Best of the Best 2016: Home | Art: Seattle Art Fair

Though the Seattle Art Fair held its inaugural event at the height of summer—a sleepy time of year in the art world—the 4-day affair last August proved the most successful new show of 2015. Microsoft cofounder and art mega-patron Paul Allen was the dynamic force behind the nascent fair, luring such blue-chip galleries as David Zwirner, Pace, and Gagosian. The billionaire’s homegrown expo proved lucrative to say the least: By Sunday evening, red dots lined the walls, and more than a few big names had already vowed to return in 2016.  

More than 15,000 people attended the inaugural fair last August. 

Major purchases included Yayoi Kusama’s stainless-steel Pumpkin sculpture (left) for $1.2 million and a large painting collage by Oscar Murillo for $250,000. 

This year’s show is scheduled to take place August 4 through 7 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. It will feature 75 exhibitors (up from last year’s total of 62), including David Zwirner, Pace, and Seattle favorite Greg Kucera Gallery.

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