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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

…one we wanted that we could afford, and when we finally found 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 suc…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration


The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

…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 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 i…


Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…that would curate it in perpetuity, so that it could be used, shared and seen, reflected his philosophy that art can and should inspire all of us. All of us at Stanford will always have the deepest affection for Hunk as a generous, big-hearted man.” To date, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University has been seen by nearly 250,000 visitors. Every work in the museum is viewable online and the collection has grown through gifts from other memb…


Hot Art Bling the New Thing on the Peninsula

…g in anticipation. But downtown San Francisco is not the only place where truly exciting things are happening on the visual arts front. Super-star artist James Turrell, for instance, is touching down in Palo Alto with a pocket-sized exhibition this week, ahead of a major retrospective of his work at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art in late May. Turrell is famous for his meditations on light and space that play with your depth perception. Take…

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

Elite Collection of Modern Masters to Anchor Stanford’s Growing ‘Arts District’

Review: Anderson Collection of 20th-century art opens Sept. 21


The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…cross-fertilization of paintings, sculptures, and colors throughout the museum. It creates a striking patchwork of colors and unexpected juxtapositions. If the Anderson Collection 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 wha…


Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

…ile 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). Ariza holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a co-founder of Womxn Art Handlers and a current member of the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure. You can discov…


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

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


New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…rea figurative painters such as Stanford alumnus Richard Diebenkorn, Manuel Neri and Nathan Oliveira, who taught at Stanford. Bay Area figurative art is a particular strength of the Anderson Collection and the second Park painting is an important acquisition. A collection of essays about the painting by Nancy Boas, Helen Park Bigelow and John Seed will be available in the galleries and online at the time of the opening. The Anderson Collection re…


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

…to art tours, then they started to loan art works most notably to the San Francisco Museum of Art and eventually they established the Anderson Collection at Stanford where admission is free (in the short film one can watch the artworks leaving their home). The Ground floor features a space for temporary exhibitions. When I visited there was an exhibition called Salon Style II, which featured a grouping of works on paper by several of the artists…


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

…ntext of a changed and changing society. “In particular, Kahlil Robert Irving’s work resonates with me right now in a very contemporary way. He looks at what’s discarded and hand crafts it, with great care, into a beautiful object that’s given a different life,” said Aimee Shapiro, director of programming and engagement at the Anderson Collection. “He’s a young artist whose work addresses issues of police brutality and racism – issues that have e…


A&E Digest

…ade, 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 to take part in CSMA art programs. Those interested in learning more can go to arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800. FEMINIST ART ON FILM … On Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m., the Anderson Collection at Stanford University will host a free screening…


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

…uchscreen kiosks) alongside Edward Hopper: New York Corner, a recently-acquired work by an artist who influenced the young Diebenkorn when he studied at Stanford as an undergrad. And complementing the sketchbook theme is Artists at Work, a show that promise to “demystify” the artistic process. But what I’m most excited about is an exhibition at the Anderson Collection. Constructive Interference: Tauba Auerbach and Mark Foxpresents the work of two…


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

…nerable Rodin sculpture collection, for example), there have been some significant changes at both museums since they last welcomed in-person visitors. In addition 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,…


Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…to the public at its new Stanford University home this Sunday, Sept. 21, in a freestanding pavilion next to the Cantor Arts Center in the University’s growing arts district. Members of the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection can also attend a special preview of the museum on Sept. 20. Opening day festivities will include food trucks, music, activities and digital tours. Admission is free, and while visitors can reserve timed tickets o…

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