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49 Geary Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
415 981 2661
Since 1979, Fraenkel Gallery has presented more than 350 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

 

 
Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery
Installation, Long Story Short
Installation, Wardell Milan: Parisian Landscapes, Blue in Green
Installation, Sophie Calle: Because
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Online Programming

Various

Art Basel Online 2020

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

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to take part in Art Basel Online and present this extended selection in our online viewing room. The gallery exhibits work by Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Elisheva Biernoff, Sophie Calle, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Christian Marclay, Wardell Milan, and others.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Beginnings

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

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO: Beginnings is a presentation of the three projects that first landed Sugimoto on the map—Seascapes, Theaters and Dioramas. Beginning in the late 1970s and spanning four decades, these pillars of Sugimoto's practice form the foundation of an oeuvre that now encompasses many disciplines. Embedded in these series are the questions that Sugimoto's work has continued to pose about the nature of time and human experience. Included in the exhibition are key works from each series, such as Sugimoto's iconic view of Radio City Music Hall, and his first seascape, made in Jamaica in 1980.

Various

Dancing in the Streets

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

DANCING IN THE STREETS is our second presentation in a new series of online exhibitions, For the Pleasure of Looking. With this selection, we look forward to the moment when we can all celebrate together.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Opticks

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

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. 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.

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