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Forms That Don’t Yet Exist: Kiyan Williams Interviewed by Louis Bury

Kiyan Williams is not afraid to get dirty in quite literal ways. From a performance in which they emerged from a trash bag beside a New York City dumpster (Trash and Treasure [2014]) to a sculpture of uplifted, zombie-esque arms made from soil and installed without permission on the riverbank of a colonial-era slave dock site (Reaching Towards Warmer Suns [2020]), their art places them in intimate relation with the abject and the taboo so as to…

How the Stanford Arts District grew from a midair inspiration


Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

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…


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

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


Opening gala for Anderson Collection at Stanford draws artists

…ctors past and present: Connie Wolf of the Cantor Arts Center, Neal Benezraof the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, former Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco director Harry Parker and its current director, Colin Bailey, and Jason Linetzsky, head of the Anderson. The museum, open to the public for free, was intended to help in “cementing relationships across cultures,” Hunk Anderson said, and, he added, “make a great university a little bit grea…


A new lust for art takes hold in Silicon Valley

…and Z Gallerie buys. It was interior designer Jon de la Cruz who suggested the couple consider elevating their acquisitions. Four years later, the walls of their 1905 Craftsman are decorated with contemporary works from the likes of John Chiara, Gabriel Orozco, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra and Hiroshi Sugimoto. “We started buying a few pieces, learning a little bit more and discovering some more artists,” Allison Rose says. “It just kind of snowba…


Full House

…dersons, collecting has always been an evolutionary process. At the time they brought the Pollock home, they had almost no place to hang it because, as Putter recalled, the more public rooms of the house were already filled with her parents’ earlier acquisitions, by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Frederick Carl Frieseke; a Renoir was moved from Putter’s room to make way for the Pollock. The collecting bug bit them in 1964, on…


A Dorm-Food Fortune Has Funded the Best New Museum in Silicon Valley

…ol: abstract expressionists here, minimalists there, and so on. Moving from gallery to gallery, you can feel the Andersons developing their eyes as collectors: the abstract-expressionist work is spectacular—I was particularly taken with an Adolph Gottlieb, two Motherwells, and, happily, the red-orange Rothko I remembered from college—but there is also a sense of checking off names on a must-have list. The choices from there become a bit less perf…


A&E Digest

…ra and San Mateo County Schools, and were nominated by their classroom teachers based on their talent, hard work and demonstrated interest in art. The stduetns will be invited to take part in CSMA art programs. Those interested in learning more can go to arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800. FEMINIST ART ON FILM … On Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m., the Anderson Collection at Stanford University will host a free screening of filmmaker Lynn Hershm…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

When the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opens to the public this Sunday, visitors will be rewarded with a breathtaking introduction to one of the world’s most important private collections. The long-anticipated institution, adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center, features a formidable cache of modern and contemporary art and certifies the Bay Area’s growing international stature as a destination for lovers and scholars of 20t…


Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

…public at its 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 a…


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

…eums varies in its ability to provide a meaningful encounter with the art it presents. Which is why The Anderson as successful it is in the experience it 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


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

…porary American Ceramics at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. An exhibition of ceramics highlights artists who are reshaping 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…


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

…would comment on the status of the search for a permanent new museum director but Matthew Tiews, interim senior associate vice president for the arts, said the university “will launch a search for the next director of the Cantor Arts Center in the next few months.” During the closure, the museums made considerable efforts to remain relevant via virtual offerings, including online exhibitions, tours and lectures. Jason Linetzky, direc…


New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…, 1959, and works by other Bay Area figurative painters such as Stanford alumnus Richard Diebenkorn, Manuel Neri and Nathan Oliveira, who taught at Stanford. 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 ope…


A private art collection becomes a Stanford collection on Sunday, Sept. 21

…nting and sculpture. “What a remarkable moment we have arrived at – the opening of the Anderson Collection and the creation of a 21st-century home for a collection that will forever change the way students learn, faculty teaches and community engages with these outstanding modern and contemporary American artworks,” said Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection. “We could not have achieved this milestone without the e…

Fine Arts Feast


The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is a feast with all the trimmings

One of HUNK ANDERSON’s favorite observations about the remarkable artwork that once hung in his dining room, including Jackson Pollock’s Lucifer and Willem de Kooning’s Woman Standing – Pink, among others, is that one could enjoy a feast in the room without ever having a meal, thanks to the rich visual display. The feast proved moveable and equally rich when the paintings were relocated to the campus over the summer and served to the Stanford co…


A Private Passion Goes Public: Stanford’s Anderson Collection

…eir daughter’s bed hung the masterwork of the collection, Pollock’sLucifer (1947); canvases by Josef Albers and Ad Reinhardt flanked a curio cabinet. Over the breakfast table were works by Frank Stella and Wayne Thiebaud, and above the refrigerator an Ed Ruscha. Olcott wanted to approximate this close relationship without his design distracting attention from the works. “It’s all about the art,” he said, meaning no &…