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

…ture collection, for example), there have been some significant changes at both museums since they last welcomed in-person visitors. In addition to current health policies such as mask mandates, timed tickets and social distancing rules, perhaps the most notable difference can be found at the Cantor, which is now being led by two interim directors, Elizabeth Mitchell and Maude Brezinski. Mitchell, who is the curator of prints, drawings and photog…

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A&E Digest

…aesthetics to create radical statements with lasting cultural impact. Following the film, Leeson will take part in a panel discussion with Feminist Art Historian and critic Moira Roth, Stanford chair of Theater and Performance Studies Jennifer DeVere Brody and others. For more information about the event, go to anderson.stanford.edu or call 650-721-6055. FASHION FOR A CAUSE … One of a kind textiles, jewelry, bags, children’s clothes…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

…e building’s interior ceiling as “the belly of the whale” because it curves gradually from its perimeter toward its center, like a huge canopy. This structure permits a clerestory of frosted windows to enfold the space completely, letting in a computer-modulated mix of daylight and artificial light. The clerestory makes light seem to buoy the ceiling. The opening collection display is clustered according to the Andersons’…

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New acquisition by David Park on view at the Anderson Collection

…anford. 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 being closed several months for maintenance. The permanent collection is being c…

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Senate visits the arts district to discuss the humanities

…istrict and to take guided tours of the galleries. “I hope one thing that gets accomplished this afternoon is that you have the chance to see – for those of you who don’t spend time in this area – just how much the arts district is blossoming,” said Richard Saller, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. “The outcome of the last campaign, in terms of new programs, new facilities and, in some areas, new faculty, has…

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

…onfederate criminals throughout the United States, and so there was a public conversation happening about, “what is the role of public art,” “what is the role of monuments to white male war criminals.” Given all of that, I was inspired to create a public artwork, a monument rooted in a different aesthetic and conceptual framework. TSD: Could you go more into depth about why you choose to use soil in so much of your artwork, and especially in conv…

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

…ch Impressionists. They bought their first works, by Picasso and Matisse, and started building a collection that included American Modernists Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove. In 1969, they made a switch from the Impressionists and Modernists to postwar American art. The timing was perfect. There wasn’t as much competition to drive up the prices and they went straight for the best in the New York school — Jackson Pollock, Mark Ro…

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Hot Art Bling the New Thing on the Peninsula

…y place where truly exciting things are happening on the visual arts front. Super-star artist James Turrell, for instance, is touching down in Palo Alto with a pocket-sized exhibition this week, ahead of a major retrospective of his work at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art in late May. Turrell is famous for his meditations on light and space that play with your depth perception. Take the most eye-catching piece in the inaugural show at the ne…

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Anderson Collection a modern art trove not to be missed

…t bug. “The Andersons didn’t study art history, and they’re not classically trained as art historians or experts in the arts,” says Jason Linetzky, the Anderson Collection’s founding director. He began working with the family around 2001, providing exhibition assistance as well as installation and curatorial support. “They just started looking and collecting, without much direction, until they met two people on (the Stanford) campus: Al Elsen and…

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Honing the art of observation, and observing art

…quarter course, which was developed by Genna Braverman, a medical student; Yinshi Lerman-Tan, a graduate student in art history; Audrey Shafer, MD, a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and director of the Medicine and the Muse Program in medical humanities; Sam Rodriguez, MD, a clinical instructor in anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine; and Issa Lampe, curator of education at the Cantor Center. Shafer and Rod…

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Anderson Collection has a new home

…with the others; 104 are on display, with more to be exhibited on a rotating basis going forward. The collection is heavy on the New York School – most of the work spans the period from 1947-86 – with fine representations by abstract expressionists such as de Kooning’s “Woman Standing – Pink” (1954-55), a lush, pastel-toned oil of a voluptuous nude who looks like she’s in the clutches of a garbage compactor. The art is org…

Stanford trustees visit new art collection, approve construction

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Stanford Opens a Museum Highlighting American Art

…3,500-square-foot building to house the Anderson Collection, 121 contemporary artworks donated by the Andersons, including major artwork by Jackson Pollock, Richard Diebenkorn and Ellsworth Kelly, among others. The couple married in 1950. During an around-the-world trip in 1964, they were overwhelmed by the Impressionist art on view in Paris. “On the way home, we may have had a glass of wine too much, but we decided to put together a great…

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

…amassed as a “collection of collections,” acknowledging the couple’s broad rather than narrow interests, their eye for artistic innovation as much as anything.  Since the collection is idiosyncratic and personal, explained architect Olcott, he focused his design for the museum on three goals: “informality, casualness and accessibility.” The museum, he says, “reflects the way the Andersons lived with art in the…

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Full House

…A Renoir was moved from Putter’s room to make way for the Pollock. In the living room, Sam Francis’s 1955 Red in Red has pride of place above the fireplace; over the sofa isNumber  64, a 1958 work by Morris Louis, whose 1954Pendu lum painting hangs in the hallway just outside the dining room—where you’ll find Luciferalong with Still’s 1947 1947-Yand de Kooning’s 1954–55 Woman Standing– Pink—in a space that is also filled, like much of the hous…

Construction on Anderson Collection art museum begins

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

…pport of the Anderson family, our terrific Stanford team and the many supporters and volunteers who have made so much possible. I’m thrilled to be sharing this collection with the world and invite you to became a part of the journey.” Stanford constructed a building exclusively for the collection within the expanding arts district, and over the summer the collection moved in. The building is adjacent to Cantor Arts Center and the plan…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford University to be displayed in an elegant new home

…t | Mill, San Francisco The Anderson Collection at Stanford University has reached another on-schedule milestone in the trek toward beginning construction this summer and opening its doors in 2014. The Stanford Board of Trustees approved Ennead Architects‘ building design at their meeting this week. The Anderson Collection is one of the largest and most outstanding private collections of post-World War II American art in the world. The coll…

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Stanford: The New Art Place To Be

…nd Elizabeth Murray, to name a few, to Stanford on the condition that it build galleries to house them. Stanford is offering timed tickets, starting in mid-August — but they are free.   But Stanford will be the place to be soon for more reasons than the Anderson collection. Next door to the Anderson Collection building is the Cantor Arts Center. Last week, the Cantor announced three pretty interesting gifts: Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks, don…