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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Surrealist Leonor Fini Exhibit Extended Until Dec. 5

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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Active from the 1930s until her death in 1996, Surrealist artist Leonor Fini is known for her brightly colored paintings of women. Currently showcased at the Weinstein Gallery, "Leonor Fini: Réalisme irréel" was recently extended through Dec. 5.

Although this is the fourth Fini exhibition the gallery has done, it’s different from their others in that it focuses not just on Fini’s art, but also on the “kind of person Fini was,” according to gallery director Kendy Genovese. In addition to selected works by Fini, Genovese said the exhibition will also feature “never before seen photos of Fini” to provide viewers with a bigger picture.

“We think it’s important to know when you’re looking at contemporary art where it came from,” Genovese said.

The gallery staff has spent more than 5 years curating the exhibition.

“It really does represent every era of [Fini’s] work,” said Rowland Weinstein, the owner of Weinstein Gallery.

The show is especially significant because during Surrealism's heyday, female artists weren’t particularly respected.

“I hate to segregate them as female Surrealists but they weren’t really allowed to participate fully in the art scene,” Weinstein said.

Since its inception in 1992, the Weinstein Gallery has been dedicated to featuring 20th-century art. This year, the gallery relocated from its previous Union Square home to a warehouse space in South of Market.

“We redesigned the space so it can be part of the artistic community of San Francisco,” Genovese said. “We created the space so we can do theater here, we can do performance art.”

This is the second exhibition the gallery has hosted in the new space since it opened in May 2015. Weinstein noted that “all the galleries in this area have been completely wiped out by the gigantic condo development that happened on [the same block as the gallery].”

“We want to provide a space for the arts community,” Genovese said. “The last thing we want to see is everyone get pushed out of San Francisco and even pushed out of Oakland.”

Leonor Fini: Réalisme irréal, through Dec. 5, at Weinstein Gallery, 444 Clementina, 415-362-8151.

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