Heather James San Francisco Gallery Walkthrough


Heather James Fine Art San Francisco is located on the 5th floor of the 49 Geary Street art collective, and we are pleased to announce our new expanded space. This tour of our larger renovated gallery presents an extended collection of diverse artworks and a preview of our exciting exhibition program, beginning with a special exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold – twelve sculptures that depict the animals associated with the traditional Chinese zodiac. Ai Weiwei’s group references an eighteenth-century sculpture group built for an elaborate water-clock fountain at the Old Summer Palace on the outskirts of Beijing, which was ransacked in 1860. By recreating the lost and displaced statues, Ai Weiwei engages issues of looting, repatriation, and cultural heritage while expanding upon ongoing themes in his work concerning the “fake” and “copy” in relation to the original.

Also on view is an exhibition of late works by “New York School” AbEx artist, Grace Hartigan. Heather James Fine Art is proud to be the West Coast representatives of Hartigan’s estate. Although she started as a strict adherent to Abstract Expressionism, as early as 1952, she absorbed figuration into painting. By including familiar images, Hartigan is often considered a precursor to Pop Art. However, by replacing the sterile remove and mass manufacture of Pop Art with emotion and painterly technique, Hartigan deepens our understanding of the intersection of Pop, abstraction, and painting. This space also includes an exhibition of works by Richard Diebenkorn. This selection, from drawing to prints to his singular sculpture, immerses viewers within Diebenkorn’s intense study of form, color, and abstraction. His control over ink and structure reveals itself in both the subtle marks and the vibrant shifts in color. Although closely associated with California and the Bay Area, this exhibition underscores Diebenkorn’s universal appeal and his contribution to the wider history of art.

At Heather James San Francisco, you will find an array of artwork across periods, movements, and styles, including work by world-renowned Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama, Los Angeles contemporary artist Rodney McMillian, and German artist Katharina Grosse, whose innovative work blurs the distinction between painting and sculpture. Another exhibition at our expanded space celebrates artwork by women, featuring work by Louise Bourgeois, Rita Ackerman, Nancy Spero, and Masaki Takahashi among many others.

We are excited to share our new expanded space with you and thrilled to continue offering exceptional artwork and art services to the Bay Area. For over 20 years, Heather James Fine Art has maintained a reputation for the highest level of service to collectors worldwide and have expanded into a global network with 5 galleries around the U.S. and 6 consultancies internationally. We are proud to display a carefully curated selection of work by a variety of artists in diverse media here in San Francisco. We hope to see you at the gallery soon.