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Art Market San Francisco 2014, Qinmin Liu at Market Street Gallery

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Art Market San Francisco 2014, San Francisco's edition of the international art fair opens tonight with a gala and runs through May 18, 2014. With over 70 galleries, even the most dedicated art viewer can be overwhelmed by booths, projects and performances so here are a few standouts from the San Francisco gallery scene.

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Electric Works. Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, Dave Eggers deftly executes grease pencil drawings that feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures. What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition. Fifty percent of the proceeds of the sales go to Scholar Match. Visit Electric Works at Booth 109, ArtMRKT, Fort Mason http://artmarketsf.com/galleries/electric-works-artmrkt-san-francisco-2014

Jemina Kirke, now showing at Fouladi Gallery, is another hot pick for the collector who wants to buy the new kid on the block. A TV star of HBO’s Girls, Kirke's work has been compared to Alice Neel's and is big on nudity and quasi-bold figurative works. Catherine Clark (Booth 401) is showing works by local favorites Chester Arnold, Deborah Oropallo, Al Farrow and Masami Teraoka. Adler &Co Gallery at Booth 101 has some colorful and fun pieces by Wayne Thiebaud. Gallery Wendi Norris currently showing a small but insightful show of "Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist," (Booth 305) has a lovely selection of abstract pieces. Fair Information: http://artmarketsf.com/for-visitors/dates/

Market Street Gallery. A weekend performance by performance artist Qinmin Liu. Each time will be unique (see schedule below) “4A Concept : my body is exploding at anytime, anywhere, for anything and with anyone." "These dot-connecting movement of mine doesn’t simply draw lines; instead, it floods out a dimension, a map that’s overspilled by my rawest human desire."

Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 6 p.m - 8 p.m. Through May 31, 2014

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