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January 12, 2018

FOG Design + Art Opens at Fort Mason in San Francisco

Stephanie Marver
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Vanessa Getty
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Maria Manetti Shrem
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Allison Speer
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Abigail Turin and Jonathan Gans
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Neal Benezra and Becca Prowda
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Eche Martinez
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Tatiana Sorokko
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Jessica Mullens Engerman
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Kaitlyn Krieger
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Katherine Harbin Clammer
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Alice Waters at Fendi's FOG Innovators Luncheon
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Carolyn Chang at Fendi's FOG Innovators Luncheon
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Sabrina Buell at Fendi's FOG Innovators Luncheon
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The table setting at Fendi's FOG Innovators Luncheon
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Avid art and design collectors gathered at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Wednesday, January 10, for the Preview Gala of FOG Design + Art. Nearly 3,000 guests arrived early for the event—a benefit for SFMOMA—which celebrated the opening night of the fifth-annual fair with an artful fete and lively Stanlee Gatti-designed pop-up exhibit of handcrafted pottery plates

“The party was sold out weeks ago, and I had to call in favors of tickets from FOG patrons, who were very generous,” said Allison Speer, a member of the steering committee.

Abigail Turin was especially thrilled that the show is now attracting dealers from Paris and Mexico City. “The best of international decorative arts of the twentieth century are well represented here,” Turin said.

Stephanie Marver in Gucci gazed at the glamorous François-Xavier Lalanne sculptures at Paul Kasmin Gallery. “The piece I dreamed of, the glamorous cast bronze ‘Bureau Croco’ by Claude Lalanne, was already sold,” she said. “Our walls are full, so we’re looking for decorative objects, small sculptures.”

“It’s very inspiring to see the great generosity of spirit and open-mindedness and new discovery of contemporary art this evening,” said Joseph Becker, associate curator of architecture and design at SFMOMA. “Everyone’s buying. It’s very encouraging for the cultural life of the city.”

Eche Martinez was excited by the teddy bear-shaped armchairs and larchwood indoor/outdoor sofa by Pierre Yovanovitch at R & Company. And Mike and Kaitlyn Krieger, with art consultant Sabrina Buell, said they were in search of artists who are raising and grappling with vivid questions.

“I’m very happy to see a strong collection of contemporary art dominating the show,” said Tatiana Sorokko. “This indicates that everyone wants ideas, inspiration, and expressive creativity in their lives.”

Also ogling the art and design were Maria Manetti Shrem, Sako Fisher, Vanessa Getty, Catherine Kwong, Anne Crawford, Alexis and Trevor Traina, Todd and Katie Traina, Seth Matarasso, Mead Quinn and Susie Buell.

To continue the celebration, Fendi sponsored a lunch at FOG on Thursday, January 11, in honor of innovator Alice Waters. “I live my life in pursuit of beauty…and fresh flavors and vivid fragrances, and the sounds of people enjoying wonderful food,” Waters said. “My innovation, I think, was to practice these values every day at Chez Panisse.” Also at the Fendi lunch—which, too, benefited SFMOMA—were Anne-Sophie Deneve, Penny Coulter, Christina Kim and Fanny Singer.

The 2018 FOG Design + Art fair boasts more than 45 international galleries and 20th-century and contemporary design dealers, and runs through Sunday, January 14.

Written by Diane Dorrans Saeks

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