Brian Gross Fine Art was established in 1990 in the Union Square area of San Francisco. In 1995, Brian Gross Fine Art, Inc. moved to 49 Geary, where it remained for 18 years before moving to the elegant, re-purposed industrial space of 248 Utah Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. In late 2022, BGFA ended its exhibition program in its brick and mortar space in order to transition entirely into online offerings, private dealing and special projects.
BGFA’s record over the years has been distinguished by its thoughtfully curated installations, the quality and strength of the art it has presented, and the validation of numerous critical reviews. It has won the respect of the international community of artists, collectors, curators and colleagues. Prior to BGFA, Brian Gross was a partner in Fuller Gross Gallery, 1986–90, a premier San Francisco showcase for contemporary art. Bay Area legends Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and Robert Hudson were an integral part of that program, and BGFA continues its involvement with the work of those artists. Los Angeles artists Peter Alexander, Tony Berlant and Ed Moses have all been featured artists of Brian Gross Fine Art.
Exhibited artists during BGFA’s history have included Karl Benjamin, Marco Casentini, Freddy Chandra, Donald Feasel, Linda Fleming, Adam Fowler, Dana Hart-Stone, Keira Kotler, Pard Morrison, Sono Osato, Ruth Pastine, Robert Sagerman, Andrea Way, and Rex Yuasa, among others. It has worked with the estates of Robert Arneson, Karl Benjamin, Roy De Forest, Willem de Looper, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Leo Valledor. Notable exhibitions have included Sam Francis: Works on Paper from the Sixties in 2001, the first exhibition of Pousette-Dart in San Francisco in 2003, two landmark Robert Arneson exhibitions, From the 60s in 2008 and Guardians of the Secret II in 2016, and Leo Valledor: Color Space in 2016.
Brian Gross graduated from Oberlin College in 1975. He interned at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, in the Department of Drawings, and was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow in Museum Studies and Art History, Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Following graduation, Brian Gross worked as Assistant Director of Education at the Akron Art Museum and became a Curator Fellow at Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico. Brian Gross has been a longtime member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, served on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and was a Board member of ArtCare, Friends of the San Francisco Art Commission.
The new iteration of Brian Gross Fine Art allows greater flexibility in our ongoing work with artists, collectors, and institutions. We look forward to hearing from you.