Barrier

Vija Celmins, 1985-1986, oil and wax on linen, 70 x 72 in.
Barrier, 1985-1986

  Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists Barrier Hosted by art historian and the associate director of ITALIC at Stanford, Kim Beil, the micro-video series focuses on a single object in the Anderson Collection, sparking dialogue with a guest artist. Kim spoke with artist Davina Semo about Vija Celmins’ Barrier. Explore the Up Close Series   “The images are not from observations of nature, but are ’found images’ fr…

Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

09/09/14|SF Gate, Kenneth Baker (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…t significantly a cluster of works by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and others about as definitive of New York’s Pop art moment as any small constellation could be. The couple also bestowed more than 600 contemporary works in limited editions on the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, prints and drawings department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Thinking of their gifts to SFMOMA and the Fine Arts Museums, Hunk s…

The Magic of The Anderson Collection

10/08/14|Huffington Post

…llecting they had two questions: “Have I seen it before? Could I have thought of it?” Collecting art took them on an exhilarating journey to the new, and stretched their hearts and minds in ways it would not have been possible otherwise. The Gift of Inspiration Today they’ve donated 121 “irreplaceable” artworks to Stanford University, who built a standalone museum for the collection. “It became bigger than a fa…

The Museum of Hunk, Moo & Putter: The Anderson Collection at Stanford will Rock You

12/28/18|Forbes Magazine

…erson (“Moo”) and their daughter Mary Patricia Anderson Pence (“Putter”) could have led post-World War Two lives of suburban white privilege and comfort – thanks to the financial success of the Saga food service company Hunk co-founded that supplied many colleges (including Stanford) and for which they moved from the East Coast to the West. However, in the early 1960s, before their daughter was born, the Andersons traveled to Paris and had a lif…

The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

09/24/14|Huffington Post

…ection. The reputation of California art is going to be lifted up by this great public display. There is so much to be said about what the gift of this collection will mean for Stanford, for California art and for the public, but I am going to keep it brief here and make just one more point: This collection was put together by a family that has a genuine passion for art. You can see it in the photo of Moo above as she showed up in her sneakers to…

Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

06/05/20|A project of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…s and Postcard (Zurbarán) Marcela Pardo Ariza is a visual artist and curator that explores transhistorical and intergenerational kinship, alternate forms of representation while celebrating the erroneous through constructed photography, prop-like objects and handmade bending frames and installations. Ariza is the recipient of the Tosa Studio Award 2017, a Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award and an Alternative Exposure grantee (2018). Ar…

Creations of Space and Light

02/22/16|San Jose Mercury News

…etty Center in 1997. Irwin is gaining international attention for his massive, $5 million project on the grounds of the Chinati Foundation, the mecca of large-scale works in Marfa, Texas, founded by the sculptor Donald Judd. After more than a decade of planning, Irwin’s 10,000-square-foot structure, on the site of a derelict Army hospital, is slated for completion later this year. According to the Chinati Foundation website, the U-shaped co…

A new start for art at Stanford: Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection reopen

04/22/21|Palo Alto Online

…November. The university has been circumspect about personnel matters, but did issue a press release at the time indicating that a transition team “will work closely with stakeholders from across the campus and community to situate the museum for ongoing success.” Mitchell and Brezinski discussed their new roles and goals in recent email interviews with this news organization. When asked if the Cantor is emulating the administration m…

Stanford arts don’t take a break

12/23/14|Stanford

…an. 4, is your last chance to walk through Richard Serra’s Sequence on Cantor’s north lawn. Arriving in the summer of 2011 as a loan from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, the work is headed to the expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which opens in 2016. The monumental sculpture measures 67 feet long, 42 feet wide and 13 feet high, and is composed of contoured steel and weighs more than 200 tons. It is considered one of…

Star Quality: A Portrait of the Anderson Collection

09/01/14|art ltd.

…-century abstract paintings in the collection reappears transformed in other later works that imply the presence of the figure. Philip Guston’s  The Coat II (1977), Elizabeth Murray’s  Chain Gang  (1985-86), Bill Jensen’s contorted forms in  Denial  (1983-86). Nathan Oliveira’s  Reclining Nude  (1958), and Susan Rothenberg’s  Patches  (1982) unabashedly treat their personal versions of the tragic and comic, revealed in a painterly touch. In the c…

A New Museum for Stanford—and a New Neighbor for Us!

10/23/14|Sunset Magazine

On September 21, the Anderson Collection building opened at the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University—our frequent partner-in-crime when it comes to celebrating the West. Designed by the same team that created Stanford’s stellar Bing Concert Hall, the structure houses 121 works of modern and contemporary American art, all donated by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. Of course, we’re most excited about the pieces that have a Western flavor:…

A&E Digest

04/17/15|Palo Alto Online

…8230; The Mountain View-based arts nonprofit, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), has announced the names of 27 students who have been awarded scholarships for the continued study of visual art. The students, who range from first to eighth grade, come from Santa Clara and San Mateo County Schools, and were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their talent, hard work and demonstrated interest in art. The stduetns will be invited t…

Anderson Collection a modern art trove not to be missed

08/23/15|San Francisco Chronicle

…bert Irwin’s untitled disk is capturing people’s attention. There’s this shadow quality — he was very interested in the transience of time and light. Hopefully you get lost in it a little bit.” “Agnes Martin’s (Untitled #21) is another work that I would hope people come and spend time with. There are just these subtleties to the painting, and the balance of the palette is really wonderful.” “David Park’s ‘Four Women’ has everything you could ask…

Fashion statements: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits come to Stanford

09/22/16|Palo Alto Weekly

…dsuits are formed from memories. The Chicago artist’s creations are part sculpture and ornament, armor and instrument and are often worn as costumes and performed in. The energetic vibration of each single, insignificant article is magnified by how Cave chooses to bind them together. Each found object is transformed through the combination of color, history, function and sound. They force a reaction based on the viewer’s personal hist…

A new lust for art takes hold in Silicon Valley

05/15/17|SF Chronicle

…o Alto, would make sense to add to that list. But not so, says Glimcher. “There was no significant presence by a commercial gallery in Silicon Valley,” he explains. “When an amazing thing comes on the market, (art collectors in the area) can’t always get on a plane and go to New York to see them. So now that really amazing thing will come to them.” And there is certainly evidence of an increasing appetite for contemporary and modern art in the su…

Getting it down on paper: A different aspect of the Anderson Collection on view

05/30/18|Palo Alto Weekly

…rotect the fragile art on paper) sets a quiet mood and the small selection allows the visitor to linger and take in each work individually. Sometimes the connections are easily made. For example, Franz Kline’s “Untitled (Dancer at Islip)” uses the same bold, black, gestural strokes that can be seen in his paintings. Richard Diebenkorn’s carefully composed use of geometry and muted, cool colors relates directly to the evoca…

Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

09/20/14|SF Gate, Kenneth Baker (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…flanks Kelly’s “Black Ripe” (1955), in which a bulbous, central, flat black form swells nearly to the edges of a nearly square white canvas. It is almost as if Reinhardt had completed a thought broached by Kelly. Again, the collectors undoubtedly forged the affinity between the two works more than the painters themselves did, but it persuades the observer immediately. The Anderson Collection staff refers to the building’s…

Works by Pollock, de Kooning donated to Stanford’s Anderson Collection

10/28/19|The San Francisco Chronicle

…Anderson Collection. “They were really the leaders of the Abstract Expressionists in New York.” The announcement comes less than a week after the death of Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson, who has been the main benefactor of the collection since the death of her husband, Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson, in February 2018. Moo Anderson had committed the gifts months ago, in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Anderson Collection. She had been scheduled to a…

Stanford art museums, Frost Amphitheater begin to reopen

03/24/21|Stanford Report

…media channels.) “Our community has faced isolation and loss during the pandemic and we know people are looking for opportunities for engagement,” said Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts and associate vice president for campus engagement. “We hope that by reopening some of our wonderful community resources we are providing a way for members of the Stanford community and visitors from our surrounding communities t…