ART NEWS: A Round-Up of the Latest Art News

Freeway Editions had an incredibly busy first weekend in May. Show openings and art fairs galore! So today on the blog we are doing a bit of an art news round up, happenings, events, and art world news that caught our attention. 

Last week marked the 5th edition of San Francisco’s Art Market fair which seemed to bring together a diverse group of established as well as young galleries from all over California.

More about the fair:  “Art Market San Francisco will return to the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion this spring to celebrate its fifth edition. Following record breaking sales, city-wide partnerships, and attendance of over 20,000 visitors in 2014, the 2015 edition of Art Market San Francisco is pleased to present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers.

Art Market San Francisco 2015 is delighted to announce their continued partnership with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprised of the de Young and the Legion of Honor, as the 2015 beneficiary of the Benefit Preview Reception. This year, for the first time, the Benefit Preview Reception will have its own dedicated evening, Wednesday, April 29th, open exclusively for beneficiary ticket buyers. Proceeds from the evening will support the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s New Art Acquisitions Fund.

Further integrating Art Market into the Bay Area’s creative community, San Francisco’s renowned social club The Battery will return for a second year to curate the 2015 VIP Lounge and lead a series of collector tours during the fair. Continuing to bring a great sense of regional inclusion and excitement to the fair, Art Market San Francisco will feature a series of presentations created in collaboration with participating galleries and artists, as well as with cultural partners and sponsors. Preliminary program scheduling includes special artist presentations, collector tours, and talks by Bay Area curators, collectors and designers." 

For an excellent recap of the event check out this hi-fructose article covering this year’s fair.


Meanwhile in Los Angeles, galleries were taking over the New York backlot at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the perfect backdrop for Paris Photo Los Angeles.

More about the fair: “Paris Photo Los Angeles is the US edition of the world’s most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium. The Fair is held annually each spring at Paramount Pictures Studios, the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving image in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Paris Photo Los Angeles exhibitors present historical and contemporary bodies of works, cutting edge solo shows, and book projects by renowned and emerging artists in the legendary Paramount Pictures’ soundstages and the New York Street Backlot’s exclusive movie set replicas of New York City streets.

Public programming is an integral component of the Fair. Built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions, the program includes the Sound & Vision series of conversations and screenings, UNEDITED! unveiling little-known or never-before-seen photographic material, and new for 2015, INTRODUCING! Young California Photographer Award organized in partnership with J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Paris Photo Los Angeles 2015 will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios from May 1-3rd and will host 80 leading galleries and art book dealers from 17 countries world-wide. See the 2015 exhibitor list and program.”

The fair was star studded with both its attendees and subject matter. The air was typical casual California style with a hint of Paris. The participating galleries both “young” and established displayed work that represented an ongoing dialogue about fine art photography specific to the Los Angeles art world.


Venice Biennale 

And to round out this “round-up” we have a bit of information about this year’s Venice Biennale. One of the biggest biannual art community events is beginning this weekend. Countries from around the world bring their most influential artists to Venice to share their art with an international audience.

About the Venice Biennale: 

"The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.
The history of the Venice Biennale dates back from 1895, when the first International Art Exhibition was organized. In the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre (the Venice Film Festival in 1932 was the first film festival ever organized). In 1980 the first Intl. Architecture Exhibition took place, and in 1999 Dance made its debut at the Venice Biennale."


With an artworld oversaturated with fairs and arts events, the Biennale is a unique event with a rich history and therefore it's scope of art is unprecedented. Take a look at what the New York Times has curated in their sneak preview




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