It’s hard to believe that Seattle Art Fair 2017 is a little over three months away, August 4-6. The names of 80 galleries exhibiting have already been released, and the roster is the most international yet. More participants will be announced in the coming weeks.
Out Of Asia
I’m particularly pleased to see over a dozen galleries based in Asia on the list, especially from Tokyo. The count rises when you include NYC-based Sundaram Tagore for its locations Hong Kong and Singapore and its stated mission to be a cultural bridge. The same goes for first time exhibitor, Galerie Perrotin, based in Paris with locations in Hong Kong and Seoul.)
Up From California
It is great to see a lot of my favorites from Los Angeles participating. When I saw that William Hathaway is on the dealer committee, I knew that guaranteed a booth from Night Gallery (and probably other great California galleries). Previous exhibitors from L.A. that are returning include Diane Rosenstein, Roberts & Tilton, 101/EXHIBIT and Charlie James. The newcomers are Klowden Mann, Moskowitz Bayse, Shulamit Nazarian (LOVE this) and UTA Artist Space.
(I’ll admit, I actually had to look that last one up. It is an offshoot of the United Talent Agency that just launched shortly after last year’s Seattle Art Fair. That may make it the youngest gallery in the lineup this year, and an interesting wild card for audiences.)
Also from California, Peter Blake Gallery will be exhibiting for the first time.
Naturally, one sees quite a few familiar local names on the list. Representing the oldest of the old guard locally, there is Woodside Braseth Gallery. I’m happy to see a lot of stalwarts like Foster/White, G. Gibson Gallery, and Davidson Galleries (exhibiting at SAF for the first time). Greg Kucera has been on the dealer committee every year, and his gallery will have another great booth near the entrance, to be sure. I’m also excited to see SEASON, Bridge Productions and Abmeyer + Wood returning.
Portland may not be exactly next door, but as a PNW sibling city of sorts, I am also happy to see quite a few from there as well. Top of my list is absolutely Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Leach took the last year off. (She was busy enough preparing for the inaugural Converge 45 art event, which she spearheaded.) I am glad to see her back with other Portland galleries, PDX Contemporary and Adams and Ollman, which had a particularly great booth last year. Newcomer to the fair, The Russo Lee Gallery, makes four from Portland.
The Satellite Events
For this list, we have to wait, but I bring it up here for two reasons.
First, curator Laura Fried is making the selections again this year for both on-site and off-site events. The performances and exhibits at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair were eclectic, to say the least. It will be interesting to see what she produces this year. Meanwhile, Pivot Art + Culture (like Seattle Art Fair, another venture produced by Vulcan Inc.) will be closing its current exhibit just a few weeks before the Seattle Art Fair. What might happen there during the fair is being kept quiet.
In short, I’m building suspense, because it makes it fun. But I am also bringing it up because local gallerists and artists need to BRING IT this year when it comes to their own satellite events. Out of Sight has been the largest satellite party/exhibit both years (and so much fun), but its former space is being commandeered by the city for office space. That already leaves a bit of a vacuum to be filled.
Examples of what went well last year: Treason Gallery threw a hip party/show of street artists that was a great complement to the staid vibe of the fair, just a few blocks away. CoCA’s What You See is What You Sweat asked compelling questions (although it felt like it had a few too many cooks). The 3 Rooms collaboration led by Dawna Holloway had a beautiful show of artists from studio e, a great design pop-up market and a surreal little interview experience with Nancy Guppy.
The fair is not guaranteed to stick around, so a golden opportunity like this ought not be squandered. For local artists who feel like Seattle is too isolated, an international audience is coming. For local audiences, Seattle Art Fair 2017 is already looking to the best yet.
[Update, 2:25 PST, April 19, 2017]: In an earlier version of this article, this was presented as a finalized list. The text above has been changed to reflect that more exhibitors will be announced.
The Full Exhibitor List
Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, Seattle
ACA Galleries, New York
Adams and Ollman, Portland, Oregon
Alexandre, New York
Allan Stone Projects, New York
Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York
Amy Li Projects, New York
Back Gallery Project, Vancouver
Backslash Gallery, Paris
Bridge Productions, Seattle
C24 Gallery, New York
Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles
Chosun Art Gallery, Seoul
COHJU contemporary art, Kyoto
Contemporary HEIS, Tokyo
David Klein Gallery, Detroit
David Zwirner, New York / London
Davidson Galleries, Seattle
Debra Force Fine Art, New York
Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles
Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Forum Gallery, New York
G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle
Gagosian Gallery, New York / Beverly Hills / San Francisco / London / Paris / Rome / Athens / Geneva / Hong Kong
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum
Gallery Jones, Vancouver
GAMO GALLERY, Seoul
Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco
H-art Beat Gallery, Tokyo
James Harris Gallery, Seattle
JanKossen Contemporary, New York
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco / New York
Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
Klowden Mann, Culver City, Los Angeles
KOKI ARTS, Tokyo
Krupic Kersting, Cologne
Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle
Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York
MA2 Gallery, Tokyo
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Mindy Soloman Gallery, Miami
Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles
Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York
Night Gallery, Los Angeles
Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo
Other Criteria, New York / London
Pace Gallery, New York / London / Beijing / Hong Kong / Paris / Palo Alto / Seoul
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle
Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, Oregon
PERROTIN, New York / Paris / Hong Kong / Seoul / Tokyo
Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, New York / London
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
Robischon Gallery, Denver
Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong
Sapar Contemporary, New York
Shift Gallery, Seattle
Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
SIM Galeria, Curitiba, Brazil
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York / Hong Kong / Singapore
Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
The Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Upfor, Portland, Oregon
UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles
Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
Wildwood Press, St. Louis
Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle / New York
Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle
101/EXHIBIT, West Hollywood
Featured image courtesy of Seattle Art Fair.