Must-See Art Guide: San Francisco

This month's guide features Claudia Wieser, Wayne Thiebaud, Rodrigo Cass, and more.

Installation view of “Claudia Wieser: Forum,” 2019. Courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery.

There’s a fog descending on San Francisco—and it’s not the usual one sitting below the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s the annual FOG Design+Art fair, which opens in the bay area city this week, alongside UNTITLED, San Francisco, With roughly 110 galleries participating in one or the other, there’s plenty to see on the city’s northern coast, where both fairs will take place.

However, there’s a lot to see elsewhere, too, as galleries all around the area mount some of their best shows of the year. Should you find yourself in the Fog City with an appetite for art, here are a few must-see exhibitions.

Wardell Milan, Music for Men (2018). Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.

Exhibition: “Wardell Milan: Parisian Landscapes: Blue in Green

When: January 3–February 16, 2019

Where: Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary St., fourth Floor, San Francisco


Clare Kirkconnell, Sex in the Shadows (2018). Courtesy of Berggruen Gallery.

Exhibition: “Clare Kirkconnell: Women’s Work

When: January 10 – February 16, 2019

Where: Berggruen Gallery, 10 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco


Installation view of “Claudia Wieser: Forum,” 2019. Courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Exhibition: Claudia Wieser: Forum

When: January 10 – March 2, 2019

Where: Jessica Silverman Gallery, 488 Ellis Street, San Francisco


Bovey Lee, We Are All Mountaineers – Entry (入) (2018).

Exhibition: “Bovey Lee: We Are All Mountaineers

When: January 5 – February 23, 2019

Where: Rena Bransten Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., San Francisco


Wayne Thiebaud, Untitled (Intersection) (1977). Courtesy of Paul Thiebaud Gallery.

Exhibition: “Wayne Thiebaud: Monotypes

When: December 1, 2018 – January 26, 2019

Where: Paul Thiebaud Gallery, 645 Chestnut Street, San Francisco


Chris Dorley-Brown, Sandringham Road, Kingsland High Street, 10.42 am – 11.37 am, 15th June, 2009 (2009–18). Courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery.

Exhibition: Chris Dorley-Brown: The Corners

When: January 5 – March 2, 2019

Where: Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary Street, San Francisco


Installation view of “Rodrigo Cass: figures, gestures and passages,” 2019. Courtesy of Anthony Meier Fine Arts.

Exhibition:Rodrigo Cass: figures, gestures and passages

When: January 15 – February 19, 2019

Where: Anthony Meier Fine Arts, 1969 California Street, San Francisco


Mokha Laget, Catwalk (2017). Courtesy of Brian Gross Fine Art.

Exhibition: “Mokha Laget: Spatial Chromatics

When: January 5 – February 16, 2019

Where: Brian Gross Fine Art, 248 Utah Street, San Francisco


Installation view of “Donald Sultan: Poppies & Lemons,” 2018-19. Courtesy of Meyerovich Gallery.

Exhibition: “Donald Sultan: Poppies & Lemons

When: October 11, 2018 – February 15, 2019

Where: Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post Street, Suite 400, San Francisco


Robert Bechtle, 20th Street Capri (2002). Courtesy of Crown Point Press.

Exhibition: Three California Masters: Robert Bechtle, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud: Figures and Landscapes

When: December 13, 2018 – February 2, 2019

Where: Crown Point Press, 20 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco


Lawrence Jordan, Our Lady of the Red Ball. Courtesy of Anglim Gilbert Gallery.

Exhibition: Lawrence Jordan: The Alchemist’s Lens

When: January 5 – February 2, 2019

Where: Anglim Gilbert Gallery, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco


Lindsay Mccrum, Greta, Napa Valley, CA (2011). Courtesy of Modernism.

Exhibition: Lindsay McCrum: Chicks with Guns

When: January 10 – February 23, 2019

Where: Modernism, 724 Ellis Street, San Francisco


Suzy Kellems Dominik, INVISIBLE (2018). Photo: Christopher Yu.

Exhibition: “An Excavation: Select Works by Suzy Kellems Dominik

When: January 18 – February 24, 2019

Where: The Laundry, 3359 26th Street, San Francisco

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