• Patron
2013 (age 72-73)
Bente Buck



Newport Beach property developer and collector, Gerald E. Buck's significant collection of over 3,200 works (all focused on California artists) will be housed at the University of California, Irvine.

For over twenty-five years, Gerald was a passionate champion of California art from the late nineteenth century to the present day. During his years of collecting, he amassed what is without question the most impressive and encyclopedic collection in private hands—The Buck Collection. His enthusiasm was equally matched by his desire to learn as much as he could about the subject. To that end, he also acquired numerous books, pamphlets, and catalogues on California art, eventually having a library of several thousand items. Those who saw him at lectures and symposiums observed him taking copious notes.

He was also involved with the Orange County Museum of Art and a member of the board of directors of the Palm Springs Art Museum Contemporary Art Council.

Mr Buck was a partner of the Foothill Ranch Company since its formation in the late 1980s, and is survived by his daughter Christina Buck, her husband, and two grandchildren, and his son, Alan Buck.

Links Edit

  1. The Greatest Private Collection of Artworks Made in California Was Once a Secret. Now It’s Heading to UC Irvine, Artnet, November 16, 2017
  2. A storied art collection shrouded in mystery will anchor new UC Irvine museum, Los Angeles Times, November 15, 2017
  3. Exquisite, long-hidden Buck art collection comes to UCI, UCI News, October 15, 2017
  4. In Memoriam Gerald E. Buck, 1940–2013, Laguna Art Museum, 2013

Affiliations Edit

Board of Trustees, Laguna Art Museum (1989-1995)

Board of Trustees, Archives of American Art (1994-2013)


Artists in collection

Peter Alexander, Carlos Almaraz, Charles Arnoldi, Ruth Asawa, John Baldessari, Belle Baranceanu, Larry Bell, Wallace Berman, Maurice Braun, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Lorser Feitelson, Oskar Fischinger, Llyn Foulkes, Sam Frances, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, Roger Kuntz, Helen Lundeberg, John McLaughlin, Knud Merrild, Ben Messick, Nathan Oliveira, Nathan Oliviera, Wolfgang Paalen, David Park, Helen Pashgian, Agnes Pelton, William Ritschel, Ed Ruscha, Henrietta Shore, Stephen De Staebler, Wayne Tiebaud, DeWain Valentine, Peter Voulkos, Gordon Wagner, Paul Wonner

Collection public and viewable where?

UCI Museum and Institute for California Art (MICA)