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Inside the Art Collector's Vault

S.F.'s boldface names dock their collections at Pier 24. 

 

Untitled, from Los Alamos, by William Eggleston.

 

Our new gilded age may have plenty of downside, but at least the ultra-wealthy have great taste in art. That is the upshot of Collected, a glimpse into the photography acquisitions of nine of the Bay Area’s prominent collectors, from the Fishers to the Kriegers, showing at Pier 24’s massive exposition space.

With each collection comes unique perspective. “Each person has specific tastes and visual backgrounds,” says curator Christopher McCall. Chronicle Books publisher Nion McEvoy’s contribution fills a room with 100 photos—most of them related to music, from album covers to rock portraits—that span nearly 85 years. Instagram’s Mike Krieger and his wife, Kaitlyn, display contemporary works suggesting that photography can be a painterly medium.

The Fishers have decided to show only William Eggleston—the man who revolutionized the world of photography by shooting in color—specifically the entirety of his revered portfolio Los Alamos. “They’ve done the act of curation by collecting in the first place,” says McCall. “The difference is hanging a gallery instead of works in your home.”

Collected is on view at Pier 24 through Feb. 28, 2017.

 

Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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