Must-See Art Guide: San Francisco

This week's guide features Shara Hughes, Patricia Treib, Minku Kim, and more.

Shara Hughes, Pains and Needles (2018). Courtesy of Berggruen Gallery.

Are you going to San Francisco? (Sorry, it’s hard not to invoke the song.) If so, you’ve got great timing: You’ll find plenty of must-see gallery shows up at the moment, so let’s dive in and see what’s at the top of our lists.

The city is awash with great painting! You’ll probably want to prioritize Berggruen Gallery, where two excellent solo shows are coming to a close this Saturday. The painter Shara Hughes, who was featured in last year’s Whitney Biennale, presents colorful new landscapes in “Sticks and Stones,” while rising star Minku Kim focuses on wryly clever geometric abstraction in “Straight Edge”—a double-entendre referencing both the painting technique and punk rock subculture of the same name. Another unmissable show can be found at Crown Point Press, where selection of Patricia Treib prints are on display alongside monochrome works from the press’ archive. Treib’s approach to brushy, airy painting is utterly unique, and it’s interesting to see how well it translates to printmaking. Finally, as a sucker for great titles, I’m intrigued by the upcoming exhibition opening at Hosfelt Gallery on June 23: “Frankenstein’s Birthday Party” is a group show spotlighting artists whose work examines the human body and our attempts to conquer death, especially through technology. A worthwhile topic of discussion if I ever heard one.

Find artnet’s full list of picks below, and enjoy San Francisco with or without flowers in your hair. Dealer’s choice.


Exhibition:Shara Hughes: Sticks and Stones” and “Minku Kim: Straight Edge Painting
 May 10–June 23, 2018
Where: Berggruen Gallery, 10 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA

Patricia Treib, Cuff (2018). Courtesy of Crown Point Press.

Exhibition:Patricia Treib
 May 3–June 30, 2018
Where: Crown Point Press, 20 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA

Peter Alexander, 7/12/17 (Pink Box) (2017). Courtesy of Brian Gross Fine Art.

Exhibition:Peter Alexander: COLOR
 May 5–June 30, 2018
Where: Brian Gross Fine Art, 248 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA­

Ljubodrag Andric, China #9 (2013). Courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery.

 May 3–June 30, 2018
Where: Robert Koch Gallery, 49 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Poetry Machine (2017). Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.

Exhibition:THE POETRY MACHINE & Other Works
 May 3–July 5, 2018
Where: Fraenkel Gallery, 49 Geary Street 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA

Valerie Hegarty. Courtesy of Burning in Water.

Exhibition:Valerie Hegarty: American Beserk
 April 24–July 18, 2018
Where: Burning in Water, Gallery 105, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA

“Alyssa Block, Paige Gausman: Live Work” installation view. Courtesy of Gallery 16 and Double Strength.

Exhibition:Alyssa Block, Paige Gausman: Live Work
 June 10–July 21, 2018
Where: Gallery 16, 501 Third Street, San Francisco, CA

John O’Reilly, To Patrick (1975–1997) #16 (1998). Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery.

Exhibition:Frankenstein’s Birthday Party
 June 23–August 11, 2018
Where: Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA


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