Since 1979, Fraenkel Gallery has held more than 350 exhibitions, published more than 60 books, and exhibited at over 80 art fairs. Founded by Jeffrey Fraenkel in San Francisco, the gallery was established with the aim of championing photography and its role in the evolution of art.Read More
Featuring works that range from early photographic pioneers to modern and contemporary artists, Fraenkel Gallery traces the historical evolution of photography while examining its relationship to other mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and video. Not limited to strictly photographic endeavours, Fraenkel Gallery’s roster has expanded over several decades to become more multidisciplinary in scope, with photography providing the through-line for its programme.
Fraenkel Gallery also manages a rigorous publication programme, producing artist monographs to coincide with exhibitions and anniversary volumes.
Fraenkel Gallery Artists
Fraenkel Gallery brings together some of the most influential figures in photography with a younger and more multidisciplinary generation of artists.
The gallery began by exhibiting the work of 19th century photographic pioneer Carleton Watkins, and quickly expanded to include Eadweard Muybridge, and Anna Atkins, as well as Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus, preeminent 20th century photographers renowned for their depiction of the American social landscape.
Also featured in Fraenkel Gallery’s programme are Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nan Goldin, Sophie Calle, Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Among the more recent additions to the gallery programme are a younger generation of artists, such as Alec Soth and Katy Grannan, and artists who work with photography in tandem with other mediums, including Elisheva Biernoff, Christian Marclay, Wardell Milan, and Richard T. Walker.
Fraenkel Gallery also exhibits artists who work outside of photography. These artists have been included in such exhibitions as Edward Hopper & Company (2009), Nothing and Everything: Painting, Photography, Drawing & Sculpture 1896–2006 (2006), and Sol LeWitt: Recent Wall Drawings (2000). The group exhibition Not Exactly Photographs (2003) featured artists Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, and Felix González-Torres among others.
Fraenkel Gallery Exhibitions and Fairs
Fraenkel Gallery has held countless solo and group exhibitions of its artists. The gallery regularly participates at international art fairs, including Art Basel and Paris Photo, and maintains long-held relationships with museums, private collectors, and corporations worldwide.
In 2019, Fraenkel Gallery celebrated its 40th anniversary with Long Story Short, a survey of the gallery’s idiosyncratic approach to photography covering almost 180 years of photographic history.
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