Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

09/09/14|SF Gate, Kenneth Baker (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…rst 15 years together were consumed with the business and parenthood. In 1962, Saga partners decided to relocate company headquarters to Menlo Park. By the time the Andersons moved from Oberlin, Ohio, Saga Foods – as the company came to be called – served 136 institutions and was a financial success. When the Andersons discovered their passion for collecting in 1964, they started with French and American Impressionists – Claude…

Barrier

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…

Joan Brown with Neri Sculpture I

Manuel Neri, 1963, Water-based pigment, graphite, metallic paint on paper., 23 1/8 x 17 7/8 in.
Joan Brown with Neri Sculpture I, 1963

Joan Brown Neri met the painter Joan Brown at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in 1957, when both were taking a painting class with Elmer Bischoff, a central figure of the Bay Area Figurative movement. A romantic and artistic partnership ensued, and Brown became a frequent subject of Neri’s figure studies. His drawings and sculptures of Brown reveal an extraordinary sensitivity to the interconnected volume…

Joan Brown Seated

Manuel Neri, 1959, Aluminum with Alborada patina; oil-based pigments with yellow glaze. Cast 1963, re-patina applied 2016., 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 27 in.
Joan Brown Seated, 1959

…e artist’s hand and tools. Here, coated in Neri’s signature white patina, this unique aluminum cast—Neri’s first metal casting—preserves the look and tactility of the plaster original in a medium meant to last. Neri met the painter Joan Brown at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in 1957, when both were taking a painting class with Elmer Bischoff, a central figure of the Bay Area Figurative movement. A romant…

Window

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

Mark Tobey is considered a leader of the Northwest School, a group of artists working in the Seattle area who were influenced by both the nature of the Pacific Northwest and East Asian philosophy. In his late twenties, Tobey became fascinated by haiku, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, and mysticism, and he subsequently converted to the Baha’i World Faith. He believed that there could be no break between nature, art, science, religion, and one’s…

The Tale

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

…nt, 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 the canvas…Fusing abstraction and cartoonish figuration, Guston’s paintings from the late 1960s onward recalled some of the darkest aspects of modern life, including themes of postwar alienation, disembodiment, and the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in southern California. While critic…

Joan Brown Seated in Studio 13

Manuel Neri, 1958, Ink and graphite on paper., 25 1/2 x 24 in.
Joan Brown Seated in Studio 13, 1958

Joan Brown Neri met the painter Joan Brown at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) in 1957, when both were taking a painting class with Elmer Bischoff, a central figure of the Bay Area Figurative movement. A romantic and artistic partnership ensued, and Brown became a frequent subject of Neri’s figure studies. His drawings and sculptures of Brown reveal an extraordinary sensitivity to the interconnected volume…

Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

02/08/18|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…r 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 members of the community. Head and hands collection Harry W. Anderson was born in Corning, New York. His father and mother immigrated to the United States from Sweden and Norway, respectively. After serving in the…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

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

…torate in 1962 and was working full time, “my wife and I would go to the art fairs at Foothill College and buy a little tiny thing,” he says. “One thing led to another.” Engineering led to venture capital. Art fair posters have led to an apartment stuffed with the likes of Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud in a luxury retirement community on Stanford land. Burt McMurtry joined the board of trustees in 1997, and after f…

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

09/18/14|Contra Costa Times

…one thing, has there ever been a more vigorous, challenging half century of American art? Or one that mixed more media? The paintings, even traditional oil on canvas, may command attention. But materials on view here also include polyester resin, Plexiglas, wire mesh and tar, epoxy, aluminum and “vacuum-formed butyrate.” There’s a pair of steel chairs by Scott Burton that appear ready for a Cubist couple to sit down in them. Olc…

The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

09/24/14|Huffington Post

…t I came to see were the Bay Area paintings. A painter friend who doesn’t quite share my taste once called me “one of those David Park people,” and frankly I took that as a compliment. I 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 Olive…

The Magic of The Anderson Collection

10/08/14|Huffington Post

…rth 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 stairwell. Art looks so cozy in them. I felt a sense ease and belonging. Each room evokes a different atmosphere, some are meditative, others are lively and joyful. I love the cross-fertilization of paintings, sculptures, and colors throughout the museum. It creates a striking…

Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

06/05/20|A project of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University

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…

Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

09/20/14|SF Gate, Kenneth Baker (reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Chronicle)

…of art making – and of collecting, done right – generate such telling patterns. Another occurs in a nearby corner space where a cruciform black-on-black square “Abstract Painting, 1966” by Ad Reinhardt flanks Kelly’s “Black Ripe” (1955), in which a bulbous, central, flat black form swells nearly to the edges of a nearly square white canvas. It is almost as if Reinhardt had completed a thought broached by…

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

12/28/18|Forbes Magazine

…t provides is worth a visit. In the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, one still has the opportunity to commune with Hunk, Moo and Putter’s treasures and see, taste and feel how Art rocks your brain. I am an award-winning journalist and producer who has created print, video and online media content for Intel, The Museum of Tolerance and The Milken Family Foundation; and my work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Newsweek.com, The NY…

A&E Digest

04/17/15|Palo Alto Online

…y 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 for a good cause. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS … The Mountain View-based arts nonprofit, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), has…

Creations of Space and Light

02/22/16|San Jose Mercury News

…orldly. It appears to be floating. The disk blends with its shadows, which in turn seem to take on substance and merge with the disk. Prolonged gazing can make a viewer feel that he or she is levitating along with the work. Advertisement One work in this series commands its own wall at the Anderson Collection at Stanford. A conveniently placed bench aids visitors’ contemplation of the piece. The acrylic disk, 53 inches across, sports one st…

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

11/06/13|KQED

I got a preview Tuesday of a coming arts district and curriculum at Stanford University and the truly drool-worthy collection of modern art that will help anchor it. Jason Linetzky, director of Stanford’s Anderson Collection, led a small group of journalists around the collection at an office complex just off Sand Hill Road. Harry Anderson and his wife Mary are donating 121 paintings and drawings plus a small art library to Stanford, including w…

Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

09/19/14|The Stanford Daily

…, 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 online at anderson.stanford.edu, walk-up tickets will also be a…