The Rappaport Collection (Masterpiece Tour)
Deborah and Andy Rappaport's collection focuses on art that speaks to the issues of our world and our time. The collection has works in many media, including a significant collection of time-based works. Among the many artists represented are Michal Rovner, Nina Katchadorian, Sandow Birk, Christian Jankowski, Stephen De Staebler, and Chris Doyle. The Rappaports are the founders and owners of SF's new Minnesota Street Project. Located in San Francisco's historic Dogpatch district, Minnesota Street Project offers economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists and related nonprofits.
The Frankel Collection
Diane and Chuck Frankel began collecting African traditional art in the 1970’s, even before their family lived in Africa in 1973-1975. Their primary focus was on masks, collected in Africa, Europe and the US. Around 2000, they became aware of the many contemporary artists practicing in Africa and transitioned to collecting their work. The Frankels’ collection today, both traditional and contemporary, includes work in all media and from many countries. Contemporary work by Leila Asadi, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Samuel Fosso, Aidah Muluneh, Ablade Glover, and Julie Mehtetu make up a part of the collection.
The Guggenhime Collection
Rich and Judy Guggenhime had an American contemporary print collection with prints by Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Frank Stella, James Rosenquist, Richard Diebenkorn, Ed Baynard and Robert Motherwell and small sculptures by Nathan Olivera and Lichtenstein. As a result of three trips to Cuba, they have replaced most of their American collection with works by Cuban artists Rene Francisco (twice named Cuban artist of the year), Esterio Segura, Kelvin Lopez Nieto, Kadir Lopez Nieto, Fuster, Esteban Leyva and Copperi. The Cuban collection consists of drawings, oil paintings and sculptures. Notable highlights include a Cuban painting by Nelson Dominguez and "If a Tree" by Lester Campa.
The Hills Collection
Sara and Austin Hills’ eclectic collection has something for everyone. Pieces from Asia, Europe, and the Americas are represented, ranging from Neolithic Chinese to Greek and Roman to contemporary art. Their collection includes photographs by Ansel Adams, Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Bravo, and Edward Curtis, as well as drawings by Diego Rivera, Elmer Bischoff, and Fantin Latour. Their etching collection spans from Durer to Picasso and they own lithographs by Bacon, Motherwell, Warhol, Christo, and Ruscha. Rounding out the works on paper category are watercolors on vellum by the renowned botanical illustrator Pierre Joseph Redoute. Also in their collection is a beautiful Olmec jade frog (1100-500 BCE), a couple of 12th-century Indian stone sculptures, an early 17th-century Chinese wooden lion, early gilt Nepalese wall panel, and a contemporary bamboo work by Honda Syoryu.
The Mill Collection
A Site Specific Installation of Art and Architecture
Francis Mill's home is a unique intersection of art and architecture. Mill's home is comprised of two lofts (one he calls his cave and the other is his penthouse) in a 1937 historic landmark warehouse building. As an artist himself, his collection reveals the process of his own personal journey through the Post-War era and Bay Area figurative painters, to outsider artists and Asian American painters, and then through his own artworks that have their origins in his father's watercolors and calligraphy.
Artists represented include David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Manuel Neri, Frank Lobdell, Jules Olitski, Conrad Marca-Relli, Louise Nevelson, Ray Johnson, Brian Wall, Howard Hodgkin, Joan Mitchell, Masatoyo Kishi, Kenzo Okada, Raimonds Staprans, Robert Schwartz, David Beck, Albert Zahn, and works by his father, Y. G. Mill. Never one to follow conventions and to look through a single lens for too long, Mill proposes a unique and sensitive way to consider an environment and our place in it.
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 Sack Collection
Located in his downtown office, Paul Sack’s extensive photography collection of more than 2,800 images seeks to cover the history of photography from 1870 to the present. Virtually every major photographer is represented, including William Henry Fox Talbot, Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, Alfred Steiglitz, Diane Arbus, Eugene Atget, Dorothea Lange, Eugene Smith and Thomas Struth.