In the News

December 16, 2015
ARTNEWS
"The Seattle Art Fair has announced the selection committee for its second edition, which will occur from August 4 to 7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center."
August 27, 2015
Interior Design
"Co-principal and fellow Hall of Fame member Jim Olson was chosen to design the lounge for the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, back in their hometown. Opening July 30, the space was appropriately titled Basecamp. The open-air pavilion featured local materials, prominently featuring three 18-foot-tall open-frame luminous towers sheathed in red fabric. Evergreens, herbs, and flowers lined the perimeter, lending a distinctly natural feel to the man-made space."
August 25, 2015
Redefinemag
"When the 2015 Seattle Art Fair invited Alpert to install in the space, she was the third artist to ever be extended the opportunity."
August 5, 2015
The Stranger
If it felt like a renaissance, it did mark the arrival of a Medici. Some of the wealthiest men in the world live in Seattle, but art and culture here have suffered for resources for years, failing to build collector and donor bases, or major events that reliably attract outsiders to the artists of the region. But now, while Bill Gates focuses on global health and education with the Gates Foundation and Jeff Bezos works toward global business domination with Amazon, Microsoft cofounder and Seahawks owner Paul Allen is emerging as the patron of art in Seattle.
August 5, 2015
ARTFORUM
On opening night, Prior and Greg Bell, Vulcan’s senior curator, are among those circulating the aisles. Seattle’s mayor turns out too, and apparently Starbucks executives. Of course, Allen himself stops by. The place is a mass of several thousand visitors
August 5, 2015
The Observer
“I think the art scene in Seattle reflects its growth in intellectual and philanthropic activity. As a result of that, there are more people interested in art and who can afford it, and there are very nice pieces in the lower prices points, as well as significant artists at the mid range that are collectable."
August 2, 2015
The New York Times
“I saw that there were some New York dealers participating, I thought it would be interesting to see and support the city,” said the New York collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, who came on a whim and wound up buying a half-dozen works from dealers from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Seattle, including a piece by the local artist Jeffry Mitchell. 
August 1, 2015
The Seattle Times
“It’s a natural place for an art fair,” said Jeffrey Deitch, the former director of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and former owner of the cutting-edge New York gallery Deitch Projects, especially with its rich public art, big-name private collectors (such as Allen and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz) and small but well-curated museums."
August 1, 2015
Seattle Magazine
"The Seattle Art Fair brings a Biennale vibe to the Northwest"
August 1, 2015
ARTNEWS
"I expect that I am not alone in hoping that the Seattle Art Fair returns for a second edition."
July 31, 2015
The New York Times
"The mayor dropped by. So did Paul Allen and several other “local billionaires,” as one visitor referred to them. When the inaugural Seattle Art Fair opened for business on Thursday, the crowd included titans from the tech world, as well as Starbucks executives and collectors from San Francisco and Vancouver."
July 31, 2015
BLOUIN ARTINFO
"The Pacific Northwest’s first major art fair made a promising debut."
July 30, 2015
Bloomberg
“To live with these pieces of art is truly amazing,” Allen said. “I feel that you should share some of the works to give the public a chance to see them.”
July 30, 2015
ARTNEWS
The fair will bring together 62 galleries from around the world to the lively art scene of the Pacific Northwest, attracting some of the biggest galleries in the art world—including Gagosian, Pace, and David Zwirner. 
July 30, 2015
The Observer
"The art world will descend on the Emerald City on July 30 for Seattle’s first large-scale art fair in years."
July 30, 2015
Vanity Fair
"Seattle becomes the latest city to jockey for the “emerging art scene” label with its first-ever art fair, spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Expect a strong showing from heavy hitters such as the David Zwirner and the Gagosian Gallery, as well as local, burgeoning Pacific Northwest artists."
July 29, 2015
The Stranger
"There’s already an impressive buzz about it for an inaugural event." 
July 29, 2015
The Stranger
"I think it really speaks volumes of their commitment to this area," Artist Trust director Shannon Roach-Halberstadt told me yesterday. "It's so fantastic. The money will godirectly to individual artists in all disciplines across the state."
July 29, 2015
artnet news
"All art world eyes will be on Seattle this week, where the inaugural Seattle Art Fair opens on Thursday July 30."
July 28, 2015
The Seattle Times
“So far, there have been good art fairs and some great art fairs on the West Coast, but there hasn’t been a real international magnet on the West Coast of the United States, from a fair perspective. And I think we have an opportunity to do that here.”
July 28, 2015
ARTFORUM
"Paul Allen's new art center may be another sign that the tech magnate wants to build Seattle into a new contemporary art hub."
July 27, 2015
Artsy
"The Seattle Art Fair, whose inaugural edition will run from July 30th through August 2nd, is being co-produced by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and bringing top-tier galleries like Pace, Gagosian, and David Zwirner to the region for the first time (a very rare feat for a fledgling event). But it appears that the fair will not be just another attempt to match blue-chip artwork with tech money. A full 13 of the 62 exhibitors are from Seattle, with four more from Portland and two from Vancouver, BC. "
July 25, 2015
Gertrude Blog
"The fair promises to be one of the biggest in the country with Gagosian, Pace and David Zwirner Galleries already joining the list of exhibitors."
July 24, 2015
The Stranger
"And then Stranger art critic Jen Graves drops by to tell us about the upcoming Seattle Art Fair, which was born out of a Paul Allen 'fever dream.' "
July 23, 2015
Architectural Digest
"With a rustic pavilion and lounge called Basecamp, designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig, and a smattering of installations and programming overtaking the city, Seattle joins an increasingly populous map of Stateside collector destinations."
July 17, 2015
Memeteria by Thomas May
"As a foretaste of the upcoming Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Art Museum is currently hosting a series of talks by contemporary artists about their practice."
July 17, 2015
Visit Seattle
"The inaugural Seattle Art Fair is set for July 30-August 2, and is shaping up to be a great reason to visit Seattle."
July 15, 2015
Vancouver Magazine
"If you think the drive across the border is beautiful to begin with (and we certainly do), just wait to see what Seattle Art Fair has in store on the other side."
July 7, 2015
Artfixdaily
The Seattle Art Fair will feature 50 leading local, regional, and international art galleries presenting top-tier modern and contemporary art.
July 6, 2015
BLOUIN ArtInfo
"The list of exhibitors include names such as PACE, Paul Kasmin Gallery, James Cohan Gallery, Nancy Hoffman Gallery (all New York), G. Gibson Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery, James Harris Gallery (all Seattle), Winston Wachter Fine Art (New York/ Seattle), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans), Gallery Jones, Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), Elizabeth Leach Gallery, PDX Contemporary, Platform Gallery (Portland), Kaikai Kiki (Tokyo) and Gana Art (Seoul) among many other prominent names from around the world."
July 2, 2015
artnet News
“Seattle is an incredible city, very 21st-century, very prosperous and future-oriented, and with great art patronage," said Robert Goff, a director at David Zwirner Gallery.
July 2, 2015
Wallpaper
"It’s an impressive first effort; the co-production team of Art Market Productions and Vulcan Inc. have put together a sterling roster of exhibitors, spanning national and international galleries including the Gagosian, David Zwirner and Pace."
July 1, 2015
ARTE!Brasileiros #30
"The organizers give special attention to the side program of symposia, site-specific installations and the so called happenings across the city."
June 26, 2015
Financial Times
"For the most prestigious events, a huge amount is done to ensure quality. They want to attract the best dealers, create a respected brand, and so impact on the long-term bottom line."
June 4, 2015
The New York Times
“For a first-time fair, it’s an incredibly interesting show,” said Max Fishko, director of Art Market Productions, which is organizing it with Mr. Allen’s company Vulcan. “You have got some of the biggest names in the art world, period, plus some excellent regional and local dealers.”
May 7, 2015
BLOUIN ARTINFO
"The Seattle Art Fair, the city’s first major event of its kind, announced a roster of 50 participants, which features a diverse, international lineup: James Cohan, Pace, and Paul Kasmin will participate when the fair opens on July 30, as will Seoul’s Gana Art and local dealer James Harris."
May 7, 2015
ARTNEWS
"James Cohan, Pace, and Paul Kasmin are a few of the major international galleries that will be represented."
May 6, 2015
OBSERVER
"When news broke in November that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was teaming with Art Market Productions to bring an art fair to Seattle, all ears in the art world perked up."
April 27, 2015
CityArts
"There's a lot of interest in Seattle right now from around the world, there's attention from the cultural centers. There's a reputation that this region has a lot to say."
March 6, 2015
artnet news
"An avid art collector, Allen is also behind the Seattle Art Fair."