Author: Alisa Carroll

Mar Silver’s love affair with Paris began with, appropriately enough, a romance.

In her first year at FAMSF, she has brought new work by international artists including Urs Fischer and Sarah Lucas to the Bay Area.

In November 2013 when we began work on the first issue of SFC&G, we decided to title it “A Sense of Place” to convey our mission of capturing the special geographic and artistic character of San Francisco. Little did we know the journey that lay ahead.

With the passing of leading philanthropist Nan Tucker McEvoy in 2015, San Francisco lost a passionate and beloved supporter of the arts; "La Mère La Mer" celebrates her legacy as a collector.

The husband and wife, who began acquiring art together 13 years ago, recently completed a new guest residence to house not only a regular rotation of creative guests, friends and family, but a superb collection of figurative work.

The husband and wife, who began acquiring art together 13 years ago, recently completed a new guest residence to house not only a regular rotation of creative guests, friends and family, but a superb collection of figurative work.

Already lauded for iconic products like Beats by Dre and the Polaroid Cube, San Francisco design studio Ammunition has now been recognized with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.

Scholarship, market savvy and a grounded attitude: these personal qualities, along with an outstanding roster of emerging talent, have made Claudia Altman Siegel one of San Francisco’s leading next-generation art dealers. Since founding her eponymous gallery at 49 Geary in 2009, she has created inspired programs to raise awareness of work by contemporary artists like Trevor Paglen, Sara VanDerBeek and Garth Weiser throughout the Bay Area and beyond. And though not one to court the spotlight, with her roster showing globally and a schedule of thoughtful exhibitions slated for the coming year, all eyes are on Altman Siegel.

One of the Bay Area’s most respected exhibition designers, Ted Cohen has been creating inspired museum, gallery and private art environments for more than 56 years. He has designed hundreds of shows for institutions across the country, from the Oakland Museum—where he was an in-house exhibition designer for more than 26 years—to the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design) in New York. In 2000, the American Craft Council named him an Honorary Fellow, a distinction awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the crafts in America.

Designer and artist Shirley Robinson is known for creating bespoke, handpainted finishes and wallpapers that adorn interiors by the Bay Area's leading designers. But the multi-talented Napa Valley resident's practice includes her own interior design projects as well and, this year, Robinson won the coveted commission to redesign Solbar, the Michelin-starred restaurant at Solage Calistoga.

Growing up as the daughter of a diplomat in Peru, Sandra Jordan was taught the national legacy of the ancient alpaca. Considered “the gold of the Andes,” alpaca fleece, with its legendary softness, was reserved for the use of Incan royalty. But Jordan’s own impression of the fiber fell short of its lofty history: At the local farmers’ markets she visited with her mother, the fleece she found was scratchy and rough. This textural disconnect between the ideal and the real made an imprint on young Jordan, one that would later inspire her own storied journey.

One imagines San Francisco would have appealed to J.M.W. Turner. The 19th-century master’s studies of swirling, atmospheric sea and sky are so much a mirror of our own grey coast. Viewers can experience that aesthetic empathy firsthand when more than 60 of his virtuoso oils and watercolors arrive on our shores this month with “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free,” a groundbreaking exhibition that illuminates Turner’s late career work, the period of 1835–1851 that saw him at the height of his powers as well as delving further into abstraction.

In the boundaryless space of Marfa, Texas, a broken-down ghost of a building sits devoid of roof and floor. What was once the Fort D.A. Russell Hospital is now an intersection of planes, providing fitting inspiration for artist Robert Irwin’s first permanent structure.

From solstice festivals to Victorian tree trimming, the rituals of winter have a long history of drawing on the natural world. Here, four artists present works of flora and fauna that evoke the enchantment of the season.

Like Vishnu’s dream, there is a realm of San Francisco that emerged from the mind of Stanlee Gatti. In that dimension a hundred thousand peonies grow; light radiates from countless candles; and of course, there is a cosmic DJ. As San Francisco’s leading event guru, Gatti merges art, architecture, interiors, floral design and graphics into stellar happenings. Over the past three decades, he has produced events ranging from Oscar parties and opera galas to VIP weddings and chic soirées for the likes of the Gettys, Trainas, and, recently, someone named Kanye.

Like Vishnu’s dream, there is a realm of San Francisco that emerged from the mind of Stanlee Gatti. In that dimension a hundred thousand peonies grow; light radiates from countless candles; and of course, there is a cosmic DJ. As San Francisco’s leading event guru, Gatti merges art, architecture, interiors, floral design and graphics into stellar happenings. Over the past three decades, he has produced events ranging from Oscar parties and opera galas to VIP weddings and chic soirées for the likes of the Gettys, Trainas, and, recently, someone named Kanye.

CCA Wattis Institute director Anthony Huberman debuted his inaugural program, a three-part initiative that establishes an exploratory and international platform for his directorship.

San Francisco based artist, Paul Benson, is known for turning raw materials into refined furnishings. He works with antique machines and hand tools in his San Francisco studio. His innovative and unique pieces are coveted by A-list designers throughout the nation. And whether an industrially inspired, riveted bedframe or a delicate, hand-turned vessel, each work speaks to a true artist's commitment to his craft.