A Museum-Quality Show at the Pilara Collection
On my recent trip to San Francisco, I was finally able to visit the Pilara Collection at Pier 24. This foundation is closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when I frequently visit the foggy city.
The Pilara Collection’s space is located under the Bay Bridge. It is a very large, dimly-lit gallery perfect for viewing photography.
"About Face" (May 15, 2012–April 30, 2013) is a fantastic, museum-quality show focusing on portrait based photography from the mid-19th century to contemporary works. One highlight is in a gallery that shows King Henry the VIII with his six wives by Hiroshi Sugimoto. These images were photographed at the Madame Tussaud's wax museum created from the paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger.
Don't miss Nan Goldin's video loop of photographs from her brilliant series, "Battle of Sexual Dependency," 1983–2008. One could spend hours at this space, enjoying works by Hendrik Kerstens, Richard Avedon, Chuck Close, Diane Arbus, Jim Goldberg, and many more fine photographers.
More information on the Pilara Collection can be found at www.artprivee.org.