Returning for its fifth year, Art Market opened its doors at the historic Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this past weekend. An impressive display of contemporary art from all over the world, this year’s fair diversified its selection of galleries and improved its overall presentation. Teaming up with the some of the Bay Area’s most prominent museums such as the de Young and Legion of Honor, this year’s fair included a healthy mix of exciting international spaces as well as prominent local galleries.
A city with more headlines about the tech industry than the art scene, San Francisco once had three spring time art fairs: Art Market (formerly, artMRKT), Art Pad and SF Fine Art Fair. Last year it narrowed down two. This year, there was only one art fair left standing: Art Market San Francisco, which ran May 15 through May 18. The closure of the other two fairs did not seem to be a bad omen for Art Market, however, which featured a diverse assortment of national galleries that offered many different flavors of contemporary, from Pop-inspired to dark to abstract. San Francisco art fairs tend to be home-grown productions, with Bay Area galleries dominating the landscape, but this year’s Art Market welcomed many exhibitors from other cities.