Sam Francis /   Samuel Lewis Francis

United States 1923 - 1994

Abstract Expressionism

Sam Francis
Samuel Lewis Francis
United States
June 9, 2016
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Sam Francis was an American abstract painter who enjoyed exploring creative processes with an unstoppable driving force. He is known as one of the twentieth century’s most successful post-World War II abstract expressionists. He has created thousands of paintings as well as works on paper, prints, monotypes and even sculptures, which brought him a strong, long-lasting international reputation. His pieces can found in major museum collections and institutions worldwide. Francis is considered as one of the best interpreters of color and light and his work holds references not only to abstract expressionism but also to color field painting, French impressionism and Chinese and Japanese painting.

Sam Francis – Untitled, 1962 – image via

Personal Life and Education

Sam Francis was born in San Mateo in California in the early 20s. As a child, he was initially interested in music and his love for visual arts hasn’t developed until his later years. Generally speaking, Francis was a very curious young man interested not only in visual arts, but also in botany, medicine, and psychology. However, before obtaining his BA and MA degrees in natural sciences, Francis has served in the United States Air Force, but eventually he got injured during test flights. It wasn’t until the 1950s that Francis has graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. After the graduation, he has moved to Paris and quickly earned the reputation of the most promising American painter in Paris. This period was a transformative era of his career. He was exploring the painters of the great masters – for example, he immersed himself deeply in a study of Monet’s Water Lilies. In the next four decades, Francis has traveled lots and maintained a few studios – in Bern, Tokyo, Mexico City and his native California.

During his frequent travels, he was exposed to many styles, artistic techniques and cultural influences, which has speeded up his own development. Francis was known to possess a lyrical and gestural abilities which enabled him to capture, in a very personalized way, brilliance, energy and striking power of colors. His paintings underline his love of literature, music, and science and his emotions had a surprisingly wide range. His interest in the creative processes was synergistic – he aimed at addressing not only artistic issues, but also technology, psychology, science, and medicine through his projects. He was a pioneer investor when it comes to non-renewable energy sources and cures for AIDS. Around the end of his life, Francis was suffering from prostate cancer and he couldn’t neither paint nor do any editing with his right hand after an injury. However, using the last bits of energy, he has completed an amazing series of 150 small paintings before he died in Santa Monica. He was buried in Olema, in Marin County of California.

After the graduation, Francis has moved to Paris and quickly earned the reputation of the most promising American painter in the world

Sam Francis – Untitled, 1994 – image via

Francis’ Career and Contents of his Artworks

Initially, Francis was influenced by the works of abstract expressionists, such as Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still. However, his influences got changed later and he became associated with the second generation of abstract expressionists, whose main representatives were Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler. This second generation was notably interested in the expressive use of color.Between 1950 and 1958, Francis was spending his time between the south of France, Tokyo, Mexico City, Bern, and the United States and he picked up various artistic influences from these cities and countries. His development was mostly affected by his exposure to French modern painting and Zen Buddhism in Japan. His works from the 1950s went through an exciting transformation consisting of several stages. Everything began with monochromatic abstractions and it was followed by lively colored murals and paintings that feature large areas of negative space. After his 1953 painting Big Red was featured in the 1956 exhibition Twelve Artists at MOMA in New York, Francis started to gain an international recognition. He painted large murals for the Kunsthalle in Basel in 1956 and for the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1959. Following this success, in the early 60s, he created a few series of works, including his famous Blue Balls series. These paintings consisting of predominantly round forms and drips and even though the work is entirely abstract, it referenced the pain that artist suffered in 1961 due to his renal tuberculosis. Next stage in his career was Fresh Air series from the early 70s. These pieces were created by adding drips and splatters of color to wet paints applied with a roller. Until 1974, most of Francis’ paintings had a formal grid or matrix made up of crossing pieces of color. Some of these grid-works were really large, up to twenty feet long. This matrix structure has gradually disappeared from Francis’ work after the 1980s. In addition to dedication to canvas-based works, Francis was also known as a printmaker who made numerous etchings, lithographs, and monotypes. In 1984, he has founded The Lapis Press group, with the objective to make unusual texts in visually appealing formats. This means that the versatile artist was interested even in graphic design and typography.

Francis was influenced by the works and views of abstract expressionists

 contact canvas
Sam Francis – Chinese Opal, 1970 – image via

Three-Dimensional Artworks

Francis has also produced a number of sculptures and sculpture drawings. Many of these drawings were made in Japan and inspired by simple classical forms. They combine rings and cones, which rest on squares and rectangular forms or float on the paper, seemingly weightless. These sculpture drawings express a certain degree of dynamics, because of the way how Francis has arranged them on the white paper. In 1966, these works were exhibited in Tokyo at the Minami Gallery and a year later at the San Francisco Museum. The three-dimensional works that Francis started making in Japan actually stayed with him after the sixties as well. In 1979, Francis decided to finally cast some of his drawings, to convert them into three-dimensional works. the sculpture. The geometric forms of his sculptures seem very dynamic and connected to each other. The open spaces he often uses, inspired by the teachings of Zen Buddhism, create a clean energy which is emphasized by the chromed steel and its light-reflecting properties.

The three-dimensional works that Francis started making in Japan actually stayed with him after the sixties

Sam Francis contact canvas - Sculpture Drawing, 1979 (Left) / Untitled Sculpture, 1979 (Right) - Courtesy of Sam Francis Foundation
Sam Francis – Sculpture Drawing, 1979 (Left) / Untitled Sculpture, 1979 (Right) – Courtesy of Sam Francis Foundation

International Collections, Exhibitions, and Auctions

Because Francis has worked and exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, he is considered as one of the most prominent international post-war painters. His work was most often exhibited in Europe and Japan. In 1991, he was elected as an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design. During his lifetime, Francis’ work was featured in 113 solo exhibitions in various museums and galleries, with the additional 90 solo exhibits after 1994, when he died.His paintings can be seen in the most eminent international museum collections, such as Metropolitan Museum and MOMA in New York, Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Tokyo, and the Centre Pompidou. His work is continuously popular and deemed extremely valuable at auctions. For instance, in 2010 his Middle Blue was sold at auction for $6,354,500, which was a record for the artist. Later on, in 2013 his Symphony in Blue was sold at Sotheby’s for $1,145,000 and finally, in 2016, his Summer #1, was sold for $11,842,000, which has established a world record for the artist.

Middle Blue was sold at auction for $6,354,500, which was a world record

Sam Francis – Middle Blue, 1957 – image via

Foundation and Documentary Related to Sam Francis

Sam Francis Foundation was founded soon after the artist’s death in 1994. The mission of this foundation is to research, document and protect the creative legacy of the artist and also to promote his uniquely valuable works through many channels, such as education, online sources and social networks.The foundation has recently published, in collaboration with the University of California Press, a Catalogue Raisonne and Panel Paintings, a 1946 – 1994 catalog of Francis’ works, which consists of a printed book and 2 DVDs. The whole package also includes photos, writings, video and films about Francis’ work. Just like Francis believed that his life was a series of adventures and challenges, the Sam Francis Foundation wants to expand and promote his sense of wonder and his freedom to explore the world through the artistic instincts. In 2010, artist and filmmaker Jeffrey Perkins released the documentary called The Painter Sam Francis. This valuable documentary, filmed between the late 60s and the early 90s, brings together interviews with friends, family, and professional partners of Francis.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Perkins made the video documentary called The Painter Sam Francis

Sam Francis - Untitled, 1992 - image via
Sam Francis – Untitled, 1992 – image via

Message of a Modern Renaissance Man

The main elements and the very heart of Francis’ work have always been light and space. This is not an innovative element in the world of painting – what is unique in the oeuvre of Sam Francis is the way he translated the everlasting play of light and space not only into the regular painterly works but also into alternative three-dimensional pieces. Francis’ paintings are valued historically for their one of a kind aesthetic vision, but at the same time, his curious mind and spirit have won him an amazing legacy of a innovative renaissance man.

The artist is represented by Galerie Thalberg Zurich,, Puccio Fine Art, Rosenbaum Contemporary Bal Harbour, Rosenbaum Contemporary Boca Raton, Jane Kahan Gallery New York and Woodward Gallery New York.

Sam Francis lived and worked between the United States, France, and Japan.
Featured image: Sam Francis’ Portrait – Courtesy of Sam Francis Foundation

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Sam FrancisGalerie Iris Wazzau, Davos, SwitzerlandGroup
2016Sam FrancisMa Galerie, ParisGroup
2016Sam FrancisGallery Delaive, Art New YorkGroup
2016Sam FrancisNorton Simon Museum, PassadenaGroup
2016Sam Francis: A Survey of Graphic WorkBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2016Sam Francis: BlackGalerie Koch, HannoverSolo
2015Off Canvas: Drawing from Matisse to CelminsAcquavella Galleries, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2014Sam Francis: Works on Paper and Editions 1957-1994Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2014Sam Francis - Cuvres sur papier Galerie Fleury, ParisSolo
2014Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California CollectionsCrocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CASolo
2014ImpressionsBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2014White on White – Color, Scene, and SpaceHiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art,HiroshimaGroup
2014In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary PrintmakingJoslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NEGroup
2014Gallery ArtistsBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2014Maulberger 30 Jahre im Sog der KunstGalerie Maulberger, MunichGroup
2014Sam Francis + Niki de Saint PhalleGalerie Wild, ZurichGroup
2014Face à l oeuvreFondation Maeght, Saint-PaulGroup
2014Fondation Maeght. De Giacometti à Tàpies, 50 ans de collectionDomaine de Kerguéhennec - Centre d'Art Contemporain, BignanGroup
2014Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, Sam FrancisGalerie Thomas Modern, MunichGroup
2014Contemporary MastersZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2014Everybody is NobodyFundación Banco Santander, Boadilla del MonteGroup
2014Rot Von Farblichen Akzenten Zur Monochromie Galerie Koch, Hannover Group
2014Gravity’s EdgeHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DCGroup
2014Arte Fiera BolognaStudio Guastalla, MilanGroup
2014January Group ShowBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Sam Francis: Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism from California CollectionsPasadena Museum of California Art- PMCA, Pasadena, CASolo
2013Sam Francis - Perspectives AtmosphériquesMalingue, ParisSolo
2013Freedom of colorGalleria d Arte Maggiore, BolognaSolo
2013Sam Francis - Freedom Of ColorGalleria d Arte Maggiore, BolognaSolo
2013Modern Masters On View In Palm BeachMark Borghi Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Vielfalt Statt Einfalt. 20 Jahre ArtothekStädtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch GladbachGroup
2013Théâtre du mondeLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2013Almost Black and WhiteGalerie Jean Fournier, ParisGroup
2013Hackordnung # 5 FormfreiheitWilhelm Hack Museum, LudwigshafenGroup
2013Ways to AsiaHachmeister Galerie, MünsterGroup
2013Paper: Portfolios From The Polly And Mark Addison CollectionCU Art Museum,Boulder, COGroup
2013Resonant Minds: Abstraction And PerceptionPomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CAGroup
2013Chamberlain, FrancisVan Doren Waxter, New York City, NYGroup
2013Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern ArtThe Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Artists Of The Gallery Rotating ShowAnnandale Galleries, Annandale, NSWGroup
2013Abstraction Américaine – American AbstractionFondation Fernet Branca, Saint-LouisGroup
2013Visual Leitmotifs - Variations on ThemesRosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FLGroup
2013Summer SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2013Abstract Expressionism On PaperVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2013Neuerwerbungen FrÜhjahr 2013Galerie Ludorff, DusseldorfGroup
2013EcrireGalerie 53, ParisGroup
2013Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, LoversBechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NCGroup
2013The Parergon and The GutterDavid Risley Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2013The Horse that has Visions of ImmortalityGimpel Fils, LondonGroup
2013AcquisitionHakgojae - Sokyuk, SeoulGroup
2012Sam Francis - Works from the 1950's on paper and canvasGallery Delaive, AmsterdamSolo
2012Jim Dine and Sam FrancisAnnandale Galleries, Annandale, NSWGroup
2012Druckgrafik Internationaler MeisterGalerie Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2012First Choice - From Private Collections VGalerie Carzaniga, BaselGroup
2012Les Américains à Paris 1945-1970ARTEMPER, ParisGroup
2012Testing Testing 1.2.3 : SongEun CollectionSongEun ArtSpace, SeoulGroup
2012The Artist's Hand: American Works on Paper 1945-1975Museum of Art - Washington State University, Pullman, WAGroup
2012The Lure of ParisLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
201219. Triennale Grenchen: art limited – multiple artTriennale Grenchen, GrenchenGroup
2012Works on paperGalleria Torbandena, TriesteGroup
2012Pop-Classic - Originals and Graphic worksGalerie Wild, ZurichGroup
2012Aufbruch - Malerei und realer RaumMuseum im Kulturspeicher, WürzburgGroup
2012Abstract Expressionist Works on PaperFlint Institute of Arts, Flint, MIGroup
2012Masterworks of European and American Art for the 21st CenturyVered Gallery, East Hampton, NYGroup
2012The Art of Summer: Contemporary & Modern WorksJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012HybrideFondation Francès, SenlisGroup
2012Hornets' Nest: Abstract Expressionism on PaperDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IAGroup
2012Six Guys and GirlsRobert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CAGroup
2012Kind of BlueLarissa Goldston Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Dancing towards the EssenceKunsthaus Grenchen, GrenchenGroup
2012The Small SizeHubertus Melsheimer Kunsthandel, CologneGroup
2012Aufbruch. Malerei und realer RaumAdK - Akademie der Künste, BerlinGroup
2012Du Bon Usage De L'acide…Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QCGroup
2012Pacific Standard Time - Kunst in Los Angeles 1950–1980Martin-Gropius-Bau, BerlinGroup
2012Prints CollectionSun Gallery, Sun Art Center, SeoulGroup
2012Contemporary mastersOpera Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951–1969Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2012Aufbruch - Malerei und realer RaumMuseum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, KaiserslauternGroup
2012West Coast ArtistsZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2012After Abstract ExpressionismKrannert Art Museum, Champaign, ILGroup
2012Le MeridienL'Or du Temps, ParisGroup
2012A Legacy Of Friendship: Hans Bechtler's Birthday BookBechtler Museum of Modern Art,Charlotte, NCGroup
2012The Best of Proarta CollectionGalerie Proarta, ZurichGroup
2012Abstract Expressionisms: Paintings and Drawings from the CollectionBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM, PFA, Berkeley, CAGroup
2012Andy Warhol, Sam Francis & Larry RiversIKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012Discursive AbstractionBernard Jacobson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Paintings and Works on PaperTibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2011Sam Francis: Selected Paintings and Works on PaperElins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2011Sam Francis - Color is light on fireGalerie Thomas Modern, MunichSolo
2011Accrochage  Galerie Boisserée, CologneGroup
2011Experiments in Abstraction - Art in Southern California, 1945 to 1980San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2011The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art GalleryAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2011Highlights from the Ernestine and Bradley Wayne CollectionVan Doren Waxter, New York City, NYGroup
201130 Jahre Galerie WildGalerie Wild, ZurichGroup
2011Escape from the Vault: A Few Great Paintings and SculpturesHonolulu Museum of Art,Honolulu, HIGroup
2011Gesture and Abstraction: AbEx Gallery SelectionsHollis Taggart Galleries, New York City, NYGroup
2011Pacific Standard Editions: An East Coast Look At The West Coast Celebration Of Pacific Standard TimeGemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York City, NYGroup
2011Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern CaliforniaNorton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CAGroup
2011Farbe im Fluss - 20 Jahre WeserburgWeserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, BremenGroup
2011Prints - Contemporary Masters IZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2011Accrochage Galerie Boisserée, CologneGroup
2011End of Summer Deaccession SaleElins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011SommerausstellungGalerie Thomas Modern, MunichGroup
2011Summer Group ShowBroadbent Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Vor allem Farbe – Colour firstHachmeister Galerie, MünsterGroup
2011Blaine, Broderick, Francis, Freilicher, Jaffe, Matthiasdottir, RiversTibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Collectors’ Choice: Selections from the Jay and Jane Braus CollectionBerkshire Museum,Pittsfield, MAGroup
2011L.A. Style: Printmaking at Gemini G.E.L, 1966-1976Smith College Museum of Art,Northampton, MAGroup
2011OdysséeGalerie Maubert, ParisGroup
2011Master Works On PaperAnnandale Galleries, Annandale, NSWGroup
2011FrühjahrGalerie Ludorff, DusseldorfGroup
2011Ein Streifzug durch die Moderne Galerie Koch, HannoverGroup
2011Abstract Now and ThenBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM, PFA, Berkeley, CAGroup
2011Modern & Contemporary SelectionOsborne Samuel, LondonGroup
2011Bella PacificaNyehaus, New York City, NYGroup
2011Matrix to ImpressionMadelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NYGroup
2011Group Exhibition: Modern & ContemporaryJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Sam Francis - Prints 1975-1978Galerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
2010SAM FRANCIS - Werke von 1958-1992Galerie Koch, Hannover Solo
2010Sam Francis - Retrospective in BlueDanubiana, Meulensteen Art Museum, BratislavaSolo
2010Mixed mediaGallery B15, CopenhagenGroup
2010Highlights of ProartaGalerie Proarta, ZurichGroup
2010The EtchingLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Made in USA. Arte Americano de la Philipps CollectionFundación MAPFRE, MadridGroup
2010A Selection of rarely seen, privately owned, early Abstract Expressionist works.Crane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Masters of the GestureGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
2010Herbst (Winter)Galerie Ludorff, DusseldorfGroup
2010AbstractionsGalerie Pierre-Alain Challier, ParisGroup
2010Master Prints from the Gallery Collection Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumThe Dayton Art Institute,Dayton, OHGroup
2010Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher CollectionSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Monet et l AbstractionMusee Marmottan Monet, ParisGroup
2010Group Show Summer 2010Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Group Print ShowBroadbent Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Works from the Gallery CollectionCarl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2010Hacia la barriga de un pichónMuseo Tamayo, Mexico CityGroup
2010Colorscope: Abstract Painting 1960-1979Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2010Some (Old School) South Coast GuysRobert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2010Monet y la abstracciónMuseo Thyssen-Bornemisza, MadridGroup
2010COLOUR in ARTLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, HumlebækGroup
2010Modern and Contemporary ArtOsborne Samuel, LondonGroup
2010Big Paper WinterWoodward Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2009Sam Francis - Works on PaperBernard Jacobson Gallery, LondonSolo
2009Sam Francis: 1953 - 1959Mnuchin Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2009Sam Francis: Malerei und Grafik Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld Solo
2009The Only Way Out Is InIKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009A Look at Contemporary ArtArtsonje Museum, Gyeongju BomunGroup
2009MOCA´s First Thirty YearsMOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Important Works on PaperLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009DIVERSE PROPOSITIONSZane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2009a Hartung a Warhol. Presenze internazionali nella collezione Cozzani. Opere dalle raccolte del CAMeCCAMeC - Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La SpeziaGroup
2009Uma Aventura Moderna - Coleção de Arte RenaultMuseu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São PauloGroup
2009American Printmaking since 196Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, DubrovnikGroup
2009Summer Deaccession SaleElins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009SpezialangeboteGalerie Carzaniga, BaselGroup
2009California Calling: Works from Santa Barbara Collections, 1948 - 2008 (Part I)Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2009SummertimeGalerie Wild, ZurichGroup
2009Modern & Contemporary Works: A Revolving ExhibitionJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Bilderträume. Die Sammlung Ulla und Heiner PietzschNeue Nationalgalerie, BerlinGroup
2009Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumWestmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, PAGroup
2009FarbklängeGalerie Thomas, MunichGroup
2009Summer time colour timeArt Forum Ute Barth, ZurichGroup
2009Correnti InternazionaliGalleria La Fenice, SassariGroup
2009Einzelwerke, SammlerstÜckeGalerie Keim, StuttgartGroup
2009Da Hartung a WarholCAMeC - Centro de Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La SpeziaGroup
2009Antes bis ZimmerGalerie Voigt, NurembergGroup
2009Sam Francis und Christian Awe - Abstrakte WeltenBERLINARTPROJECTS, BerlinGroup
2009Selections from the Permanent CollectionPalm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CAGroup
2009Contemporary ArtDe Primi Fine Art, LuganoGroup
2009Collect With UsArmand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Estampes, Modernes Et ContemporainesGalerie Pierre-Alain Challier, ParisGroup
2009Happy Birthday - The First Anniversary of the GalleryGALLERY 1 - Black Cube Gallery, BarcelonaGroup
2009Neuerwerbungen FrühjahrGalerie Ludorff, DusseldorfGroup
2009Group ShowWaddington Custot Galleries, LondonGroup
2009AllesWilhelm Hack Museum, LudwigshafenGroup
2009Hot Spots - Rio de Janeiro, Milano - Torino, Los AngelesKunsthaus Zürich, ZurichGroup
2009Scapa Memories. Eine SammlungMuseum Tinguely, BaselGroup
2009The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYGroup
200920 ans de collection d art moderneGalerie Simon Blais, Montreal, QCGroup
2009Made in AmericaManny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Winter Group ShowEdward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008Ölbilder, Gouachen und Aquarlle 1950-1970Galerie Proarta, ZurichSolo
2008Sam Francis: Black + WhiteJack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Klein - Aber Fein IVGalerie Maulberger & Becker, DusseldorfGroup
2008Astratte FigurazioniGalleria Biasutti & Biasutti Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, TurinGroup
2008Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumFrost Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2008Wege der Moderne. Aus der Sammlung Eberhard W. KornfeldAlbertina, ViennaGroup
2008Galleria Grafica Collection No.16Galleria Grafica Tokyo, TokyoGroup
2008Sam Francis and Javier GomezMuseum Jan van der Togt, AmstelveenGroup
2008Javier Gomez & Sam FrancisMuseum Jan van der Togt, AmstelveenGroup
2008GraphikArt Forum Ute Barth, ZurichGroup
2008Time & Place: Los Angeles 1957-1968Moderna Museet, StockholmGroup
2008The 30th Anniversary – Part IWetterling Gallery, StockholmGroup
2008Autumn Group ShowEdward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2008From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art: Johns, Rauschenberg and the Aesthetic of IndifferenceSonomoa Valley Museum of Art, SonomaGroup
2008Pretty UglyGavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City, NYGroup
2008Amerikanische Kunst & Pop ArtGalerie Wild, ZurichGroup
2008Color as Field. American Painting 1950-1975Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2008PACIFIC LIGHT - A Survey of Californian Watercolour 1908-2008Nordiska Akvarellmuseet - The Nordic Watercolour Museum, SkarhamnGroup
2008Modern and Contemporary PrintsOsborne Samuel, LondonGroup
2008That 80's ShowLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Made in NYOpera Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Die Hände der KunstMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2008Form und nichtform in der graphikGalerie Maulberger, MunichGroup
2008Form Und Nichtform In Der GraphikGalerie Maulberger & Becker, DusseldorfGroup
2008Modern and Contemporary ArtOsborne Samuel, LondonGroup
2008Color as Field - American Painting, 1950–1975Smithsonian American Art Museum,Washington, DCGroup
2008Modern Prints - Klassische Moderne bis Pop ArtGalerie Proarta, ZurichGroup
2008ChoicesGalerie Willy Schoots, EindhovenGroup
2008Action PaintingFondation Beyeler, RiehenGroup
2008Leeahn CollectionLeeahn Gallery, DaeguGroup
2007Peter Wechsler und andereArt Forum Ute Barth, ZurichGroup
2007Arco 2008 PreviewEdward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007Arte Italiana. Arte InternazionaleGalleria Bonioni Arte, Reggio EmiliaGroup
2007ChartaeGalleria Tega, MilanGroup
2007American MasterpiecesMichael Schultz Gallery, SeoulGroup
2007NataleconarteGalleria Conarte, SavonaGroup
2007Color as Field - American Painting, 1950–1975Denver Art Museum, Denver, COGroup
2007Gallery Selection- Winter Group ShowEdward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2007Art Market NowThe Columns, SeoulGroup
2007Contemporary, Cool and CollectedMint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NCGroup
2007Galleria Grfica Collection No.15Galleria Grafica Tokyo, TokyoGroup
200720th-Century TreasuresNaples Museum of Art, Naples, FLGroup
2007Picasso La CalifornieHelly Nahmad Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Calculation and Impulse: Abstract American PrintsJane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJGroup
2007Im(press)ionsEdward Cella Art+Architecture, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Prime Time - Idols and IconsVonderbank Artgalleries , BerlinGroup
2007Grand Gestures: The Gordon F. Hampton CollectionUAM - University Art Museum, Long Beach, CAGroup
2007Poetry in MotionGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2007Nineteen Going on Twenty: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection of the Contemporary MuseumHonolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HIGroup
2007When Art Worlds Collide - The 60Woodward Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2007Collectors 1 - Collezione La GaiaCesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee,CaraglioGroup
2007Modern(ist) Love - The Dorothy Lincoln-Smith and Harvey K. Smith CollectionScottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art - SMoCA, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2007Shining Spirit: Westheimer Family CollectionOklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OKGroup
2007The Pontus Hultén CollectionHenie Onstad Art Centre, HøvikoddenGroup
2007Salon d'AntibesGalerie Sandrine Mons, NiceGroup
2007TemptationsThe Columns, SeoulGroup
2007Passion for Art - 35 Jahre Essl MuseumEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2007American Master PrintsAlan Cristea Gallery, LondonGroup
2007Pontus Hultén - Künstler einer SammlungHLMD - Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt,DarmstadtGroup
2007Olga Hirshhorn Collects: Selections from the Permanent CollectionThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
2007Group ShowLoretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006Sam Francis: Lithographies et aquatintes 1960-1989Galerie Jean Fournier, ParisSolo
2006Sam Francis und BernKunstmuseum Bern, BernSolo
2006Sam Francis - Graphik der Jahre 1960-1990Galerie Kornfeld und Cie., BernSolo
2006Unique Works and Important Prints 1957-1989 Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005SamFrancis Works On PaperRosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FLSolo
2005Sam Francis - The unknown works from the 1990Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam Solo
2005Paintings, Works on Paper and Important Prints 1957-1989Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2004Remembering Sam Francis 1923 - 1994 Gallery Delaive, Amsterdam Solo
2004Material Collagen - Sam FrancisGalerie Thomas, MunichSolo
2004Sam Francis - Frühe BilderBaukunst Galerie, CologneSolo
2003Sam Francis - Prototypes  Gallery Delaive, AmsterdamSolo
2003Sam Francis from the Idemitsu CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), TokyoSolo
2003Sam Francis - Works on Paper from the 1950sVan Doren Waxter, New York City, NYSolo
2003Sam Francis - L œuvre graveMusee d art et d histoire, FribourgSolo
2002SAM FRANCIS in Köln  Galerie Boisserée, CologneSolo
2002Sam Francis from the Idemitsu CollectionKawamura Memorial Museum of Art, ChibaSolo
2002Colour is Fire (Sam Francis: Original Artworks from 1964 - 1990)Rudolf Budja Galerie, Artmosphere Wien, ViennaSolo
2001Sam Francis - Works on paper - 1955-1990  Galerie Pudelko, BonnSolo
2001Sam Francis - Retrospektive 1949-1994Galerie Proarta, ZurichSolo
2001Sam Francis - A new Selection from the 1950s and 1960sAmerican Contemporary Art Gallery, MunichSolo
2001Sam Francis - Bilder der 60er JahreBaukunst Galerie, CologneSolo
2000Aquatints and Works on PaperLeslie Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2000Sam Francis - Paintings & Works on Paper from the Early 60s Van Doren Waxter, New York City, NYSolo
2000Sam Francis - The EdgeRichard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
2000Sam Francis - The EdgeRichard Gray Gallery - New York, New York City, NYSolo
2000Sam Francis. Pinturas 1947-1990Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridSolo
2000Sam Francis - Prints and DrawingsJim Kempner Fine Art, New York City, NYSolo