Untitled, San Francisco with Turon’s travel expert Nicholas Christopher

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Untitled, Art San Francisco

Untitled, Art
San Francisco

ART FAIRS HAVE BECOME AS MUCH CULTURAL AND SOCIAL EVENTS AS CONGREGATIONS OF ART DEALERS AND COLLECTORS. THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS ENCOURAGED THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CURATOR AS AN ART FAIR PERSONA AND A CURATOR-DRIVEN FAIR OR EXHIBITOR SECTION WITHIN AN ESTABLISHED FAIR HAS GROWN IN POPULARITY IN RECENT YEARS. CURATORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE IMBUE THE EXHIBITED WORKS WITH A SENSE OF QUALITY AND VALUE.  THUS, UNTITLED, ART MIAMI, LAUNCHED IN 2012, IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED STAND-OUT FAIRS DURING MIAMI ART WEEK AND HAS EARNED ITS REPUTATiON AS ONE OF THE MOST SELECTIVE.

FROM JANUARY 13-15, 2017, UNTITLED, ART LAUNCHES ITS FIRST WEST COAST ENDEAVOR– UNTITLED, SAN FRANCISCO. IF THE QUALITY OF UNTITLED, MIAMI IS A BAROMETER, DO MAKE LAST MINUTE PLANS TO ATTEND.

NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER, FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL OF THE ART WORLD’S AGENCY, TURON TRAVEL, IS A FAN AND HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO BE OUR TOUR GUIDE AT THE FAIR, SOME OF THE SPECIAL ART-RELATED EVENTS OF THE WEEK AND MEMORABLE DINING EXPERIENCES IN THE MAGICAL CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. PLEASE JOIN US.

NICHOLAS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION. PLEASE TELL US WHAT TO ANTICIPATE!

The inaugural edition of Untitled, San Francisco will take place at the historic Pier 70 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood from January 13 – 15, 2017, following the success of Untitled, Miami.  San Francisco is certainly a magnet for forward thinking and innovation so a contemporary art fair is the perfect fit.

What better place than San Francisco to enjoy the inaugural year!

Pier 70 San Francisco

Pier 70
San Francisco

Untitled, Art founded in 2012, is an international, curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovated the standard fair model by having a curatorial team identify and organize a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profits.  The exhibits  are always presented as a dialogue with the architecturally designed venue. For Untitled, Miami 2014, applauded for the quality of the work and diverse range of art, artists and galleries, architects John Keenen and Terence Riley of K/R, formerly chief curator of architecture and design at New York’s prestigious MoMA,  designed a larger tent to house the third edition featuring 110 international exhibitors from 18 countries.

UNTITLED ART Miami

UNTITLED ART
Miami

In San Francisco, the  original team of Christophe Boutin, Omar López-Chahoud and Melanie Scarciglia will continue the innovative curatorial accomplishments that make Untitled Art, Miami, stand out as a not-to-be-missed fair within the satellite constellation of fairs during Miami Art Basel week.  Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of Untitled since its launch in 2012. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Curators
 Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia co-founded the distinguished publishing houses onestar press and Three Star Books in Paris in 2000 and 2007, respectively. They have worked with many well-known artists and have published over 300 books.  Boutin and Scarciglia join Untitled in 2014 as part of the curatorial team.

https://art-untitled.com/san-francisco

Curated art fairs tend to resonate with a  stream of consciousness throughout, the curatorial team adding its unique vision and experience.  Legacy art fairs are also following suit with ‘curated satellite’ programs, but they tend to default to their vetted gallerist perspectives.

SFMoMA

SFMoMA

Now that you are in San Francisco, be sure to visit the newly expanded San Francisco Museum of Art.

In 2016, SF MoMA reopened in 3 years of transformation with the goal of building additional space to celebrate its extensive and first-tier holdings.  SFOMA now has more than three times its original exhibition space;  a floor dedicated to the Pritzker Center for Photography; galleries dedicated to major favorites from the museum’s permanent collection as well as 45,000 sq ft of free public space.  Plenty to enjoy here!

Bruce Conner: It's All True SFMoMA October 29, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Bruce Conner: It’s All True
SFMoMA
October 29, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Be sure to see the Bruce Conner exhibition, It’s All True, before it closes on January 22nd. Conner, a pioneer in experimental film, collage, photography and conceptual works, challenged our preconceptions in every medium, constantly breaking new ground and influencing artists working today.

Lieko Shiga, Tomlinson FC, from the series Lilly, 2005 © Lieko Shiga

Lieko Shiga,
Tomlinson FC, from the series Lilly, 2005
© Lieko Shiga

A compelling exhibition, Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now, memorializes the enormous contributions by Japanese photographers to the art of postwar photography. Noted for their innovative film and camera equipment, the exhibit highlights the considerable holdings of Japanese photography in the museum’s collection and the works from the important donation of the Kurenboh Collection.

https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/japanese-photography-postwar-now/

If your time is limited, the overview of the ongoing Fisher Collection will be satisfying in itself spanning America’s important movements, Pop, Figurative and Minimal Art, featuring trophy works by Chuck Close, Philip Guston, Judd, LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein and Warhol, among many others from a period of American art that is legendary for addressing issues of social and political concern, in response to the legacy of Abstract Expressionism

Approaching American Abstraction The Fisher Collection SFMoMA

Approaching American Abstraction
The Fisher Collection
SFMoMA

 

Galleries are opening at a rapid rate in San Francisco.  Why not visit a few whole you are there?

In a major move, prominent gallerists, Larry Gagosian and John Berggruen opened new adjacently located  galleries across from the new Howard Street entrance to SF MoMA, permanently changing the footprint of San Francisco’s art gallery map along with the opening of the Minnesota Street Project gallery space in the Dogpatch neighborhood.

Minnesota Street Project

Minnesota Street Project

The Minnesota Street Project opened fifteen years ago under the auspices of collectors Deborah and Andy Rappaport as an alternative entrepreneurial venture in contemporary art, one suited to the innovative nature of Silicon Valley. Located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits. Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco’s contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term.

http://minnesotastreetproject.com/

Anne Chu Roman Boy Minnesota Street Project

Anne Chu
Roman Boy
Minnesota Street Project

Through January 7, a retrospective of the work of Anne Chu, who died prematurely at the age of 57 this year, is on exhibit. In materials like porcelain and leather, Chu’s sculptures, sometimes in the form of mobiles, frequently explored animal imagery, depicting horses, bears, and rabbits as well as animal-human hybrids.

“Embedded with ancient and historical influences, including Tang dynasty funerary figures and Austrian marionettes, Chu channeled spirits of cultures past,” wrote Williams in the announcement of the artist’s passing.

John Berggruen Gallery The Human Form Opening January 13th

John Berggruen Gallery
The Human Form
Opening January 13th

The seasoned veteran dealer, John Berggruen is launching an inaugural exhibition at his 10 Hawthorne Street gallery, entitled “The Human Form”, and highlights the gallery’s dedication to the Bay Area figurative artists it has long supported.  Known as the Bay Area Figurative Moment, this group of artists included Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Wayne Thiebaud, who abandoned the prevailing force of Abstract Expressionism to return to figuration during the 50s and into the 60s.

http://www.berggruen.com/exhibitions/the-human-form

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Untitled, 1977, sewn Burlap, cotton cloth, and acrylic, 36 × 72 inches (91 × 182 cm) © Maekawa.

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Untitled, 1977, sewn Burlap, cotton cloth, and acrylic, 36 × 72 inches (91 × 182 cm) © Maekawa.

Gagosian San Francisco opens a very special group exhibition on January 12th entitled “Beyond Matter”, featuring eighteen sewn and painted fabric works by Tsuyoshi Maekawa, who emerged as an artist in the Gutai Art Association founded in Osaka. In 1972, Maekawa decided to extend his practice beyond the strict precepts established by its founder Yoshiara Jiro.  The exhibtion offers a global perspective with its inclusion of modern masters exemplary of this pictorial concerns,  such as Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni, Lucia Fontana and Enrico Castellani.

http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/maekawa–january-12-2017

By now you must be starving!

There is a rumor – totally unsubstantiated – that it was a gourmet cook fire rather than Elsie the cow who set a Famous Fire.   Here are a few suggestions on the side of the chef:

Benu

Benu

BENU

First stop, right on Hawthorne Street is Benu, a 3 Michelin Star tradition, a refined minimalist space in black, white and gray that focuses the attention on the mail and not the decor, and well worthwhile that is. When the first course of the prix fixe menu arrives, you know the mail is going to be unique, a juxtaposition of classic Asian ingredients as a springboard to Thomas Keller protegee, Cory Lee’s Western training.

https://www.benusf.com/

Corey Lee – chef/owner – had worked at world acclaimed restaurants for 20 years before opening his James Beard awarded restaurant. His 2015 Phaidon-published cookbook Benu, documents the restaurant’s food, inspirations, and people who make it all possible. Lee has become a goodwill ambassador for his hometown of Seoul, Korea, an honor given to leaders in various fields, in recognition of his work and influence.

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Gary Danko— 1  Michelin star

The cuisine of Gary Danko, the ambassador of contemporary American fine dining, draws on traditions from around the world. Using seasonings from Asia, he adds a pinch of audacity to his French-style technique, creating dishes fit for an international traveler.

Seventeen years after opening its doors in San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, Restaurant Gary Danko continues to refine its award-winning combination of classic French cooking, thoughtful and inventive use of local ingredients, and personable yet impeccable service. “You don’t just open a great restaurant,” says Chef Gary Danko, “it’s a constant work in progress.”

Gary Danko

Gary Danko

In a warm, enveloping space overhung with orchids and vibrant artworks, an evening at Gary Danko is both intimate and theatrical—a loving nod to an old world dining experience with its heart thoroughly planted in the new: fresh, locally grown and raised foods drawn from the region’s vast seasonal offerings, prepared with precision and flair.

http://garydanko.com/

The French Laundry

The French Laundry

Don’t miss the legendary THE FRENCH LAUNDRY – 3 Michelin Stars

Chef Thomas Keller took a saloon built by Scottish stonemasons in 1900 whose last incarnation was a French steam laundry and created a highly awarded restaurant. The French Laundry is a member of French-based Relais & Chateaux, Relais Gourmands and Traditions & Qualité; organizations recognized for their dedication to maintaining the highest international standards for hospitality and culinary excellence.  While the menu changes daily, the restaurant commits to creating classic French cuisine with the finest quality ingredients and service.

https://www.thomaskeller.com/tfl

TURON TRAVEL

TURON TRAVEL

About Turon Travel

Turon Travel has the distinct pleasure of working with a growing number of International Art Fairs, Art and Antiques Fairs and special arts events.

Our management style creates a seamless process which works to the benefit of the venue, the exhibitors and of course the event patrons.

The cumulative buying power represented by the participants gives Turon the ability to offer discounts on hotel rates and select airfares. Along with our state of the art website and booking platform Turon Travel is the obvious choice to manage your travel requirements.

https://www.turontravel.com/