Fraenkel Gallery Artists at Photo London


Visitors to Photo London this week can enjoy a great series of artists’ talks: Richard Learoyd in conversation with Frish Brandt on May 18; Katy Grannan in conversation with Phillip Prodger onMay 19; and Alec Soth in conversation with Kate Bush as well as a lecture by Richard Misrach on May 20. Details on Photo London’s public programs can be found here.

In addition, Photo London presents a sneak preview of Katy Grannan’s first feature film, The Nine, at the National Portrait Gallery on May 20 at 2:30 pm, followed by a Q&A with the artist. The Nine will also screen at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland on May 30 and June 1. The Nine is a film about a visionary of innocence—a woman who endures unspeakable circumstances by reimagining her world and insisting on beauty and possibility.

A Conversation with Richard Misrach at City Arts & Lectures


Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo will discuss their current exhibition, “Border Cantos”, at City Arts & Lectures on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30pm.  The artists will be joined by Amy X Neuburg, a vocalist and composer who has worked closely with Galindo.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the city Arts & Lectures website here.

For more information about “Border Cantos”, visit the San Jose Museum of Art website here.

Katy Grannan’s film “The Nine” to debut this April


Katy Grannan’s film, “The Nine”, will be shown for the first time at the Visions Du Reel film festival April 20-21, 2016.  This is the first showing of Grannan’s long anticipated film that offers a view into a side of America that is often overlooked.

To learn more about “The Nine”, visit their website.

To learn more about Grannan, please visit her artist page.

Robert Adams in Conversation with The Modern Art Notes Podcast


Robert Adams discusses his new work in our current exhibition, “Around the House & Other New Work” in this podcast with host Tyler Green:

Adams is among America’s greatest examiners of the West. He has published over 60 books, earned a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant and a Guggenheim, and numerous international awards. His most recent retrospective was organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and traveled around the world from 2011-14. – Tyler Green

From The Modern Art Notes Podcast online posting on 10 March 2016.

To learn more about Adams, please visit his artist page.

The Museum of Modern Art Launches Free Online Course about photography


The Museum of Modern Art is now offering a free online course, “Seeing Through Photographs”, that focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of photography as an art form.  Featured in the course are videos with Nicholas Nixon and Katy Grannan as well as other prominent photographers.

To learn more or sign up, visit the “Seeing Through Photographs” course page.

To learn more about Nicholas Nixon, please visit his artist page.

To learn more about Katy Grannan, please visit her artist page.

ABC News discusses Richard Misrach’s “Border Cantos”

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Richard Misrach discusses his series, Border Cantos, with ABC News in this online posting:

“Border Cantos” presents a unique collaboration between photographer Richard Misrach and composer and performer Guillermo Galindo. Misrach has been photographing the two-thousand mile border between the U.S. and Mexico since 2004, with increased focus since 2009—the latest installation in his ongoing series Desert Cantos, a multi-faceted approach to the study of place and man’s complex relationship to it. – ABC News

From the ABC News online posting in February 2016.

To learn more about Misrach’s work, please visit his artist page.

Fraenkel Gallery at The Art Show 2016


[Left] Edward Hopper, Lombard’s House, 1931. [Right] Robert Adams, Interstate 25. Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1968-1972.

For The Art Show organized by ADAA, Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Edward Hopper & Company, an exhibition exploring Hopper’s influence on post-war American photography. Three important Edward Hopper watercolors—Lombard’s House, 1931; Wellfleet Road, 1931; and Circus Wagon, 1928—and an early self-portrait from 1903-06 are interwoven with works by four key photographers whose sensibilities refect his influence: Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Stephen Shore.

Visit us at booth A2.

FraenkelLAB, a New Venue for Adventurous Exhibitions

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Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of FraenkelLAB, a new venue for experimentation and risk-taking artwork in any medium. The new space, located at 1632 Market Street, features 18-foot ceilings and a large glass façade that offers a striking presence on San Francisco’s main thoroughfare.

The wide-ranging works to be presented at FraenkelLAB may be from any era, and the exhibitions often will include contemporary and historical artists not currently represented by Fraenkel Gallery. Presentations may encompass video, painting, film screenings, performance, installations, readings, or projections on the FraenkelLAB façade, which can be seen from the street through the evening.

Located in the burgeoning Hayes Valley neighborhood, near Mid-Market and Civic Center, FraenkelLAB will be a close neighbor to Zuni Café, the renowned restaurant established in 1979—the same year as Fraenkel Gallery.

As a preview of its new programming, Fraenkel Gallery will present a temporary installation in the FraenkelLAB space from January 13-17, 2016, featuring Reanimation (Snow White), 2014, a video artwork by the British artist Oliver Beer. On loan from the renowned Kramlich Collection, the video will be projected on a screen inside the gallery at nighttime and will be viewable from the street. The presentation at FraenkelLAB will run concurrently with the FOG Art & Design Fair at Fort Mason, in which Fraenkel Gallery will also participate.

In April 2016, after a renovation of the gallery space by Melander Architects, FraenkelLAB will open the exhibition Home Improvements. Curated by John Waters, the exhibition will encompass painting, sculpture, drawing, and photographs by thirteen contemporary artists: Martin Creed, Moyra Davey, Vincent Fecteau, Paul Gabrielli, Gelitin, Paul Lee, Tony Matelli, Doug Padgett, Karin Sander, Gedi Sibony, Lily van der Stokker, George Stoll, and John Waters.

Over the past 36 years, in exhibitions such as Edward Hopper & Company, Open Secrets, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and Nothing & Everything, Fraenkel Gallery has explored linkages between work in different media and relationships among artists of different generations. Fraenkel Gallery will continue our long-term relationships with the esteemed artists that are central to our program at 49 Geary Street, including the upcoming exhibitions Peter Hujar: 21 Pictures, opening January 7, 2016, and Christian Marclay: New Work opening April 30, 2016.

Richard Learoyd In Conversation with LA Review of Books

In this interview by LA Review of Books, Richard Learoyd discusses his use of the camera obscura and how people look at photographs.

It’s about replicating the way the eye works. When you see a person or look at an object, you don’t see it all in perfectly sharp focus if you’re a foot away from it. You see an area of it which is very detailed. I think that there’s something about working with the physics of cameras and making larger cameras and using the qualities that those cameras have. It becomes about how people see each other. And that’s to me when the details become very interesting.–Richard Learoyd

From the LA Review of Books online posting on 30 November 2015.

To learn more about Learoyd’s work, please visit his artist page.

Time Magazine Interviews Alec Soth


Olivier Laurent of TIME Magazine Lightbox  discusses Alec Soth’s teaching project, Winnebago Workshop.

The idea has already grabbed the attention of organizations across the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and it’s already paying off for its creator too. “A few years ago, I had burnt out on photography and became kind of jaded myself,” [Soth] explains. “I sort of forgot that initial excitement, that raw reason that made us interested in making art. I think it’s healthy to be in touch with that original impulse.”-Olivier Laurent

From the TIME Magazine Lightbox online posting from 3 November 2015.

To learn more about Alec Soth, visit his artist page.

Katy Grannan Reviewed by The New Yorker


Andrea K. Scott of The New Yorker Photo Booth discusses the work of Katy Grannan, and her upcoming first-feature film, “The Nine.”

But while the hardscrabble lives Grannan conveys may have affinities with Lange’s weathered mother, her aim is not documentary. Her portraits and the in-between moments that join them—a scrum of kittens, a dead lamb drawing flies—remain open-ended. They’re impressions rather than facts. ‘ “The Nine” is not a call to action,’ she told me. ‘It’s more personal, more intimate. It isn’t about activism so much as about allowing connections—and generosity—to flow in both directions.’  -Andrea K. Scott

From The New Yorker Photo Booth online posting from 13 November 2015.

To learn more about Katy Grannan, visit her artist page.

SF Weekly Reviews Sophie Calle Exhibition


Jonathan Curiel of the SF Weekly Culture Blog discusses our current exhibition and the work of Sophie Calle.

Money, secrecy and death are the Fraenkel exhibit’s central motifs. In Calle’s ATM photos, people fret as they wait for the machine to disperse their cash. They raise their eyebrows. They agonize. Money has a hold on them. None of them seem happy. None of them, it’s clear, ever expected their image would be used by a Paris photographer with a history of nosing around. – Jonathan Curiel

From the SF Weekly Culture Blog online posting from 4 November 2015.

To learn more about Sophie Calle, visit her artist page.

Paris Photo November 12-15, 2015


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Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to exhibit once again on the main floor at Paris Photo this month and will feature work by Adam Fuss, Christian Marclay, Lee Friedlander, Richard Learoyd, Peter Hujar, Nan Goldin, Richard Misrach, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Alec Soth among others.

Visit us at booth B30.



Sophie Calle Exhibition reviewed by The New York Times Style Magazine

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Erica Bellman of The New York Times Style Magazine discusses the work of Sophie Calle and our current exhibition.

Among the other works on view is “Cash Machine,” a series of readymade portraits of people accessing an ATM. The faces appear frozen between expressions: Some seem bored, while others approach glee, worry and sadness. The theme is our relationship with money, a subject that captivated Calle for the 16 years she worked on the series, returning again and again to the specter-like faces. “I was attracted to them, but I didn’t know what to do with them. It didn’t work for many years,” Calle says. “But when you’ve lost so much time trying to do something, then you have to find it; you cannot abandon it. The story of this project is to not abandon.” – Erica Bellman

From The New York Times Style Magazine online posting from 29 October 2015.

To learn more about Sophie Calle visit her artist page.

Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” Turns 30


Ellyn Kail of Feature Shoot discusses Nan Goldin’s work and the thirtieth anniversary of her publication, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.

Goldin created The Ballad to remember, to safeguard the things and the people that happened to her from being glossed over with the rosy tinge of nostalgia. The Ballad honors the bad and the beautiful, the tender and the violent, in equal measure, illuminating the ways in which the human race is both hopeless in relationships and hopeful in love. Sadly, the photographer was unable to hold fast and forever to all of the people in her life; many of the friends pictured have since died. And yet they do linger, neither as phantasms nor as memories tainted by sentiment, but as real people, flesh and blood, flickering on and off of a screen, nestled tightly within the corners of a book. – Ellyn Kail

From the Feature Shoot online posting by Ellyn Kail on 23 October 2015.

To learn more about Nan Goldin, visit her artist page.

Alec Soth Reviewed by The Guardian


Sean O’Hagan of The Guardian Photography Blog reviews Alec Soth’s retrospective, Gathered Leaves.

Like so many Soth images, it walks the line between the romantic and the resoundingly real, as well as between documentary and fine art – a hinterland he has negotiated more sure-footedly than any other photographer of his generation. –Sean O’Hagan

From The Guardian Photography Blog online posting by Sean O’Hagan on 6 October 2015.

To learn more about Soth, visit his artist page.

SF Camerawork Hosts Annual Benefit Auction


SF Camerawork will be hosting their annual benefit auction on Saturday, November 7th. As part of their most important fundraising event, over one hundred fine-art prints will be available from photographers such as Richard Misrach, Chris McCaw, and Duane Michaels.  There will also be a private tour of Fraenkel Gallery and a cocktail reception available for bidding for ten to fifteen guests. SF Camerawork will be hosting a preview exhibition between November 2 and November 6.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit the SF Camerawork page here.

Collector Daily Reviews About Forty Years

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Richard B. Woodward of Collector Daily reviews the work of Nicholas Nixon in this online review.

It’s the intensity of his scrutiny, the ardent faith in the close-up, the simultaneous abstracting and unveiling of details, and the soft burnish of his silver-gelatin prints that is so reminiscent of Strand. A Nixon photograph is a deliberate act, not the product of experiment or happenstance. The polish of both men’s work disguises a strong, fastidious will, a characteristic that might be unforgivably overbearing were it not also in service to such a humane cause: clear-eyed tracery of the world, some of it painful to inspect—notably the erosion of aging and disease upon the body—but all of it near-at-hand and enriching for those caring to look. -Richard B. Woodward

From the Collector Daily Photobooks Blog online posting by Richard B. Woodward on 12 October 2015.

To learn more about Nixon, visit his artist page.


Richard Learoyd at the Victoria & Albert Museum


The Victoria & Albert Museum in London will be featuring Richard Learoyd in Dark Mirror, an exhibition of his large-scale portrait and still-life photographs, on view from October 24th – February 14, 2016.

Learoyd’s unique and large-scale portrait and still-life photographs captivate viewers with their quiet power and mesmerising detail, which is achieved through an innovative process. The images are made directly onto colour photographic paper in a room-sized camera obscura. The effect is almost hyper-real but is achieved entirely by non-digital and now obsolete chemical-based photography. Learoyd’s sitters seem frozen in deep reflection, and are shown alongside dream-like still life arrangements and mysterious dark mirrors with no reflections. Through a combination of symbolic subjects and sheer visual impact, his elegant compositions question the nature of optics and test limits of photographic representation. – The Victoria & Albert Museum

To learn more about Richard Learoyd, visit his artist page.


Time Magazine Reviews Day for Night

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Lucia De Stefani of TIME Lightbox reviews the latest work of Richard Learoyd and his publication, Day for Night.

As we gaze at Learoyd’s portraits, we are both strangers and accomplices, almost unable to look away. Resembling large paintings from the Dutch tradition, Learoyd’s images create a sense of peace, grace and a dreamlike suspension of time that lets us pause and inhale his sense of beauty. His aesthetic provides a glance into humans’ lives that we rarely have the chance to explore but intimately yearn to, in order to acknowledge the solitude of others as well as ourselves. -Lucia De Stefani

From Time Magazine Lightbox online posting by Lucia De Stefani on 29 September 2015.

To learn more about Learoyd, visit his artist page.


Alec Soth in Conversation with Telegraph Magazine


Mick Brown of Telegraph Magazine interviews Alec Soth about his career, social media and vulnerability.

The art world is built on elitism, and in terms of art-world standing it’s better to be an artist using photography than to be a photographer, doing magazine and editorial work. But I want to do all of it. I’m a photographer, and I’m not embarrassed to be a photographer. –Alec Soth

From the Telegraph Magazine online posting by Mick Brown from September 2015.

To learn more about Soth, visit his artist page.

Richard Learoyd demonstrates his process

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In this video, photographer Richard Learoyd demonstrates how to make a picture using the large camera obscura he built in his studio.

They’re different to other photographs because they emit the sensation that is a little more human somehow. They are never really described as prints because there isn’t a print. You know the print is the photograph and the photograph is the print. There’s not the opportunity to make more than one version of the picture because that moment is passed. There is no negative. There is no transparency. There’s no digital file. –Richard Learoyd

From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art online video from May 2015.

To learn more about Learoyd’s work, please visit his artist page.