Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Brian Gross Fine Art
Karl Benjamin
Selected Paintings 1967-1978

Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to present Karl Benjamin: Selected Paintings 1967-1978. A major Southern California painter and one of the original Hard-edge abstract painters, the exhibition focuses on Benjamin’s intensive exploration of color relationships through compositional structure.

An intuitive painter, Karl Benjamin (1925-2012) was deeply interested in the expressive possibilities created by combining and shaping color. Works such as #14 (1977) employ fuchsias, blues, greens, and reds as narrow stripes of contrasting colors that vibrate with intensity. In #3 (1969) Benjamin divided the canvas into irregular polygons, where interlocking areas of red, orange, yellow and blue form a composition without end. Works like #1 (1970) are visually charged, gridded arrangements of right triangles, whose complex arrangements of color both imply and subvert a sense of perceptual depth. Benjamin’s use of bold pattern and color, combined with the deceptively flat surfaces of his paintings, give each work a unique optical presence.

In 1959, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art organized a landmark exhibition entitled “Four Abstract Classicists” presenting works by four Los Angeles artists: Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, and John McLaughlin. The show’s curator coined the term “hard edge painting,” noting their similar stylistic concerns. Their works are characterized by clean edged, conjoined geometric forms rendered in flat color and occupying the entire picture plane. Benjamin’s work has been featured in numerous important exhibitions, including Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury, which debuted at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2007 and later travelled to the Oakland Museum and other U.S. venues; A Conversation With Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1953 – 1995 at the Claremont Museum of Art, in 2009; and Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Paintings and Sculpture 1945-1970 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, in 2011.

#8, 1967, 1967
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
$60,000

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

#14, 1977, 1977
Oil on canvas
50 x 72 1/2 inches
$65,000

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

#1, 1970, 1970
Oil on canvas
57 x 57 inches

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

SOLD

#10, 1970, 1970
Oil on canvas
28 x 68 inches

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

SOLD

#12, 1976, 1976
Oil on canvas
43 x 43 inches
$50,000

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

#3, 1969, 1969
Oil on canvas
50 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches
$55,000

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

#17, 1977, 1977
Oil on canvas
50 x 60 1/2 inches
$60,000

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art

#13, 1968, 1968
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
$26,000

 

© Benjamin Living Trust,

courtesy Brian Gross Fine Art