Future Cities Lab, Datagrove (detail), 2012. LEDs, LCD panels, IR sensors, Arduino, plywood, poly­propylene, acrylic, and galvanized steel, from artMRKT.


San Francisco

Fort Mason

artMRKT is small in comparison to most art fairs, but it is in a much more interesting place. The third edition was held at Fort Mason, right on the Bay, with the salt water, wind, and fog creating a special, San Francisco kind of atmosphere outside the venue. Inside, the historic Fort Mason building offered high-ceilinged and expansive spaces for art. About 75 galleries participated with booth spaces—most from California, though there were a few international galleries and all kinds of modern and contemporary art on view. Opening night drew a crowd of 6,000 patrons, with 500 more turned away at the door, and raised about $30,000 for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s New Acquisitions Fund. The Fort Mason exhibition hall hosted a number of special sculpture installations, either new works made for the fair or reconfigurations of past works… see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.