If yesterday’s preview of Gagosian’s first exhibition (which coincided with the SFMOMA press preview), was any indication, Gagosian San Francisco is poised to live cooperatively and have a generative presence alongside the trifecta of museums—SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum
—within its several-block radius, most immediately (and obviously) with SFMOMA itself.
Gagosian’s sun-drenched, 4,500-square-foot gallery in the brick Crown Point Press
building feels surprisingly modest and inviting for passersby, its exhibition visible from a large window in the facade. Director Anna Gavazzi Asseily, previously of Gagosian London, hopes to participate with the public through art events and talks, in addition to a core program of four shows per year. “The city likes to find new ways of engaging with art,” Asseily explains, and notes that Gagosian San Francisco is now a part of a “block of institutions” that are fulfilling this need and fostering new conversations around art, which the public has come to expect.
When asked if there will be a special relationship with the Los Angeles gallery, Asseily describes potential “cross-pollinations,” but reaffirms that one of her goals is engaging the very different nature of the San Francisco art world.