, August 5 | 4:00pm

Location: Union Station (401 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104)

They say that most language is non-verbal, and nothing tells like body language. Imagine then all the messages being silently spoken to strangers day in, day out in the madness that is our morning and evening commutes to and from work. Artists Bebe Miller and Darrell Jones, in partnership with Velocity Dance Center, will present a public performance at the historic Union Station to illustrated the idea that choreography is always everywhere.

Flora Wiegmann | Halo of Consciousness

Performances on Friday at 1:00pm, and Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Location: Union Station (401 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104)

Over a century ago, back in 1910, Culte Antoiniste, a new European religion was founded. Combining elements of Catholicism, reincarnation, the tolerance of other faiths, healing through simple rites and rituals, and the transcendence of intelligence towards consciousness, Antoinism is an entirely new path within the tradition of Western religion. LA-based choreographer Flora Wiegmann has choreographed Halo of Consciousness, which she and dancer Rebecca Bruno, will perform, exploring ideas of dance and consciousness through the lens of Antoinism.

Courtesy of Public Fiction

Public Fiction | a.public.fiction.announcement. (PFA): A Witness and A Weapon.

Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7 | Fair Hours

Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center

Back in the days, before the Internet took over our lives, there was a small but influential movement of D.I.Y. media made for public access television. To call it “new” would be an understatement. It was so fresh and unexpected many times it could make your head spin. In celebration of these early years of self-made media, Los Angeles-based project space and journal Public Fiction presents an installation of early video art for public access television. A concurrent program of a.public.fiction.announcement.(PFA): A Witness and A Weapon will be held at The Henry Art Gallery. 

Adam McEwen | Blue Gene 1 and Blue Gene 2

Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center

In a nod to Tony Smith and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey , artist Adam McEwen presents replicas of the exterior of IBM’s supercomputer (Blue Gene 1 and 2), a conversation that grows increasingly important in the digital age. Ewen’s larger than life monoliths, meticulously recreated in graphite, continue McEwen’s on-going exploration of people vehicles, and information through controlled channels.  

Wynne Greenwood. Screen-printed and upholstered foam. Courtesy of the artist.

Wynne Greenwood | In Loving Memory

Location: Occidental Square (117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104)

Clip art has become like an old friend you didn’t realize you’ve missed until you see ‘em again. Wynne Greenewood’s In Loving Memory is a set of foam and fabric seats printed with clip art collages produced with generous support from Glant Textile. These soft-sculpture public outdoor seats loosely dedicated to the Northwest towns in which she has lived: Seattle, Redmond, and Olympia.

Opening Night:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

5:30pm – 8:30pm | Beneficiary Preview, proceeds benefit Seattle Art Museum

8:30pm – 11:00pm | Opening Night Preview

Public Hours:

Friday, August 5: 11:00am – 7:00pm 

Saturday, August 6: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday, August 7: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Seattle Art Fair 2015

All photo: Courtesy of Seattle Art Fair.


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