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[whitespace] The San Francisco International Art Expo puts the city on the art map

By Christine Brenneman

The biggest international art event ever to hit San Francisco, the San Francisco International Art Expo (SFIAE) hopes to put the city on the map as a player in the global art market. Thomas Blackman and Associates, the firm responsible for producing the famed Art Chicago, hopes for a high-caliber success for this Bay Area endeavor. The exposition is a juried event and will present work from 100 leading contemporary and modern art galleries from 12 countries. More than 1,500 artists will be represented. Obviously, the event offers ample opportunity for private collectors, corporate consultants, museum curators and art enthusiasts alike to see art and emerging trends from around the world. Galleries from New York, Europe, Latin America and Asia will dominate the Expo, but there is also a West Coast contingent that makes up about one-quarter of the galleries. The San Francisco Art Institute will host the SFIAE Opening Night Benefit on Thursday, Oct. 1.

SFIAE will take place at Fort Mason Center in the Herbst and Festival pavilions on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 6pm. Available for purchase at the door, tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for groups, students and seniors. A two-day pass is $15, while a three-day pass is $20.

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From the September 21-October 4, 1998 issue of the Metropolitan.

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