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Stanford unveils the Anderson Collection: New museum dedicated to renowned works of American art

…y Patricia Anderson Pence. The history of their collecting is by now the stuff of legend: After a trip to Europe in the 1960s, Hunk and Moo decided to educate themselves about art in order to build a collection. They sought out the best examples by the most noteworthy artists available, and had the good fortune — and foresight — to purchase stellar works by artists working in the Abstract Expressionist movement before prices became pr…

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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…

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Creations of Space and Light

…quare-foot garden in 1972. The garden opened to the public along with the Getty Center in 1997. Irwin is gaining international attention for his massive, $5 million project on the grounds of the Chinati Foundation, the mecca of large-scale works in Marfa, Texas, founded by the sculptor Donald Judd. After more than a decade of planning, Irwin’s 10,000-square-foot structure, on the site of a derelict Army hospital, is slated for completion la…

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Stanford’s Anderson Collection museum to feature trove of couple’s art

…And it includes the resin people, the light people and the ceramics people. The Anderson collection is different in that it tries to include all these things.” I think in order to enjoy art, you have to share it. – Mary Margaret ‘Moo’ Anderson From the outset, the Andersons wanted to engage their daughter Putter in art, but her passion was for all things equestrian. When she was quite young, the family visited an Emil…

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“Reaching Towards Warmer Suns”: A Q&A with artist Kiyan Williams ’13

…find connections between the environment we inhabit and the experiences and histories of Black and queer people in America through the lens of migration diaspora. When I was originally making “Reaching Towards Warmer Suns,” I was living in Richmond, Virginia, and teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. I would go on walks by the river while I was exploring the city, and I learned that the trail that I would walk along was a former dock wit…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration

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

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…l be on view when the museum reopens on Sept. 22, 2021. “I am extremely grateful to Keith Jantzen and Scott Beth for their generous gift to the Anderson Collection,” said Jason Linetzky, director of the museum. “The addition of this work focuses renewed attention on David Park, a compassionate artist and educator whose inventive spirit and camaraderie with artists forever transformed the landscape of figurative painting in California and beyond….

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

…in the Stanford Daily, revealed a toxic work culture at the museum and ended with Dackerman’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…

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

…pottery and medicinal clay to 3D-printed joints and pajamas that restore athletes’ muscles, the use of ceramics for objects rooted in decoration, ritual and utility is as old as it is expansive. The practices of four living artists whose exploration of the medium provides commentary on its past and insight for the future are presented in Formed & Fired: Contemporary American Ceramics at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. An exhi…

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Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…ts 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 visitors can reserve timed tickets online at anderson.s…

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Meet Manuel Neri’s Muses: ‘Assertion of the Figure’ highlights the models behind the sculpture

…bject for the male artist to objectify. Rather, she’s a collaborator. You feel each woman’s presence in the work, side by side with the man who shaped it. Neri and Nakamura (sometimes referred to as Makiko) met in Carrara, Italy. He established a studio there in order to access marble from those famous quarries. She was the model for Makida III, a large, marble head with unseeing, absent or closed eyes. While her lips and nose are cle…

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A New Museum for Stanford—and a New Neighbor for Us!

On September 21, the Anderson Collection building opened at the Palo Alto campus of Stanford University—our frequent partner-in-crime when it comes to celebrating the West. Designed by the same team that created Stanford’s stellar Bing Concert Hall, the structure houses 121 works of modern and contemporary American art, all donated by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. Of course, we’re most excited about the pieces that have a Western flavor:…

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Top 10 art shows as rising rents force out S.F. artists

…knew too well. Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums: The Stanford University Libraries presented to the public for the first time at the Cantor Arts Center the full riches of albums they received decades ago in which the luckless but relentless Carleton Watkins recorded the prising open of the American West by alien forces both commercial and cultural. Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art From the Weisel Family Collection: The de Young Mus…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

…rams reveals that museum has taken full advantage of its placement on a university campus and the opportunity to interface with a variety of departments, many of which are not art-oriented. Several years ago, The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics took over the entire museum, creating “soundscapes” that visitors could enjoy while viewing the art. “One of the exciting things we have as a museum here is to collabo…

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Eamon Ore-Giron: Non Plus Ultra

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The Do List: Cy and David’s Picks

…ong on her new album Black Terry Cat and during the NPR Tiny Desk Concert above). The social critique is wrapped in a tight, funky arrangement, summing up the appeal of this Cuba Rican singer: she writes danceable tunes that make you think. Made to order for a KQED Arts audience. Details of her Saturday show at the Independent are here.   Sept. 21 – 25: The Berkeley Old time Music Convention is both a conference for the artists and a chance…

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Anderson Collection a modern art trove not to be missed

…bert Irwin’s untitled disk is capturing people’s attention. There’s this shadow quality — he was very interested in the transience of time and light. Hopefully you get lost in it a little bit.” “Agnes Martin’s (Untitled #21) is another work that I would hope people come and spend time with. There are just these subtleties to the painting, and the balance of the palette is really wonderful.” “David Park’s ‘Four Women’ has everything you could ask…