Four Exceptional SF Art Gallery Exhibitions to Visit This Week


Need an art fix to kick off the new year? Step right this way.

Dorothea Tanning’s Unknown but Knowable States, at Gallery Wendi Norris

For the first time, Gallery Wendi Norris will dedicate the entirety of its 5,000 square foot space to a single artist. The seriousness of this gesture is well placed, as anyone familiar with the work of Dorothea Tanning knows. The surrealist artist, who died just last year at the age of 101, produced a prodigious amount of work over her long, distinguished career (MOMA and the Tate Modern, among other institutions, hold some of it). Unknown but Knowable Statesfeatures a particularly significant twenty year period spanning the sixties and seventies, during which Tanning created some of her largest and most impressive works–nebulous, beguiling, sexually charged paintings and sculptures. The show is not to be missed.

Unknown but Knowable States runs from January 10 through March 2 at Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie Street. Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10 from 5 – 8 pm.

Love, Life, Art and the Devil, at Fouladi Projects

Seasoned participants in the San Francisco art scene are well aware of Sacha Eckes and her off-beat, often anxiety-ridden, yet tender illustrations. The artist was a visible member of the Mission Arts community throughout the 1990s and much of the 2000s, before moving to Antwerp, Belgium, where she currently resides. Love, Life, Art and the Devil is a chance to acquaint or reacquaint ourselves with the signature blend of dark humor and real pathos that remain a hallmark of Eckes’ practice to this day.

Love, Life, Art and the Devil runs from January 11 through February 23 at Fouladi Projects, 1803 Market Street. Opening Reception: Friday, January 11 from 6 – 8 pm.

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