Maurice Marciano recently rejoined the LA MoCA board and has promised the museum works by Sterling Ruby, Wade Guyton and Tauba Auerbach. He also just re-emerged on ArtNews Top 200 list of collectors which may be because he’s been planning a new private museum for Los Angeles.
The LA Times reveals that public records show The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation spent $8 million on the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, a disused building designed by Millard Sheets that has been languishing in LA since 1994:
“We have been looking for a home for the collection,” said William F. Payne, a spokesman for the Beverly Hills foundation. “It’s a legacy project for the family.”
It’s unclear when the museum will be finished and how much it will cost, he said, but Sheets’ vision will remain. […]
Maurice Marciano rejoined the board of trustees of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in October and was recently named one of the world’s top 200 active art collectors by magazine. MOCA said Marciano has donated or promised three works for its collection: a sculpture by Sterling Ruby and paintings by Wade Guyton and Tauba Auerbach.
Bluejeans moguls to turn Masonic lodge in L.A. into a private museum (Los Angeles Times)