The first-ever Seattle Art Fair happened this past weekend, and it was a doozy. Three of the world’s largest art galleries — Pace, Gagosian and David Zwirner — came out to be part of the action, along with 59 other art dealers hoping to attract buyers in a city that up until now has not had a major presence in the international art world. Have we arrived? Perhaps. At the very least, we’re now on the map.
Backed by Paul Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. and in development for two years, The Seattle Art Fair sold 17,000 advanced tickets (its Facebook page has more than 9,000 likes). An estimated 11,000 people attended to view and buy art, ranging in price from $1,000 to hundreds of thousands. Major media covered the event, from the The New York Times to Artnet and Architectural Digest. Even a movie star or two showed up. Actor Ben Affleck was spotted down the street from LNWM offices at a popular hangout in Pioneer Square. Read more about it in The Seattle Times and The New York Times.