Home LifeStyle  Arts & Culture Art Collector & Gap Founder, Donald Fisher, Dies at 81

Art Collector & Gap Founder, Donald Fisher, Dies at 81

Posted: Oct. 8th, 2009  |  By Ruth MitchellCEO | BuyOutsideTheBox.com
RSS Syndicated News Email a Friend Suggest an Article Share Visit Website
Arts & Culture: Just as the dust was settling on the relocation of Gap founder Donald Fisher's contemporary art collection to a new wing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fisher died from of cancer at his San Francisco home. He was 81.

After giving up a controversial plan to build a private museum in the Presidio, a national park, Fisher and his wife, Doris, settled on a plan to loan the collection, one of the world's great collections of modern art -- 1,100 works by major contemporary figures like Calder, de Kooning, Diebenkorn, Warhol and Lichtenstein, as well as living artists Cy Twombly, and Brice Marden -- to the SFMOMA. Under the agreement, the Fishers, will create a 25 year renewable trust to oversee the care of the collection, and an expansion intended to triple the institution's gallery space will house the collection as well as art from the museum's holdings.

The couple began their retail dynasty in 1969 with no retail experience when Fisher and his wife tried to exchange a pair of men's Levis that didn't fit and couldn't find a store in the city that sold the size they wanted. Fisher, a San Francisco native, was a 41-year-old real estate developer at the time. They invested $63,000 in a retail outlet on Ocean Avenue, calling it the Gap, Doris Fisher's shortened version of "generation gap," in August 1969. Today the Gap has more than 134,000 employees at 3,100 stores in 25 countries, with sales of $14.5 billion in fiscal 2008.

By Ruth Mitchell
JustLuxe Contributor
BuyOutsideTheBox.com
Related Topics : NewsGapLifestyle News
Share on Facebook Share
See Next Article
Related Articles
Featured Contributor
Lena KatzLena Katz
There are countless museums and exhibitions for art aficionados, almost as many for history buffs,...
Read More | View Profile
The Best of Luxury
Event Calendar

the holiday gift guide 2013

DISCOVER THE LIST >
1

Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens

Sony basically packed all the usual camera inner workings within the lens... more >

2

Flask Bangle by Cynthia Rowley

For the life of the party this Cynthia Rowley flask bangle holds three ounces... more >

3

Carbon Fiber Ciclotte

Designed and crafted in Italy, Ciclotte's luxury exercise bike models... more >

Day

Keeping Up with JustLuxe
Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on TwitterRSS Feeds
Sign Up for Our Newsletter!
Current News & Features
Industry Insiders Explain the Value of the Food & Wine Classic
Five Different Takes on the Vodka Martini
B&B Italia Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Rare Auction to Offer Signed Artifacts Dating From the Spanish Empire to George W. Bush's Presidency
Custom Yachts Pave the Way for Custom Tenders
The Best Restaurant in the World is Osteria Francescana
5 Car Shows Around the World Where You’ll Find the Biggest Auto Unveilings
The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France-Académie Culinaire de France Meets for its Annual Congress
Supersonic Technology is About to Transform Aviation (Again)
The Most Noteworthy Real Estate Happenings - Week of June 10
See the complete list

Best of Luxury

Finding the best in luxury can be a daunting task, which is why we've taken it on for you.
View All Best of Luxury
LivingLuxe. Exclusive Deals and Luxury Brands. Learn More
JustLuxe Galleries presents Popular Photo Galleries
Meet Our Writers Become a Contributor
Salvador Dalí Comes to Beverly Hills
Jackie Bryant »
Birds of a Feather: Why Designers are Flocking to Kate MccGwire
Holly Howe »
San Francisco Gets A Major Art Upgrade
Todd Jatras »
See More Contributors
THINGS WE LIKE