The Hess Collection in Napa, California


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This summer I have had the privilege to travel to California and visit a close artist friend of mine who works in Napa Valley. She took me on multiple tours of galleries while I was visiting, and one that stood out was the collection of modern work at the Hess Collection and Winery.

From their website:

Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966. Today, The Hess Collection houses less than a quarter of a collection that is shown in museums worldwide. His collecting style is a personal endeavor driven by a passion rather that monitory investment or current trends. He develops a close dialogue with an artist to better understand what drives him or her to create and he carefully limits his focus as a collector to 20 living artists whose work he faithfully supports long term. As is evident by the caliber of the collection, he collects with the uncanny ability to acquire works by lesser known artists who often go on to become well known and respected in their disciplines. his typical commitment to an artist spans decades and various stages of his career.

The work that stood out to me included Francis Bacon, Franz Gertsch, Robert Motherwell, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenburg, and Andy Goldsworthy.

Take a virtual tour of the gallery here, complete with audio and resources. It’s great!


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