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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

…, not to mention the jaw-dropping treasures on the walls. A long, straight hallway in the Andersons’ house connects the entry and living area with the bedrooms. Before the gift to Stanford, man-size abstract paintings by Philip Guston, William Baziotes and Ellsworth Kelly confronted one another across that corridor, making it impossible for the collectors and visitors alike to get any viewing distance on them. “We have never bought a…

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Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…to Wayne Thiebaud. The collection is anchored in the work of the New York School and incorporates key modern and contemporary artists, collected in depth and across media. Major movements represented include Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting, Post-Minimalism, California Funk Art, Bay Area Figurative Art, Light and Space and contemporary painting and sculpture. Hunk Anderson was known for his infectious enthusiasm and passion for art. (…

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Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

…torical 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). Ariza holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a co-founder of Womxn Art Handlers and a cu…

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The Magic of The Anderson Collection

Pollock’s Lucifer now resides at Stanford University and is welcoming visitors. The news is of significance to everyone for reasons described in this article. Lucifer, the crown jewel of the Anderson Collection, moved to Stanford with a retinue of 120 colorful accomplices he’s befriended while living at the Andersons’ residence. The whole gang is now happily installed in a custom-designed museum on the Stanford campus. With ro…

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The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

…think that one of the most valuable things that the Anderson Collection is going to do over time is to create a conversation between postwar art from both coasts. Along with Pollock, De Kooning and Rothko there are three Diebenkorns, three Oliveiras, two terrific Paul Wonners and a great David Park. Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown are conspicuously absent, but you can see their work — and two more fine Diebenkorn canvases — at the Cant…

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

…on Collection at Stanford University. An exhibition of ceramics highlights artists who are reshaping ceramics in concept and craftsmanship. The exhibition – which features 11 works by Kathy Butterly, Kahlil Robert Irving, Simone Leigh and Brie Ruais – was postponed from spring 2020 and 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…

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

…the next director of the Cantor Arts Center in the next few months.” During the closure, the museums made considerable efforts to remain relevant via virtual offerings, including online exhibitions, tours and lectures. Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection, said, “The closure provided opportunities for the museums to develop digital content and tours and present virtual programs with contemporary artists, museum docents…

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Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure

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

…, Robert Motherwell, Willem DeKooning, Robert Irwin, Frank Stella, a great Larry Poons. In this setting, in this context, contemporary works by Mary Weatherford, Christopher Brown can be deeply considered. And then there is the Pollock and the Rothkos. I could have spent hours looking at them. The Pollock, Lucifer, is from 1947. It stands between two worlds, like Heaven and Hell itself, one in which painting was composed and paintbrushes moved th…

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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…

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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…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

When the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opens to the public this Sunday, visitors will be rewarded with a breathtaking introduction to one of the world’s most important private collections. The long-anticipated institution, adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center, features a formidable cache of modern and contemporary art and certifies the Bay Area’s growing international stature as a destination for lovers and scholars of 20t…

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Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

The Anderson Collection opens 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 visito…

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…with artists forever transformed the landscape of figurative painting in California and beyond. Their gift helps contextualize Park’s practice and expands opportunities for research, teaching and exhibition of the artist’s work in conversation with 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 th…