Sam Francis


1923   Born June 25th in San Mateo, California, USA.
1950   MA University of California, Berkeley, USA.
1946–50   Begins painting in San Francisco, USA.
1950–58   Lives and works in Paris, France with travels to Mexico, Japan, and Europe.
1959   Lives in New York City and works on the Chase Manhattan Bank mural.
1959–61   Lives in Bern, Switzerland.
1961   Moves to Santa Monica, California, which becomes his permanent home.
1968   Honorary PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
1969-71   Paints and installs the commissioned mural for the Nationalgalerie, West Berlin, Germany.
1970   Establishes the Litho shop in Santa Monica to print and publish his own lithographs.
1973-74   Lives primarily in Tokyo, Japan.
1975-77   Begins collaboration with Garner Tullis on monotypes.
1980   Becomes part of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA.
1983   Completes the San Francisco Airport Mural.
1984   Establishes Lapis Press to publish artists’ books.
1985   Completes mural for the San Francisco Museum of Art.
1993   Major donation of ten paintings to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, USA.
1994   Dies November 4th in Santa Monica, USA.

Selected exhibitions

1952–58   Galerie Nina Dausset, Paris, France.
Galerie du Dragon, Paris, France.
Galerie Rive Droite, Paris. France.
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, USA.
Gimpel Fils, London, England.
Kornfield and Klipstein, Bern, Switzerland.
1956   '12 Americans', Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
1959   Pasadena Art Museum, California, travelling to San Francisco Museum of Art and Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA.
1959–61   Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland, travelling to Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
1961–64   Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern, Switzerland.
Documenta III, Kassel, Germany.
1967   Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, major retrospective exhibition, travelling to University Art Museum, Berkeley and San Francisco Museum of Art, USA.
1968   Centre National d’Art Contemporian, Paris, France.
Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland.
1969–71   Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA.
1972   Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, retrospective exhibition that travels to Corcoran Gallery, Washington; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; Oakland Museum of Art, California, USA.
1974   Idemitsu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1975-77   Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, France.
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Kornfeld and Klipstein, Bern, Switzerland.
1979   Institute of Contemporary Art, retrospective exhibition of works on paper, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Manila, Korea, and Japan.
‘Art in Progress’, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
1980   ‘Monotypes’, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
1982   Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1983   André Emmerich Gallery, New York, USA.
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
Travelling survey of works on paper through the Art Museum Association of America.
1987-89   Knoedler Gallery, London, England.
André Emmerich Gallery, New York, USA.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, England.
1991   Forty year retrospective at Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland.
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA.
1993   Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, retrospective exhibition curated by Pontus Hulten, Bonn, Germany.
1995   ‘The Last Paintings of Sam Francis’, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA.

Sogetsu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
Galerie Delaive, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA.
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA.

1998   ACA Gallery, Munich, Germany.
1999-2001   'Sam Francis: Paintings 1947-1990', Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles curated by William C. Agee. Major retrospective exhibition travelling to the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Konsthall Malmö, Malmö, Sweden; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy.
2002-03   Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo, major Sam Francis exhibition from their collection that travels to six museums in Japan through 2003.
2003   'Sam Francis', Robert Sandelson, London, England.
2003-4   Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany.
Museum Jan van der Togt, Amstelveen, The Netherlands.
Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2005   Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, California, USA.
'Sam Francis', Robert Sandelson, London, England.