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August 12, 2016
Artforum
On entry to the Seattle Art Fair this past weekend, initial impressions belied major underlying tech support (pun intended) given its backing by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen and some artworks mentioned in the New York Times write-up—like Adam McEwen’s elegant/ominous graphite replicas of IBM supercomputers and Glenn Kaino’s live app tour, Aspiration.
August 12, 2016
Vanguard Seattle
Founder Paul Allen and Vulcan Inc. consider the fair a long-term investment in promoting art collection, cultural literacy and stewardship. Co-producer Art Market Productions runs art fairs in several U.S. cities, and their goal is to make Seattle Art Fair the most robust commercial art fair on the west coast during this process of education and growth.
August 7, 2016
Hamptons Art Hub
It was a cool, clear summer night in downtown Seattle, and thousands of people were waiting on line to get into CenturyLink Field stadium—a line that stretched for a quarter mile almost all the way to historic Pioneer Square. They weren’t waiting for a Mariners or Seahawks game, or to rock out to Guns N’ Roses. They turned out to see art, lots of art. The Seattle Art Fair, the brainchild of Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen and produced by veteran art fair impresarios Art Market Productions, was back for its second year in a row.
August 7, 2016
The New York Times
“There’s always this interesting tension between fairly intellectual pursuits like science, and more visceral pursuits like art, and how they respond and bond to each other,” Mr. Allen said. He also deeply appreciates, he added, the simple joy of the unexpected.
August 5, 2016
SAD Magazine
In the middle of its second year exhibition, the Seattle Art Fair has grown in size, style, and is undoubtedly going to make a serious impression on the North American art world. Up to 80-some exhibiting galleries, from 60 in its inaugural year, the fair boasts a refreshing and enriching array of exhibitors and artists: from up-and-comers to, as one exhibitor put it, the “big dogs”.
August 5, 2016
The Creators Project
A beacon for art buyers in the middle of the summer slump, the Seattle Art Fair is gathering artists and galleries from all over the world in the Northwest this weekend. We're experiencing a digital view of the fair via our Instagram feeds, and so far there are a few clear selfie-friendly winners shining from our smartphone screens. A glowing electric cloud installation by local glass giant Dale Chihuly is dazzling visitors to the at Marlborough Gallery booth, Polish artist Kim Simonsson's Moss Person sculptures glow green from Jason Jaques Gallery's white walls.
August 5, 2016
The Seattle Times
Plenty of hobbing and copious amounts of nobbing commenced the minute the Seattle Art Fair opened at 11 a.m. Friday. As the crowds flowed in, CenturyLink Field Events Center grew as busy as any museum blockbuster.
August 4, 2016
Vanguard Seattle
The Seattle Art Fair is back and bigger than before, boasting over eighty galleries that are poised to please audiences and attract collectors both seasoned and new. The fair features a strong selection of local, regional and international galleries showcasing emerging, mid-career, and established artists.
August 4, 2016
SURFACE
“There is an interesting parallel between people working in the tech industry and artists,” says Max Fishko, director of the fair. “There is a shared interest in creativity and new ideas, and a mutual respect. And as a larger up-and-coming market, Seattle is a good place to see an injection of energy like this."
August 4, 2016
Artnet News
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was circulating among the preview patrons yesterday for a first look at the offerings at the Seattle Art Fair, now in its second year. Some 85 international galleries set up booths—up from 60 or so last year—and on a perfect balmy Seattle evening, the atmosphere at CenturyLink Field Event Center felt more relaxed this time around, with details finessed and first-year jitters gone.
August 3, 2016
King 5
Now in its second year, the Seattle Art Fair is home to the city's finest modern art pieces and galleries. Mary Ann Prior previews the works and artists to look out for at this year's event, beginning Aug. 4.
August 3, 2016
The Seattle Times
The second Seattle Art Fair, Aug. 4-7, will include more than 80 booths for the thousands of visitors — some of them high-octane collectors, some simply art lovers, some see-and-be-seen gawkers — expected to stream through the doors. Major international galleries this year include Pace (New York), Roberts & Tilton (Los Angeles) and Kaikai Kiki (Tokyo).
August 3, 2016
The Seattle Times
A walking tour in Martian English and panels with Kyle MacLachlan, Carrie Brownstein and Kim Gordon are a few of the must-do events at the second Seattle Art Fair, which happens Aug. 4-7.
August 2, 2016
GeekWire
Seattle Art Fair, the exhibition founded by billionaire Paul Allen to showcase unique and innovative works, kicks off for the second year on Thursday and themes around technology will be evident thanks to a variety of pieces and performances.
August 2, 2016
Vanguard Seattle
Speaking about the success of the first Seattle Art Fair, in spite of being held off-season, Max Fishko shared some words that might be applied year-round: “It’s because the fair is beautiful. It’s because the art we have is special. But it’s also because Seattle is special, too, at this time, so that challenge of being outside the regular schedule ultimately became an asset.”
August 1, 2016
The Stranger
Last summer, Paul Allen said, “Let there be Seattle Art Fair,” and it was good. This summer its second incarnation has more galleries—84—including New York titans David Zwirner and Pace, plus LA heavy hitter Roberts & Tilton, plus New York stalwart Marlborough, and many, many more coming from Asia, Europe, and the East Coast as well as a still-healthy continent from Seattle and Portland.
July 28, 2016
Artsy
Back for its second year, the Seattle Art Fair features over 80 exhibitors of local, regional, and international artists, from emerging painters in the Pacific Northwest to art world veterans and high-tech design studios. Aptly located in the industrial SoDo district—home to sports stadiums, corporate headquarters, and art galleries alike—the fair, with its diverse selection and accessible price points, promises to appeal to both new and seasoned collectors.
July 27, 2016
Departures
Though only in its second edition, the Seattle Art Fair has already attracted an impressive array of galleries from both American cities (Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and more) and international locales (Buenos Aires, Seoul, Cologne, beyond). This year’s exhibitors will show work by the likes of Donald Judd, Damien Hirst and Lee Friedlander, but big names aren’t the only draw. Sculpture, installations, and performance will come to adjacent city neighborhoods through the off-site Projects sector; plus, the Talks program will bring creative duos together in conversation, like actor Kyle MacLachlan and musician/actress Carrie Brownstein, and art historian Branden Joseph and musician Kim Gordon. 
July 27, 2016
The Stranger
"From the very beginning of this thing, the idea was to put together something that was going to do more than just create a commercial marketplace," said Art Market cofounder Max Fishko. "We wanted to... make real contributions to the artistic culture of the city."
July 21, 2016
Architectural Digest
The burgeoning Seattle Art Fair returns for its second year August 4–7, bolstering the creative cachet of this Pacific Northwest hot spot. 
July 7, 2016
HYPEBEAST
The Seattle Art Fair descends on CenturyLink Field next month and, to coincide with the event, Pivot Art + Culture — Vulcan’s 3,000-square-foot flexible concept space — has tapped Takashi Murakami and renowned art mag Juxtapoz to curate a special pop-up exhibit.
 
June 15, 2016
Seattle Weekly
Curated by artistic director Laura Fried, the four-day event combines conceptual tours of the fair and neighborhood, live performances, large installations, and a stage where curators, scholars, and creative luminaries will enter into five distinct dialogues.
June 10, 2016
The Stranger
This year's lineup will make for a full, rich weekend of varied events that cross mediums including music and sound, architecture, TV and YouTube, and dance.
 
June 8, 2016
Vanguard Seattle
Seattle Art Fair returns for its second year, August 4-7, 2016, and in addition to its 80 participating exhibitors, it will be featuring a number of talks, events and special projects organized by Artistic Director Laura Fried. 
June 8, 2016
The Stranger
This summer its second incarnation has more galleries—83—including New York titans David Zwirner and Pace, plus LA heavy hitter Roberts & Tilton, plus New York stalwart Marlborough, and many, many more coming from Asia, Europe, and the East Coast as well as a still-healthy continent from Seattle and Portland (Greg Kucera, Mariane Ibrahim, G. Gibson, SEASON, Upfor, James Harris, Winston Wächter, Abmeyer + Wood, Foster/White, Bridge Productions). Bring comfortable shoes.
June 7, 2016
Observer
Sounds like Seattle is the place to be this August.
June 7, 2016
OBSERVER
Sounds like Seattle is the place to be this August.
June 1, 2016
Robb Report
By Sunday evening, red dots lined the walls, and more than a few big names had already vowed to return in 2016.
May 20, 2016
TRAVELMAG
Founded by American entrepreneur Paul Allen, the inaugural Seattle Art Fair arrived with a bang last year, and the latest edition is expected to make an even bigger impact.
April 26, 2016
The Stranger
David Zwirner and Pace will be back. The LA heavy hitter Roberts & Tilton (representing Kehinde Wiley, among others) has joined the lineup, and so has New York stalwart Marlborough.
April 25, 2016
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Art Fair has announced that the newly created role of artistic director will be filled by Laura Fried, an LA-based curator who formerly worked at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis. 
February 16, 2016
ARTNEWS
“Visitors to the Seattle Art Fair will have the unique opportunity to interact with these top galleries—a representation of the world’s finest exhibitors of modern and contemporary art—in an extremely intimate setting fit for great conversation and important acquisition.”
February 16, 2016
ARTNEWS
"This year's lineup boasts an impressive batch of exhibitors, counting David Zwirner and Pace as returning participants."
January 5, 2016
The Seattle Times
"Jeffrey Deitch, the former director of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles told Times writer Tricia Romano at the time that Seattle was “a natural place for an art fair,” because of its plentiful public art, big-name private collectors such as Paul Allen and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and small but well-curated museums."