Opening this week: PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco

PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco, the cutting-edge contemporary art fair dedicated to photography and moving image, opens this week for its second edition. The Fair runs Thursday, February 22 – Sunday, February 25 at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center.

© ALLISON LEIGH HOLT, Eye On The Sparrow_02_Courtesy of the artist FAD Magazine
© ALLISON LEIGH HOLT, Eye On The Sparrow_02_Courtesy of the artist

Featuring 40 leading international and US galleries, PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco is a highly curated, boutique fair that offers collectors and curators access to artists and galleries never seen before in the Bay Area.

The Fair’s First Look opening night event this Thursday, February 22, will benefit SFMOMA’s photography program, supporting an acquisition of works by three contemporary Chinese artists that will be presented at the fair.

HIGHLIGHTS

© HAI Bo, South series, No. 28, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist FAD Magazine
© HAI Bo, South series, No. 28, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist

Spotlight: Hai Bo “The Southern”
This exhibition highlights an international artist of particular relevance and importance to the contemporary photography market. For 2018, distinguished Chinese artist Hai Bo will debut his latest work “The Southern”. Hai Bo’s highly conceptual photographs document the changing social, economic and environmental climate of contemporary China. The work is brought to PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco by partner Branding Shanghai together with Pace Gallery and Zephyr Art.

© YAMINI NAYAR, Coil, 2016 Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris (San Francisco) FAD magazine
© YAMINI NAYAR, Coil, 2016 Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris (San Francisco)

Insights: “The Poetry of Silence”
A unique exhibition featuring 50 works for private sale by 45 artists. Exploring photography’s ability to be quiet, calming and self-reflective, featured artists and galleries include: Gagosian Gallery (artists Taryn Simon & Vera Lutter); Jessica Silverman Gallery (artists Matt Lipps & Tammy Rae Carland); Gallery Wendi Norris (artists Yamini Nayar & Eva Schlegel); Anthony Meier Fine Arts (artist Erica Deeman), and Bruce Silverstein Gallery (artist Penelope Umbrico), among many others.

© CHEN WEI, Building, 2015, Courtesy of Leo Xu FAD Magazine

SFMOMA – Chinese Photography Now!
From the fourth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, SFMOMA selected twenty-eight pictures by
three different Chinese artists: South Ho Siu Nam, Chen Wei and Chen Xiaoyun. Those photographs, displayed at our San Francisco edition, will enter the SFMOMA collection through the generous acquisition support of PHOTOFAIRS.

© KATE GILMORE, Built to Burst, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco) FAD Magazine
© KATE GILMORE, Built to Burst, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco)

Connected: “The Channel of Democracy: Womanhood, Power & Freedom in Video Art”
A new annual exhibition dedicated to contemporary video and new media art, meeting the increased demand by collected for this expanding genre of photography. The 2018 edition will feature 16 female and queer (non-cisgender binary) artists who each challenge social issues in visually powerful and political ways. Featured artists are Shiva Ahmadi, Zeina Barakeh, Sophie Clements, Kate Gilmore and Pixy Liao.

Conversations
Running throughout the fair, the talks program explores key themes regarding the international fine art photography market and offers collectors insights and access to artists via in-depth discussions. Participating artists and expert speakers include: Mandy Barker (artist), Nion McEvoy (collector); Sarah Meister (Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York); Abelardo Morell (artist) and Thyago Nogueira (Curator, Instituto Moreira Salles, Sao Paulo).

Staged
A curated platform featuring photographers pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium. The 2018 edition includes new works by Darren Harvey-Regan (The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam) will be presented alongside original pieces by Mona Kuhn (Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York & Zurich), Meghann Riepenhoff and Klea McKenna (both EUQINOMprojects, San Francisco), and Roman Signer (Galerie Stephan Witschi, Zürich).

2018 GALLERIES AND ARTISTS
PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco will offer contemporary photography and moving image by emerging and internationally recognized artists. Highlighted artists include: Yang Fudong (ShanghART Gallery, Beijing, Singapore & Shanghai), Noémie Goudal (Les filles du calvaire, Paris), Abelardo Morell (Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York & Zurich), Michal Rovner (Pace Gallery, Geneva, New York, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Seoul & Beijing), Alec Soth (Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis), Juergen Teller (Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris) and Wolfgang Tillmans (SAGE, Paris).

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'The Patriot', October 2000 issue, No.4 / Märchenstüberl No.27
Juergen Teller Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘The Patriot’, October 2000 issue, No.4 / Märchenstüberl No.27

Confirmed galleries debuting at the Fair are: acb Gallery (Budapest), Almanaque (Mexico City), GALLERY 1/1 (Seattle), Les filles du calvaire (Paris), Robert Klein Gallery (Boston), KLV Art Projects (Vienna), Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin), Scott Nichols Gallery (San Francisco), Christine Park Gallery (London & New York), Parrotta (Cologne), Rademakers Gallery (Amsterdam), The Ravestijn Gallery (Amsterdam), SAGE (Paris), ShanghART Gallery (Beijing, Shanghai & Singapore), Bruce Silverstein (New York), Tang Feng Gallery (Miaoli City), Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve (Paris) and Weinstein Hammons Gallery (Minneapolis).

© HERB RITTS, Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989, Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York & Zurich)
© HERB RITTS, Female Nude with Black Sand, Hawaii, 1989, Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York & Zurich)

Returning galleries include: CAMERA WORK (Berlin), Casemore Kirkeby (San Francisco), De Soto Gallery (Los Angeles), East Wing (Doha), EUQINOMprojects (San Francisco), Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica), Flowers Gallery (London & New York), In The Gallery (Copenhagen), Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York & Zurich), Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco), M97 Gallery (Shanghai), Robert Mann Gallery (New York), Pace Gallery (New York, Geneva, Palo Alto, London, Paris, Seoul & Beijing), Ratio 3 (San Francisco), Three Shadows +3 Gallery (Beijing & Xiamen), Upfor (Portland), Galerie Stephan Witschi (Zurich), and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York).

PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco February 23-25, 2018 Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center www.photofairs.org

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