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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

…t of it?’ ” said Harry “Hunk” Anderson. The museum excursion lasted only half a day, but it turned into a lifetime of collecting art. Fifty years and about 2,000 acquisitions later, “Hunk” and “Moo” Anderson – who made their fortune in the food service business – enjoy the sort of monosyllabic recognition in the American art scene that Sting, Cher and Prince command in pop culture. Kirk…




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

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


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 Magic of The Anderson Collection

…rs and artists. They filled their home with masterpieces, welcoming each as a new family member. Living with art is a joy only collectors can appreciate. “When you get to live with art, everyday it changes”, says Moo Anderson. Fast-forward 50 years, they’ve collected one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art. The wherewithal came from a flourishing business venture (Saga…


The Anderson Collection at Stanford: An Uplifting Experience

…tanding between Pollock’s Lucifer and Mark Rothko’s Pink and White Over Red is pretty cool, but what 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 p…


Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

…suits 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 broach…


A&E Digest

…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…


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

…m Francis, Kenneth Noland, 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…


Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…te 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 members of the comm…


Creations of Space and Light

…ion: precise color of the gallery wall and exact placement of four spotlights. When properly displayed, the disk is otherworldly. 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 co…

Stephanie Syjuco: White Balance/Color Cast

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

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…anford. 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 reopens to the public on Sept. 22 after being closed several months for maintenance. The permanent collection is being c…


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

…erman’s resignation in late November. The university has been circumspect about personnel matters, but did issue a press release at the time indicating that a transition team “will work closely with stakeholders from across the campus and community to situate the museum for ongoing success.” Mitchell and Brezinski discussed their new roles and goals in recent email interviews with this news organization. When asked if the Cantor…


Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure

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

…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 contemporary artists, our visitors can engage with current issues while reflecting on work in the per…