Summer in San Francisco

July 16, 2017

LSS Art Advisory reviews the hottest offerings of the summer season 2017 in San Francisco below:

Henri Matisse’s Jazz (1947) is featured in Berggruen Gallery’s exhibition “Botánica” (Image courtesy of Berggruen Gallery).


Berggruen Gallery
Curated by guest curator Todd Von Ammon, Botanica explores the role and many manifestations of botany in late 20th and early 21st century still-life painting. The group exhibition, named after the botánica shops in San Fransisco’s Mission District which offer a variety of folk medicines and medicinal herbs, is on display at Berggruen Gallery from July 13 – August 19, 2017.  Among the artists featured in Botanica are Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Henri Matisse, Donald Moffett and Gerhard Richter.

Installation view of “Marching to the Beat,” a group exhibition on display at Jessica Silverman (Image Courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery).

Jessica Silverman
Marching to the Beat, a group exhibition celebrating the joys of communal engagement, is on view at Jessica Silverman Gallery from July 14 – August 26, 2017. The show aims to explore and reaffirm the benefits of the ‘collective’ and face-to-face interaction in a time that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology and isolation. Marching to the Beat  is comprised of painting, photography, sculpture, performance and video art by a number of leading contemporary artists such as the Wolfgang Tillmans, Francis Upritchard, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Installation view of Richard Misrach’s solo-exhibition “The Writing on the Wall” on display at Fraenkel Gallery (Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery).

Fraenkel Gallery
A solo-exhibition of recent photographs by artist Richard Misrach is on view at Fraenkel Gallery from July 13 – August, 19, 2017. The Writing on the Wall, features new works by Misrach in response to the 2016 US Presidential Election and the volatile social and political atmosphere in America. The exhibition is comprised of 25 photographs, accompanied by a 16-page publication.

Untitled (1975) by Bruce Conner is among the works included in “From Counterculture to Cyberculture” at Altman Siegel through September 9, 2017 (Image courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery).

Other Gallery Exhibitions:



Legion of Honor
Sarah Lucas: Good Muse, is on display at The Legion of Honor from July 15 – September 17, 2017. Lucas is most widely recognized for her sculptures and installations which satirize sexuality and gender stereotypes as a means of debunking notions of the body and femininity. In conjunction with Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation, Good Muse aims to introduce a contemporary perspective to the works of Rodin, many of which will remain on view during Lucas’s installation.

Sarah Lucas’ Yoko (2015) is among the works included in “Good Muse” at the Legion of Honor (Image courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London).

Soundtracks, SFMOMA’s first large-scale group exhibition exploring the role of sound in contemporary art, is on view through January 1, 2018. The show features sculpture, audio and video installation, as well as performance pieces from the museum’s media arts collection. In addition, Soundtracks presents new works by artists including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, and Susan Philipsz.

Cloud (2011/2017) an installation by Christina Kubisch is featured in SFMOMA’s “Soundtracks”.

Also on view at SFMOMA is the exhibition for the 2017 SECA Art Award, open from July 15 – September 17, 2017. Established in 1967 by SFMOMA’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, the SECA Art Award recognizes and honors individual Bay Area artists each year and includes an exhibition at SFMOMA. The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition is the first major museum presentation for the artists and highlights the works of Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney, and Lindsey White, each with a dedicated gallery.

Alicia McCarthy’s Untitled (2015), on view at SFMOMA. McCarthy is one of five artists awarded the 2017 SECA Art Award (Image courtesy of Jack Hanley Gallery).

Additional Exhibitions:

Sophie Calle’s large-scale sole-exhibition entitled Missing is open at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture until August 20, 2017.