A treasured Dallas institution can add another feather to its artful cap: Goss-Michael Foundation has been named one of the top 10 private contemporary art museums by Artnet News. The list recognizes standout museums “whose collections and buildings are idiosyncratic reflections of their owners’ interests and personalities.”
Goss-Michael, which was founded in 2007 by singer George Michael and Kenny Goss, gets credited for its collection of British contemporary art, including works like Damien Hirst’s Saint Sebastian Exquisite Pain, and for providing exhibitions for emerging British artists who may not have gained much exposure in the United States.
But that is only part of the story. Goss-Michael also supports local talent through its “Feature” series, which puts works from artists like Nathan Green next to those from Tracey Emin, exposing artists here not only to a local audience but also to the international collectors and enthusiasts who visit the foundation.
“More often than not, people who visit our foundation from Berlin, New York or London will ask with great intrigue about the works,” says Goss-Michael’s newest curator, Kevin Rubén Jacobs. “We’re using our network to try and create a slight shift in the perception of Dallas.”
One other Texas museum made the cut, the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, which was founded in 2003 by artist and collector Linda Pace. Her foundation manages and exhibits a collection of about 500 works, focused primarily on contemporary works from artists such as Marilyn Minter, Wangechi Mutu, Dario Robleto and Isa Genzken (who currently has a retrospective at the DMA).
Other institutions on the list include the Brandt Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut; De La Cruz Collection and Rubell Family Collection in Miami; El Segundo Museum of Art in El Segundo, California; Fisher Landau Center for Art in Queens, New York; Glenstone in Potomac, Maryland; Hall Art Foundation in Reading, Vermont; and Pier 24 in San Francisco.