(Private) Collections Collections 2017 - Private Collections

Collections 2017

Private Collections tours take place on April 5th, 2017. Following your tour, you are invited to a reception and silent auction at Simon Breitbard Fine Art in Jackson Square at 7-9:30pm. Art galleries across the Bay Area have generously donated works of art for the silent auction to benefit Enterprise for High School Students. To view the works for auction at the party, click here.

The Dauber and Levin Collection

Potrero Hill

“I like to find stuff that’s a kick in the teeth,” says Jeff Dauber of the avant-garde and contemporary art collection he and Marc Levin have built. Dauber and Levin hit that mark with challenging and confrontational pieces like Walter Robinson’s pink Mickey Mouse Pieta and Al Farrow’s artillery-walled Synagogue. Dominated by large-scale works, Dauber and Levin's collection includes sculpture, drawings, paintings, photographs and new media. In their largely representative and figurative collection are pieces by Travis Somerville, Hank Willis Thomas, Hung Liu, John Bankston, Enrique Chagoya, Carrie Mae Weems and many others. Dauber and Levin's “Deform” house, on which they collaborated with experimental architect Thom Faulders, features a private gallery dedicated to his rapidly growing collection.

The Joyner and Giuffrida Collection

Presidio Terrace

The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art was started in 1999 and originally focused on abstract work by postwar and contemporary African American artists. Comprised of hundreds of works spanning four generations of artists, the collection ranges from pieces dated 1945 to the present day. In recent years the collection’s focus has expanded to incorporate a more global perspective and incorporates artists from Africa and the global African diaspora including South African artists such as Zander Blom, Mikhael Subotzky, and Nicholas Hlobo; as well as artists based in Europe and the UK such as Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Isaac Julien, Robin Rhode, and Oscar Murillo. “This collection is very personal to me because I knew all these painters. When I look around my living room, I see ‘the guys.’” says Pamela Joyner.

The Kramlich Collection

Presidio Heights
Media Art

The Kramlich Collection is recognized internationally as one of the most significant and pioneering collections of media art in the world. With over 150 film, video, and media installation works from the mid-1960s to the present, the Collection offers a unique survey of the importance of the moving image and audiovisual media in contemporary art over the last fifty years. The Kramlich Collection includes major installations by artists such as Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney, Dara Birnbaum, Janet Cardiff, James Coleman, Stan Douglas, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, William Kentridge, Pierre Huyghe, Steve McQueen, Shirin Neshat, and Bill Viola. As their collection has grown, the Kramlichs have continued to refine their interest in media artworks that creatively engage with personal, social, and political experiences of contemporary life.

The Mill Collection

Mid 20th-Century Abstract

Francis Mill's art collection is housed in a 1937 historic landmark warehouse building. Known as the concrete art bunker, Francis's home is not just a safe haven to protect works of art and ideas but is a private sanctuary to experience, look and feel these works of art. The original space has been extensively modified to accommodate a unique collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography and artists' books. The collection's core is mid-20th Century abstraction with some provocative departures. Artists include Howard Hodgkin, David Hockney, Joan Mitchell, Conrad Marca-Relli, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Frank Lobdell, Manuel Neri, Louise Nevelson and Brian Wall. The collection continues to focus on the artistic innovations made in the Post-War era in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in New York and abroad. Artists who stood their ground and bucked the accepted trends of the time. The works are selected through the critical eye of Francis Mill, reflecting his identity as architect, artist, art dealer and collector. Experiencing this collection in its considered space will inspire the soul.

The Reilly Collection

California Contemporary

The Reilly art collection comprises one of the most extensive Bay Area abstract expressionist and figurative collections from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection at their Sea Cliff home overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge includes Joan Brown, James Kelly, Jay de Feo, Roy De Forest, James Budd Dixon, Wally Hedrick, Frank Lobdell, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveria, and Hassel Smith. A number of pieces from the collection have been featured in Susan Landauer’s book, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism.

The Sack Collection


The Sack house consists of a 1,700 sq. ft. cottage built on wooden sills in the 1860s; a flat-roofed 1,000 sq. ft. addition of 1959-60 designed by architects Campbell & Wong; and a garden built around a heated swimming pool in 1970 and designed by landscape architect Les Baronian. The garden also contains a gazebo/office built in the 1930s, modeled on the oldest wooden building in the world located in Horyuji, Japan. While as an art collector Paul Sack is best known for his extensive photograph collection (housed at his downtown office), he also has amassed a collection of daggers and African masks, and acquired contemporary paintings, video installations, and mixed media artwork, all of which are displayed in his home.

The Schreyer Collection

Conceptual and Modern

A visit to the Chara Schreyer collection is an inspiring experience in art without boundaries. There are over fifty works of art in this collection in the Four Seasons, a museum in miniature. Primarily black and white, this collection features conceptual and modern art in an array of mediums. Artists represented include Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, DeKooning, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Robert Melee, Lee Friedlander and Richard Prince.

The Unobskey Collection (Masterpiece)

Pacific Heights

The Unobskey’s have spent over 50 years collecting art. The highlights of the collection are seven paintings of which three are from various eras of David Park's life, as well as one major work by Helen Frankenthaler, two Chagall's and a number of Christopher Brown's works in various mediums. The sculpture is highlighted by the front door of the Unobskey home, in cast bronze and the panels by Robert Graham in the garden. The Japanese garden has a stream running through it flanked by two Japanese sculptures, a piece by Judith Shea and a Gerard Kelly Marble Foot, along with a piece titled stiff shirt by Peter Shelton. In the upper deck there is an onyx dog by Gwen Merrill and a George Rickey stainless steel sculpture. Other major pieces include Jean Arp, Alexander Archipenko, Jacques Lipchitz, George Segal, Joel Shapiro and two pre-Colombian pieces.