(Private) Collections Collections 2012 - Private Collections

Collections 2012

The Agrawal Collection

Global Contemporary

This couple began collecting Indian contemporary art in their twenties and the growing collection has since encompassed works by living artists from all over the world. Among the artists on display in their Sea Cliff home with sweeping Golden Gate views are Marilyn Minter, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Yoshitomo Nara, Jitish Kallat, Simon Evans, Anne Collier, Walead Beshty, Pae White, and Dave Muller. The collection also includes works by emergent Bay Area artists like Rosana Castrillo-Diaz, Conrad Ruiz, and Sean MacFarland.

The Kirshbaum Collection

Contemporary / Eclectic

Lynn Kirshbaum's eclectic collection in her Cow Hollow home includes contemporary work by Bay Area artists, outsider artists, African hats, and panoramic landscape snapshots. Lynn is actively involved in the local gallery scene, and over the years has been a member of the SFMOMA acquisitions committee. Her important collection of male nude photographs reflects her quirky, independent quest for beauty and answers from the opposite sex. Rich with obsessions, curiosities, glamour, design, fashion and fetish, the collection covers two centuries of men across several continents. Artists include Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Edward Weston, Harry Callahan, John Gutman, and Desiree Holman.

The Martin + Mari Collection


Bigger is not necessarily better...at least according to these two unique collectors. Please join Mari Iki and Martin Maguss for a tour of their small South of Market home. Driven by their joy of discovery and commitment to contemporary art, they continue to add to their collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography – all on a fairly modest budget! A visit to their home is characterized by anecdotes and encouragement for those interested in collecting, but who might be reluctant to start. Emerging or seasoned collectors alike will enjoy the opportunity to experience a very personal perspective on art collecting.

The Niles/Pereira Collection

Contemporary Women Artists

Lenore Pereira and Richard Niles collect contemporary works by women artists. “This practice reflects a strong feminist culture in our family, although the collection isn’t all political art,” say Niles and Pereira. “Rather we have collected art that reflects the broad practice among artists who happen to be female.” Their collection includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Sue Williams, Roni Horn, Tracy Emin and Jenny Holzer as well as local and emerging artists. The collectors recently completed a new home, designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects, to house their collection. A three-story building of steel, glass, and concrete with exposed structural elements, it features wonderful views of the city and is the perfect environment for the display of their artwork.

The Schneider Collection


Graham Schneider bought his first piece of art while in college, and began focused collecting during visits to New York in the early 80's to see a good friend who was, and still is, an art consultant. His collection contains figurative and abstract art dating from 1961 to the present. He describes his collection as more personal than thematic, and based often on his interest on the story behind the art, and not just how it presents itself. Approximately 60 works are on view in his minimalist home above the Castro, designed in 1940 by Anshen & Allen. The collection in all media includes work by: Nan Goldin, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lucas Samaras, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat Jeff Koons, Richard Tuttle, Tony Smith, Saint Clair Cemin, Fred Sandback, and Thomas Ruff, among others.

The Sproule/Rowen Collection

Photography, Works on Paper and Sculpture

Contemporary and mid to late 20th century photography comprises the core of Stuart Sproule and Daniel Rowen's art collection which has been amassed over the last 15 years. Major themes represented in the collection include landscape, figuration, and abstraction. Photographers include Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Adams, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ryan McGinley, Idris Khan, Richard Misrach, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and many others. Recently, the scope of this collection has expanded to include sculpture and works on paper by contemporary artists including Kara Walker, Christian Marclay, Glenn Ligon, Roxy Paine, Vija Celmins, Rachel Whiteread, and Tara Donovan. The collection is showcased amidst contemporary furnishings in a modern Cole Valley duplex that was remodelled in 2004 by architect John Lum and features sweeping views from Sutro Forest to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

The Wendler Collection

Jack Wendler is the founder of London's highly influential Jack Wendler Gallery (1971-74); co-founder of Art Monthly magazine; co-founder of G-W Press (Gillick-Wendler Press); and a trustee of Berkeley Art Museum. His collection of rare and important conceptual and minimal art from the 1960s is filled with the work of artists who were close friends, and with whom he worked professionally. See works by Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Robert Barry, Lawrence Weiner, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, and more.