Each semester, I guide Academy of Art University graduate students on a tour of San Francisco’s galleries. One afternoon isn’t enough time to see everything. However, highlighting a neighborhood to inform is the main objective. The ability to observe engaging art scattered amongst high rises that cuddle Union Square- LIFE is good indeed.
The class met at HANG ART gallery where sales associate extraordinaire Kay Jaramillo and director/owner Piero Spadaro provided honest advice. Their knowledge and guidance provided unexpected insights. The honesty was a rare gift to improving an artist’s future.
Down the street at Caldwell Snyder, artist David Bromley’s flights of acrylic and gold leaf dance on canvas. According to the gallery: “Butterflies and flowers, quintessential symbols of beauty and pleasure, float liberally through his compositions, lending his work an ethereal, playful air.” Bromley was born in England and currently lives in Australia.
Exiting the elevator at John Berggruen Gallery, the receptionist directed the group to put our purses/bags under a table. Our intentions were only artistic in nature. I promise! It was worth the effort: Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #18 with delicate colors and strong architectural lines dazzled.
Final stop was the cluster of galleries at 49 Geary. El Anatsui’s Uwa at Altman Siegel stood out. From the gallery’s handout: “These found scraps, with their still legible bits of beer can text, are transformed into swatches of color in a densely textured and dynamic composition.”
Meanwhile Ricardo Mazal at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery explores the Bhutan in colorful abstractions. The hues and composition of Karla Wozniak’s world demands investigation at Gregory Lind Gallery. Jaume Plensa’s elongated heads play with perspective and scale at Haines Gallery.
Seeing is believing. There was no toll or charge. It was a day free of crowds with unlimited private views. Visiting galleries never gets old. It only gets better.