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Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence

February 26th – March 26th, 2011

PANGEA: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence marks the inaugural Contemporary exhibition in Frey Norris’ new Jessie Street galleries. Eight artists have made paintings, works on paper, sculpture and videos specifically for this debut, designed to highlight the versatility and sightlines of the Gensler-designed space. Contributing artists are Rina Banerjee, Lionel Bawden, Zhong Biao, Sherin Guirguis, Dana Harel, Kate Eric, Ranu Mukherjee and Laurel Roth. Their art embodies the rapidly evolving and dissolving boundaries that distinguish artists’ interests and approaches across countries, cultures and continents. The similarities between different artworks reflect the rapid dissemination and assimilation of ideas that virally pass around the world on a daily basis, both as popular and as so called “high” culture. They also reveal a deliberate trans-cultural Frey Norris sensibility around the selection of artists and curation of exhibitions. Alternate histories, non-western mythologies and uncommon memes prevail in a fresh and expanded Frey Norris roster. These artists, and world citizens, embody and explore the dissolution of
cultural boundaries, while in some cases celebrating and mining their own cultural and intellectual inheritance. Pangea celebrates the new Frey Norris space on Jessie Street and gives audiences a sampling of what to expect in the years to come.

About Frey Norris Contemporary
Frey Norris’ contemporary program serves as a platform to promote and present compelling artists working today from around the world. The art on display is a reflection of the gallery’s expertise in the global art market. Wendi Norris notes, “Through the exhibition of impactful and often provocative art, Frey Norris is involved in what we see as a very fundamental shift in risk-taking, engendering the possibility that the visual arts may facilitate a true global exchange of ideas and honest debate—a paradigmatic change in one’s thought process.”

About Frey Norris Modern
Frey Norris’ modern program is home to one of North America’s most significant collections of Surrealist art from the 1920’s to the 1960’s, available for sale in a private gallery. Comments Raman Frey, “Much of our modern programming centers around the concept of highlighting historical figures from the early and mid-twentieth century, gaining recognition for brilliant artists that were unfairly disadvantaged, be that because of gender, nationality or an unhappy accident of geography.”

In 2003 Raman Frey and Wendi Norris began creating a compelling program of exhibitions with a strong focus on the global arts market. Since the gallery’s inception, Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern has introduced major international artists through their first exhibitions in the United States, and conversely facilitates its American artists’ visibility within the United States and abroad. Thoughtful collectors from around the world turn to Frey Norris as a partner in the selective building of their art collections.

These collections combine the clients’ tastes and curatorial aims with Frey Norris’ savvy and connoisseurship, as well as the gallery’s ability to identify high quality and rare contemporary and modern works of art. Emblematic of the gallery’s trans-cultural nature are both the artists themselves and the content of their work. From its original Geary Street location to the current 5,100 square foot Gensler-designed space near SFMOMA, Frey Norris integrates its contemporary and modern artists into the global community of art professionals, institutions and collectors. Frey Norris works with artists on gallery exhibitions, facilitates museum exhibitions around the world, project manages the fabrication and placement of public art, develops projects in cooperation with arts non-profits, publishes exhibition catalogues, facilitates the creation of artist monographs, spearheads media outreach and exhibits at prominent international art fairs.

With professional backgrounds in art and antiquities, executive management and economics, coupled with similar ethics and ambitions, the Frey Norris partnership was inspired from the outset. Integral to the gallery’s success is the sense of teamwork Frey and Norris have created, based on their mutual commitment to the pursuit of art as an intellectual endeavor, as well as a belief in art as a vehicle for the healthy exchange of ideas. The partners allocate a large portion of their time and energy staying informed of global art trends and ideas, aiming to connect these to the local and national picture – a rare, ambitious and broad awareness that Frey Norris is committed to maintaining.

Frey Norris exhibitions and artists have regularly been reviewed and featured in such publications as ArtForum, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Economist, The San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America, ARTnews, Art Ltd., Art Week, 7×7 Magazine, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, SF Weekly, KQED’s Spark,
CNBC, ABC, NPR, Univision and on the Internet at Artnet, SF Gate, Artslant, Flavorpill and Shotgun Review, among others.

Frey Norris has placed works in and has loaned works to museums and important collections around the world, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Seattle Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Art and Design in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Palazzo Reale in Milan, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Argentina, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museo de Monterey and Museum of Modern Art in Mexico.

Later Event: May 2