Gallery Wendi Norris presents a contemporary and modern program with an emphasis on fostering dialogue among artists working over diverse time periods and geographic locations and in a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation.  The gallery operates in both the primary and secondary markets; it represents artists working today, including Simone Leigh, Chitra Ganesh, Julio Cesar Morales, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Val Britton, and has also worked closely with the estates of Dorothea Tanning, Wolfgang Paalen, Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo for over a decade.  Founded with an emphasis on scholarship and education, the gallery publishes researched exhibition catalogues, sponsors artists talks, and hosts visiting academics, among other initiatives. 

Our Jessie Street gallery space, located in the South of Market area of San Francisco, enables us to present two exhibitions simultaneously.  Frequently the gallery curates multi-generational exhibitions, pairing modern surrealist masters alongside contemporary visionaries. This approach encourages a re-contextualization of the modern artists’ work, catapulting them into contemporary discourse while providing conceptual and aesthetic connections with our contemporary program.

Gallery Wendi Norris is active internationally as well as locally, working with individual collectors and museums alike. We have collaborated with over one hundred of the top art institutions around the world on acquisitions and exhibitions, including Tate, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art New York, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Perez Art Museum Miami, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville.  The gallery participates in a select number of art fairs each year including The Armory Show, Art Dubai and ZONA MACO, among others.  The gallery also works with private clients and corporate collections, including Deutsche Bank, Visa, Facebook and non-profit organizations ranging from Creative Time in New York to the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. 

Gallery Wendi Norris is actively involved in public art programming locally and internationally, including a major commission atop the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, which will be the tallest building in the Western United States upon completion. The gallery has also facilitated public projects for gallery artists in San Francisco, Houston, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong, among other locations. Presently, Wendi Norris is a founding member of Sites Unseen, a forthcoming public art project that will partner with local museums and community organizations to activate seven alleyways in the Yerba Buena neighborhood with permanent and temporary installations, exhibitions, and events.

In 2010, Wendi Norris founded the biennial San Francisco Artist Award given to a young Bay Area artist whose career could be markedly changed when provided support and the opportunity to exhibit at an established gallery.  She is currently the Board President of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association.

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