Brian Gross Fine Art was established in 1990 in the Union Square area of San Francisco. In 1995, the gallery moved to 49 Geary, where it remained for 18 years before moving to 248 Utah Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. The gallery maintains an active exhibition program, mounting 6–8 exhibitions per year. BGFA’s record has been distinguished by its thoughtfully curated installations, the quality and strength of the art it has presented, and the validation of numerous critical reviews. Over years, it has won the respect of the international community of artists, collectors, curators and colleagues.
Prior to BGFA, Brian Gross was a partner in Fuller Gross Gallery, 1986-90, a premier San Francisco showcase for contemporary art. Bay area legends Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and Robert Hudson were an integral part of that program, and BGFA continues to represent those artists and estates. Los Angeles artists Peter Alexander, Tony Berlant and Ed Moses are all featured artists of Brian Gross Fine Art.
Exhibited artists during BGFA’s history have included Karl Benjamin, Marco Casentini, Freddy Chandra, Donald Feasel, Linda Fleming, Adam Fowler, Keira Kotler, Pard Morrison, Sono Osato, Ruth Pastine, Robert Sagerman, Stephen Sollins, and Rex Yuasa, among others. Notable exhibitions have included Sam Francis: Works on Paper from the Sixties in 2001, Richard Pousette-Dart in 2003, two landmark Robert Arneson exhibitions, From the 60s in 2008 and Guardians of the Secret II in 2016 and Leo Valledor: Color Space in 2016.
Brian Gross graduated from Oberlin College in 1975. He interned at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, in the Department of Drawings, and was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow in Museum Studies and Art History, Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Following graduation, Brian Gross worked as Assistant Director of Education at the Akron Art Museum and became a Curator Fellow at Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Brian Gross Fine Art is a member of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association. Brian Gross is a Board member of ArtCare, Friends of the San Francisco Art Commission.
In 2013, Brian Gross became one of the pioneers creating a new visual arts district in San Francisco. The landmark space at 248 Utah Street is a spacious, re-purposed venue in the vibrant Potrero Hill / Design District neighborhood. BGFA took a former 1930’s door factory and transformed it into an elegant, minimalist space for its exhibitions. The bold relocation of BGFA has added to the emerging cultural character of the Mission/Potrero/Dogpatch area, and the gallery has become a San Francisco art destination.