The Best Art Galleries in San Francisco

The Best Art Galleries in San Francisco

Looking for a dose of culture in the city by the bay? San Francisco boasts a vibrant art community, and the city’s countless galleries show off the talents of local and international artists. Whether you’re looking to buy or browse, these San Francisco art galleries are top of the list.

Featured photo: The works of Alex Katz — Dancer 1, 20 color silkscreen, 60 x 36 in.; Azaleas on Yellow, Flowers Suite, Archival pigment ink, 47 x 34 in.; Dancer 3, 23 color silkscreen, 60 x 36 in. — courtesy of Meyerovich Gallery.

Berggruen Gallery

10 Hawthorne St.,

This gallery showcases works by 20th-century contemporary American and European painters and sculptors such as Richard Serra and Julie Mehretu, as well as cycling exhibitions of historic artists and styles.

Catharine Clark Gallery

248 Utah St.,

This is a gallery with attitude. It specializes in contemporary painting and new media installation art by emerging artists, often with social and political themes.

Painted spots of various gray colors - "Seam" by Brendan Stuart Burns at Caldwell Snyder Gallery
Seam by Brendan Stuart Burns, oil on linen diptych, 51 x 126 in., courtesy of Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

Caldwell Snyder Gallery

341 Sutter St.,

Since 1983, Caldwell Snyder Gallery has represented some of the most talented contemporary artists from the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

CCA Wattis Institute

360 Kansas St.,

The California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute provides two floors of contemporary exhibition space that are free to the public, in addition to its artist residency and research programs.

Christopher-Clark Fine Art

377 Geary St.

This premier gallery features paintings, drawings and original prints by European masters. Find art by Gauguin, Renoir, Manet, Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Kandinsky and Dalí, plus Frankenthaler, de Kooning and Lichtenstein.

CK Contemporary

246 Powell St.,

This gallery space is home to original paintings by noteworthy American and European contemporary artists. The gallery also works closely with collectors to assist clients in finding the perfect pieces for their home.

Fraenkel Gallery

49 Geary St., Fourth Floor,

Founded in 1979, this world-class gallery at 49 Geary focuses on photography, with rotating shows that span the medium’s history from the beginning to modern day.

Hackett Mill

300 Beale St.,

Hackett Mill represents the contemporary artists David Beck, Masatoyo Kishi, Manuel Neri, Raimonds Staprans, and Brian Wall and is the exclusive representative of David Park and Robert Schwartz. Open by

Hashimoto Contemporary

1275 Minnesota St.,

Hashimoto Contemporary is home to an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. The gallery focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work.

Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art

555 Sutter St., Fourth Floor,

This all-media gallery offers a mix of young urbanism and new traditional media. It focuses on exposition, showing works that encourage audiences to perceive visuals in new ways. Open by

Martin Lawrence Galleries

366 Geary St.,

This gallery specializes in original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition graphics and features works by Basquiat, Dalí, Warhol and emerging artists.

Paintings by Alex Katz in Meyerovich Gallery

Photo: Works of Alex Katz (Sunrise 1, archival pigment ink, 54 x 40.5 in.; Straw Hat 1, archival pigment ink, 36 x 36 in.; Straw Hat 3, archival pigment ink, 75.7 x 42 in.), courtesy of Meyerovich Gallery.

Meyerovich Gallery

251 Post St., Suite 400,

One of the country’s leading galleries, Meyerovich specializes in American and European paintings, works on paper, graphics and sculpture by contemporary masters such as John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan and Bernar Venet. The gallery has extensive experience in working with museums and international clientele. Open by

Modernism Inc.

724 Ellis St.,

This gallery’s museum-quality program emphasizes historical exhibitions of significant artistic movements, having notably covered the Russian Avant-Garde 1910–1930. This was the first gallery to exhibit Andy Warhol in the Bay Area.

Montague Gallery

445A Sutter St.,

A unique gallery in San Francisco, Montague Gallery specializes in contemporary fine art glass with an expansive roster of world renowned artists including Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni.

Rena Bransten Gallery

1275 Minnesota St.,

Gallery includes established and emerging artists — such as Vik Muniz, Henry Wessel and John Waters — whose work engages with contemporary social and cultural climates.

Robert Koch Gallery

49 Geary St., Fifth Floor,

This gallery offers a wide range of exemplary photography that spans from the 19th century to the present, exhibiting works by artists such as Alex Webb, Debra Bloomfield and Jeff Brouws.

San Francisco Center for the Book

375 Rhode Island St.,

This gallery showcases every artistic aspect of books, from the antique to the experimental. Ponder exhibitions on censorship and literary forms, or take a workshop on book making.

Serge Sorokko Gallery

365 Grant Ave.,

This gallery features postwar and contemporary art by acclaimed American and European artists, including Hunt Slonem, Ross Bleckner and Miguel Condé.

Weinstein Gallery

444 Clementina St.,

This gallery’s collection is dedicated to works by lesser known and historically marginalized artists, as well as rare works by 20th-century masters including Picasso, Chagall, Calder and Matta. The gallery has works of surrealism and abstract expressionism, as well as contemporary figurative painters. Open by

ZK Gallery

211 Jefferson St.,

This contemporary and modern art gallery exhibits internationally renowned and emerging artists, as well as traditional and hybrid media, printmaking, sculpture and photography.

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