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

Modernism Inc.
Shawn Huckins, Robert Stivers, Duncan Hannah
Selected Works

Modernism is pleased to present a selection of works from our three current exhibitions:

Shawn HUCKINS: All You Had To Do Was Call

In ‘All You Had To Do Was Call,’ Huckins’ series of paintings continues Huckins’ broad theme of combining classical portraiture with digitally driven communication. “I wanted to highlight the trend of the growing phobia in younger generations of speaking on the phone, who often would rather communicate via text, or social media. With our smart technologies, communication with our loved ones, local and abroad, has become effortless and instantaneous, but lacks an emotional connection.”

Robert STIVERS: Remembered Reveries

Robert Stiver’s atmospherically layered imagery triggers half remembered flashes of memory. Charles Fisher observed, “Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.” Robert Stivers creates moody dreamscapes that refrain from the factual nature of photography but instead, present visual doors that open up to our unconscious.

Duncan HANNAH: Imagined Journeys

“I was always an imaginative kid and I loved other eras, cultural history and art history and film history and biographies. I always wanted to roam around in the 20th century, just as a novelist or a filmmaker might choose to dwell in the past.” – Duncan Hannah
Hence, Duncan Hannah describes his work as “a trip through other times,” with his narrative pieces capturing that moment of possibility that occurs just as a good story gets underway.

The exhibitions will be on view at the gallery through February 27, 2021

Shawn Huckins
La Grande Odalisque: With Us Darling, Time Will Never Tell, 2020
Oil & acrylic on canvas
48 x 78 inches
$34,000
Shawn Huckins
Portrait of A Young Gentleman: I’m Not Sure I Trust Him, But He’s Too Gorgeous, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
56 x 44 inches
$24,000
Robert Stivers
Portrait of Na, 2019
Archival pigment print with encaustic (unique)
24 x 20 inches
$4,000
Duncan Hannah
Pigalle, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 x 18 inches
$8,500