'Larkin Street at McAllister Street,' by John Chiara

The 8 Coolest Things to See at Fog Design + Art Fair

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Art world luminaries from London, New York, Chicago, Mexico City and Paris are making their way to San Francisco for the annual Fog Design + Art fair, opening January 11, 2018.

Now in its fifth year at Fort Mason, Fog will bring together 45 design and art galleries from around the world in a curated selection of installations and programs. Prominent local attendees will include Anthony Meier Fine Arts, Berggruen Gallery, Crown Point Press and Jessica Silverman Gallery, all of which are returning to showcase their latest collections.


This year's event also introduces an array of notable galleries that are participating for the first time: Among them are Paris-based Galerie Chantal Crousel and Galerie Chastel Maréchal; New York's Luhring Augustine Gallery and Paul Kasmin; Brooklyn-hailing Nicholas Kilner, known for 20th century Italian and American design; London-based Sadie Coles, who will showcase international emerging artists; and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, which recently opened a second location in England.

In addition to markedly contempo installations, the fair also presents a series of conversations, events and screenings. Be sure to check out a discussion on shaping the city through public art with beloved SF artist Jim Campbell, known for his dazzling LED light installations, and conversations with award-winning British installation artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien and artist/ filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson.

This year's festival is dedicated to the late Cathy Topham, a founding member of the Fog Steering Committee and longstanding SFMOMA supporter. Alice Waters, too, will be honored at the innovator's luncheon for her forward-thinking collaborations with artists and designers.

Such an extensive selection of installations and events can feel like a labyrinth to navigate; below are 10 can't-miss exhibits to plan your day around.

'Larkin Street at McAllister Street,' by John Chiara

(Courtesy of John Chiara and Haines Gallery)

Who: John Chiara, San Francisco-based photographer

What: Larkin Street at McAllister Street

Why: Chiara has a unique method of shooting, using a huge 50-by-80-inch field camera that he transports on a flatbed trailer. The photo exhibited is part of a collection called Lands End: California at Larkin, where he focuses on specific details like the dark ladders of a fire escape, as seen here.

// Fog Design + Art, January 11-14, 2018 at Fort Mason Festival Pavillon, 2 Marina Blvd (Marina); tickets ($25) are available at eventbrite.com; fogfair.com.

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