San Francisco Social Diary: San Francisco Art Scene’s Latest Venues

The inaugural Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Fair is cultivating new collectors by offering works that are accessible and choosing dealers who are willing to educate.

By Jeanne Lawrence

Once the young venture capitalist and tech sector tycoons of Silicon Valley have acquired jaw-dropping real estate and the latest-and-greatest jets and yachts, what should be their next must-have?

Art dealers have an answer: They are wooing this young audience to become the next generation’s international art collectors, caretakers, ambassadors, and philanthropists in innovative ways.


Hoping to cultivate young moguls as collectors, Art Miami LLC, now in its 25th year, is launching its first West Coast venture: the Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco fair in San Mateo over Columbus Day weekend from October 9 to 12.

The fair will comprise 70 international and Bay Area galleries, offering investment-quality 20th and 21st-century works by 750 artists from 42 countries. It will showcase emergent talent and new media artists along with works by such important names as Picasso, Lichtenstein, Frankenthaler, and Wesselmann.

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San Francisco Social Diary: FOG Design+Art Fair

At San Francisco’s recent FOG Design+Art Fair, some of the nation’s top artists, designers, and galleries were represented. SF’s John Berggruen Gallery, shown here, showcased pieces by such famed artists as Chuck Close, Tom Otterness, and Richard Serra.

By Jeanne Lawrence

FOG rolled in—and this time, San Francisco cheered!

The opening night and inauguration of the FOG Design+Art Fair in San Francisco was one of the chicest and most vibrant evenings I attended recently in the city—an ideal prelude to the glorious Fair itself.

More than 40 of the nation’s top artists, designers, architects, gallerists, and dealers of 20th-century and contemporary design were represented, and the four-day Fair attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

FOG’s organizing committee: Roth Martin, Cathy Topham, Stanlee Gatti, Katie Schwab Paige, Allison Speer, and Douglas Durkin, who spent two years creating the event.

During the FOG Design+Art Fair at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, celebrated style-makers participated in exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Social Season 2014

Performer Amber Riley sang against a lovely backdrop of the San Francisco Bay at sunset during the star-studded benefit for UCSF Medical Center, a highlight of the city’s spring social season.

By Jeanne Lawrence

San Francisco seems to be the center of the world right now, and here are just a few more of the events happening around the booming city.


This spring, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall played host to an evening of star-studded entertainment to raise money for both The Painted Turtle camp for chronically ill children and UCSF Medical Center, whose Benioff Children’s Hospital is ranked one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. World News & World Report.

Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center, with award-winning actress Renée Zellweger.

Titled “A Starry Evening of Music, Comedy, and Surprises,” the ambitious event was attended by such celebrities as Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Kathy Griffin, Josh Groban, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Amber Riley, and Renée Zellweger.

Anyone who has chaired this kind of event knows how difficult it can be to get the stars to travel the distance and show up. Those who attended the benefit showed a true commitment to the cause.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Art Happenings in the City

One of the stunning art-inspired floral displays of the de Young Museum’s Bouquets to Art exhibition, this aerial design by Waterlily Pond Studio’s Natasha Lisitsa, Daniel Schultz, and Carla Parkinson used 1,500 apple branches, 1,500 roses, 300 anthurium, and 120 feet of copper tubing.

By Jeanne Lawrence


In March, the San Francisco de Young Museum celebrated its 30th annual Bouquets to Art exhibition—floral interpretations of art from its collections. The Bay Area florists chosen to participate once again delivered spectacular results.

The annual five-day exhibition showcases the work of 130 innovative floral designers and raises more money than any other Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) event. Of the 74,000-plus visitors who attended the show, more than 700 signed up for new museum memberships.

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San Francisco Social Diary: The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond 1950–1990, at the de Young Museum

The copper-clad de Young Museum building, designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, is located in Golden Gate Park amid 1,000 acres of parkland.

By Jeanne Lawrence


San Francisco—The de Young Museum launched The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990 with a glamorous opening night party this fall. Featuring approximately 150 of the renowned Italian jewelry house’s creations, the exhibition will continue until February 17, 2014.

At the exclusive gala for only 280, the dinner guests went all out, with the fashionistas wearing beautiful evening gowns accented with their best Bulgari baubles. Flying in for the occasion was Bulgari VP Nicola Bulgari and his daughter Veronica, and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.

Jewelry, sketches, and archival materials are all on view at The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950-1990.

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