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Anderson Collection at Stanford solidifies Bay Area’s art stature

…by the illusion of Still’s painting changing proportions and accessibility, artworks respond to all sorts of cultural echoes and other influences that we can seldom pinpoint easily. The Still at the top of the stairs prepares us to notice throughout the Anderson Collection fluctuating impressions made by artworks that initially seem foursquare and fully defined. Such an experience of art’s mutability is a key into the psychology of c…

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Anderson Collection pieces lock in a home at Stanford

…it arrives by heavy Freightliner on a mid-August morning, Anderson and his wife, Mary Margaret (Hunk and Moo, as they are known to just about everyone who has ever met them), come by to see its installation and note its symbolism as the last big artwork to take its place in the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. “Well, what do you think?” Hunk says, while getting his first look at the walls nearly covered in his art. In terms of…

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

…9” by Josef Albers. In the same room is Ellsworth Kelly’s “Black Ripe, 1955,” consisting of a large, black amoeba-shaped form that seems trapped inside the confines of the canvas. Among all these non-objective paintings stands a lovely and delicately crafted female torso entitled “Largo-May,” executed in copper and steel, by Saul Baizerman. Somehow, it works.  Looking at a legacy It is these unpredictable combi…

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

…lowing the anticipation to build as you ascend. It’s rewarded by a 9-by-12-foot painting by Clyfford Still at the top. (The Andersons wanted to squeeze it into their home, but, as Olcott put it, it was already “jam-packed.”) Upstairs, there is no designated circulation route, allowing visitors to wander and follow what catches their interest. From various points, you can see across the double-height space and catch glimpses of works in othe…

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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

Getting it down on paper A different aspect of the Anderson Collection on view by Sheryl Nonnenberg / Palo Alto Weekly Philip Guston’s untitled ink-on-paper work is featured at Anderson Collection’s latest exhibition. Image courtesy of Anderson Collection. Visitors to the Anderson Collection at Stanford University can experience a wide range of art movements (virtually every major development after 1945) and media. The museum…

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Anderson Collection at Stanford marks fifth anniversary

…n front of his colorful “Four Women,” owned by the Collection. The Collection also collaborates with the Cantor Arts Center in presenting the annual McMurtry Lecture, which brings nationally recognized artists like Nick Cave, Robert Irwin and Judy Chicago to speak at the Bing Center. The Collection has made concerted efforts to reach out to the community, beyond the campus. The Second Sunday Program is geared toward young families and…

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

…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 planned McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History (open…