The inaugural Seattle Art Fair opens Thursday, July 30, with an evening preview for invited guests. The fair will bring together 62 galleries from around the world to the lively art scene of the Pacific Northwest, attracting some of the biggest galleries in the art world—including Gagosian, Pace, and David Zwirner. The fair is already being called a “big deal” by some. While that remains to be seen, the fair is the brainchild of major collector Paul Allen, a cofounder of Microsoft and of Vulcan. Organized by Vulcan and Art Market Productions, who runs smaller art fairs during Armory Week and Art Basel Miami, the fair will also present six installations throughout the city, including a new Robert Montgomery work near Amazon’s South Lake Union campus. The fair will close August 2.
Among the highlights are Julie Blackmon at Seattle’s G. Gibson Gallery, Ivan Navarro at New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, An Sung-Ha at Seoul’s Gana Art, William Kentridge at Seattle’s Greg Kucera Gallery, and Carlos Javier Ortiz at Jenkins Johnson Gallery of San Francisco and New York.
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