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Stanford University's free museum of modern and contemporary American art

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

…dern-art collection donated by a local family who, to further confound your preconceptions, made its fortune not in tech but food service. If your college campus meals were supplied by Saga Corp., you can take comfort in knowing that, whatever you thought of the fajitas or salad bar, some of the profits were spent on undeniably great works by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Louise Nevelson, Robert Motherwell, and Frank Stella. The museum, with 121…

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The Magic of The Anderson Collection

…a striking patchwork of colors and unexpected juxtapositions. If the Anderson Collection represents a milestone in Stanford history, it also is a gift to humanity. Connoisseurs will be touched by its charm. If you are intimidated by art museums, this one will make you feel at ease. The rooms are living-room size not museum size, giving one a feeling of what it is to live with art. Museums are usually places for art to be seen. This museum feels…

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Up Close: One Painting Tours With Artists

…ists” 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 explores Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park #60 Rebekah Goldstein is a San Francisco-based painter. Click here to explore her work. Follow her on Instagram. Artist Marcela Pardo Ariza explores Paul Wonner’s…

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

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Anderson Collection pieces lock in a home at Stanford

…hey’re not the irreplaceables. The irreplaceables are here (at Stanford).” The irreplaceables The irreplaceables include work by Jackson Pollock, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and the Frank Stella now coming up the elevator in a wooden crate. The “Zeltweg” story is indicative of how the Andersons built their collection. As Hunk tells it, the acquisition began with a doubles match at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Stella and San Francisc…

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Palette Cleanser: A new campus museum quietly serves up a visual banquet

…s museum quietly serves up a visual banquet. By Lydia Lee It’s tempting for designers to try to turn art museums into works of art themselves. But what if the client’s directive is just the opposite? A new campus museum in the Bay Area by the New York–based firm Ennead Architects may disappoint those hoping for a bigger architectural statement. However, as designed to house the 121 works of the Anderson Collection, a choice selection of postwar A…

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Fashion statements: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits come to Stanford

…ns. Each item he finds holds a story — the energetic imprint from every previous owner, which he assembles into his Soundsuits. In that way, it can be said that Soundsuits are formed from memories. The Chicago artist’s creations are part sculpture and ornament, armor and instrument and are often worn as costumes and performed in. The energetic vibration of each single, insignificant article is magnified by how Cave chooses to bind the…

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Getting it down on paper: A different aspect of the Anderson Collection on view

…ts. It is said that she initiated the practice of pouring thinned-down oil paint onto unprimed canvas, resulting in a fusion of surface and color (which later would be called “color-field painting”). Her “Monotype VII” has the same energetic feeling as “Approach” upstairs. In the painting, the staining is applied sparingly, so as to create more perspective space. The monotype, however, is a joyous expanse of co…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

…llock, Mark Rothko, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn. The challenge to this and other single-donor museums, however, is how to keep the momentum going once visitors have seen the permanent collection. “The collection is not fixed to the initial gift (121 pieces). It has grown, and our hope is that, in a very thoughtful way, the collection will continue to grow,” Executive Director Jason Linetzky said. “We are always trying…

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Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure

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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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Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

…n of the Andersons’ art library, and nonpublic office and storage spaces. Having hosted a graduate student internship in art history for many years, the Andersons were keenly aware of their new project’s value as a teaching museum. So if – as is likely – the Anderson Collection at Stanford does occasion endless debate among students, teachers and other companionable visitors, everyone will be well served. Another occurs in…

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A&E Digest

…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 Hershman Leeson’s…

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

…um, noted, “These experiences have helped me thoroughly understand the challenges faced by the museum team in their daily work, and areas in which staff want the museum to grow and flourish.” And how do they plan to address the issues raised last summer? “We are working closely with the staff with goals of transparency, empowerment and open communications,” according to Brezinski. For Mitchell, that means talking regularly…

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…ord 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 opening. The Anderson Collection reopens to the public on Sept. 22 after…