Designers, artists, collectors, dealers, and no small number of enthusiasts will descend on San Francisco for FOG Design+Art, held at the historic Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture January 17-20. Entering its sixth year, FOG has become a high point on the West-Coast cultural calendar. This year the always well-curated fair has expanded its international scope. A total of 53 galleries—a bit larger than last year’s 45—will bring 20th- and 21st-century work from global design hubs such as Mexico City, Stockholm, and Berlin.
Also note the event roster, which features conversations with landscape legend Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and ersatz astronaut Tom Sachs, among others. The fair’s annual Preview Gala on January 16, which benefits the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s education programs and exhibitions including the recently opened “Sea Ranch.”
Here is an early look at what we think will be among the show’s highlights.
Offbeat design wunderkind Katie Stout, known for her anthropomorphic lamps laden with feminist themes, debuts three one-of-a-kind luminaires in hand-built and painted ceramic through New York City gallery R & Company.
In anticipation of his upcoming Bernard Frize survey at Paris’s Centre Pompidou, Perrotin will showcase the artist’s Capi (2015), an acrylic-and-resin painting where vertical streaks of marble-like pastels juxtapose with a blacked-out void.
Cristina Grajales presents South Korean designer Sang Hoon Kim’s artful array of technicolor furnishings, their rough-around-the-edges tactility belying a composition of memory foam crafted from intricate chemical processes.