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. lagunaartmuseum.org/in-memoriam-gerald-e-buck/
Board of Trustees, Laguna Art Museum (1989-1995)
Board of Trustees, Archives of American Art (1994-2013)