4 San Francisco Art Gallery Openings to Ring in the New Year


For the sake of conversation, let’s say that “visit more art galleries” is on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Well hey, now is a fantastic time to make good on that: after a holiday lull, the local art scene is poised to ring in 2013 with some fascinating exhibitions. We recommend these four, which range from representational to abstract painting, 19th century photography to postmodern multimedia. 

The Unphotographable, at Fraenkel Gallery

One thinks of photography as built for capturing only the material appearances of reality – its light, edges and objects; immaterial things like thought, time, ghosts, god, dreams remain outside the camera’s sights. But in fact, dating back to the medium’s invention, there has been a tradition of photography that believes the contrary. This expansive exhibition, including work from heavy hitters including Diane Arbus, Jay DeFeo, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Alfred Stieglitz and Hiroshi Sugimoto, rounds up such attempts to photograph the ostensibly unphotographable.

The Unphotographable runs through March 23 at Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary Street.

Image: WOLFGANG TILLMANS: Mental Picture #972001 unique chromogenic print


Amy Trachtenberg: From India to the Planet Marsat Brian Gross Fine Art

Amy Trachtenberg’s large scale paintings, which she creates by staining and pouring pigment while lifting, swaying and tilting canvas, espouse a pure form of abstraction: “the work does not ask to be understood or categorized with any particular meaning or theme,” says the artist. “Despite the associations or experience that generated them, each piece follows it’s own language and logic for an open-ended reading.” The approach has caught the attention of collectors as well as public organizations like BART, which has commissioned the artist for an integrated piece to form part of the planned Oakland-San Jose extension. In this show, she presents paintings, collage and mounted sculpture. 

Amy Trachtenberg: From India to the Planet Mars runs through March 2 at Brian Gross Fine Art, 49 Geary Street 

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