The Carlevaro Collection
Dan and Claire Carlevaro are passionate about living with art. Their three story Russian Hill home reflects their passion – there is art EVERYWHERE. The walls are covered, art is even on the ceiling, in the closets and bathrooms. On the list of artists included in their collection are 182 names from the famous (Milton Avery, William Kentridge, Christian Boltanski and Jeff Koons) to the unknown and little known. Actually the Carlevaros have more than one collection. There are the Bay Area luminaries (Nathan Oliveira, Mark Di Suvero, Alan Rath, Jay DeFeo), another group of mid-century American artists (Charles Green Shaw, Stuart Davis, Charles Howard) and Claire’s displayed collection of artist made jewelry. There are also deep collections of works by Agelio Batle, Alice Rhodes and Ruth Wall.
The Fraze/Loeb Collection
The collection of David Fraze and Gary Loeb consists primarily of contemporary art. Located in a Pacific Heights home originally built by James Irvine II, the collection is predominately works on paper, but also includes painting as well as some photography and sculpture. Among the artists represented in the print collection are John Baldessari, Christo, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol. The paintings in the collection include works by Richard Baker, Ross Bleckner, Richmond Burton, Ian Davenport, David Dupuis, Aaron Parazette and John Zinser.
The Harbin/Clammer Collection
The art collection of Adam and Kate Clammer centers around contemporary painters, but reaches beyond the medium of painting. Their classic home in Pacific Heights houses a collection that balances work by established artists such as Giuseppe Penone, Mamma Andersson, and Donald Moffett with a younger generation of artists including Tauba Auerbach, Paul Sietsema, Mark Grotjahn and Wayne Gonzales. Though many of the artists they collect identify primarily as painters, the sculptures and works on paper they make bolster their central practice as painters. Even when they collect across mediums, the Clammers gravitate towards works with a painterly verve. This can be seen most clearly in their choice of photographers such as Vik Muniz, Idris Khan, and Christian Marclay, who use the camera as a tool to capture a vibrant studio practice. The camera’s ability to illustrate performance and gesture are hallmarks of these photographer’s process, making them a great fit in this collection’s cohesive and comprehensive study of painting.
The Hatch/Discoe Collection
Native San Franciscans Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe recently moved to a converted garage on Russian Hill designed by Prillinger and Ogrydziak architects. Occupying two units each with distinct art and sensibilities. The art is a synthesis of inherited pieces, gifts from artists and highly unrelated contemporary works. The common thread is unusual use of materials, personal and not a collection. The environments are marvelous, and highly unique hybrid of style and whimsy. Works by Leslie Shows, Terry Fox, David Ireland, Kim Simmsson, Yoko Ono, Willie Cole and Michael De Lucca, and Picasso.
The Niles 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 Silverman/Thornton Collection
The collection of Jessica Silverman and Sarah Thornton consists mainly of emergent artists with strong concept-driven practices. Acquired while she was writing Seven Days in the Art World and 33 Artists in 3 Acts, Thornton’s personal collection is principally photographic, with a focus on textual pieces and artist self-portraits. Silverman’s collection relates to her gallery’s roster, but is not exclusive to it. Exploring the strengths of abstraction and figuration, many of the paintings and sculptures on view speak to debates about analogue and digital culture. Artists include: John Baldessari, Luke Butler, Tammy Rae Carland, Talia Chetrit, Shannon Finley, Julian Hoeber, Idris Khan, Edward Kienholz, Josh Kline, Dashiell Manley, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Lorna Simpson, Margo Wolowiec and Francesca Woodman.
The Wolfe/Brown Collection
The contemporary photography collection of Kirsten Wolfe and Andrew Brown is juxtaposed against their classically designed Ernest Coxhead home. Over the past 25 years, the Wolfe-Browns have assembled a diverse grouping of photographs with emphases on large format color work, emerging artists, and uncommon photographic techniques. Artists represented include Richard Misrach, Richard Learoyd, Graciela Iturbide, Adam Fuss, Todd Hido, Alejandro Cartagena, Henry Wessel, Catherine Wagner, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the Starn Twins, Michael Light, among others.