The Ghielmetti’s collection features over 150 pieces of original artwork by American and European contemporary and modern masters. This diverse collection includes sculpture, photographs, paintings and drawings by Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Manuel Neri, Conrad Marca-Relli, Robert De Niro, Sr., Esteban Vicente, Alfred Leslie, Willem de Kooning and Hans Hofmann among others. The careful curation of the work creates an exciting dialogue among the artists. Ms. Ghielmetti, an interior designer and art advisor, has created an eclectic yet traditional interior with Asian influences in their New York-style town home, which was built in 1923.
Ann Hatch’s collection is contemporary and eclectic with artists from the Bay Area such as Leslie Shows, David Ireland, Chris Johanson and Deborah Orapallo. There are works from internationally known artists like James Lee Byars, Donald Lipski, Salvador Dali and Willie Cole. The collection is located in two homes near Coit Tower that have been combined by local architect Stanley Saitowitz. The surprise effect of the ultra modern architectural treatment enhances the whimsy and unusual nature of the artwork. Ms. Hatch is the founder of The Capp Street Project and the Oxbow School, an art school in Napa for high school junior and seniors. She serves on the board of the Walker Art Center and California College of the Arts.
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.
From the 1920’s to the 1990’s. Among the artists included are D.A. Siqueiros, J.C. Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, Gunther Gerzso, Pedro Coronel, J.G. Camarena, Pedro Friedberg and Armando Morales. Also included are About 50 paintings and drawings each by Mexican artist Ricardo Martinez and French-Mexican muralist Jean Charlot. There are paintings by Nathan Oliveira and sculptures by Manual Neri and Benny Bufano Plus glass works by Chihuly and Tiffany.
The Meyer/Calas collection started when, 25 years ago, Lorna Meyer met two gentlemen with over 3,000 California focused-works ranging from California Impressionism to the Society of Six. She acquired a number of pieces, including works by Society of Six artists Selden Gile, William Clapp, Louis Siegriest and August F. Gay. Early works also include Emil Carlson, Otis Oldfield, Francis McComas, William Ritschel, John O’Shea and Gottardo Piazzoni. The collection evolved to include such Contemporary Bay Area figurative painters as David Park, Nathan Oliveira, Joan Brown (including a rare figurative piece by Brown), James Weeks and Paul Wonner. The collection also includes pieces by sculptors Manuel Neri and Stephen DeStaebler. Contemporary works by Wayne Thiebaud, Frank Lobdell, Christopher Brown, Terry St. John and Portland ceramicist, Frank Boyden, are also showcased.
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.
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.
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 Oliveira, and Hassel Smith. A number of pieces from this collection have been featured in Susan Landauer’s book, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism.
Ruth and Alan Stein live in the Penthouse of a 1929 Russian Hill apartment building with sweeping views in all directions of the Bay and City. Their art includes a strong base of Bay Area artists such as David Park, Joan Brown and Wayne Thiebaud, and English artists of the same genre. Their collection moves on to a number of more contemporary artists such as Ed Ruscha, Vic Munoz and Christopher Wool. Lately they have concentrated on supporting emerging artists working in media such as video, fluorescent and glass. The figure is a thread that runs through this interesting collection.
This is a highly personal collection. I collect drawings, works on paper, photography, paintings, furniture and sculpture by American artists, mid-career, well known internationally and emerging... it reflects my life working in the art world both growing up and working in NYC, Boston and the past 25+ years in SF. Have been collecting art over 30 years and still love and hang the first painting I bought while in college. See if you can guess which one it is! Among the artists included in my collection of approx 160 works are: Chester Arnold, Robert Baribeau, John Beauparlant Squeak Carnwath, Madeline Carolan, Amy Casey, Van Chang, Enrique Chagoya, Reed Danziger, Guy Diehl, Judith Foosaner, Jack Fulton, Stanley Goldstein, Susan Hauptman, James Havard, Richard Hickam, Oliver Jackson, Kathleen Jesse, Sylvia Lark, Joanne Leonard, Ann Loftquist, Patte Loper, Bernard Maisner, George Miyasaki, and more.