Richard Avedon, Sandra Bennett, Twelve Years Old, Rocky Ford, Colorado, August 23, 1980
In June, Fraenkel Gallery returns to the main floor of Art Basel with works by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Robert Adams, Richard Misrach, Alec Soth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and others.
[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.
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to exhibit at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair for the first time and will exhibit a wide range of publications by Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, Garry Winogrand, and more.
Join us at booth #S07 on Saturday, February 13th at 2 p.m. for a special limited edition poster signing with Alec Soth.
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.
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 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.
We are pleased to announce that our recent publication Silent Dialogues has been selected for consideration for the Arles 2015 Historical Book Award. The selection committee, composed of Remi Coignet, Horacio Fernandez, and Markus Schaden, selected Silent Dialogues along with 20 other publications from over 700 submissions for consideration of this prestigious award.
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!
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.
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, Silence (The Electric Chair), 2006
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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