Timeless Clock

David Smith, 1957, silver, 20 3/8 x 26 x 6 1/2 in.
Timeless Clock, 1957

Trained as a welder and painter in New York, Smith created metal assemblages that challenged the traditional notion of sculpture as something carved or modeled. Timeless Clock exemplifies Smith’s skill and attention to detail. Working at an intimate scale with a precious metal, Smith imbued this frozen timepiece with the complexity and precision of fine jewelry, yet its elaborate open fretwork retains the spontaneity of drawing in air. Timeless…

Stanford Builds Arts District With $36 Million Postwar Museum

09/19/14|Bloomberg Business Week

…graphs by the Swiss emigre best known for the 1959 book “The Americans.” The show features 130 of Frank’s images from the ’50s and ’60s, most from Stanford’s permanent collection and including a few from the classic book. Curated by Peter Galassi, formerly of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibition offers fresh images in the same unsentimental style as “The Americans.” The Cantor has also mounted an exhibition of 10 Pop Art works, in…

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

12/28/18|Forbes Magazine

…d 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 art movements and artists. It has neither the ambition to be exhaustively encyclopedic or to go narrowly deep on one artist in…

Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

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

…ve never bought a piece about which we said, ‘Oh, it’ll go there,’ ” Moo said. “We buy it and eventually find a place for it.” The Andersons have plenty of art left to fill the walls of their newly deserted living room and den, but nothing will quite take the place of a Clyfford Still – bought from the late senior curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art – so large that it barely fit between…

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

11/13/14|The New York Times

…do a materials lab, an art-conservation suite and a study center, where students, faculty and visitors can learn from the collection of 250,000 objects. It’s an intricate puzzle piece, serving many agendas, the fruit of a tortured history and about $400 million. The renovation survived the economic crash, when Harvard stopped a billion-dollar lab complex that was to inaugurate a campus expansion in nearby Allston. “We were the only ones to come o…

Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

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

…17, 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 discover her work here https://www.marcelapardo.com/ and follow her on Instagram. Artist Davina Semo explores Vija Celmins’ Barrier Davina Semo has a BA in Visual Arts from Br…

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

11/06/13|KQED

…erson collection is a careful balance between abstract and figurative works. The Andersons have had the money to buy the best. Harry Anderson and two friends founded Saga Foods (now owned by Marriott) in 1948 while students at New York state’s Hobart College, and Anderson, 93, said today the company was profitable from day one. After seeing the works in the collection’s headquarters on Sand Hill Road, we went to the Andersons’ home on the Peninsu…

Free Museums’ Membership for the Class of 2020!

06/02/20|Stanford Art Museums

The Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University miss seeing you. We are eager to welcome you back to campus, share art and connect over ideas. Now through August 31, 2020, we are offering all Stanford graduates in the class of 2020 one year of free Ambassador membership ($100 value*) to both museums. Each membership covers up to two adults and children within a single household. To get your FREE membership, fill out t…

A Private Passion Goes Public: Stanford’s Anderson Collection

10/22/14|Art in America

…uses a gift of 121 classic postwar and contemporary American paintings and sculptures. Artists represented range from mid-century giants like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning to contemporary artists including Martin Puryear. The collection is a gift from Harry “Hunk” Anderson, a co-founder of the Saga food-service company, his wife Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson and their daughter Mary Patricia “Putter” Ande…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

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

…home in Atherton, the Anderson Collection is its own entity with its own director and team of curators, separate from Cantor. The McMurtry Building, at 96,000 square feet on four levels, will be three times the size of Anderson and cost more than twice as much, $85 million. The design is angular and sleek, with a wraparound zinc skin. It won’t open until fall of 2015, but it will be completed a year from now, and McMurtry is pushing the sch…

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

09/18/14|Contra Costa Times

…was to come.   At the right side of this gallery is Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park #60” from 1973 with its cool blue geometric variations. Facing it, on the left wall, is Wayne Thebaud’s “Candy Counter” from 1962, unusually muted in blues and grays with a few pops of bright color. Not far away is Louise Nevelson’s “Sky Garden” (1959-1964), a tall black-enameled assemblage of wood scraps…

Mary Margaret ‘Moo’ Anderson, modern art collector and benefactor, dead at 92

10/25/19|The San Francisco Chronicle

…r Arts Center, the main campus museum. Since then, the two buildings have become major art destinations, drawing 250,000 visitors a year. Though Hunk Anderson, with his military flattop and folksy style, was the face of the operation, Moo was just as active in the partnership. “This has been a family affair from the beginning,” said Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection. “Moo led from the heart and was a lifelong learner, endlessly…

Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

02/08/18|Anderson Collection at Stanford University

…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 U.S. Ar…

Harry ‘Hunk’ Anderson, modern art collector and philanthropist, dies at 95

02/08/18|Sam Whiting I San Francisco Chronicle

….Y., and raised in the small town in the state’s Southern Tier, south of the Finger Lakes region. His father was from Sweden and his mother from Norway. During World War II, he served in the Army on a crew that built a pipeline from India to Burma. He came home in 1946 with an Army-issue haircut and used the GI Bill to enroll at Hobart College in New York, where he hit on an idea to improve the dormitory food. He formed a partnership with two oth…