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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

…one we wanted, we couldn’t afford it.” The Andersons’ gift to Stanford of a mere 121 works may not sound like much, but museum directors around the region and the nation have long salivated at the prospect of receiving even a fraction of what the Andersons call their “core collection.” It includes not merely good, but supreme, canonical works by giants such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Richard…

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Instead of Changing Leaves, Peep Eight Bay Area Art Shows this Fall

…ists’ Interventions 1970s – Now brings together a group of female artists working in the public realm. Believing not all public art is monumental and not all monumental art is truly impactful,Public Works focuses on temporary interventions online and in the urban environment. The list of participating artists — too lengthy to mention here — is an impressive one, including off-site commissions by Constance Hockaday and Jenifer K. Wofford. The exhi…

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Palette Cleanser: A new campus museum quietly serves up a visual banquet

…row of clerestory windows. “The massing is sympathetic to the site, and the larger second-story volume creates a covered walkway that is a modern interpretation of the campus’ traditional pedestrian arcade,” says Olcott. In plan, the building has a subtle bow-tie shape. The cladding kicks the impact of the unassuming form up a notch. Inspired by the strong California sun, the architects used folded glass-fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) to…

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Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…ft of art to Stanford was made with other donors in 1993 when they funded the completion of Stanford Wall (1980) by Josef Albers, currently installed near Littlefield Center. Albers donated the design for the sculpture in 1973, but the sculpture was not fully realized and installed until after his death. In a joint statement by the Andersons in 2011 regarding their intention to give Stanford a significant portion of their prized art collection, t…

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Why US universities are investing in their art museums

…other alumni finished the job. “Donors saw an opportunity to break new ground in developing programmes that had not been traditionally emphasised at Duke,” Lindroth says. Princeton, on the other hand, has not found it as easy to fund its planned Lewis Center after an initial $101m donation from the late insurance executive Peter Lewis in 2006. “The fact that it was such a large gift might have discouraged people who thought the arts are taken ca…

Stanford’s art explosion in heart of Silicon Valley

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Anderson Collection pieces lock in a home at Stanford

…s “Zeltweg,” a heavy, nine-piece, mixed-media painting that resembles a kids’ slot car track. So when it arrives by heavy Freightliner on a mid-August morning, Anderson and his wife, Mary Margaret (Hunk and Moo, as they are known to just about everyone who has ever met them), come by to see its installation and note its symbolism as the last big artwork to take its place in the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. “Well, what do yo…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

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A new lust for art takes hold in Silicon Valley

…Kong and Seoul. It may seem like San Francisco, rather than Palo 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 a…

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Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

A project of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University Hosted by art historian and the associate director of ITALIC at Stanford, Kim Beil, the micro-video series “Up Close: One Painting Tours with Artists” focuses on a single object in the Anderson Collection, sparking dialogue with a guest artist. This project is made possible by a grant from Stanford Arts and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Artist Rebekah Goldstein explor…

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The Cantor and Anderson Collection offer free membership to Class of 2020

The Cantor and Anderson Collection offer free membership to Class of 2020…

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The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

…your expectations — up a level. After entering the building’s main lobby — which will cost you nothing as the Anderson is free — you will ascend a grand staircase that plateaus at the building’s collection floor. Upon arrival, prepare to be confronted by the imposing red, black and ivory crags of Clyfford Still’s monumental1957-J No. 1 (PH-142). Still’s uncompromising masterpiece sets the tone and sends a…

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The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…llection represents a milestone in Stanford history, it also is a gift to humanity. Connoisseurs will be touched by its charm. If you are intimidated by art museums, this one will make you feel at ease. The rooms are living-room size not museum size, giving one a feeling of what it is to live with art. Museums are usually places for art to be seen. This museum feels like a place for art to live in. A lady sitting on a bench next to me summed it w…

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Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…ood trucks, music, activities and digital tours. Admission is free, and while visitors can reserve timed tickets online at anderson.stanford.edu, walk-up tickets will also be available. Donated by Harry W. Anderson, Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is the core of the Andersons’ private art collection, which features post-World War II American art. The 121-piece collection has…

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…his contemporaries.” Park gave the portrait to his sitter, Tom Jefferson, as recorded on the back of the canvas by Jefferson: “Berkeley, Calif. This painting was given to me in the spring of 1957 by the artist David Park. The model is me – I worked for Park as a model during 1956 & 1957. J. Thomas Jefferson.” The painting passed through several different hands, was included in a Park retrospective exhibition organized by the Newport Harbor A…

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

…on to current health policies such as mask mandates, timed tickets and social distancing rules, perhaps the most notable difference can be found at the Cantor, which is now being led by two interim directors, Elizabeth Mitchell and Maude Brezinski. Mitchell, who is the curator of prints, drawings and photographs, has worked at the museum since 2010. Brezinski is the executive director of development for the arts and has led capital campaigns and…