Sam Francis

(American, 1923–1994)

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Sam Francis

Bernard, 1986

Biography

Timeline

1923
Born in San Mateo, CA
1943 - 1948
Served in the United States Army Corps and began painting whilst convalescing from an injury
1946 - 1950
Began painting in San Francisco, CA
1949
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA
1950 - 1958
Lived and worked in Paris, France with travels to Mexico, Japan and Europe
1950
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, CA
1959 - 1961
Lived in Bern, Switzerland
1959
Lived in New York, NY
1961
Established permanent home in Santa Monica, CA
1968
Received honorary PhD from University of California at Berkeley, CA

Exhibitions

2013 - 2014
"Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Experssionism from California Collections" Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA (solo)
2013
Renard Collection, Fondation Beijeler, Basel
2012
"Sam Francis: Works from the 1950s on paper and canvas" Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
"Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California" Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 - 2012
"Sam Francis" Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, Switzerland
2011
Sam Francis The exploration of color, Sotheby's (S2) New York, New York, NY (solo)
Sam Francis, Guy Pieters Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
Sam Francis: Paintings from the Catalogue Raisonné, Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Sam Francis, Galerie Iris Wazzau,Davos, Switzerland (solo)
2009
Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Sam Francis - Malerei und Grafik, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany
2008
Choices, Galerie Willy Schoots, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Action Painting, Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland
Time & Place: Los Angeles, 1958-1968, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2007
Grand Gestures: The Gordon F. Hampton Collection, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
Art Market Now, The Columns, Seoul, South Korea
2006
Afro & incotri e Confronti italia America, Gallerie d'Arte Moderna di Udine GAMUD, Udine

Public Collections

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN