Private Collection tours begin at 5:30 pm with the exception of the McEvoy Collection which begins at 3:30pm. Following your tour, you are invited to a reception at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
This couple began collecting Indian contemporary art in their twenties and their growing collection now encompasses 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, Simon Evans, Mark Bradford, Walead Beshty, Pae White, Subodh Gupta and Dave Muller. The collection also includes works by emergent Bay Area artists like Rosana Castrillo-Diaz, Conrad Ruiz, and Kota Ezawa.
“I like to find stuff that’s a kick in the teeth,” says Jeff Dauber of his avant-garde and contemporary art collection. He hits 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’s collection includes sculpture, drawings, paintings, photographs and new media. In his largely representative and figurative collection are pieces by Travis Somerville, Hank Willis Thomas, Hung Liu, John Bankston, Enrique Chagoya, Lincoln Schatz and many others. Dauber’s “Deform” house, on which he collaborated with experimental architect Thom Faulders, features a private gallery dedicated to his rapidly growing collection.
The Collection of Pamela Joyner and Fred Giuffrida consists mainly of Post WWII African American artists with a focus on abstraction. A group of African American artists called “Spiral” was formed in 1961 and met once a week in SOHO to discuss being African American and an artist in that time. The founders began their careers in the 20’s and 30’s, many in the 6th Arrondissement in Paris among artists such as Picasso as well as the writers and jazz musicians of that time. This collection includes pieces from 13 of the 15 Spiral artists, including the largest collection of local artist Richard Mayhew, whom Mr. Giuffrida commissioned a piece for Pamela as a gift. In addition to Spiral painters, the collection includes several Color Field painters heavily influenced by the Spiral group - Sam Gilliam, Frank Bowling, Jack Whitman, Al Loving, and Ed Clark. “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.
Mr. Luckow's collection is curated in two locations in an historic, 1920's downtown building - a lush French salon residence upstairs and an inviting, storefront office gallery on the ground floor. Either place, you'll feel the urge to settle in, sip champagne or a highball, and enjoy convivial time with friends. The art in the residence is set against lush walls and fabrics, the interior design palette showcasing an eclectic collection of abstract and contemporary realist paintings, modern and vintage photography, and glass, drawings, and mixed media work. Downstairs in the office gallery, photography and etchings dominate the comfy library setting. Both spaces reflect the collector's passion for discovering artists and living with art that "changes the conversation when people gather." Androgyny, sexuality, and human life are prominent themes throughout the collection. You'll see works by mostly Bay Area and New York artists including painters Robert Barra, Karl Baumann, Jacob Collins, Adam Forfang, Jason Gaillard, Christopher Jernberg, Randall Lake, Francis Mill, Lynne Margulies, Clark Mitchell, Carolyn Myer, Charles Thomas O'Neil, Gage Opdengrouw, Jacob Pfeiffer, Daniel Phill, John Poon, Jamie Rogers, Randall Sexton, Louis Tedesco, and Bruno Zupan; photographers Steven Arnold, Herb Ascherman, Marsha Burns, Rick Chapman, Mariana Cook, Judy Dater, Dean Dempsey, James Dewhirst, Harvey Ferdschneider, Chris Fulton, Herb Green, David Halliday, Helen Levitt, Annie Liebowitz, Scott Louis, George Platt Lynes, Carlos Motta, Scott Polach, August Sander, Howard Schatz, Stephen Shames, and Jock Sturges; and mixed media, etchings, and drawings by Michele Biehler, Peter Cox, Kim Frohsin, Peter Max Lawrence, Hugh Shurley, Robert Schwartz, Margo Weinstein, and Charles Wells.
Nion McEvoy's collection strives for impact over completeness. Originally a collector of photography, McEvoy's interest in such topics as music and media led him to include both more conceptual work and other media such as paint, video, installation, and sculpture. The collection presents a range of artists, from modernists like Brassaï, Man Ray, Edward Weston, and László Moholy-Nagy; late modernists like Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Robert Mapplethorpe; contemporary artists like Nan Goldin, Anne Collier, James Welling, Christian Williams, Roe Ethridge, Christian Marclay, Dario Robleto, Lisa Yuskavage, Mamma Andersson, Goshka Macuga, Alex Prager, Alicja Kwade and Zilla Leutenegger.
The Meyer/Calas collection came into being 25 years ago when Lorna Meyer began collecting the California Impressionism of the Society of Six including Selden Gile, William Clapp, Louis Siegriest and August F. Gay. 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, and Terry St. John. In recent years, several pieces of sculpture have been acquired for the collection with four major pieces by Stephen DeStaebler along with the work of Manuel Neri. One of the newest and most exciting pieces in the collection is a small chapel created especially for the collection by sculptor, Al Farrow.
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, reflecting his identity as architect, artist, art dealer and collector. Experiencing this collection in its considered space will inspire the soul.
This rare and exclusive collection is centered in late 18th century England, The Age of Elegance. The high point of the collection is the largest grouping of extremely rare objects (exhibited at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show in 2004) by Matthew Boulton. Their home includes excellent examples of English furniture, Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite and Adam and decorative arts from 1710 to 1810 including several chandeliers rarely seen outside England. In addition the collectors have assembled fine examples of 17th century Italian drawings in period frames to complement the overall atmosphere. If you are fond of Chinese decorative arts they have incorporated yet another layer of intrigue with important Ming and Qing Dynasty huanghuali furniture. Several important carpets decorate the rooms including three Imperial Chinese silk and metal thread, of which less than 300 are thought to exist. This very rare, private and not often seen collection is at home in a historic 1920‘s building on Nob Hill.