Free Screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Pyscho at FraenkelLAB

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Psycho. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Perf. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Marin Balsam. Paramount, 1960. Film poster.
In conjunction with the current exhibition Bullitt, Blow-Up, & Other Dynamite Movie Posters of the 20th Century, FraenkelLAB will host a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic thriller Psycho on 20 August, 6:30-8:00pm. Popcorn will be served.
For more on the exhibition, please visit our FraenkelLAB 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.

Fog Design+Art Fair January 14-17, 2016


CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, Cassette Tape Duplication (No. 20), 2012

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to exhibit once again at the Fog Design+Art Fair this month and will feature work by Christian Marclay, Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Harry Callahan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and others.

Visit us at booth #111.

Paris Photo November 12-15, 2015


CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, Untitled (from the series Cassette Tape Duplication)2012


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.



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.

AICA Exhibition Award for “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God”

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Fraenkel Gallery is honored that our 2014 exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God has been selected as one of the AICA award winners in the category of Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally. The US section of International Association of Art Critics is comprised of 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians, and the organization presents its annual awards in recognition of exceptional and important work in the visual arts.

Thank you, AICA members, for naming Acts of God one of the best exhibitions of the past season!

Frish Brandt Appointed President of Fraenkel Gallery

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We are pleased to announce Frish Brandt has been named President of Fraenkel Gallery. This new appointment comes on the 30th anniversary of Brandt joining Fraenkel Gallery and marks her significant contributions to the gallery’s growth over her tenure.

As President, Brandt will continue to oversee gallery operations and client relationships, while playing a key role in setting the gallery’s artistic direction with founder Jeffrey Fraenkel. “Frish is a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world and beyond,” notes Fraenkel, “and her vision, influence, and special touch is felt in every aspect of what we do.”

In recent years, she has worked especially closely with more recent additions to the gallery’s stable of artists, including Richard Learoyd, Katy Grannan, and Idris Khan, in addition to her long history with gallery artists such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Adams, Adam Fuss and Nicholas Nixon, as well as The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

Brandt came to Fraenkel Gallery in 1985, at the time of Chuck Close’s first exhibition of large-scale photographs on the West Coast. “When Fraenkel Gallery first opened, photographs were not widely regarded as art,” said Brandt. “It has been an incredible trajectory to see photography become central to any serious consideration of contemporary and modern art.”

She has been pivotal in the organization of countless exhibitions over the past 30 years, including Open Secrets: Seventy Pictures on Paper 1815 to the Present (1997), Not Exactly Photographs (2003), anniversary shows such as The Plot Thickens (2014), and the eclectic series Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures.

Congratulations, Frish!

Art Basel June 18-21, 2015

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Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to exhibit once again on the main floor at Art Basel this coming June, and will feature work by Christian Marclay, Diane Arbus, Idris Khan, Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Katy Grannan, Robert Adams, and Richard Learoyd, among others.

Visit us at booth A13.

Book Signing with Richard Misrach on May 9th



Coinciding with Richard Misrach’s current exhibition Being(s) 1975-2015 is the release of his book The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings, published by Aperture. This is Misrach’s first book to focus exclusively on the human figure adrift in shifting waters. On May 9 at 2pm, Misrach will join us at the gallery to sign copies of his newest monograph.

Alec Soth’s Photographs Mine the Margins of the US

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Brian Karl, examines Alec Soth’s most recent work in this online review.  Karl examines Soth’s most recent show, Songbook, and marks interesting transitions in Soth’s career as photographer and documentarian. Songbook is on view until April 4th.

Not only do we sense natural and social pressures, we also see evidence of those failed schemes and hopes played out in architectural structures, as in the neat walkways and stairways of untenanted motels and their carefully measured out, yet near-empty parking lots.  –Brian Karl

From the Hyperallergic online posting by Brian Karl on 25 March 2015.
To learn more about Soth’s work, please visit his artist page.


Alec Soth interview at Fraenkel Gallery

Alec Soth sat down with us to chat about his current exhibition Songbook, on view through 4 April 2015.

A lot of the language surrounding Songbook is about community and American culture…and that stuff’s in there, but actually what I wanted to do with it is talk to something more primal, more internal, and more about the human condition than the American condition. It’s the great problem of consciousness. Alec Soth

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

Fraenkel Gallery at The Art Show 2015


Adam Fuss, From the series ‘My Ghost,’ 2000

For The Art Show, organized by ADAA, Fraenkel Gallery is collaborating with Peter Freeman, Inc. on Mirror/Mirror–two related presentations that focus on self-portraits. The Fraenkel Gallery booth will feature self-portraits by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Sophie Calle, Claude Cahun, Lee Friedlander, Adam Fuss, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Eadweard Muybridge, Nicholas Nixon and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

The fair will be held 4–8 March 2015 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

Hope to see you there!

Interview: Alec Soth’s Tragicomic American Songbook


Eugene Reznik of American Photo interviews Alec Soth about his latest work, Songbook, his connection with music, and the idea of narrative in photography.

My whole career in photography has been this sort of battle with text, and with story, and narrative…The Songbook, it sort of liberated me of that, and the pictures can just exist on their own. –Alec Soth

From the American Photo online posting by Eugene Reznik on 26 January 2015.
To learn more about Soth’s work, please visit his artist page.

Garry Winogrand at Jeu de Paume

In this short video, curators at the Jeu de Paume discuss the work of the late photographer, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), known for his images of American life. Winogrand’s images are currently on view at the Jeu de Paume (14 October 2014 – 8 February 2015), and is the first retrospective in twenty-five years. Divided into three sections, the exhibition allows viewers an opportunity to see images that were previously unprinted, and some that have never been exhibited before.

When I’m photographing, I don’t see a picture, I see faces. –Garry Winogrand

From the Jeu de Paume / magazine online posting from 12 November 2014.
To learn more about Winogrand’s work, please visit his artist page.

The Plot Thickens: 35th Anniversary Show Opens

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No claim is attempted here about the state of the art-only something about the state of the gallery. –Jeffrey Fraenkel

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce The Plot Thickens, an exhibition accompanied by a 250-page catalogue celebrating the gallery’s 35th anniversary. The Plot Thickens features 100 photographs selected with forethought over the past five years. By juxtaposing works from the masters of photography with prints from the anonymous and unknown, The Plot Thickens offers an unorthodox insight into the medium spanning three centuries. The majority of the images featured in The Plot Thickens are being exhibited for the first time.

Fraenkel Gallery opened in San Francisco in September 1979 with an exhibition of recently discovered albumen prints by the nineteenth-century photographer Carleton Watkins. Since then, the gallery has presented more than 300 exhibitions exploring photography and its connections to the other arts, and published 55 books on subjects ranging from Edward Hopper’s influence on photography to the sculptor David Smith’s multi-decade involvement with photographs, as well as the complete library of Diane Arbus and nine monographs by Lee Friedlander.

Fraenkel Gallery at Paris Photo Fair 2014

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Robert Adams Walking. South of Grover, Colorado

Fraenkel Gallery is privileged to be one of the 169 exhibitors participating in the 118th edition of Paris Photo.

The fair will be held 13-16 November 2014 at the Grand Palais.
Fraenkel Gallery will be showcasing our artists at Booth B30.

Hope to see you there!

Video Interview with Nicholas Nixon

Nicholas Nixon sat down with us to talk about his series “The Brown Sisters,” which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year.  The series, which began in 1974, depicts Nixon’s wife, Bebe, and her three sisters.

We’re all aware of time passing and us not being aware of it while it’s passing…so seeing the sisters, for a lot of people, just gives them the sort of reliable marker that a year has passed. –Nicholas Nixon

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

Robert Adams’s healing images of “A Road Through Shore Pine”


Kimberly Chun sat down with Robert Adams to discuss his recent body of work, “A Road Through Shore Pine,” on view at the gallery through 15 November 2014.

One can go back along the spit, back to town and to one’s duties, and the pictures record an attempt to find peace. It’s a walk we all make sooner or later, and the actual act of photographing is the most healing thing I can do. –Robert Adams

From the San Francisco Chronicle online posting by Kimberly Chun on 12 September 2014.
To learn more about Adams’ work, please visit his artist page.

Robert Adams Photographs and Books

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Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle reviews our exhibitions Robert Adams: A Road Through Shore Pine and Robert Adams: The Complete Books 1970-2014 on view through 15 November 2014.

His level-eyed approach almost makes us feel like resisting the call of nostalgia, even perhaps of reminiscence, as if revisiting these vistas were an exercise in self-discipline. –Kenneth Baker

From the San Francisco Chronicle online posting by Kenneth Baker on 12 September 2014.
To learn more about Adams’ work, please visit his artist page.


Self-Service Oracle


Jason Fulford’s Hotel Oracle will be open for one-night-only in San Francisco, August 14, 2014. Experience the hotel’s Self-Service Oracle, rummage though the Storage Room, and light up the night.

Come to Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary, 4th Floor, between 6 -9 p.m. for further instructions.

Where There’s Smoke. John Gossage: Who Do You Love


The two exhibitions on view through August 23, Where There’s Smoke and Who Do You Love look at a new materiality, offhanded gestures, and emerging visions from the perspective of four contemporary photographers, and in little seen mixed-media works by John Gossage.

Gallery director Darius Himes raises questions about how works were made and exploratory intentions. ‘Is the photographer off-kilter,’ he asks, ‘or is the subject?’ His selections suggest transition, the artists caught in the act of formation.  –Glen Helfand

From the Photograph Magazine online posting by Glen Helfand on 29 July 2014.
To learn more about these artists’ work, please visit the exhibition pages for Where There’s Smoke and Who Do You Love.