San Francisco’s Best Art Openings This Week!


Put on your party-hopping hat: the art scene is blowing up in San Francisco with a surplus of openings on the agenda. If the thought of rubbing elbows with fellow art enthusiasts and up-and-comers, sipping on gratis drinks and eyeing the hottest works of art strikes you, come find out what’s happening where this week.

Dana Hart-Stone at Brian Gross Fine Art

Brian Gross Fine Art introduces Exposition, a solo exhibition of paintings by Monterey-based artist Dana Hart-Stone exploring image, pattern, and remembrance. Hart-Stone’s paintings are comprised of vintage, vernacular photographs that have been manipulated and printed on raw canvas. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 5 and will remain on view through Feb. 25, and an opening reception for the artist will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Brian Gross Fine Art, 49 Geary St., 415-788-1050.

Shai Kremer at Robert Koch Gallery

The Robert Koch Gallery presents Shai Kremer: Fallen Empires, an exhibition of large-scale color photographs of Israeli landscapes. Marked by shattered houses, remnants of corrugated fencing, and abandoned army barracks, the acclaimed, Israeli-born, New-York- and Tel-Aviv-based artist’s haunting images capture the country’s historical conflict by exploring traces of construction and upheaval. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 5 with a reception for the artist and book signing, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 25.

Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary St., 415-421-0122.

Hiroshi Sugimoto at Fraenkel Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery presents Photogenic Drawings, a major new body of work by Japan-born, New-York-based artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Working from original paper negatives of 19th century inventor William Henry Fox Talbot, who developed the negative-positive process, Sugimoto re-examines these first “drawings of light” by returning to and enlarging them. The show opens Thursday, Jan. 5, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will remain on view through Feb. 25.

Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., 415-981-2661.

Mauricio Ancalmo at Eli Ridgway Gallery

Eli Ridgway Gallery debuts an exhibition of work by Bay Area up-and-comer Mauricio Ancalmo, including intertwined sound/film installation, video projection, photograms, gelatin silver photographs, sculpture and digital prints. Ancalmo regularly uses discarded objects, such as sewing machines, word processors, 16mm film projectors and turntables, in his installation. The exhibition opens Saturday, Jan. 7, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m., and will remain on view through Feb. 4.

Eli Ridgway Gallery, 172 Minna St., 415-777-1366.

Maxine Solomon at ArtHaus

ArtHaus presents The Space of In Between, an exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Maxine Solomon. The internationally acclaimed artist combines soft glazes with active brushstrokes, creating paintings that toe the line between abstract pieces and colorful landscapes. The show opens Friday, Jan. 6 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through March 31.

ArtHaus, 411 Brannan St., 415-977-0223.

Whitney Lynn at Steven Wolf Fine Arts

Steven Wolf Fine Arts introduces Sculptures Involontaires, an exhibition of sculptures by San-Francisco-based artist Whitney Lynn. Taking inspiration from traps, the sculptures explore psychological spaces of containment and are loosely based on well-known works by Eva Hesse, Carl Andre and other ’60s pioneers. When function, form, and context are changed and we find ourselves no longer in a forest but in a gallery, Lynn says, “new questions can arise regarding what is the bait and what is the prey.” The show opens Saturday, Jan. 7 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Feb. 18

Steven Wolf Fine Arts, 2747 A 19th St., 415-263-3677.

Mathew Zefeldt at Rosenthal Gallery

Michael Rosenthal Gallery presents Trying to See the Thing in My Head, an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Davis-based artist Mathew Zefeldt. With gestural marks and layering, he explores abstract expressionism, the fictional potential of paint, and dimension in vibrant color and pattern. The show opens Saturday, Jan. 7 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and will remain open through Feb. 19.

Michael Rosenthal Gallery, 365 Valencia St., 415-552-1010.

More news: