Seattle, one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, is home to Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. So it makes perfect sense that it should have an art fair—at least to dealers and regional collectors, too.
Founded in 2015 by art collector and tech billionaire Paul Allen and produced by his company Vulcan Arts + Entertainment and Art Market Productions, the fair, which opened yesterday at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, began with 62 international galleries. Now in its fourth edition, it hosts more than 100 exhibitors from 35 cities around the world.
“The fair is a boost in the arm for Seattle,” Henry Art Gallery director Sylvia Wolf told Galerie on opening day. “It introduces people in the area to the broad range of artistic production in contemporary, modern, and historical art. It’s a fabulous opportunity for someone who wants to dip their toe in the water or someone who’s already deep into collecting the visual arts.”