In January I went to the opening of Untitled, an art fair that’s new to the Bay Area. As they did in Miami, the fair wildly excited me. It’s more than just an art fair. It’s exclusively contemporary art (which is my jam) and, it’s undoubtedly well curated. The space, Pier 70 sits along the water in San Francisco down the street from the Giants stadium. The flow was almost ethereal. I had never been to the space before but I heard when tech conferences happen there they are dry, filled with crowded booths and not a curated experience.
When sitting down to write this piece, which I’ve been mulling over for a couple months now… I asked myself, why? Why do I love going to art fairs? Why do I love art? How do I encourage others to be more culturally engaged?
If you are dipping your toes into the experience of the "art world," it can be cold and uninviting. But fairs, aren’t usually like that. Sure, you’re going to have that snobby gallerist that won't give you the time of day, but they are renting space alongside many other smaller, diverse and engaged galleries. Fairs have programming inviting you to attend artist talks and meet the artists. There is usually some sort of party either an opening reception or a closing event...and they always have a bar with bubbles or whisky.
When you stick a bunch of creatives in a space together, you have dynamic conversations about business, beauty, color and the making of things both social and physically. The crowd is littered with well dressed buyers, and unapologetically underpaid artists. I walked through the fair drinking it up, inspired and looking forward to what my next art-ventures will be and with who.
To see more pictures I took at the fair slink on over to Instagram.