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Modernism Inc.
724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415 541 0461

Also at:
Modernism West
2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-541-0461
Founded in 1979, Modernism has since presented more than 450 exhibitions, both historical and contemporary, in media ranging from painting to photography, sculpture to performance, by an international roster of artists. Throughout its 37 years, owner Martin Muller has striven to keep the gallery's challenging, museum quality program at the forefront of the art world. Early landmarks included being the first gallery to show Andy Warhol in the Bay Area (1982), and holding the first exhibition on the West Coast (in a gallery or museum) of the Russian Avant-Garde 1910-1930 (1980, 17 more retrospectives have since been mounted). In the 1990s Modernism highlighted its strong abstract program with the exhibition of "Four Abstract Classicists" (1993), a recreation of the show presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1959, while at the same time introducing America to the confrontational, and ofttimes disturbing, conceptual works of Austrian born artist Gottfried Helnwein (1992). Modernism will celebrate its 38th anniversary in October, and with it, many more firsts of recent years, including the first major exhibition of the works of Le Corbusier on the West Coast (2003), and in 2006, the first major retrospective in the U.S. of the paintings, drawing, collages, and photographs of Erwin Blumenfeld. In addition to the milestones above, Modernism prides itself on the scope of its program: Historical exhibitions encompass areas including Dada, Cubism, Surrealism, Vorticism, German Expressionism, and foremost, the Russian Avant-Garde 1910-1930. The contemporary program features rotating shows, six to seven weeks in duration, of the nearly 50 gallery artists—including various representational and abstract modes, sociopolitical, and conceptual works—presented at both Modernism and Modernism West, as well as at art fairs in the United States and Europe. Modernism publishes numerous books, monographs, catalogs, and fine art editions.
Artists Represented:

Alex and Mushi
Elina Anatole
Charles Arnoldi
Gary Baseman
Glen Baxter 
Jean-Charles Blais
Erwin Blumenfeld 
Lucien Clergue
R. Crumb
Judy Dater
Elena Dorfman 
Michael Dweck 
Damian Elwes
Sheldon Greenberg 
Frederick Hammersley 
Duncan Hannah
James Hayward 
Gottfried Helnwein
Tony Hernandez
Shawn Huckins
Bill Kane
Jerry Kearns 
Jonathon Keats
Naomie Kremer
Lindsay McCrum
John M. Miller
Andreas Nottebohm 
Patti Oleon
Ivan A. Puni
Mel Ramos
John Register
Peter Sarkisian
Ben Schonzeit 
David Simpson 
Stephen Somerstein 
Robert Stivers
Mark Stock
Sam Tchakalian 
Mark Ulriksen  
Jacques Villeglé 
Robert Wilson 
Stéphane Zagdanski 

Works Available By:

Alexander K. Bogomazov 
Vasili D. Ermilov 
Albert Gleizes 
Ivan V. Kliun
Henri Hayden
Le Corbusier
Kazimir S. Malevich 
Ilya I. Mashkov 
Edvard Munch 
Georges Valmier
Kirill M. Zdanevich
Andy Warhol

 

 
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Current Exhibitions

Laurie Lipton

Ex Machina

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

July 10, 2019 - August 31, 2019
Modernism is pleased to present its first one-person exhibition of drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Laurie LIPTON. “In intricate drawings, Lipton seductively leads us into the drama of a fun house world where technology has gone wild. Her artistic vision is unique in contemporary art and can be easier associated to the apocalyptic cinematic vision of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (1982) and Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL (1985)”. —Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Lipton’s work presents unflinching commentary on the complexities of modern life, both in society at large and for individuals, including the horrors of war, alienation caused by technology, and our “post-truth” world where everything washes over us like fiction. The public is cordially invited to attend an opening reception on Wednesday, July 10th, from 5:30-8PM. To read the full press release please visit our website. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL: 415/541-0461 / FAX: 415/541-0425, OR EMAIL TO: info@modernisminc.com. HI-RES IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

Peter Sarkisian

Videomorphic Figures

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

July 10, 2019 - August 31, 2019
Modernism is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent works by Peter SARKISIAN, a Santa Fe-based new-media artist. All of Sarkisian’s work is grounded in the idea that video, in it’s ubiquitous and most popular form, is an experientially void medium, and that by depriving ourselves of experience in favor of information-based images, we have become unable to grasp the meaning of consequence or to coexist with mutual understanding. His installations therefore attempt to steer the world’s most influential medium back on a collision course with the viewer in order to reintroduce an element of experience to the viewing process. If the filmmaker’s traditional goal is to distract viewers through the suspension of self-awareness, then Sarkisian’s goal is to create a sense of heightened self-awareness by engaging the viewer in constructed environments that blur the line between what is real and what is mediated. "The Videomorphic figures—a phrase Sarkisian coined to describe the video/sculptural hybrid form—are comprised of 3D printed forms onto which animated motions and gestures are projected. Although the robots are noteworthy in part because of their overly cartoon-like compositions, the increasing sophistication of Sarkisian’s projections situates them in a place of the uncanny, where it is easy to reassure oneself at one moment that these objects have not and can never be alive, while still being lured into occasional moments of doubt when the combination of solid form and lifelike motion let us glimpse a world of the future, when actual robots, in the form of charming humanoids will be our near-constant companions." —Dan Cameron, Curator (Excerpt from catalogue essay for the exhibition Sarkisian & Sarkisian, organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, 2014) WATCH VIDEO OF THE VIDEOMORPHIC FIGURES at https://vimeo.com/79895782 The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Wednesday, July 10, from 5:30 to 8pm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL: 415/541-0461 / FAX: 415/541-0425 OR EMAIL: info@modernisminc.com HI-RES IMAGES UPON REQUEST.

 
Past Exhibitions

Philippe Gronon

Versos

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

May 16, 2019 - June 29, 2019

Elena Dorfman

Still Lovers and Transmutations

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

April 11, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Reception for the artist Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:00pm

Richard P. Doyle, Jr. and Mark Ulriksen

Game Time

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

April 11, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Reception for the artists Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:30 - 8:00pm

Mel Ramos

Memorial Exhibition

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

March 7, 2019 - April 6, 2019

Mel Ramos

Memorial Exhibition

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

March 7, 2019 - April 6, 2019
Modernism is pleased to present a Memorial Exhibition celebrating the life and work of Mel RAMOS. Opening Reception Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5:30 - 8pm

Valentin Popov & Victor Sydorenko

Collected Moments

2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

February 20, 2019 - April 1, 2019
Reception for the artists Wednesday, February 20th, 6-8pm at Modernism West/Foreign Cinema. Hours: M-F 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Call 415-648-7600 to confirm access.

Lindsay McCrum

Chicks with Guns

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

January 10, 2019 - February 23, 2019
Reception for the artist is Thursday, January 10, 5:30 - 8 pm

ALEXANDMUSHI

Push Me Pull You

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

November 8, 2018 - December 22, 2018
Opening reception Thursday, November 8, 5:30-8pm

Patti Oleon

Somewhere Else

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

November 8, 2018 - December 22, 2018
Opening reception Thursday, November 8th, 5:30-8pm

Charles Arnoldi

Recent Paintings

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

September 12, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Reception for the artist Wednesday, September 12 from 5:30-8pm

Shawn HUCKINS

Fool's Gold

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

July 11, 2018 - September 8, 2018
The public is cordially invited to attend an opening reception on Wednesday, July 11th, from 5:30-8PM.

Mark ULRIKSEN

Something in the Air

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

July 11, 2018 - September 8, 2018
Reception for the Artist Wednesday, July 11 from 5:30-8 PM

Bill Kane

Emanations

2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

June 28, 2018 - September 3, 2018
Reception for the artist June 28, from 6-8PM at Modernism West/Foreign Cinema. Hours: M-F 6-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. Call 415-648-7600 to confirm access.

Judy Dater

Personas: A survey of works from 1965-2016

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

May 10, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Opening reception May 10 from 5:30-8PM

Seth Tane

Trading Places

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

May 10, 2018 - June 30, 2018
Opening reception May 10 from 5:30-8PM

Jacques VILLEGLÉ

Traces: Décollages from 1956-2000

724 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

March 15, 2018 - April 28, 2018
Opening reception Thursday, March 15, 5:30-8pm