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.