Prestigious Art Fair Lands in San Mateo

Where can you go this fall to rub elbows with art stars, peruse the most cutting edge, international art collections and get your Banksy on? San Mateo is about to become the epicenter of the global art world.

Over Columbus Day Weekend, October 9 – 12, the inaugural edition of Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco (Art SV/SF) – Art Miami’s first international, contemporary art fair on the West Coast – takes place around the corner from Bay Meadows.

The San Mateo County Event Center will play host to 75 of the world’s most respected galleries and art institutions, representing 750 artists from 42 countries during Art SV/SF. The art fair’s founders noted that they chose San Mateo for its central location between Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

The event kicks off with a Platinum VIP Preview on Thursday, October 9 at 6 pm. The elegant evening will benefit the Shipyard Trust for the Arts and the Djerassi Foundation and is sponsored by Maserati, which will display their latest auto models, in celebration of the prestigious brand’s 100th anniversary.

“Art SV/SF is pleased to partner with several noteworthy philanthropic organizations that are deeply committed to supporting working artists, both locally and internationally,” noted Nick Korniloff, Director of the Fair.

“It’s a priority of Art SV/SF to be involved with the local community and further arts awareness, as well as support and promote new and innovative artistic talent and help establish the Silicon Valley/San Francisco area as an international arts destination.”

The fair will spotlight “investment quality works of art” alongside emerging and new media artists. Other highlights of Art SV/SF include:

  • I PXL U, the official photo sharing platform for Art SV/SF, will sponsor a special exhibition of monumental Banksy works from his 2013 New York City residency, featured at the Keszler Gallery booth.
  • San Francisco-based gallery White Walls will exhibit works by noted street artist APEX, who will also complete an on-site mural on the exterior of the San Mateo Expo Hall during the fair.
  • ZERO1, a tech art non-profit in San Jose, will mount John Slepian’s installation, Transcendence, in which the artist is completely levitated through the power of his mind. Using a hacked toy brainwave sensor, electronics, and powerful actuators, the artist lifts himself by achieving a meditative state.
Founders Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen.

Founders Nick Korniloff and Pamela Cohen.

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