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Something Special, Something Sacred

The Goss-Michael Foundation – Dallas, United States of America

Henry Coombes, ’Dinner’, 2009
Henry Coombes, ’Dinner’, 2009

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 by globally famous names like Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst to an 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 a dynamic feedback between its works, its space and the community it serves.

Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Gavotte’
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Gavotte’
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Moonraker’
Linder, ’Star Series No 1 Moonraker’

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.

Rebecca Warren, ’Untitled’, 2008
Rebecca Warren, ’Untitled’, 2008
Rachel Kneebone, ’Le Chasse’, 2005
Rachel Kneebone, ’Le Chasse’, 2005

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.

Richard Patterson, ’Posh Thomson and Scary’, 1997
Richard Patterson, ’Posh Thomson and Scary’, 1997
Cecily Brown, ’Yet to be Titled’, 2008
Cecily Brown, ’Yet to be Titled’, 2008
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

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.

All images courtesy The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas

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Collections (107)

West Collection

Key names in international art meet new voices

Rubell Museum

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

Vorres Museum

3 000 years of Greek history and postwar Greek art

Alexander Ramselaar Collection

A townhouse of young talent from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and around the world

Quetzal Art Centre

Contemporary art on a winery in the picturesque Alentejo region

Sammlung Wemhöner

A spontaneous exhibition set up in the now empty ballroom, before opening in 2023 as the collection's new home

Museum Liaunig

Nuriel Molcho and Francesca Gavin travel out of Vienna to hillside Carinthia, to meet with Peter Liaunig

Stella Art Foundation

An exhibition space for contemporary Russian art

Frissiras Museum

3 500 contemporary figurative paintings

Arario Museum in Space

Wide-ranging collection of Korean and Western art by the country’s leading collector and gallerist

Fondazione Brodbeck

Contemporary art in a post-industrial complex—in the shadow of a volcano

Peyrassol—Parc de Sculptures

A sculpture park on a centuries-old vineyard in Provence

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung

A location for contemporary glass and photography

Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Argentina's wealthiest woman presents six centuries of art-treasure collecting

Rossini Art Site (RAS)

Large-scale sculpture in a landscape park

Castello di Ama per l’Arte Contemporanea

Site-specific installations for a dual passion: art and wine

Kasteel Wijlre Estate

Art from the 1960s to the present in a modern pavilion

Fundació Vila Casas

Three buildings, three points of focus: painting, sculpture and photography

Gibbs Farm

A sculpture park in XXL format with monumental art in the grandness of nature

Kloster Schoenthal

Nature-inspired sculptures in a pristine landscape

Pinchuk Art Centre

Blue-chip contemporary in the first private museum in the former USSR

Museo James Turrell — The Hess Art Collection, Colomé

Turrell’s largest Skyspace and additional light rooms in breathtaking surroundings


An extensive private collection of Swiss contemporary art of the last fifty years

Mathaf—Arab Museum of Modern Art

A Royal Collection Spanning 200 Years of Arab Art – Doha, Qatar

Sara Piccinini

Senior Coordinator, Collezione Maramotti - Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reflection and Speculation

Sammlung von Kelterborn – Frankfurt, Germany


DJ Cassy and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Venke and Rolf A. Hoff in Henningsvær, Norway

Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg

Positions of social criticism in German and American contemporary art – Hamburg, Germany

The Walther Collection

Inside and Outside the Frame – Neu Ulm, Germany

Peter Ibsen Collection

Minimalist Works That Hone Your Sense for Detail – Copenhagen, Denmark

Initiating Dialogues

Sammlung Hoffmann – Berlin, Germany

The Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

Andrea Denver and Francesca Gavin meet with collectors Sherry and Joel Mallin in Upstate New York

The Agah Uğur Collection

One of the Largest Video Art Collections in Istanbul, Turkey

KA Modern and Contemporary Art Space

900 Square Meters Dedicated to Lebanon’s Most Significant Artists – Beirut, Lebanon

Art About Beauty and Infirmity

Collezione De Iorio – Trento, Italy

Living Collection

Gary Yeh and Francesca Gavin meet with architect and collector William Lim in Hong Kong

Early Passions

Z Collection – Hong Kong, China

Infinite Interiors

Philara Collection – Dusseldorf, Germany

Papko Art Collection

Works of Turkish Modernism at the legendary Ralli Apartment in Istanbul

Risky Business

Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo, Norway

JAHM – Justin Art House Museum

Digital and Abstract Art — Melbourne, Australia

A More Democratic Art

MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Embracing the Accidental

Trajković Collection – Belgrade, Serbia

Galila's P.O.C.

A Collection Made up of Thematic Collections – Brussels, Belgium

Establishing Roots and Creating Links

The Ovidiu Șandor Collection – Timișoara, Romania

Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz

Abstract painting and concept art in Brazil’s interior – São Paulo

Conversation Pieces

KUNSTSAELE Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Magazzino Italian Art

Contemporary Italian Art on the Hudson River – New York

Slow Learning

de la Cruz Collection – Miami, United States of America

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

A venue for contemporary African art – Cape Town

The Elliott Eyes Collection

Engaging With the Collectors – Sydney

Foundation Francès

A French roadtrip reaching the radical reflections of artist Kader Attia

The Sublime Hyacinth Collection

Czech Art Meets Czech Design – Prague, Czech Republic

Marciano Art Foundation

Contemporary art at the Masonic temple – Los Angeles

Time Stamps

Julia Stoschek Collection – Berlin, Germany

Generative Grammars

Servais Family Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Chasing the Future

dslcollection – Paris, France

Charged Atmospheres

Transformer Station – Cleveland, United States of America

Places in, and out of, Time

Adrastus Collection – Arévalo, Spain

Eloquent Silences

The Givon Art Forum – Tel Aviv, Israel

Counting to Ten

Ten Cubed – Melbourne, Australia

Dispersing Narratives

The Wedge Collection – Toronto, Canada

Dialogues in Nature

Chatsworth – Bakewell, Great Britain

Present Pasts

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Space for the Future

The Vanhaerents Art Collection – Brussels, Belgium

Colección Contemporánea

A Global Collection from a Seasoned Art Collector In Mexico City

Adrastus Collection

A Collection That Shows the Diversity of Art in the Age of Globalization – Arevalo, Spain

Masters and Romantics

Collection Lambert – Avignon, France

Fondazione Rolla

A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Photography in Ticino

Finnish Rhapsody

Didrichsen Art Museum – Helsinki, Finland

Cranford Collection

One of Europe’s Most Important Collections with Renowned Contemporaries in Regent’s Park – London

Broad Minded

Artist Tomasz Kobialka on The Broad – Los Angeles, USA

Jean-Paul Najar Foundation

European-American Post-Minimalist Art in a Bauhaus-inspired building – Dubai

Treasure Hunt

The Wanås Foundation/Wanås Konst – Knislinge, Sweden

AMC Collezione Coppola

A Curious Collector Acquiring Art to Broaden his Understanding of the World

A Home for Light and Color

MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Newport Street Gallery

Damien Hirst’s ‘Murderme’ Collection finds a permanent home – London

Franks Suss Collection

A Duo Investing in Artists and Not Cashing In – Hong Kong, London and Sydney

Mallin Collection & Buckhorn Sculpture Park

A Magic Sculpture Garden in Westchester County – Pound Ridge, New York

Shine On

Wurlitzer – Berlin-Pied-à-Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Houghton Hall – King's Lynn

Lavish 18th Century interiors juxtaposed with contemporary outdoor sculpture

Venet Foundation

An Artist’s Take on Collecting in the South of France

G2 Kunsthalle

Large-scale paintings of the New Leipzig School in dialogue

The Immaculate Collection

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection – Tel Aviv, Israel


The best of Chinese contemporary art, available 24/7/365

Thoma Foundation

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

Lyon Housemuseum

Located near Melbourne, Australia, collector Corbett Lyon designed the Housemuseum to share it with the public

Follow The Yellow Brick Road

Inhotim – Instituto de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico

Portraiture Confronting a Land’s Traumatic Past

The Walther Collection – Project Space New York – New York City

Conceptual Authenticity

Sammlung Barbara und Axel Haubrok - haubrok projects - Berlin, Germany

A Self-taught Collector

Vass Collection - Veszprém, Hungary

Roots in Rotterdam

Concordia Collection - Rotterdam, Netherlands

Louvre goes Lens – and Pinault follows

How France’s most established museum and collector are redeveloping forgotten places

History Reinvented

Insights into the influential collection of Martin Parr

A Collection Which Never Sleeps

David Roberts Art Foundation – Great Britain, London

Get Lucky

David Walsh and his MONA

An Eye into a Secret World

SIP Shpilman Institute for Photography – Tel Aviv, Israel

Gifts for Philadelphia

Private collectors with a generous heart

A New Home for Miami’s Art Scene

On the opening of the Jorge M. Pérez Museum

Prima Materia at Punta Della Dogana

François Pinault Foundation - Venice, Italy

Eric and Jean Cass Collection

A private collection goes public

Bernardo Paz’s Transformative Museum

A closer look at Inhotim in Brazil

The Open Road to Jupiter

Robert & Nicky Wilson - Jupiter Artland

Collecting with an Impact

Dakis Joannou - Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Menil Collection Makeover

Starting with the parking lot

White Rabbit Collection

Chinese Contemporary Art – Australia, Sydney