RIP Don Fisher

September 28, 2009

Donald Fisher, the man to thank for your 1969 jeans, has died at the age of 81, The Wall Street Journal reports. Fisher served as CEO of Gap for 26 years and remained chairman through 2004, when his company (which had grown to include Banana Republic and Old Navy) registered $16.3 billion in sales.

Only a few days ago, the SFMOMA announced the development of a groundbreaking relationship with Doris and Donald Fisher that would provide the Fisher Collection — one of the world’s leading collections of contemporary art — with a home at SFMOMA.  Mr. Fisher and his wife began collecting art around the time they co-founded Gap Inc. in 1969. The Fisher Collection includes more than 1,100 works by leading artists including Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Willem De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Anselm Kiefer, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among many others.

“San Francisco is where we raised our family and opened our first Gap store, and we want to give back to the city we love by sharing the art that means so much to us,” says Don Fisher. “Doris and I share a vision with SFMOMA to enhance its collections and programs and we are prepared to make a substantial gift to strengthen the museum’s standing as one of the world’s great contemporary art museums.” via SFMOMA

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One Response to “RIP Don Fisher”

  1. Bailey said

    I tracked Don Fisher’s publicity ALLLLL summer at SFMOMA. I know friggin everything about the man

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