Saint Joseph's Arts Society founded by Ken Fulk - MASTERPIECE
Contemporary Design in a San Francisco Landmark
Saint Joseph’s Arts Society and Foundation is a community dedicated to celebrating and supporting fine art, design, food, fashion, literature and performance. Housed in a 22,000-square-foot National Historic Landmark in the heart of San Francisco, Saint Joseph’s offers multi-disciplinary arts programming, performances and special events for subscribers, artists and the public. Launched in October 2018, the inaugural exhibition features work from Amsterdam-based duo, Jaap Sinke & Ferry van Tongeren who have dedicated themselves to the practice of fine art taxidermy. From swans, flamingos and snakes emerging from opaque baths to create "Unknown Poses," to the rich tableaus of their Dutch Masters series, to the life-size papier mache bears who serve as the "Angels Above Us," Sinke and van Tongeren have complemented the grandeur of this historic restoration. Saint Joseph's is also home to a site-specific installation from world-renowned artist and Prix de Rome winner Catherine Wagner. Perfectly placed under a fifty-foot dome at the heart of the church, Sala degli Imperatori, is a thirty-foot-high photograph of the Hall of Emperors at the Capitoline Museum in Rome. Carpenters Workshop Gallery, located on the mezzanine level, exhibits functional sculptures and collectible design by international rising and already established artists and designers.
The Agrawal Collection
This couple began collecting contemporary art over twenty years ago, and their collection now encompasses works by living artists from all over the world. Among the artists on display in their Sea Cliff home are Marilyn Minter, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Yoshitomo Nara, Hague Yang, Christian Marclay, Spencer Finch, Jitish Kallat, Simon Evans, Anne Collier, Tacita Dean, Pae White, and Wolfgang Tillmans, as well as Bay Area artists including Rosana Castrillo-Diaz, Trevor Paglen, and Jim Campbell, among others.
The Emerson Collection
Eclectic Mix of Contemporary Art and Antiques
Jenny Emerson and her husband Scott Swerdlin have compiled a collection which consists of over 100 works, with an eclectic mix of contemporary art and French and English antiques from the 18th and 19th century in their classically appointed Presidio Heights home. The art ranges from emerging artists from Africa, South & Central America, as well as internationally acclaimed artists from Europe and the US. The collection includes good examples of work from Ed Ruscha, Doug Aitken, Chris Ofili, Sol Lewitt, Rashid Johnson, Rineke Dijkstra, Richard Misrach, Zanele Muholi, Alicia McCarthy, Eduardo Terrazas, Dario Escobar, Zander Blom, Torbjorn Rodland and architectural drawings by Neutra and Lloyd Wright and architectural photos from Julius Schulman.
The Enterline/Walker Collection
Eclectic Collection of Art and Curious Objects
Sandra Enterline and David Walker met in 1982 while attending Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation they spent a year working in Providence, and then relocated to San Francisco. Their love for art and design started at RISD, including regular trips to New York City, during the prolific days of Soho when it was the epicenter of new art with galleries such as Leo Castelli and Mary Boone, and Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were being discovered for their prolific graffiti and street art. David and Sandy’s generation of artists and designers has defined their eclectic collections of art works and curious objects over the past 30 years. Their loft is a museum of a life spent together pursuing their mutual interests. The building was built in 1936 as a Fillmore neighborhood auto repair garage, and converted to artist lofts in the mid 1970’s. The collection of artists includes lithographs by Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Robert Indiana, Helmut Jahn, and Brice Marden, and original works by Italo Scanga, Brad Brown, Ruth Dicker, Joel Bass, and Ann Hamilton. Modernist furnishings by Jens Risom, Charles Eames, Alvar Alto, Ben Thompson / Design Research, Yngve Ekstrom, Hans Wegner, and a prayer chair, milking stool, chairs made of Napa wine barrels, and an African alter bench.
The Fraze/Loeb Collection
Contemporary Works on Paper
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, Alexander Calder, Paul Cezanne, Christo, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Henri Matisse, Frank Stella, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol and James Whistler. The paintings in the collection include works by Richard Baker, Ross Bleckner, Richmond Burton, Ian Davenport, David Dupuis, Aaron Parazette and John Zinser.
The Leffers/Buttgenbach Collection
"The MO for our collection is exploring the contemporary world in order to learn from our mistakes, past and present, and participate in building a better future,” says collector Sean Leffers. It includes emerging, established, and historic artists conversing on issues related to power structures such as religion and colonization (Adriana Martinez, Alexandre da Cunha, Carlos Motta, Loreto Carmona, Beatriz Cortez, Rafa Esparza, Jose Vera Matos); LGBTQ experience (Valentin Demarco, Wolfgang Tillmamans, Rockwell Kent, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, David Alekhuogie); and environmental issues and human relationships to the natural world and larger universe (Lia Holloran, Brigitte Waldach, Vibha Galhotra, Carolina Caycedo). Paintings by Arthur Okamura, Balcombe Green, Roasario Zorraquin, Gabrielle Bakker, Santiago Quesnel and textile works by Yann Gerstberger, Chiacchio and Gionnone, and Francisca Anninat are included and the contemporary art is shown alongside diverse ethnographic and decorative arts sub-collections. There are approximately 150 works on view in a newly completed house designed by architect John Maniscalco and decorator Sean Leffers.
The Meyer/Calas Collection
The Art of California
The Meyer/Calas collection came into being 35 years ago when Lorna Meyer began collecting the California Impressionism of the Society of Six including Selden Gile, William Clapp, Louis Siegriest, August F. Gay and other early California paintings. The collection evolved to include Bay Area Figurative painters such as David Park, Nathan Oliveira, Joan Brown, James Weeks and Paul Wonner. You will also see paintings by Wayne Thiebaud, Frank Lobdell, Christopher Brown, Raimonds Staprans, David Ligare, Terry St. John, and John DePalo. The collection also includes the sculpture of Stephen DeStaebler, Manuel Neri, and Wanxin Zhang. One of the recent acquisitions in the collection is a large oil painting by Hung Liu from her newest body of work based on the photography of Dorothea Lange and the Dust Bowl. The collection has also recently added work by innovative woman artists working in the San Francisco including, Davina Semo, Katherine Vetne, along with the collection’s first video work created by Deborah Oropallo and titled, Oval O.
The Schreyer Collection
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 Spaht Collection
Mid-Century through Contemporary
The Collection of Claire and Holden Spaht consists of mid-century through contemporary pieces with a focus on gestural mark making that celebrates the hand of the artist.
The collection includes works by well-known Bay Area artists, David Park, Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan Olivera, alongside Howard Hodgkin, Terry Winters and Helen Frankenthaler; all renown for the lush, tactile qualities of their art. Works by Richard Serra, Tony Smith and Edmund de Waal speak to the importance of process and surface. “We have a wide range of artists in our collection. They are united by strong formal properties and in many instances, a love of color and gesture. While some of the artist’s influences upon one another are obvious, others have fascinating, unexpected connections.”
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.