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)

…lways approached collecting art as a team. “We’ve all read the same books, we’ve all looked at the same pictures, ” Moo said, “and that’s how you get to see things the same way. Hunk and I have never asked one another to give up and say, ‘I’m going to buy it whether you like it or not.’ There’s too much good art to be had to argue about something that one of us doesn’t really like….

Sky Garden

Louise Nevelson, 1959-1964, enamel on wood, 99 5/8 x 61 x 17 1/2 in.
Sky Garden, 1959-1964

…lose examination of the sculpture reveals wooden table legs, banisters, and jagged planks. Nevelson began making these wooden constructions in the 1950s after relocating to New York City and taking classes at the Art Students League. These large-scale sculptures sometimes approach a monumental scale, like Sky Garden, or grow into environments, taking over full rooms. Nevelson spent much of her career in New York City, but she shares a sense of is…


Mark Tobey, 1953, casein on board on masonite, 44 3/8 x 28 1/2 in.
Window, 1953

…put himself and his work at a geographic and philosophical remove. In the paintings he made after converting to the Baha’i faith in 1918, Tobey sought to convey the sense of unity preached by his religion. He explained, “I’ve tried to decentralize and interpenetrate so that all parts of a painting are of related value. Perhaps I’ve hoped even to penetrate perspective and bring the far near.” Tobey was based for much of his career in Seattle, wha…

The Tale

Philip Guston, 1961, oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 72 in.
The Tale, 1961

In 1919, Philip Guston moved from Montreal to Los Angeles with his family. A high school classmate of Jackson Pollock, Guston trained for a year at the Otis Art Institute before moving to New York to pursue abstract painting. Like Pollock, Guston was interested in the expressivity of paint, albeit with a much different effect. In The Tale, thick oil paint is layered to form a dense, patchwork-like composition that culminates near the center of t…

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

12/28/18|Forbes Magazine

…the Anderson Collection at Stanford University (easily reachable by public transport from San Francisco or from the airport) – it is very much worth the trip. The Anderson Collection is very much focused on American Art of the 20thCentury in general, with a specific concentration on West Coast art movements and artists. It has neither the ambition to be exhaustively encyclopedic or to go narrowly deep on one artist in particular. What I found pa…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

05/13/14|SFGate, Sam Whiting (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…nd shiny siding won’t clash with the Romanesque sandstone of the Main Quad. Designed by Ennead Architects, in the ranch-house style of the Anderson home in Atherton, the Anderson Collection is its own entity with its own director and team of curators, separate from Cantor. The McMurtry Building, at 96,000 square feet on four levels, will be three times the size of Anderson and cost more than twice as much, $85 million. The design is angular…

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

11/13/14|The New York Times

…ble reasons,” Mr. Lentz said. Campus museums and arts centers, offering performances and public exhibitions, are intended in part to help schools mend strains with their communities while appealing to students who “expect an advanced university to have an art museum as part of what they offer, especially in a world where the visual is so foregrounded,” Mr. Lentz added. But the seeming boom also comes at a time of unprecedented criticism of how co…

The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

09/24/14|Huffington Post

…wo Lobdell abstractions, terrific paintings by Christopher Brown and Squeak Carnwath and you will have some idea of how strong the presence of California painting is at the Anderson Collection. 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 a…

Hot Art Bling the New Thing on the Peninsula

04/27/16|KQED Arts

…gered species,” says Rhyena Halpern, who oversees the city’s public investment in the arts as assistant director of Palo Alto’s Community Services Department. “Because the cost of living is so high, and the cost of doing business is so high.” But the very same economic boom has created more people in a position to invest in art. Pace, Halpern says, could well be the harbinger of things to come. “That they took this risk to come here to see what t…

Stanford unveils the Anderson Collection: New museum dedicated to renowned works of American art

09/19/14|Palo Alto Online

…of the art is installed, leads directly to an encounter with Clyfford Still’s “1957-J No.1.” The work is an interesting choice for such a focal point; large in scale, with only three colors of paint (red, black, white) applied thickly with a palette knife. Its jagged forms and bold composition are confrontational and somewhat unsettling. Look to the left, however, and the eye takes in the cheerful swirls and bright pastels tha…

Construction on Anderson Collection art museum begins

10/10/12|The Stanford Daily

…. Alexander Nemerov, provostial professor of arts and humanities, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, said the Anderson Collection and the rest of the ‘Arts District,’ which will include the Cantor Arts Center, the Bing Concert Hall and the McMurtry Building, will be a source of inspiration for Stanford’s students of the arts. “Any such extraordinary addition to what is available to Stanford students must give them that much more of a chanc…

A private art collection becomes a Stanford collection on Sunday, Sept. 21

09/17/14 |Press Release, Stanford Report

…the world and invite you to became a part of the journey.” Stanford constructed a building exclusively for the collection within the expanding arts district, and over the summer the collection moved in. The building is adjacent to Cantor Arts Center and the planned McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History (opening in 2015), and across Palm Drive from Bing Concert Hall. Total cost for construction of the building for the A…

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

08/25/15|KQED Arts

Fall, a season experienced in other climates as crisp weather, woolly sweaters, crunchy leaves and autumnally-appropriate spiced drinks. Here in the Bay Area, September is much the same as August, except with more exciting visual art events on the calendar and a slight spike in temperatures. Don’t know where to start for a healthy dose of excellent art? Here are eight suggestions for not-to-miss exhibitions, installations, public art projects an…

‘Formed & Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics’ at the Anderson Collection breaks the mold

12/11/20|Stanford News

…came to the forefront this year. I can’t help but want to be in the galleries to look at his work really closely in response. In addition, his use of news clippings illustrates this moment of reckoning in our country. “Not to mention that views on the tactile have changed so much in the last six months,” Shapiro continued. “The handmade is more meaningful now – and perhaps is even more so when you consider how purposeful these artists utilize for…

Stanford’s Anderson Collection museum to feature trove of couple’s art

07/11/14|Los Angeles Times

…rhol and others were donated to the museum in 1992 and seven Frank Stella paintings from 1959 to 1988 were given in 2001. Much of their collection was shown at the museum in 2000, in “Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection.” (They also collected prints and gave more than 650 to San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums in 1996, which transferred them to the De Young.) However, what the Andersons call their “core collectio…

Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

02/08/18|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…rd we anticipate the students, the public and the entire art community will have the opportunity to fully engage the collection. Hopefully, this gift makes a great university greater, and the world a grain of salt better.” “Hunk Anderson had an infectious enthusiasm and passion for art, and for sharing art to benefit society broadly,” said Stanford President Emeritus John Hennessy. “He just lit up whenever he described what each work meant, and h…

A Dorm-Food Fortune Has Funded the Best New Museum in Silicon Valley

11/21/14|Vanity Fair

…er-party guests must have been very careful with their Cokes and Cheetos. (The San Francisco Chronicle estimates the painting, Lucifer, might fetch as much as $100 million at auction.) Maybe because I was used to seeing art in generously sized museums—and still am—the intimate, close-quarters abundance of the Andersons’ home struck me then as a higher-end form of pack-rattery. Ever since, I’ve wondered what it would be like to live day in, da…

How to find love at the Anderson Collection

09/30/14|The Stanford Daily

…e its collection to Stanford, and last week, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opened its doors for the first time. The Andersons didn’t know much about art at first, but they suffered something of a coup de foudre at the Louvre in 1964. Since then, Hunk, Moo and Putter have devoted themselves to the art of art appreciation, partly by seeking advice from local artists. Perhaps this is why much of the collection is focused “close to h…