Independent Collectors

The Goss-Michael Foundation

A place that grew out of a romantic connection between Kenny Goss and the late pop music legend, George Michael

Tracey Emin, ’When I Think About Sex I Think About Men Women Dogs Lions Group Sex (And I love You All), 2005
Tracey Emin, ’When I Think About Sex I Think About Men Women Dogs Lions Group Sex (And I love You All), 2005

In his novel, Howards End, E.M. Forster’s unforgettable character, Margaret Schlegel, pronounces one of the most familiar quotations about creativity in the English language: “Only connect,” she says. Schlegel is speaking about literature, about “prose and passion”, but her dictum spans forms and genres. Connection and communication cannot be divorced from the creation of art, but they can also be important aspects of the act of collecting art.

The Goss-Michael Foundation can certainly be said to explore the ways in which cultures communicate with each other, particularly by highlighting the subtleties that make even familiar cultural lineages distinct and unique. The Foundation houses one of the largest collections of contemporary British art held by an American art space. Complied since 2007 by the American art dealer Kenny Goss and the late pop music legend, George Michael, the partnership behind the Goss-Michael grew out of a romantic connection between the two men. Its mission has endured and its profile has grown, even in the year since Michael’s untimely and tragic death. Based in Dallas, Texas, Goss’ home state, the Foundation has brought the works of superstars of British art, including globally famous names like Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst to the American audience. An exhibition space housing the often challenging works of contemporary British artists in the heart of the famously conservative state of Texas might seem an incongruous match, but while the Anglo-Irish Nobel laureate, George Bernard Shaw, may have famously quipped that Brits and Americans were “divided by a common language”, art has the ability to bridge divisions and provoke dialogue, and the Goss-Michael Foundation increasingly has focused on establishing dynamic feedback between its works, its space and the community it serves.

The Foundation’s collection, housed in a spacious, rectilinear site on Wycliff Avenue near the area of Dallas styled as the “Design District”, consists of works by more than 100 contemporary British artists. In addition to Emin and Hirst, other notable figures from the YBA generation can also be found among the Goss-Michael’s holdings, including pieces by Sarah Lucas, Sam Taylor-Wood, Rebecca Warren, Marc Quinn, Gary Hume, and Michael Craig-Martin. The collection also includes works that directly connect the fields of music and visual art, for example, pieces by Linder, one of the greatest of all contemporary British artists, whose name originally came to prominence as a member of the post-punk group, Ludus, and who has continued a visual practice that spans genres and media. Younger artists as well feature in the Goss-Micheal, not least among them the often-fascinating British painter, Nigel Cook, and the Finnish multi-disciplinary artist, Jaakko Pallasvuo. The trans-Atlantic dialogue does not run only in one direction, however. Recently, the Goss-Michael has worked to bring local artists more directly into the orbit of the space with a residency program and exhibitions which explore connections between local artists and the collection’s British core. Michelle Rawlings and Marjorie Schwarz are younger Texas-based artists who have shown works at the Goss-Micheal, and the gallery partnered with the Dallas Biennial to host part of the DB14 festival to further reach out and connect the collection with the world.

The Foundation has also furthered a number of worthwhile causes, particularly HIV awareness and prevention and provides a space for the consideration of identity and how art can contribute to liberatory movements. The most recent exhibition, including works by Linder, Rachel Kneebone, Emin, Lucas, Rachel Howard, and Rachel Warren – among others – centers on the depiction of the female body in art in the wake of the #MeToo campaign against sexual oppression and violence. With its emphasis on outreach and community engagement, The Goss-Michael Foundation demonstrates that for socially concerned collectors, collecting is more than just a matter of aesthetics.

William Kherbek is the author of the novel “Ecology of Secrets” (2013, Arcadia Missa) and “UltraLife” (2016, Arcadia Missa). His art journalism has appeared in a number of publications in the UK, US, Germany, Switzerland, and Romania.

For more information visit The Goss-Michael Foundation.

Cecily Brown, ’Yet to be Titled’, 2008
Cecily Brown, ’Yet to be Titled’, 2008
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Gavotte’
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Gavotte’
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Moonraker’
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Moonraker’
Henry Coombes, ’Dinner’, 2009
Henry Coombes, ’Dinner’, 2009
Rebecca Warren, ’Untitled’, 2008
Rebecca Warren, ’Untitled’, 2008
Rachel Kneebone, ’Le Chasse’, 2005
Rachel Kneebone, ’Le Chasse’, 2005

All images courtesy of The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas.

USA (54)

West Collection

Since 1996, Al & Paige West have been building an impressive collection, including works by artists such as Donald Judd, Martin Boyce, and Candice Breitz.

Valeria Napoleone

The Italian-born collector actively seeks out under­represented positions and therefore only acquires works by women artists.

Christine and Andrew Hall

Interview with the collectors behind Hall Art Foundation

Gary Yeh

IC talks to Gary Yeh.

de la Cruz Collection

Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, the co-founders of the renowned collection that bears their name, are always quick to highlight the importance of education when discussing the role the De La Cruz Collection plays in the Miami community.

The Broad Collection

Walking down the Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, right by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), you can’t help but be struck by the angular construction of The Broad and its bright white honeycomb exterior.

Marciano Art Foundation

Maurice and Paul Marciano, founders of the GUESS jeans brand, in their five-thousand-square-meter exhibition space

The Mallin Collection

Nestled on 15 acres in the scenic town of Pound Ridge, New York, Buckhorn Sculpture Park features gardens, woodlands, a lake and an orchard.

Transformer Station

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell’s transformation of an electrical power station in Cleveland

Franks-Suss Collection

Initially focused on China, collectors Simon Franks and Robert Suss soon widened their purview

Mera & Donald Rubell

Five quick questions, five short answers by the famous couple behind the Rubell Family Collection

Thoma Foundation

Two intimate art spaces in Chicago and Santa Fe encourage dialogue between work and viewer

Martin Margulies

Interview with the collector behind the Margulies Collection

Seth Stolbun

The Houston native collector almost exclusively acquires works from artists that he has a personal relationship with

The Donum Collection

Wine tasting and Crouching Spider by Louise Bourgeois

March 8th 2022

The Stolbun Collection presents “March 8th 2022”, likely the only exhibition at Ferndale–Seth Stolbun’s rental home, as captured by his iPhone

Rubell Family Collection

Curator Joey Lico teams up with artist Alexis Diaz to visit the mighty Rubell Museum in Miami

Saint Georgina Slays The Dragon

A new collection on IC, see inside The Bennett Collection, which is focused on figurative realism, specifically the realistic, painted depiction of women by women.

Flippin The Script with Armand-Paul Family Collection

In “Flippin The Script” we warmly welcome the Armand-Paul Family Collection in New York to IC, with its focus on the African and Latin diasporas, and interest in performance.

Donna Huanca – Obsidian Ladder

Skin painting artist Donna Huanca participates in the current MAF project series, exploring gender and sexuality in contemporary life.

We Still Have Wild Birds Here

Overlooked American artist Gene Beery (b. 1937), declared and depicted reflections in his paintings with a relevant truth and irony that is no less today.

Life Cycle

The Marciano Art Foundation hosted Ai Weiwei for the third MAF Project in their Theatre Gallery.

The Wig Museum

LA's MAF was inaugurated in 2017 with a solo show of Jim Shaw, curated by Philipp Kaiser.

Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation

Delve into the digital art of the collection exhibited across two spaces.

Art Now, Art Forever: Damon Zucconi

As collectors dedicated to following artist careers in depth and breadth, Clayton Press and Gregory Linn describe their on-going relationship to the work of Damon Zucconi, whose works are frequently accessible online.

www.Simco Web Works

In context of exposing art digitally and exposing digital art, we wanted to present artworks that have only and always existed on the web, as URLs, here in the collection of Stefan Simchowitz.

Responding to Nature

Tucked away in the vineyard’s of San Francisco you’ll find the secret sculpture park of Nancy and Steve Oliver.

Go Figure / Alec Soth

This summer, the Pizzuti Collection will feature two exhibitions featuring works taken from the private collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti.

John Morrissey

Discover is a keyword for the American attorney and art collector John Morrissey, who directs his focus towards emerging contemporary artists.

Roberto Toscano

It all started with the purchase of an etching by Richard Serra in 2011, which turned out to serve as the very foundation for Roberto Toscano’s art collection.

Stefan Simchowitz Collection

L.A.’s most controversial art collector opens up his private collection of contemporary painting.

Carole Server

The New York-based collectors with an enthusiasm for patronage and education.

Force and Form

The private collection studying contemporary visual culture.

Elayne & Marvin Mordes

The sun has just risen over the eaves when we meet on Park Avenue one peaceful January morning and Marvin and Elayne Mordes seem just the way we’d had hoped – warm, open and sympathetic.

Buckhorn Sculpture Park

Located in the scenic town of Pound Ridge, New York, you’ll find the private home of collector couple Sherry and Joel Mallin and their Buckhorn Sculpture Park.

Visions From India

The exhibition “Transforming Vision” includes some of the most prominent Indian artists working today, with all forty works coming from the Pizzuti Collection.

Clayton Press & Gregory Linn

Since 1980, Clayton Press and Gregory Linn – New Jersey collectors – have evolved from being energetic art aficionados to art market specialists.

Steve Shane

Manhattan-based collector Steve Shane is completely in love with art.

Soul Of A Nation: Art In The Age Of Black Power 1963-1983

HEAR this Online Exhibition, exclusively put together with an abundance of images, to view whilst listening to a curated playlist by Quincy Jones.

The Broad Survey Of Shirin Neshat

Downtown L.A.’s The Broad presents Shirin Neshat in an immersive survey.


Exhibition at the Stolen Collection

The Herskovic Collection

A fanatic collector of Abstract Expressionist Painting.

The Dikeou Collection — Part III

A variety of artworks by both established and emerging artists.

The Dikeou Collection — Part IV

A variety of artworks by both established and emerging artists.

The Dikeou Collection – Part II

Artworks by both established and emerging artists, ranging from installations, sculpture, photographs, videos, drawings, to painting.s.

The Dikeou Collection – Part I

Founded in 1998 by the siblings Pany and Devon Dikeou, the Dikeou Collection is located in downtown Denver.

Times of Change

New York-based collector Gregory Vinitsky has been dedicated to collecting contemporary since the 1970s.

Working Hard for Art

An art consultant and curator by day, the Brooklyn-based Collector is a self proclaimed “gutsy newcomer”, working with emerging artists to help her push her collection further.

Chaotic Contemporary

Chicago based collector Troy Klyber, is a contemporary art collector that loves to engage in a bit of chaos.

No Man’s Land

Just in time for the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach 2015, the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation has opened its new exhibition, “NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection”.

Letters to Pia

Having been given the chance to acquire intimate images of Morrisroe’s muse, Pia Howard, Boston-based collector Adam Larson speaks to IC about his relationship with the following photographs, and of course about Pia.

Select Works from the Stolbun Collection

The Stolbun Collection has turned its attention to featuring younger American artists

R F Jefferies – Don’t Postpone Joy

A look inside the collection of San Diego-based collector R F Jefferies.