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Best Contemporary Art in San Francisco

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Weinstein Gallery

Weinstein Gallery might catch your eye when you walk past. You might ask, "Is that a Chagall, a Miro, a Dali, or a Picasso?" and be delightfully surprised to find that they are all represented here - the gallery is positively brimming with their works. Many of the paintings are on consignment from their owners, while others are owned by the gallery. The staff is more than friendly, and they're willing to share their in-depth knowledge of these elation-invoking pieces of art. Check the website for further details.

383 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art

Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is located in the 49 Geary building and was formerly called Urbis Artium Gallery. The old 1912 building was once the Western Union headquarters. The gallery showcases a vast range of national and international art from well known and emerging artists. They nurture new artists and look for talent in and around San Francisco as well as internationally. They have a diverse collection of artists working in different media from painting to video art.

555 Sutter Street, Suite 405, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art houses a permanent collection of over 15,000 works, including more than 4,700 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and 9,000 plus photographs. Originally opened in 1995, the museum has exhibited the works of Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothea Lange, Paul Klee, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney and many contemporary artists. Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the space itself is a wonder to behold. After a major renovation completed in 2016, the SFMOMA now boasts seven floors of art along with exciting features including a living wall, sculpture garden and impressive views of Yerba Buena Gardens.

151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94103
111 Minna Gallery

111 Minna is an art gallery in which the entertainment and crowd are just as much a part of the effect as anything that might hang on the walls. Here you will find live music, dancing, performance art and film among your choices on a given night at this eclectic establishment. The small, intimate tables are perfect for discussing the art and those individuals who come to look at it. The cover charge varies by night.

111 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
Galeria de la Raza

Galeria de la Raza is deep in the heart of the Mission and worth getting to. The walls are lined by works of multiple artists. See different mediums of local talent present their work in this down-home, yet sophisticated gallery. There are no prices on the work, but that will not deter those who appreciate unique products of the mind. Check out the Chicano/Latino drawing and works on paper, the documentary on jail-art, or beautiful black-and-white photos of the Latinos in and outside of the neighborhood. The gallery offers rental spaces too. Visit website for more information.

2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94110
San Francisco Art Institute

Established in 1871, the San Francisco Art Institute is one of the pioneering art schools in America. Its galleries were designed to look like a converted monastery complete with a beautiful courtyard. Forty years hence, the rooftop deck was added from where you can see a great deal of the city, including Coit Tower and Twin Peaks. The Diego Rivera Gallery contains a mural by the man himself and a strong collection of students' work. The Walter McBean Gallery feature a myriad of contemporary creations by established and emerging artists.

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133
Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Western United States dedicated to the preservation of cartoons and comic art. It holds a collection of over 6000 pieces of art including animation cells and comic books and strips. Founded in 1984, the museum established a permanent home with support from Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz. The museum hosts exhibits, classes, and lectures for children and adults, and is home to a library and bookstore. Works by Bud Fisher Mutt and Jef, George Herriman Krazy Kat, and Schulz has highlighted the museum’s permanent collection.

781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
De Young Museum

Acting as a major cultural destination since 1895, the De Young Museum reopened in October 2005 in a facility designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The building is magnificent and from the observation tower you can get a great view of the park. It is open, airy and massive. It also has a perforated and embossed copper facade which goes very well with the greenery around the museum. The museum houses the world-renowned American Painting and Sculpture collection, dating from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. Primitive Art is highly represented with extraordinary pieces of Native American Art (from the ancient Teotihuacan City), African Art (statues and potteries) and Oceanic Art (shields, dance dress and masks). Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, United States, 94118
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