SF///INSTITUTIONALIZED///BRIDGING THE GAP…

August 9, 2007  |  Uncategorized


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Art by Chuck Close

In a bold move of sheer personal force, billionaire founders of The Gap, Donald and Doris Fisher have announced their bid to privately fund the design and construction of a new modern art museum in San Francisco that would be located in the city's Presidio area. The new museum would be privately owned by the Fishers and showcase the couple's extensive collection of 20th and 21st century art.

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Art by Andy Warhol

With more than 1,000 pieces of major works by modern masters like Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Alexander Calder, Gerhard Richter, and Roy Lichtenstein, the collection is, in the words of SF MoMA's director Neal Benezra, “one of the most important in the world.” Currently, the couple's collection is housed at the Gap's corporate headquarters in downtown SF and, in part at the SF MoMA where Fisher serves on the board of trustees. The new proposed Fisher museum would be a massive 100,000-square-foot hall at the heart of the Presidio with 55,000 square feet devoted to galleries. Currently the design firm of Gluckman Mayner in New York is engaged on the project, having worked on the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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Art by Roy Liechtenstein

The move would bring a major cultural center to the decommissioned military base known as the Presidio, which is currently being redeveloped as a commercial site with George Lucas and Disney as major new tenants. The Fisher museum is set to open in 2010. No word yet on whether the gift shop will sell cheap jeans and T-shirts...

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Art by Alexander Calder 

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