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49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
415 981 2661
Since 1979, Fraenkel Gallery has presented more than 300 exhibitions exploring photography and its relation to other arts. The exhibitions have spanned the medium’s history, from its early masters to the present day. The gallery’s first exhibitions investigated the work of Carleton Watkins, Lee Friedlander, and NASA’s lunar photographs, and these set the tone and pattern for what followed. Because photography’s brief history lends itself to examination backward, forward, and sideways in time, the gallery has presented exhibitions by artists as diverse as Bernd & Hilla Becher, Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Sol LeWitt, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. The gallery is a primary representative for the work of Diane Arbus, Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Adam Fuss, Katy Grannan, Richard Learoyd, Richard Misrach, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and represents the estates of Garry Winogrand and Ralph Eugene Meatyard.
Artists Represented:
Robert Adams
Diane Arbus
Eugene Atget
Bernd & Hilla Becher
E.J. Bellocq
Elisheva Biernoff
Mel Bochner
Sophie Calle
Lee Friedlander
Adam Fuss
Nan Goldin
Katy Grannan 
Peter Hujar
Idris Khan
Richard Learoyd
Helen Levitt
Sol LeWitt
Christian Marclay
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Wardell Milan
Richard Misrach
Eadweard Muybridge
Nicholas Nixon
Irving Penn
Alec Soth
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Richard T. Walker
Carleton Watkins
Garry Winogrand

 

 
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Current Exhibition

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Opticks

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

March 26, 2020 - August 15, 2020
Fraenkel Gallery will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 in support of the health and safety of our staff and the general public, and following guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities. For those wishing to learn more about our current exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Opticks, please email inquiries@fraenkelgallery.com. Through our social media and digital channels, we continue to share art and ideas that provide connection and comfort, and look forward to seeing you soon. Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Hiroshi Sugimoto: Opticks, an exhibition of new large-scale photographs on view for the first time in the U.S. The images depict the color of light Sugimoto observed through a prism in his Tokyo studio. Using Polaroid film, he recorded sections of the rainbow spectrum projected into a darkened chamber, paying particular attention to the spaces and gaps between hues. The resulting works, each measuring approximately 5’ framed, are vivid, near-sculptural renderings of pure light.

 
Past Exhibitions

Sophie Calle

Because

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

January 23, 2020 - March 14, 2020
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Sophie Calle: Because, an exhibition of new works on view for the first time in the U.S. In each piece, a felt curtain embroidered with Calle’s writing conceals a hidden photograph behind it. In presenting viewers with the text before the picture, Calle upends the usual order in which images are read, creating a poetic surprise or puzzle. The exhibition is Calle’s fourth at Fraenkel Gallery and will be on view from January 23 to March 21, 2020. For almost forty years, Calle has made work that exposes intimate experience to public view, using still images, video, film, books, performance and text. Her work has often drawn from difficult moments in her personal life. “In the process of turning these experiences into art, they somehow become a type of fiction,” she has said. Because is part of Calle’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between narrative, memory, and photography, and mixes humor and melancholy with her particular eye for irony. Subjects include the North Pole depicted in blue darkness, in a picture Calle made “Because that’s what you do when you are at the ends of the earth,” the text explains. She photographed the Spanish bull fighter José Tomás “Because for the first time in my life, I’m about to ask for an autograph,” she confesses. In Without Child , 2018, Calle quotes a description of herself that she found online: “‘Sophie Calle, artist without child by choice,’” pairing it with a photograph of herself holding a baby to her open blouse, as if to nurse. She posed with the infant “By pure mischief, because one happens to be around,” her text states. Concurrent with Because, Fraenkel Gallery will present a selection of work from the gallery’s archives, curated by Sophie Calle. The presentation, which includes work by Diane Arbus, Katy Grannan, Peter Hujar, and Garry Winogrand, among others, focuses on images that highlight complicated relationships between couples and pairs. Because will travel to the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo, from October 24, 2020 to January 19, 2021, and to the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, from November 11 to February 14, 2021. Sophie Calle (b. 1953) lives and works in Paris. Her work utilizes a range of media to explore the nature of love, intimacy, loss and grief. Starting with her 1979 Suite Vénitienne, in which she followed a man to Venice and documented her surveillance of him, Calle has blended autobiography with fiction. In 2007, she represented France at the Venice Biennale with the exhibition Take Care of Yourself, which subsequently traveled to museums in ten countries and was accompanied by a major publication. Her work has been shown in museums around the world, and is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate, London, among many others. In 2019, Calle received the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and in 2017, she was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and received an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.

Long Story Short

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

October 24, 2019 - January 18, 2020

Carleton Watkins

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

September 5, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Another West

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

September 5, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Lee Friedlander

Signs

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

July 11, 2019 - August 17, 2019

Richard T. Walker

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

May 16, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Alec Soth

I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

March 23, 2019 - May 11, 2019

The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

February 21, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Wardell Milan

Parisian Landscapes: Blue in Green

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

January 3, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Richard Learoyd

Work from Two Rooms

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

October 25, 2018 - December 22, 2018

Robert Adams

27 Roads

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

September 6, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Earache, Organized by Jordan Stein

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

July 12, 2018 - August 18, 2018

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

The Poetry Machine and Other Works

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

May 3, 2018 - July 5, 2018

Hiroshi Sugimoto

B.C.

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

March 8, 2018 - April 25, 2018

Art & Vinyl: Artists & the Record Album from Picasso to the Present

49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

January 4, 2018 - March 3, 2018