A cornerstone of the West Coast art world, Berggruen Gallery has a consistent history of engaging San Francisco audiences with new art, and has long been an advocate for the region’s leading artists. Housed in a newly renovated historic three story building just opened last year, the new gallery features expanded exhibition space, including two floors of galleries and a floor dedicated to project and event space.
Since opening in 1970, Berggruen Gallery has mounted groundbreaking exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and prints by American and European masters, modernists, and contemporary artists. The first gallery of national stature in San Francisco, Berggruen Gallery was a pioneer for the bourgeoning San Francisco art scene, and played a fundamental role in cultivating a group of dedicated collectors in the Bay Area. In addition to giving first or early shows to many artists who are now well-established in their careers – including Edward Ruscha, Tom Sachs, and Mark Tansey – the gallery also created a market for Wayne Thiebaud and artists of the Bay Area Figurative school including Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Nathan Oliveira.
Berggruen Gallery has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of America since 1975 and specializes in the exhibition and sale of 20th-century American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture, and limited edition prints. In addition, the work of major American post-war artists as well as younger contemporary artists is exhibited. The gallery also presents exhibitions of a historic nature by artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, David Park, Edward Ruscha, Frank Stella, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark di Suvero, Willem de Kooning, and Wayne Thiebaud.
In addition to mounting exhibitions, Gretchen and John Berggruen work closely with private collectors building collections, locating works of art, and providing art advisory services.