Photography Donations Totaling 473 Works Boost SFMOMA’s Arbus and Japanese Holdings

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced a trio of major photography donations today that add up to a massive 473-piece boost to the institution’s holdings, including 26 Diane Arbus photos donated by S.F.-based gallerist and collector Jeffrey Fraenkel, and a trove of Japanese photographs from Tokyo’s Kurenboh Collection.

Along with the third, anonymous contribution, the donations not only double SFMOMA’s Arbus holdings and vastly strengthen its collection of Japanese photos with nearly 350 new pieces, but also bring it works by photography giants already represented in its holdings, including Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Robert Adams, Robert Frank, Andreas Gursky, and Irving Penn.

“The Arbus gift adds to our growing list of artists who are comprehensively represented in SFMOMA’s collection,” the museum’s senior curator of photography Sandra S. Phillips said in a press release, “while the Japanese works make our collection the best of its type in the country.”

— Benjamin Sutton

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