Saturday, February 6, 2010

Art I'm Looking At: San Francisco Print Fair 2010

Went to the San Francisco Print Fair today at Fort Mason, an annual event at around this time of year--although often at the end of January (continuing tomorrow, Sunday, February 7, 2010; free admission). It always attracts very high caliber dealers. They come from all over the country--from places like New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Seattle, and, of course, the San Francisco Bay Area, including Santa Rosa (represented by our local fine art print dealers, The Annex Galleries, right here on College Avenue). Inevitably I fell in love with something I couldn't have, something beyond my means--at the moment at least; a mixed-technique piece (etching, aquatint, engraving) by Oakland artist David Kelso, with wonderfully subtle use of layered aquatint and etching. I enjoyed seeing the show nevertheless. I picked up a small contemporary woodcut by American artist Lockwood Dennis. Happily, the show did not coincide with the ZAP zinfandel tasting this year. There was actually a place to park--and no half-drunken wine tasters to deal with (not that I have anything against wine tasters, of course. it's just that there are always too many of them when ZAP and the print fair fall on the same day).

For you lovers of things on paper, the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair is also going on through Sunday, February 7.

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