International Press
September 28, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
Charles Desmarais
Modernism on the move
The first exhibition in the new space celebrates the gallery’s 37th anniversary with a solo exhibition of works by a gallery stalwart, the iconoclastic Gottfried Helnwein.

Modernism on the move: Martin Muller, the San Francisco gallerist who pioneered art in the SoMa neighborhood in 1979, then moved to the Monadnock Building in 1986, has long presented a lively program of droll realism and high abstraction. Sometime in November (depending on the construction), he will open the newest iteration of Modernism Inc. at 724 Ellis St., just within the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District.


The neighborhood has been experiencing a rapid renaissance, with trendy restaurants, bars and shops opening regularly. One of the city’s most carefully watched contemporary art galleries, Jessica Silverman, runs two spaces on opposite corners of the 400 block of Ellis, and the influential art publisher and producer the Thing is also in the area.

The new Modernism space shows greater architectural ambition than these, with a top-to-bottom renovation of a 5,000-square-foot building. The work is being orchestrated by Aidlin Darling Design, an award-winning firm best known locally for In Situ restaurant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Stanford University’s Windhover Contemplative Center.
The first exhibition in the new space celebrates the gallery’s 37th anniversary with a solo exhibition of works by a gallery stalwart, the iconoclastic Gottfried Helnwein.




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