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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson didn’t know much about art – they’d dabbled in antiques – before they first visited Paris in 1964 and made their way into the Louvre. “We became so enamored with the visual experience that on the way home, we looked at each other and said, ‘How could all this have been going on and we not have been a part of it?’ ” said Harry “Hunk” Anderson. The muse…


Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…th colleges and universities, and in making this gift to Stanford 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. “H…


‘Animating the Inanimate’: Redefining an art form

…wist commanded the floor, armed with a translucent white expanse of silk cloth. Puppeteering is an art form that engages the entire body, as Twist quickly made apparent. Breathing heavily, Twist coaxed the material to form mesmerizing loops and spirals with powerful swings of his arms. At the end of his demonstration, Twist beckoned the crowd to give the cloth a standing ovation, placing the focus back onto his inanimate performer. By sharing bot…


The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience Posted: 09/24/2014 2:51 pm EDT  Updated: 2 hours ago Visiting the newly-opened Anderson Collection at Stanford requires taking everything — your body and 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&#8217…


The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…is one big gallery space fragmented by floating walls, creating a multitude of interconnected alcoves. The west end of the gallery where the Rothko and Pollock resides is a must see. Watching those masterpieces cozily facing one another as if engaged in a dialogue is worth the experience in itself. Surrounding them are works by Kline, Gottlieb, and Motherwell. All keeping in good company. I particularly love the smaller alcoves along the stairwe…


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…


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

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


Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

…uncongested view of the Anderson family’s magnificent gift of 121 pieces to the university. Soon after you enter the campus building, a striking illusion occurs. A long staircase – its gentle slope making for a comfortable ascent – leads the eye directly upward to Still’s “1957-J No. 1,” a 12-foot-long abstract painting that appears expansive as a movie screen. The building’s designer, Richard Olcott of E…


A&E Digest

A&E Digest: Student scholarships, fashion for a cause and more This week’s A&E news by Elizabeth Schwyzer / Palo Alto Weekly Twenty-seven student artists from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have been awarded scholarships for by the Community School of Music and Arts. Photo courtesy of CSMA. This week, students win art scholarships, a film on feminist art screens at Stanford and international fashion designers sell their goods…


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

…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 exhibition spans media and generations, documenting the important projects that occupy space in the world, merging politics and soc…


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

Tom Teicholz Contributor Arts I write about culture and the cult of luxury On a recent trip to San Francisco, I decided to make a short detour to 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…


Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…and Wayne Thiebaud. One of the Collection’s more notable works is Jackson Pollock’s “Lucifer” (1947), an oil and enamel drip painting on canvas. Jason Linetzky, who acted as the manager for the private collection while it was housed at the family’s Bay Area ranch home, will serve as the Anderson Collection’s director. The Collection is located at 314 Lomita Drive, and Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects designed the 33,000-square-foot, $36 millio…


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

…more than 20 years. She played a key role in fundraising efforts for the university’s arts district, which encompasses the two museums, the Bing Concert Hall and the McMurtry Building for Art and Art History. They were appointed last fall after the departure of former director Susan Dackerman. A lengthy investigation, begun after an exposé in the Stanford Daily, revealed a toxic work culture at the museum and ended with Dackerman’s re…


New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…1970s, and was finally acquired by Jantzen and Beth in 2016. Jantzen and Beth are thrilled that the painting is entering the Anderson Collection and becoming available to the community to enjoy. “We are dedicating this gift to the museum’s staff and volunteers in honor and recognition of all they do to share their passion with others for modern and contemporary art. We feel strongly that the Anderson Collection is the perfect home for this wonde…

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

…nd will be on view upon the museum’s reopening, hopefully in early 2021. A virtual tour of the show is available online now. “By sharing the work and voices of these contemporary artists, our visitors can engage with current issues while reflecting on work in the permanent collection,” said Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection. “Formed & Fired gives us an opportunity to present innovative sculptors who ground their work in soci…