May 19 to May 22, 2011 – artMRKT San Francisco
artMRKT is pleased to announce its inaugural show at the Concourse Exhibition Center in downtown San Francisco this May. With galleries representing both contemporary and historically significant work, artMRKT is proud to present a selection of highly relevant and engaging programs from the bay area and around the world.
While there will be galleries from all points U.S. and beyond, this will be a particularly good opportunity to experience local galleries; of the 164 galleries exhibiting at the three fairs, 86 are from the Bay Area, and primarily San Francisco.
“People love to be in San Francisco; it’s a beautiful place,” artMRKT co-organizer Max Fishko told A.i.A. It’s also a place that’s gained national and international art-world recognition, he added, thanks to recent exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, the city’s major institutions. The exhibition of the Fisher Collection and a Luc Tuymans retrospective at SFMOMA, as well as the current “Balenciaga and Spain” show at the de Young are examples.
Another draw is a small but strong collector community and what many believe is a largely untapped market of young, wealthy tech professionals. Zynga and Twitter have increased their presence within the city; Facebook, Apple, Google, and many others are not far away.