The Art of Craft
Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection
Over the last two decades, George and Dorothy Saxe of Menlo Park and San Francisco have formed one of the premier collections of contemporary craft in the United States. The Saxe Collection, containing works in glass, ceramic, wood, fiber, and metal, is distinguished by both its high quality and its depth, with many major artists represented by works from different periods in their careers. Prominent Bay Area and West Coast artists represented include Robert Arneson, Dale Chihuly, Viola Frey, Sam Maloof, Manuel Neri, Peter Voulkos, and Beatrice Wood. Also included in the collection are works by artists better known for their work in other media, including Larry Bell, Linda Benglis, Nicolas Africano, Kiki Smith, and Christopher Wilmarth.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrates the promised bequest of the Dorothy and George Saxe Collection with a major temporary exhibition of its works. The gift of the Saxe Collection of 223 objects created by 132 different artists will transform the Fine Arts Museums into one of the most important repositories of contemporary craft in the United States. In addition, the Dorothy and George Saxe Endowment Fund will ensure that the historical and aesthetic viability of the Saxe Collection is maintained in perpetuity.
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The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection has been graciously funded by the Ednah Root Foundation.
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