David Pace and Stephen Wirtz in "Recollected: Photography and the Archive"


Pace/Wirtz, BRITISH BOMBER 8-22-40 from the series WIREPHOTO (2016). archival pigment print, 31 x 25 inches. Courtesy of the artists.

Recollected: Photography and the Archive takes up photography as a medium and source material, as well as the practice of archiving and organizing. Included is the series WIREPHOTO, a collaboration between David Pace and Stephen Wirtz that re-interprets historical images from World War II that were transmitted by wire or radio wave for subsequent publication in newspapers or magazines. It is an investigation of the history of photography as much as a consideration of the portrayal of war.  

Also included in Recollected are works by Chris Dorosz, Ian Everard, Doug Hall, Hung Liu, Kija Lucas, Sean McFarland, Nigel Poor, Dina Rubiolo, Pamela Wilson Ryckman, Tina Takemoto, and Catherine Wagner.

September 23 – Novemeber 16, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, Septmeber 23, 1-3pm

Free Public Program: Thursday, October 19th, 2–4pm
Selected artists from the exhibition present their work, introduced by SFSU Art History Professor Dr. Gwen Allen

Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University
Fine Arts Building Room 238
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm, and by appointment.

Click HERE for more information on the exhibition.

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TRUNK: Tuscan Trees by Mark Steinmetz


Our latest Artsy exhibition features Mark Steinmetz’ Tuscan Trees.

“I’m not sure what to call the moment I experienced. The hills around me suddenly came alive with an extraordinary vividness and under the tall grasses I could feel the earth’s beating heart.” – Mark Steinmetz on photographing olive trees in Cortona, Italy.

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New Photobook: Peter Mitchell's VIKING 4 SPACE MISSION


The latest book of Peter Mitchell’s photography drags us across the galaxy, to take a new look at the patterns and rhythms of human existence.

Published in 2017 by RRB Publishing. Hardcover, 88 pages, with 64 color photographs made between 1974 and 1979. Includes detailed captions by the artist, an essay by Val Williams (in English/French), and various other ephemera (maps etc.). The prints were originally displayed in a 1979 show at the Impressions Gallery, and were shown again in 2016 at the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival.

Click HERE to read Collector Daily’s review.

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SF Art Book Fair 2017


This July, Wirtz Art participated in the second annual San Francisco Art Book Fair, a festival featuring artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. We featured an exhibition of photogprahs from Peter Mitchell’s Series, “Viking 4 Space Mission,” as well as books from Todd Hido, Larry Sultan, Mike Brodie, and Chris McCaw. With over 10,000 visitors, and more than 100 exhibitors, it was a hectic, but fun weekend.

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Marc Katano // New Work on Artsy



Our newest exhibition, Marc Katano: Outside Voice is up on Artsy! Through the use of large tarps, Katano redirects his meditative practice of painting by scaling his work beyond the human body.

At the Art Museum of Sonoma County, Marc Katano debuts his signature abstractions on 9×12 foot tarps, alongside works on handmade Nepalese paper.

Check out his latest work on our site, or in person. The physical exhibition is up at Museums of Sonoma County through April 30th.

Click HERE to view the exhibition on our Artsy site.

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Larry Sultan // Here and Home at SF MOMA



Larry Sultan: Here and Home explores the artist’s 35-year career through more than 200 photographs, a billboard created with conceptual artist and frequent collaborator Mike Mandel, a film, and Study Hall — a room offering a unique glimpse into Sultan’s exploratory process. Works on view include Sultan’s early collaborative projects of the 1970s, made with Mandel, as well as his later work including Pictures from Home (1983–92), The Valley (1997–2003), and Homeland (2006–09). (An exhibition of Mandel’s work, Mike Mandel: Good 70s, is on view on Floor 3, May 20–August 20, 2017.)

Click HERE to learn more on SF MOMA’s website.

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Chris McCaw at Haines Gallery // Tide and Times



In his latest exhibition, Time and Tides, Chris McCaw continues to use multiple lenses or exposures to explore the mark making process. He continues to document the passage of the sun, using a rotating, 1913 Cirkut camera to capture panoramic images that mark time. Another body of work focuses on tidal changes on the San Francisco Bay, which he shoots with an Ansel Adams-style view camera. He invites us to consider time and space.

The exhibition has been extended to run through May 20th at Haines Gallery (49 Geary Street, Fifth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108).

Click HERE to take a look at McCaw’s available works on our Artsy site.


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Photographer Peter Mitchell: from Leeds to Mars and back again


Photographer Peter Mitchell: from Leeds to Mars and back again

Since 1972, photographer Peter Mitchell has been photographing his home in Leeds as a Martian landscape. Liz Jobey at the Financial Times chronicles his newfound international recognition, the development of color photography in the UK, and US Viking Space Missions that inspired the now famous series .

Click HERE to read the article.


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Larry Sultan // Satellite Exhibitions Casemore Kirkeby



Casemore Kirkeby is hosting a series of satellite exhibitions and programs. Larry Sultan: Editorial Works (April 13-June 10) presents a selection of images taken from editorial and commercial assignments. Also on view are Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel’s Billboards. From 1973 to 1989, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel collaborated on open-ended, allusive designs for outdoor advertising billboards. Fake Newsroom, for which Mike Mandel and the Estate of Larry Sultan invited artists Jason Fulford, Jim Goldberg, and Dru Donovan to respond to Sultan and Mandel’s 1983 exhibition, Newsroom. They will be acting as editors of a working newsroom inside the gallery through April 29th. Click HERE to learn more.  http://casemorekirkeby.com/exhibition/fake-newsroom/

All three exhibitions are on view at Minnesota Street Project. Visit Casemore Kirkeby’s website, to learn more.

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Wirtz Art’s newest exhibition is up, and features the unpublished works of photographer, Margaret Bourke-White. When she was commissioned to photograph the testing of Irving Parachute Company’s new silk parachute in 1937, Bourke-White instead recorded an emblematic struggle between natural forces and human ingenuity, between our limitations and the devices we create to exceed them.

Click HERE to view the entire exhibition on our Artsy site.

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