Out On The Town: FOG Design+Art In San Francisco


By: Anh-Minh Le

Today marks the return of San Francisco’s FOG Design+Art, which runs through Sunday, January 18. Gallerists, furniture dealers, and artists have filled the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for the four-day fair, which showcases contemporary works. The second installment of FOG—last year’s inaugural event was deemed quite a success—is sure to attract crowds with its impressive list of exhibitors, special programs, and installations.

Tucker Nichols

Collectors and casual browsers alike can appreciate the wide range of art and design on display—including Kendell Carter’s latex, aerosol, and wood creations at Edward Cella Art + Architecture; Mark Szumowski and Michelle Wempe’s hand-turned side tables at Hosfelt Gallery; Ted Noten’s acrylic pieces, with objects embedded in them, at Ornamentum; and Tucker Nichols’ playful paintings (above) at Zieher Smith & Horton. Hostler Burrows, a New York gallery, has one of the larger booths, and it’s definitely worth exploring if you’re a fan of 20th-century Scandinavian design and decorative arts.

Hosfelt Gallery

Hostler Burrows

On the programming side, Douglas Durkin will be moderating a talk with fellow designer David Wiseman this afternoon; Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli and The Artist is Present: Marina Abramovic will be screened on Friday and Saturday, respectively; and, also on Saturday, there will be a presentation focusing on Donald Judd and The Chinati Foundation.

Magen Gallery

In addition to the booths appointed with art, jewelry, accessories, and furniture, there are some notable pop-ups, among them a temporary version of Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s Cotogna restaurant, and 21POP: Cotton, a shop curated by celebrated event planner Stanlee Gatti. In the latter, which highlights goods made of cotton, Adele Stafford of Voices of Industry has brought in her 7-by-7-by-7-foot Ahrens Violette mechanical dobby loom. Stafford is weaving one of her throws on-site; a limited number of the ultra-soft textiles are for sale. Nearby, also in 21POP, William Peebles of Massachusetts-based Huntington Base Ball Co. is demonstrating his handmade process.

Tickets for FOG are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard). Please visit FOG Design+Art for schedule details and to purchase tickets. 

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