ArtMRKT and ArtPadSF Hit San Francisco This Weekend

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Lluis Barba, Self Portraits, Margritte, at Dean Project part of ArtMRKT


This Thursday through Sunday, San Francisco will be hosting two simultaneous art festivals, ArtPadSF at the Phoenix Hotel and ArtMRKT at the Concourse Exhibition Center, with exhibitors from all over the country. ArtPadSF caters to a younger art scene, with pop surrealist art galleries such as Spoke Art and 111 Minna from San Francisco, Lyons Wier Gallery from New York and many small Oakland galleries like Johansson Projects listed among the participants. The bill for ArtMRKT is dominated by photography and abstraction, with a wide array of galleries around the nation that deal art of the more high brow variety. However, Spoke Art and other contemporary favorites like San Francisco’s Park Life and New York’s Foley Gallery add some edginess to the mix. Both events have guided tours, speaker panels, parties and musical performances scheduled throughout the weekend. ArtPadSF will host a lecture by LED light installation artist Leo Villareal and a concert by indie bands Exray’s and Future Twin, while ArtMrkt has an engaging talk planned by celebrated L.A. photographer Richard Misrach. Check out the ArtMRKT and ArtPadSF websites for more information about the exhibitors and events and stay tuned for more coverage of the events this weekend. - Nastia Voynovskaya

Jenny Morgan, Witness, Like the Spice Gallery part of ArtMRKT

Manor Grunewald, Untitled, at Highlight Gallery part of ArtMRKT

Joe Rees, Belief, at Steven Wolf Fine Arts part of ArtPadSF

Misako Inaoka, Pine Hands, at Johansson Projects part of ArtPadSF

Stephanie Washburn, Reception 6, at Mark Moore Gallery part of ArtPadSF

Rogelio Manzo, Elias, at Jack Fischer Gallery part of ArtMRKT

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