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Seattle Art Fair closes successful third edition
Yayoi Kusama, TEARS OF DESPAIR, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 76 3/8 x 76 3/8 inches (194 x 194 cm). Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York.


SEATTLE, WA.- The third edition of the Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, culminated with strong sales reports from dealers and positive feedback from collectors, artists, visitors, and the local Seattle community. The third edition of the fair was the largest and best attended to date, with 100 exhibitors and 22,500 guests throughout the weekend.

Over 150 national and local press outlets wrote about the fair and its exhibitor highlights, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, ArtInfo, Interview, ArtSpace, and W, as well as many Seattle outlets including The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, KING5, Seattle PI, City Arts Magazine, and Seattle Magazine.

“Seattle Art Fair solidifies its standing in year three, adding blue-chip galleries and international flavour to attract national as well as regional collectors.” wrote Sarah Hanson of The Art Newspaper.

"It wasn’t just out-of-town dealers that were basking in a sales-induced bliss," said The Stranger.

"But for one weekend, a center built by a tech fortune drew in the Seattle community—from long-time collectors to the young, tattooed masses," wrote The Observer. "The fair was a welcome and unpretentious respite from its counterparts in New York, boding well for future connection between the city’s contrasting factions."

Michael Upchurch of The Seattle Times wrote, “the real excitement of the Seattle Art Fair springs from making fresh discoveries. And with an unprecedented 100 exhibitors from Europe, Asia and North America setting up booths at the 2017 fair, there are plenty of discoveries to be made.”

“In the fair’s third year, established and younger galleries alike are clearly trying to strike a balance between appealing to Seattle’s roster of old-guard collectors while also actively courting a younger generation of wealthy tech industrialists and international buyers. It makes for a varied, eclectic selection of art on offer," wrote Artnet News.

“This year, the art fair’s layout feels much more fluid and porous," wrote T.S. Flock of Vanguard Seattle, and "that’s great news for visitors, who want to be at ease as they look at the art. And hopefully it will be great news for the gallerists, too. When people can more easily fall in love with a work, they are more likely to take it home, after all.”





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