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3 Tips for Navigating the Seattle Art Fair

Take it from a pro—specifically the guy who puts it on. This is how you do the fair.

By Seattle Magazine Staff August 2, 2017


What should you know before heading to the third annual, Paul Allen–backed art extravaganza at CenturyLink Field Event Center this weekend? Seattle Art Fair director Max Fishko offers these tips.

Best after-party?
“Come to the Beneficiary Preview on Thursday. A portion of funds raised will be shared between two amazing local organizations: Coyote Central, [which provides] equitable access to intensive hands-on art courses with professional artists for underserved and immigrant youth, and Arts Corps’ Creative Schools Initiative.”

The art piece everyone will be talking about?
“We’re lucky to have Jenny Holzer, one of the most famous neo-conceptualists in the world at the fair. She will be exhibiting multiple cast-aluminum plaques from the Survival series for the first time in an urban setting. The artwork will be integrated into the public architecture of Pioneer Square.”

Best nearby gallery offering affordable art once you realize you can’t afford any of it?
“Art fairs are ideal for window-shoppers. You might be surprised at what you can find, at a variety of different price points. Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk coincides with our Beneficiary Preview, making Pioneer Square the place to be on Thursday.”

Seattle Art Fair
Aug. 3-6.
Times and prices vary. CenturyLink Field Event Center, SoDo, 1000 Occidental Ave. S; 212.518.6912;


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