On our morning commute, we ferry riders enjoy the dense fog clinging to the shores of Fort Mason. It lifts soon enough, but for a few precious hours it remains there to cover the old military site of embarkation in a shroud mystery.
These days has become famous for FOG Design+Art, now in its fifth year. The event benefits the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), bringing together 45 leading international design and visual art galleries for an intimate, highly curated selection of exhibitions that celebrate San Francisco’s long history as a hub for design, art, experimentation, and innovation.
The fair’s 45 participants were selected from more than 95 proposals. In addition to welcoming back many galleries to the fair for their fifth year, including Anthony Meier Fine Arts, Berggruen Gallery, Crown Point Press, Fraenkel Gallery, Friedman Benda, and Jessica Silverman Gallery, the 2018 edition of FOG Design+Art featured a number of galleries participating for the first time this year, including Galerie Chantal Crousel, Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, Luhring Augustine, Nicholas Kilner, Paul Kasmin, Sadie Coles HQ, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, and THE NEW / Twentieth. The fair will feature an international roster of galleries from Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, and Paris, among others.
We were especially keen on visiting the stall of one of favorite galleries – Fraenkel – which presented Nothing and Everything, an exhibition investigating the ways in which an artwork may simultaneously contain elements of emptiness and profusion, the mundane and the transcendent. Artists include Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Elisheva Biernoff, Sophie Calle, Vija Celmins, Liz Deschenes, Kota Ezawa, Adam Fuss, Richard Learoyd, Christian Marclay, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.