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.