Untitled, Art arrives in San Francisco

The international art fair makes its west coast debut

The Western Exterminator (price on request), by Parker Ito
The Western Exterminator (price on request), by Parker Ito

San Francisco’s cultural blossoming continues with the launch of the city’s first edition of Untitled, Art – the international art fair showcasing on January 13-15 at the Bay Area’s historic Pier 70. Focusing on contemporary art across all disciplines, it will feature collaborations with leading local institutions, such as the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), 500 Capp Street Foundation and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The Pier 70 gallery in San Franciso 
The Pier 70 gallery in San Franciso 
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The enormous industrial setting will also play host to Untitled, Monuments – a series of large-scale works by notable international artists including Goshka Macuga, Leo Villareal and Parker Ito. Among those featured will be Macuga’s International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, Configuration 28, Technology’s Awakening, $100,000,a molecule-like sculpture of famous heads linked by sticks inspired by a United Nations committee; andVillareal’s 2007 Diamond Sea (price on request), a stainless-steel wall of mirrored lights and LEDs. Ito’s bronze sculptures The Western Exterminator (price on request) reference the 1930s mascot of a Californian extermination company, all with different finishes, including chrome and iridescent car paint.

Portrait (Sifter), $18,000, by Jackie Saccoccio 
Portrait (Sifter), $18,000, by Jackie Saccoccio 
Diamond Sea (price on request), by Leo Villareal
Diamond Sea (price on request), by Leo Villareal

International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, Configuration 28, Technology’s Awakening, $100,000, by Goshka Macuga
International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, Configuration 28, Technology’s Awakening, $100,000, by Goshka Macuga
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Jackie Saccoccio’s 2016 oil on mica Portrait (Sifter), $18,000, a vibrant solar blend of oranges, yellows and golds, is just one of the offerings from the 55 galleries at the fair, which range from global establishments to emerging players. Expect to see highlights from LA’s Overduin & Co, Max Estrella, Ochi Projects and Buenos Aires-based Walden Gallery.

The fair will also see the return of the Toiletpaper lounge, a collaboration between celebrated artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari. Launched by the duo in 2010, Toiletpaper is a bi-annual publication showcasing vibrant, highly orchestrated images that combine commercial photography’s vernacular with narrative tableaux and surrealist imagery. Curated here by Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia, the Toiletpaper lounge debuted at Untitled, Miami Beach, in 2015, and is sure to be a vibrant, communal space once again.

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