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20 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415 974 6273
Visitors are welcome at Crown Point Press, located across the street from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since 1962 artists have been traveling from around the world to work at Crown Point to create etchings. They draw on copper plates which printers ink and print by hand. The gallery, on the premises, exhibits and sells fine art prints, and the bookstore features tools and handmade sketchbooks along with books. 
Artists Represented:
Tomma Abts
Vito Acconci
Darren Almond
Mamma Andersson
Anne Appleby 
William Bailey 
John Baldessari 
Robert Barry
Iain Baxter
Robert Bechtle
Christian Boltanski
William Brice
Brad Brown
Christopher Brown
Günter Brus
Edgar Bryan
Chris Burden
Daniel Buren
John Cage
Enrique Chagoya
John Chiara
Francesco Clemente
Chuck Close
Robert Colescott
Tony Cragg
Brad Davis
Elaine de Kooning
Richard Diebenkorn
Peter Doig
Rackstraw Downes
June Felter
Eric Fischl
Joel Fisher
Dan Flavin
Terry Fox
Helen Frankenthaler
Jane Freilicher
PiaFries
Hamish Fulton
Katsura Funakoshi
April Gornik
Hans Haacke
Mary Heilmann
Al Held
Robert Hudson
Yvonne Jacquette
Joan Jonas
Anish Kapoor
Alex Katz
Per Kirkeby
Jannis Kounellis
Joyce Kozloff
Robert Kushner
Bertrand Lavier
Li Lin Lee
Sherrie Levine
Sol LeWitt
Markus Lupertz
Robert Mangold
Sylvia Plimack Mangold
Brice Marden
Tom Marioni
Julie Mehretu
Susan Middleton
Robert Moskowitz
Matt Mullican
Dorothy Napangardi
David Nash
Joan Nelson
Jockum Nordström
Odili Donald Odita
Chris Ofili
Nathan Oliveira
Gay Outlaw
Laura Owens
Judy Pfaff
Janis Provisor 
Markus Raetz 
Rammellzee
Steve Reich
Laurie Reid
Tim Rollins + K.O.S.
Ed Ruscha
David Salle
Italo Scanga
Sean Scully
Wilson Shieh
Alyson Shotz
José Maria Sicilia
Shahzia Sikander
Amy Sillman
Kiki Smith
Richard Smith
Susana Solano
Pat Steir
Gary Stephan
Wayne Thiebaud
David True
Richard Tuttle
Catherine Wagner
Mary Weatherford
William T. Wiley
Fred Wilson
Yutaka Yoshinaga
John Zurier

 
Current Exhibition

Darren Almond, William Bailey,Robert Bechtle, John Chiara, Richard Diebenkorn, Leonardo Drew, Mary Heilmann, Al Held, Jacqueline Humphries, Bryan Hunt, Markus Lupertz, Alex Katz, David Nash, Ed Ruscha, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Catherine Wagner, William T. Wiley, and John Zurier

Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition



June 4, 2024 - September 3, 2024
To inaugurate the summer season, Crown Point presents Summer Choices, an exhibition that emphasizes the wide range of etching, the medium which the Press has specialized for more than half a century. The exhibition showcases an array of lively and bold images such as Al Held's intricate brightly colored woodblock print, Pachinko and Darren Almond's color photogravure of a tropical landscape, Fullmoon@Kitandara: Mountains of the Moon. Alex Katz’s aquatint, Black Shoes depicts feet in socks and sandals, and Robert Bechtle’s etching Mississippi Street Intersection captures an iconic San Francisco street scene of a VW bug atop a hill. Ed Ruscha's Lonely Highway offers a roadside billboard proclaiming “Gal chews same piece of gum since 1970.” The exhibition also includes a wall of etchings printed in various shades of blue, a color that epitomizes summer by its reference to sky and water. John Zurier’s predominantly blue etching Drifting evokes the depth and beauty of the ocean at evening. In Summer Pond, by Pat Steir, her richly gestural print blurs the line between reality and abstraction while the use of the grid adds structure against the kinetic drawing. Other artists included in the exhibition are William Bailey, John Chiara, Richard Diebenkorn, Leonardo Drew, Mary Heilmann, Jacqueline Humphries, Bryan Hunt, Markus Lupertz, David Nash, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Catherine Wagner, and William T. Wiley.

 
Past Exhibitions

Pia Fries, Jacqueline Humphries, Janis Provisor, Laurie Reid, Amy Sillman, Pat Steir, Patricia Treib, Mary Weatherford and Charline von Heyl

Gestural Language: A Group Exhibition



April 4, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Crown Point Press presents Gestural Language, an exhibition that brings together a group of artists who have pursued 20th century abstract painting using a variety of individualized visual languages. Characterized by gestural brush strokes or painterly mark making, the works of these artists make a case for the continued relevance of an almost one-hundred-year-old genre as a vital tradition of creation. On view at Crown Point Press April 4 - May 31, the exhibition includes prints by Pia Fries, Jacqueline Humphries, Janis Provisor, Laurie Reid, Amy Sillman, Pat Steir, Patricia Treib, Mary Weatherford, and Charline von Heyl.

Jacqueline Humphries



January 12, 2024 - February 22, 2024
Crown Point Press announces Jacqueline Humphries, an exhibition of new prints by the New York- based artist. Humphries created seven color etchings during her second Crown Point project in October 2023. The new prints are each nearly square, with a dot matrix background and a central splatter shape. The prints are untitled, qualified by the dominant color in parentheses, and Humphries’ choice of color in each print is uniquely subtle and varied. Layered hues vibrate against the staccato of dotted backgrounds and gestural foregrounds.

Tomma Abts, Robert Bechtle, Chris Burden, Julie Mehretu, Odili Donald Odita, Laurie Reid, Ed Ruscha, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Tuttle, and Fred Wilson

Winter Group Exhibition featuring six new small prints by Ed Ruscha



November 22, 2023 - January 5, 2024
Crown Point Press announces six new small prints by Ed Ruscha and a special presentation of prints by Robert Bechtle in Winter Group Exhibition. Also on view are prints by Tomma Abts, Chris Burden, Julie Mehretu, Odili Donald Odita, Laurie Reid, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Tuttle and Fred Wilson

Darren Almond, Mamma Andersson, Robert Bechtle, John Chiara, Tony Cragg, April Gornik, Jane Freilicher, Yvonne Jacquette, Per Kirkeby, John Nelson, Jockum Nordstrom, Laura Owens, Ed Ruscha, Pat Steir and Wayne Thiebaud

Contemporary Scenes: Cityscape/Landscape



September 29, 2023 - November 17, 2023
"Contemporary Scenes: Cityscape & Landscape" is an exhibition that presents ways in which artists of the 21st century engage with the ever-changing landscape, both real and imagined. Featured are 16 artists who continually reframe relationships to the planet, the precarious present, and the uncertain future.

Tom Marioni

Hard Edges for Hard Times



June 8, 2023 - September 1, 2023
Crown Point Press announces "Hard Edges for Hard Times," an exhibition featuring five new etchings by Bay Area Conceptual artist Tom Marioni. In reference to the new prints, Marioni wrote, “In the 1960s, there was a cultural revolution. Minimalism was the art of the time. It was based on hard-edge painting and sculpture. Today, in the 2020s, we are in another cultural revolution. Everyone is an artist, and hard edges are back.”

Darren Almond, Anne Appleby, William Bailey, Robert Bechtle, William Brice, Brad Brown, John Cage, Francesco Clemente, Elaine de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Joel Fisher, Mary Heilmann, Bryan Hunt, Shoichi Ida, Joan Jonas, Robert Kushner, Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, Dorothy Napangardi, Chris Ofili, Gay Outlaw, Wilson Shieh, Pat Steir, David True and Wayne Thiebaud

A Big Show of Small Prints



June 8, 2023 - September 1, 2023
Installed salon-style, the works in this exhibitioncome together to create a large statement while simultaneously each work invites intimate and contemplative engagement.

Ed Ruscha, Robert Barry, Iain Baxter, Matt Mullican, Pat Steir and William T. Wiley

About Words



April 3, 2023 - June 2, 2023
Crown Point Press announces the release of Castiron Calendar, a new etching by Ed Ruscha. It is featured in a current exhibition About Words, that contains eleven of Ruscha’s etchings made between 2006 and 2023. Also on view are a selection of prints made between 1977 and 2019 by Robert Barry, Iain Baxter, Matt Mullican, Pat Steir and William T. Wiley. Each artist uses words as imagery to explore language and meaning visually.

Odili Donald Odita



January 18, 2023 - March 10, 2023
Odili Donald Odita: Open Veil New Etchings

1962-2022: A Celebration: 60 Prints for 60 Years



September 15, 2022 - January 13, 2023
1962-2022: A Celebration: 60 Prints for 60 Years, currently on view in the Crown Point Gallery, celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of Crown Point Press. Over the years, since 1962, the Press has been located in four cities in the San Francisco Bay Area: Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, and San Francisco. It has published prints by 113 artists and the exhibition is a testament to printmaking, to the artists who created the prints, and to the Crown Point staff who make their work possible

Tomma Abts, Anne Appleby, William Bailey, Leonardo Drew, Marcel Dzama, Mary Heilmann, Al Held, Pia Fries, Sol LeWitt, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, Janis Provisor, David Salle, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Patricia Treib, Richard Tuttle, and Charline von Heyl

Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition



May 11, 2022 - August 26, 2022
A summer group exhibition featuring prints by 19 artists

Richard Diebenkorn

Green by Richard Diebenkorn



March 17, 2022 - August 31, 2022
April 22, 2022 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993). In memory of the artist, Crown Point Press presents a special exhibition featuring four working proofs of his most celebrated print, Green. The large aquatint was created in the Crown Point studio by Richard Diebenkorn in 1985. The proofs provide an intimate look at Diebenkorn’s process of developing the image, drawing the viewer into a visual history of the print’s creation.

Tomma Abts, Mary Heilmann, Al Held, Jacqueline Humphries, Robert Kushner, Matt Mullican, Chris Ofili, Gay Outlaw, Pat Steir, Patricia Treib, and Charline von Heyl

Color: A Spring Exhibition



March 17, 2022 - May 6, 2022
Crown Point Press presents Color: A Spring Exhibition, etchings by eleven artists whose use of color is intentional and dramatic. These prints, with their grand gestures and vibrant colors, create a visual celebration.

Catherine Wagner

End Grain: The Displaced Shadow



January 14, 2022 - March 4, 2022
Crown Point Press presents an exhibition of new photogravures by Bay Area artist/photographer Catherine Wagner. She completed her first project with Crown Point Press in the fall of 2021. Wagner is known for her observation and documentation of inanimate objects in series. She is interested especially in our collective history and the evidence of time’s passage and how culture is revealed through language and architecture. For her project at Crown Point she chose to work with small blocks of wood with their ends cut to emphasize the grain. "These elemental shapes serve as basic architectural gestures; foundational pieces constructed to define shape, space, and volume," Wagner said.  For this project, Wagner created a nine-panel print, five diptychs and three large single images.

Christopher Brown, Elaine de Kooning, Marcel Dzama, Joan Jonas, Robert Kushner, Marcus Lupertz, Tom Marioni, Robert Moskowitz, Susan Middleton, Jockum Nordstrom, Nathan Oliveira, Gay Outlaw, Laura Owens, Italo Scanga, Wayne Thiebaud, David True and William T. Wiley

Animals Among Us: A Group Exhibition



November 15, 2021 - December 30, 2021
Animals throughout the ages and across cultures have been depicted in art in every imaginable form. Often they are the embodiment of our desires, needs and hopes, and as domesticated pets they have taken on a larger-than-usual role during the COVID pandemic. Their relationship to humans has proved essential. In art, animals are inspirational, symbolic, allegorical, and supernatural. Crown Point Press presents Animals Among Us, a group exhibition that brings together 17 artists who have made prints with animals as subject. Birds are on display by Christopher Brown, Robert Kushner, Tom Marioni, Laura Owens, and Wayne Thiebaud. Jockum Nordstrom incorporates insects into a surreal landscape in the print titled House and Bugs. Nathan Oliveira’s Dogman is a richly textured drypoint of a dog superimposed on the profile of a man. The imagery “emphasizes the strong identification the artist perceives between the species: the human qualities of canines, the animal nature of humans,” wrote Joann Moser in the exhibition catalog, Nathan Oliveira (San Jose Museum of Art, 2002). A black, bumpy, comically menacing tropical frog stares at us in Plain Rain Frog, a photogravure by Susan Middleton. The velvety red and black Double Lunar Dogs by performance artist Joan Jonas are mirrored profiles of two regal canines.

Anne Appleby, Christopher Brown, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Alex Katz, Tom Marioni, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, Ed Ruscha, Wilson Shieh, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, David True and John Zurier

Water: A Group Exhibition



September 9, 2021 - October 29, 2021
Crown Point Press presents a fall group exhibition, Water. Now more than ever, sustainability and conservation are in the forefront of the discussion about the environment and this involves water in all its forms. In California, we are in an extreme drought with wild fires as a consequence, while in other parts of the country there are unusual rainfall and weather patterns. Water is ubiquitous in our everyday lives, and it has been emphasized in art throughout millennia. Water connects us. The prints in this exhibition remind us of its beauty, omnipotence, and influence—each artist responds uniquely to the subject of water.

Matt Mullican

Matt Mullican: Represent the Work



June 3, 2021 - August 31, 2021
Five new color etchings

Ed Ruscha, Tomma Abts, Darren Almond, Tony Cragg, Jacqueline Humphries, Alyson Shotz, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Patricia Treib, Richard Tuttle, and Charline von Heyl

Signs in a Series



March 4, 2021 - May 28, 2021
Crown Point Press announces the release of a new etching, "Sign in a Rainstorm", by Ed Ruscha. It is the third print in a series of images of signs that Ruscha has been working on. The first print in the series is "Lonely Highway", published in 2019, and the second is "Sign in a Sandstorm", 2021. These signs can be seen as hopeful. We are facing challenging times, but another sign ahead encourages us to keep going as we make our way down the road. Ruscha’s new prints introduce a group exhibition, "Signs of a Series", featuring ten other artists who have made prints in a serial format at Crown Point. The artists are Tomma Abts, Darren Almond, Tony Cragg, Jacqueline Humphries, Alyson Shotz, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Patricia Treib, Richard Tuttle, and Charline von Heyl. Ranging from abstract to figurative, each series of prints encompasses the artist’s unique oeuvre.

Tomma Abts, Darren Almond, Anne Appleby, William Bailey, John Chiara, Richard Diebenkorn, Leonardo Drew, Pia Fries, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Al Held, Per Kirkeby, Julie Mehretu, Dorothy Napagardi, Joan Nelson, Chris Ofili, Jose Maria Sicilia, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, Patricia Treib, and John Zurier

Grounded: A Winter Group Show



January 7, 2021 - February 25, 2021
Art can aid us in finding peace and balance in tough times. In this exhibition, we focus on prints that encourage a sense of grounding, which involves being present in the moment and intentional in thoughts and actions. By grounding ourselves, we can move forward into 2021 feeling centered, despite setbacks.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud--Happy 100th Birthday



October 7, 2020 - November 30, 2020
A selection of recent etchings by Wayne Thiebaud

Alyson Shotz



September 14, 2020 - November 30, 2020
Four new etchings by Alyson Shotz

Chris Burden, Tony Cragg, Leonardo Drew, Joel Fisher, Katsura Funakoshi, Robert Hudson, Bryan Hunt, Joan Jonas, Anish Kapoor, Tom Marioni, David Nash, Gay Outlaw, Judy Pfaff, Markus Raetz, and Richard Tuttle

3D to 2D: A Group Exhibition



September 14, 2020 - November 30, 2020
A group exhibition of prints by sculptors

Anne Appleby, William Bailey, John Cage, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Robert Kushner, Sherrie Levine, Tom Marioni, Susan Middleton, Dorothy Napangardi, Chris Ofili, Gay Outlaw, Laura Owens, Markus Raetz, Ed Ruscha, Wilson Shieh, Shahzia Sikander, Pat Steir, Patricia Treib, Richard Tuttle, and John Zurier

Summer Choices: The Joy of Discovery



August 7, 2020 - September 8, 2020
Crown Point Press announces its annual group exhibition, Summer Choices: The Joy of Discovery, which presents a collection of prints emphasizing the lighthearted feeling of the summer season. During these challenging times, art reminds us that we are together in our desire to be inspired by joy. Although the prints in this exhibition broadly differ in technique and concept, they share underlying themes of beauty, curiosity, happiness, and light.

Wayne Thiebaud

Landforms



March 12, 2020 - April 25, 2020
A group show featuring six new etchings by Wayne Thiebaud and including prints by Darren Almond, Mamma Andersson, Robert Bechtle, John Chiara, Jane Freilicher, Yvonne Jacquette, Per Kirkeby and Pat Steir.

Vito Acconci, Robert Bechtle, John Cage, Francesco Clemente, Tony Cragg, Elaine de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Eric Fischl, Joel Fisher, Helen Frankenthaler, Hamish Fulton, April Gornik, Hans Haacke, Al Held, Robert Hudson, Bryan Hunt, Shoichi Ida, Joan Jonas, Anish Kapoor, Alex Katz, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, Robert Moskowitz, Judy Pfaff, Janis Provisor, Rammellzee, Ed Ruscha, David Salle, Italo Scanga, Jose Maria Sicilia, Richard Smith, Pat Steir, Wayne Thiebaud, David True, and William T. Wiley.

Crown Point Press in the '80s



January 9, 2020 - March 7, 2020
A group show of etchings and woodcuts by 38 artists whose works span the range of art genres that flourished during the booming decade of the 1980s.

King Phillip Came Over From Germany Stoned



September 12, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition



June 8, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Fred Martin

Beulah Land



June 8, 2019 - July 27, 2019

Mary Weatherford



March 14, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Gesture



March 14, 2019 - May 4, 2019

Three California Masters: Robert Bechtle, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud, Figures & Landscapes



December 14, 2018 - February 2, 2019

Darren Almond

The Light of Time



September 8, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Nathan Oliveira

A Tribute



September 6, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition



July 5, 2018 - September 8, 2018

Patricia Treib



May 3, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Black & White – Group Exhibition



May 3, 2018 - June 30, 2018