Paintings by Norman Lewis

January 5 – March 27, 2017

Norman Lewis, <em>Many Faces of Legend</em>, 1962

The three paintings on loan from the Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Guiffrida Collection, help tell a fuller story of artists working during the post-war period, notably by those often left out of modern and contemporary American art history.

The work is installed in concert with Symposium: Refracting Abstraction which took place January 27-28, 2017. The symposium allowed the museum to look in depth at black artists working abstractly at mid-century in order to nurture the growing scholarship in this area. This symposium aimed to make visible intertwined narratives in order to explore how blackness and the Abstract Expressionist movement have been tethered all along; but more often than not, their periodic overlapping aims tend to move between invisibility and hypervisibility depending on the needs of a public.


Norman Lewis, Many faces of a Legend, 1962

Constructive Interference: Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox

Wisch Family Gallery

September 9, 2015 – August 15, 2016

In appreciation of the Anderson family’s commitment to mid-career contemporary artists and in celebration of the fall 2015 opening of the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History, the Anderson Collection presents a focused exhibition in the Wisch Family Gallery of works by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox. Both graduates of Stanford University, these artists explore ideas of process, material manipulation and chance. Auerbach received her BA in Visual Studies in 2003, and Fox received his MFA in 1988. The exhibition is comprised of drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture. These works, on loan from the Anderson family, will reflect a variety of working methods employed by Auerbach and Fox.

Mark Fox, KillR, 2010, color pencil, linen tape, pencil, and ink on paper with PVA, 20 x 16 x 16 in. Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, 2010.006. Tauba Auerbach, Untitled (Fold), 2012, acrylic on canvas on wooden stretcher, 80 x 60 in. Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, 2012.008.

New on View: Leo Holub and the Artist Portrait Project

September 9, 2015 – August 15, 2016

Twelve portraits on view portray photographer Leo Holub and artists included in the permanent collection. These portraits celebrate the rotation of new works into the galleries and the artists who made them.

Peaceful Presence: Leo Holub and the Artist Portrait Project

September 21, 2014 – August 23, 2015

   oliveira                winters             celmins

Nathan Oliveira, Stanford 1982; Terry Winters, New York 1992; Vija Celmins, New York 1986, © Estate of Leo Holub.

Located on the first floor, the Wisch Family Gallery features portraits of fifty-five of the artists whose work is on view in the museum. This exhibition presents a range of images, from formal portraits to candid shots that shed light on the practices and creative processes of their influential subjects.

In the mid-1980s, the Andersons commissioned Leo Holub (1916–2010), a beloved Stanford professor who had founded the University’s photography program in 1969, to take photographs of the artists whose work was then featured in the family’s collection. Over the next ten years, Holub traveled around the country, visiting the studios and galleries of more than 110 artists and quietly capturing each of them with a 6 x 7 cm Mamiya camera. Characterized by Holub as “one of the highlights of my life,” the project culminated with the publication of a four-volume portfolio, produced in an edition of two, from which this exhibition is drawn. The photographs themselves and Holub’s stories of his experience making them remain an integral part of the Anderson family’s collection.