With more than 200 pieces, Richard and Pamela Kramlich have one of the world’s largest private collections of video and new media arts. In the “Collectors and Their Collections” episode, Spark gets a rare insider’s look at what it takes to acquire, preserve, and display this challenging contemporary art form. Plus, tour the Kramlich home and comb the city for new works with their private curator, Christopher Eamon.
The Kramlichs have been collecting film and video-based art since the late 1980s. Their collection includes pieces by such historical figures as Vito Acconci, Dara Birnbaum, Marcel Broodthaers, Dan Graham and Bruce Nauman as well as works by leading contemporary artists including Matthew Barney, Stan Douglas, Steve McQueen, Mariko Mori, Keith Tyson and Jeff Wall.
In 1997, the Kramlichs established the New Art Trust to advance the media arts through the support of research and scholarship in the field. This foundation also collects and maintains new media art installations between San Francisco and New York Museums of Modern Art and the Tate Modern in London.