May 5 to June 10 – Sarah Blaustein: Recent Paintings at Berggruen Gallery: Sarah Blaustein’s Vessel works are imbued with a distinctive focus on painting our innermost feelings, delving into the realms of creation, reflection, and blissful joy. Recent Paintings showcases a collection of twenty-two new works that survey the intricate nature of the inner vessel as a creative focal point. Blaustein seeks to explore the rich and complex interplay between the individual and the collective psyche, weaving a tapestry of emotions and thoughts that are at once deeply personal and universally resonant. Through her lush, otherworldly paintings, Blaustein invites viewers to experience the immediacy, intimacy, and unmitigated humanity of her artistic expression. Berggruen Gallery is located at 10 Hawthorne Street in San Francisco.
May 6 to June 24 – Lee Friedlander Framed by Joel Coen at Fraenkel Gallery: An exhibition of Friedlander’s photographs curated by the widely acclaimed filmmaker. Rather than focusing on a single subject or period, Coen’s selection concentrates on Friedlander’s singular approach to composition. Through the approximately 45 images in the exhibition Coen surveys the range of Friedlander’s 60+ year career, bringing many lesser-known images into the equation. The selection evidences an unexpected affinity between Friedlander and Coen, both of whose work explores the sly power of images. Fraenkel Gallery is located at 49 Geary Street in San Francisco.
Saturday, May 13, 6 to 9pm – Closing party and live auction for Art Kala 2023: Celebrating Kala’s 49th year, Art Kala 2023 is an exhibition and art auction that brings together Kala’s creative community and features the inventive and meaningful art being made right here in the Bay Area. This year’s honored artists are Pantea Karimi, Gregory Rick, and Jos Sances. This benefit auction supports Kala’s artistic, cultural, and educational programs. Kala Art Institute is located 2990 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. Purchase tickets to the event here.
May 25 to June 30 – Julie W. Chang: Amulets at Hosfelt Gallery: Julie W. Chang’s work investigates how identities are constructed and how (mis)understandings of both self and other might be resisted, subverted, and reimagined. Inspired by diverse sources – from wallpaper to weavings to genetic mutations and systems theory – her work utilizes a visual vocabulary that juxtaposes differing perspectives to provoke conversations about race, class, gender, and cultural commodification. Hosfelt Gallery is located at 260 Utah Street in San Francisco.
May 26 to May 30 – Andrew Sungtaek Ingersoll, Sahar Khoury, and Nunca No (Claire Dunn and Charles Lee) at Recology Art Studios: The Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is an art and education initiative that awards Bay Area artists access to discarded materials, an unrestricted stipend, and an individual studio space. These resources, along with comprehensive support, are provided to artists while they create a body of work and host studio visits during their four-month residency at the San Francisco Transfer Station. This exhibition is the culmination of their residencies. The Recology Art Studios are located at 503 and 401 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco.
Friday, May 26 from 5 – 8 PM
Saturday, May 27 from 12 – 3 PM
Tuesday, May 30 from 5 – 7:30 PM with artist talk by Nunca No at 6 PM (401 Tunnel), Andrew Sungtaek Ingersoll at 6:30 PM (503 Tunnel), and Sahar Khoury at 7pm (503 Tunnel)
Ongoing to June 3 – Black as an Experience, Not as a Color at Jonathan Carver Moore Gallery: A group exhibition of six Black men from throughout the African Diaspora. Artists featured in the exhibition include Aplerh-Doku Borlabi, Christopher Adam Williams, Glenn Hardy Jr.,Odinakachi Okoroafor, Sesse Elangwe and Steelo. This exhibition includes works that depict unique experiences to Black culture, as well as shows Black people in poised moments and statuesque poses asking the viewer to just take in what they see. Jonathan Carver Moore Gallery is located at 966 Market Street in San Francisco.