Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon to 2011 San Francisco artMRKT art fair on May 19–22 at the Concourse Exhibition Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a day pass (a $20 value).
- For $50, you get a VIP pass valid for admission from Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm through the weekend (a $100 value).
artMRKT pulls at the eye strings of art aficionados with 65 exhibiting galleries showcasing historically significant and contemporary art from around the world. Peruse 125,000 square feet of art-speckled space to join fellow aesthetic appreciators in discussions about the cultural relevance of Shipboard Girl by Roy Lichtenstein or spend hours staring at Composition by Vassily Kandinsky to find the embedded magic eye sailboat.
Opt for the VIP pass to gain admission to the VIP preview party Thursday, May 19 from 7:30–10:30 p.m., including a first look at the galleries, admission to the fair, and access to the VIP Lounge throughout the weekend. Proceeds will benefit The Art Program of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, an initiative dedicated to incorporating the healing powers of art into hospitals. VIP passes also include entry to the VIP lounge for the entire weekend, making ticket holders feel like Hollywood stars or refined criminal masterminds.
Though it built its fame as a rough-and-tumble oil town, Houston has one of the largest, most vibrant art scenes of any city in America. As the city's most prominent contemporary art shows, Texas Contemporary puts these refined tastes on display for the fifth year in a row. The 2014 edition welcomed more than 15,000 collectors and art fans, who searched for striking pieces curated by dealers from around the country. This year's show looks to exceed those record-setting numbers, with expanded dates and a new location at the George R. Brown Convention Center. In addition to tapping into the global art market, this year's show also features plenty of local flavor, too; exhibitors include mainstays of the Houston gallery scene, such as Inman Gallery, Cardoza Fine Art, and David Shelton Gallery. 2015 also brings a partnership with The Mexican Consulate in Houston's Department of Cultural Affairs for The Other Mexico, a program which displays and deepens the decades-long connection between the art worlds of Houston and Mexico City.