San Francisco City of Art

San Francisco

About San Francisco

What’s On 2019.

Innovative. Pioneering. Avant-garde. San Francisco is all of these, and so is its art scene. Synonymous with counterculture movements, the Golden Gates city continues to rebel with its art activism and leftfield exhibitions. It’s safe to say they’re sticking to their roots. 

If it’s modern art you’re after, venues such as the John Berggruen Gallery will certainly deliver with American and European works from the 20th century. Maybe modern art’s not modern enough for you. Then check out ArtHaus to discover contemporary artists practicing a wide variety of mediums. If you haven't already, as Timothy Leary infamously stated, it's time to 'turn on, tune in.'

San Francisco

San Francisco is iconic for many reasons. It’s not just the fog that makes you feel like you’re on cloud nine. For a city with a knack for disruption, it’s no surprise that every structure seems to be an expression of art. Even the houses – Victorian by construction, contemporary by design – are renowned for being coated in vibrant colours and intricate designs. 

Contrast this with the hippy chic Haight-Ashbury – the home of the revolutionary summer of love in ’67 – and then again with the effervescent Mission District, and you’ll see that San Francisco is a melting pot of eclectic cultural vibes. And just like its people, the art scene is also stubbornly progressive – as stubborn as the year-round fog.

But nothing symbolises the Bay Area quite like the iconic Golden Gate bridge. The Bridge’s strong art deco styling, illuminated by its bright International Orange paint, epitomises the city itself. As well as the sight of the Bridge, the panoramic views from crossing it are also spectacular: the structure of splendour paradoxically overlooking the construction of incarceration, Alcatraz Island. San Francisco is full of fantastic inconsistencies.
So let the City challenge you. Let Allen Ginsberg's words guide you: 'Follow your inner moonlight, and don't hide your madness'.

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