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6/25/1923born in San Mateo, California (USA)
1941-1943studied medicine at The University of California at Berkeley
1947studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute, first abstract pictures, influenced by the works of Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Jackson Pollock
1948-1950University of California at Berkeley
1950-1958lived and worked in Paris, with travels to Mexico, Japan and Europe
1957Stay in Japan, his works seem to be influenced by Oriental art
from 1961settled in Santa Monica California, Francis traveled widely exhibiting frequently in Europe and particularly in Japan where he achieved immense celebrity
1968Receives an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley
1970Established The Litho Shop to print his own lithographs
1973-1974Lived and painted primarily in Tokyo
1984Established Lapis Press to publish artists’ books
1986Received commission to paint mural for ceiling of the Opera National, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels.
1991Commission for new German Parliament Building, Bonn
11/4/1994died Santa Barbara, California< br />He was noted for his lyrical, colorful abstract works, was one of the first American artists to experiment with "empty-center" painting.
Solo exhibitions (selection)
1952Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris
Galerie du Dragon, Paris
1955Galerie Rive Droite, Paris
1956Galerie Rive Droite, Paris, France
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
1957Gimpel Fils, Ltd, London, England
1959Pasadena Art Museum, California, the exhibition travelled to San Francisco Museum of Art, California and Seattle Art Museum, Washington
1962Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
1966Sky painting performance in Japan over Tokyo Bay
1967Ski painting performance in Naibara, Japan
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Retrospective at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas which later traveled to University Art Museum, Berkeley, California and San Francisco Museum of Art
1968Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris
Kunsthalle, Basel
Minami Gallery, Tokyo
1970Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles
1972Retrospective at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, which traveled to Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, and Oakland Museum of Art, California
Stanford University Museum of Art, California
1974Idemitsu Art Museum, Tokyo
Minami Gallery, Tokyo
1978Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
1979Retrospective exhibition of works on paper at Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, which travels to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Manila, Korea, and Japan under the U.S. International Communication Agency
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, "Art in Progress"
1984André Emmerich Gallery; Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara
Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York
Cantor/Lemberg Gallery, Michigan and Robert Elkon Gallery, New York
Thomas Babeor Gallery
La Jolla, California
Knoedler Gallery, London
Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Steven Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
1988André Emmerich Gallery, New York
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
Smith-Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto
Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri and Galerie de Seoul, Korea, the Exhibition travelled throughout Japan
1991Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, "Forty year retrospective”
Retrospective museum exhibition at the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany, curated by Pontus Hulten
1995The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Last Paintings of Sam Francis"(a group of 152 small paintings, made June through August, 1994, at the Santa Monica house studio)
1996Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, "Remembering Sam"
Sogetsu Art Museum, Tokyo
Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
1998Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, ”paintings and works on paper 1949-1994”
Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, "Monotypes"
Thomas Segal Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, "Monotypes"
ACA Gallery, Munich, Germany
Gallery Guy Pieters, Knokke, Belgium
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, "Sam Francis: The Edge and Fresh Air Pieces”
Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, "Sam Francis: 1923-1994 Memorial Exhibition”
1999galerie pro arte, Freiburg, "Mit unseren Künstlern in das nächste Jahrtausend"
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, "Color & Field”
Galerie Gabriele von Loeper, Hamburg, "Sam Francis - Letzte Werke - Letzte Bilder und Papierarbeiten"
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, "Sam Francis”
galerie pro arte, Freiburg, "Sam Francis - Lithographien und Unikate"
Baukunst - Galerie, Cologne, "The Spirit of Blue”
2000American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, "American Abstract Expressionism”
Galerie Döbele GmbH - Dresden, Dresden, "Sam Francis - Lithographien / Mark Tobey - Originalwerke und Radierungen"
Galerie & Edition Bode GmbH, Nuremberg, "Made in USA - Originalgraphik"
Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussells, Accrochage
Galerie Stühler, Berlin, "Malerei - Arbeiten auf Papier – Skulptur"
Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, "Sam Francis"
2001Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, "Sam Francis - Works on paper - 1955-1990”
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, "Sam Francis - A new Selection from the 1950s and 1960s”
Galerie Burkhard Eikelmenn Essen, Essen, "Pop Art & Co - Uniques, Graphics and Multiples”
Galerie Stühler, Berlin, "Malerei - Arbeiten auf Papier - Skulptur"
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, "Geometric Forms in Abstraction"
Baukunst - Galerie, Cologne, "Sam Francis - Bilder der 60er Jahre"
2002Galerie Boisserée, Cologne, "SAM FRANCIS in Köln”
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, "Meisterwerke der Graphischen Sammlung"
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, "American Abstraction”
Galerie Meißner, Hamburg, "AMERICAN SCENE"
Galerie Thomas, Munich, "Sam Francis”
Scolar Fine Art, London, "The Print Collection - Modern and Contemporary Prints”
Galerie Thomas, Munich, "Nur Farbe"
2003UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, "The Eunice and Hal David Collection of 19th and 20th Century Works on Paper”
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn, "Künstlerphotographien - Berühmte Photographen portraitieren berühmte Künstler"
Galerie Art 204, Duesseldorf, "Ausgewählte Originale und Original-Grafik"
Galerie Boisserée, Cologne "Accrochage"
Fischerplatz-Galerie, Ulm "Leckerbissen"
2004Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, "Sam Francis – Prototypes”
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich, "Sam Francis”
Galerie Thomas, Munich, "Material Collagen - Sam Francis”
Group exhibitions (selection)
1956Museum of Modern Art, New York, "12 Americans"
1964Documenta III, Kassel, Germany
1977Louisiana Museum of Art at Humlebaek, Denmark, the exhibition later travelled to Centre Pompidou, Paris and Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, "Art in Progress"
1997Associated American Artists, New York, "Francis,Jenkins,Mathieu"
1998Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos "Drei Amerikaner"
Collections (selection)
Galerie Weihergut, Salzburg
Galerie Weihergut Altstadtgalerie, Salzburg
Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris
Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin
Galerie Pudelko, Bonn
Baukunst - Galerie, Cologne
Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
Galerie Döbele GmbH - Dresden, Dresden
Galerie Art 204, Duesseldorf
Galerie Ludorff, Duesseldorf
Galerie Wild, Frankfurt/Main
Galerie Gabriele von Loeper, Hamburg
American Contemporary Art Gallery, Munich
Galerie Terminus, Munich
Galerie Thomas, Munich
Kunstkabinett, Regensburg
Fischerplatz-Galerie, Ulm
Galleria Blu, Milano
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
Galerie Beyeler, Basel
Galerie Iris Wazzau, Davos
Art Forum Ute Barth, Zurich
Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich
Berkeley Square Gallery, London
Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Helly Nahmad Gallery, London
Waddington Galleries, London
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago
Jonathan Novak Contemporay Art, Los Angeles
Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York
Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York
Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York
Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York
Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
Foundation Beyeler, Basel
Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Publications (selection)
Publications about the artist and his work
Herskovic, Marika: American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s: An Illustrated Survey 2003
Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Ed) :The Artists Bluebook: (AskART) 32,000 North American Artists 2003
Sherman, Charlotte (Essay): With an Eye and a Passion: Selections from The Marion Collection 2002
McClelland, Gordon; Jay Last: California Watercolors 1850-1970, An Illustrated History & Biographical Dictionary 2002
Shea, Patricia: Picasso to Pop: The Richard Wesiman Collection 2001
Davenport, Ray: Davenport's Art Reference 2000
Skold, Stacey (compiler): Art Enterprises: Selections from the Collection 1999
Passantino, Erika D: The Eye of Duncan Phillips, A Collection in the Making
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