The third year of the Seattle Art Fair brings 100 exhibitors from Europe, Asia and North America. Attendees will find some big names, but the fun is in the discovery.
Andy Warhol was there. So were Edvard Munch, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso.
I’m talking about their work, of course.
But the real excitement of the Seattle Art Fair springs from making fresh discoveries. And with an unprecedented 100 exhibitors from Europe, Asia and North America setting up booths at the 2017 fair, there are plenty of discoveries to be made.
Seattle Art Fair
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center (WaMu Theater), 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $20 for one day, $5 Teen Ticket for one day for ages 13-19 (seattleartfair.com).
55 Bellechasse Gallery (Paris/Miami) devoted its entire space to Paris-based Iranian photographer Niloufar Banisadr. Her striking self-portrait series, “Mes Voyages/My Travel,” consists of ghostly images of the artist in a hijab but with her midriff exposed, posed against iconic Eastern and Western backdrops, including some gloriously soaring European cathedral naves. Her series “Sexy Windows” — the French title is “Voiles aux Vents” (“Veils in the Wind”) — captures an apartment-building window’s sheer drapes billowing into all sorts of sensual shapes.
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At Gamo Galleries (Seoul), Park Sung-Tae makes a vivid impression with his eerie works “Boy” and “Dawn.” Their ghostly mesh figures loom from inside ornate white frames, a little like Jaume Plensa pieces taking a Dorian Gray turn.
Klein Sun Gallery, a New York gallery specializing in contemporary Chinese art, highlights several striking artists. Photographer Ji Zhou’s “The Map No. 2” constructs a mountainous landscape from road maps. Chow Chun Fai’s oils on canvas riff on Hong Kong melodramas. Yang Shaobin’s gorgeous sapphire-blue-drenched paintings counterintuitively depict riotous police confrontations.
Of the big names who deliver surprises, Britain’s Damien Hirst at Other Criteria (New York/London) packs the biggest punch. His foilblock prints of butterflies, “The Souls,” are enchanting, while his “Eat the Rich” silkscreen-and-Braille series lampoons pharmaceutical packaging labels by incorporating unlikely ingredients (“Crash,” “Fight,” “Anarchy,” etc.) in their stated content….