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Top-Flight Ab-Ex Collection Anchors Stanford’s New Art District

…number of works that represent movements in California art, including Bay Area Figurative and Light & Space. The collection was assembled over the course of 50 years by Bay Area collectors Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson along with their daughter Patricia Anderson Pence. The Andersons, originally from the East Coast, met at college in upstate New York and were married in 1950. They began collecting art in the early 1960s after a trip to P…

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Hunk, Moo Anderson give modern art masterpieces to Stanford

…e Sculpture kirkmcguire.com Amazing Bronze Sculptures & Tables LTD ­ Fine Art & Furnishings On Sept. 21, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University will open its doors to the public for the first time. The new campus gallery will permanently house highlights of the couple’s postwar American art – considered one of the most important collections of its kind in the world – that have been transferred from the Andersons&…


The Collection of a Lifetime

…e peace with abstraction, but he had to do it by putting human presence, in all its beautiful imperfection, into the forefront once again.” pollock ©2014 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York The Andersons purchased Lucifer in 1970. Former collection intern Neal Benezra, MA ’81, PhD ’83, director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, told the L.A. Times: “What is most extraordinary in t…


A Private Passion Goes Public: Stanford’s Anderson Collection

…idn’t know it couldn’t be done,” Harry admits, “so we just went ahead and did it.” The new museum puts Stanford in the front ranks among elite university museums (especially as it complements the school’s Cantor Art Center, founded in 1891), but it’s got a laid-back, West-coast vibe. Visiting is like dropping in on the Andersons’ unpretentious, ranch-style home nearby. Olcott, of New York-based Enne…


Why US universities are investing in their art museums

Over the past decade, many university leaders and donors have come to the same conclusion: investment in the arts is essential to building a competitive institution in an increasingly global world. This year, around half a dozen new museums and arts centres are opening on campuses across the country, from Columbia University in New York to Rice University in Texas. They come on the heels of recently completed projects at Stanford in California,…


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

…worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Harry W. Anderson was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Corning, N.Y., and raised in the small town in the state’s Southern Tier, south of the Finger Lakes region. His father was from Sweden and his mother from Norway. During World War II, he served in the Army on a crew that built a pipeline from India to Burma. He came home in 1946 with an Army-issue haircut and used the GI Bill to enroll at Hobart College in New Yor…


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

…y “Hunk” Anderson, though he was no relation. A tall man with inquisitive blue eyes, he still sports the period crew cut. His father had emigrated from Sweden in 1912 and worked as a gaffer at Corning Glass. His mother was Norwegian. Los Angeles Times photographers document the year in arts and culture. After serving as a U.S. Army private first class in World War II, Anderson attended Hobart College in upstate New York on the…


Hot Art Bling the New Thing on the Peninsula

…en exposed by Drake’s video for “Hotline Bling,” albeit without Turrell’s consent: his work was ripped off. (For the record, Turrell has reportedly said he’s not that irked by the hip hop artist’s co-option of his art.)   Pace, which has represented Turrell for years, is a bit of an art world celebrity, too. The global art gallery empire, based in New York with four galleries there, maintains outposts in London, Paris, Beijing and Hong Kong….


Anderson Collection pieces lock in a home at Stanford

…d opponents of Hunk and Putter. After the match, Stella invited the Andersons to a showing of his work, in 1981. They flew to New York and were driven to Stella’s studio in Lower Manhattan by Leo Castelli, the famed art dealer, who represented Stella. Also there for the showing were Donald Marron, a New York financier-collector, and Philip Johnson, founder of the architecture department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The rules, as dicta…


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

…ess 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 goals in recent email interviews with this news organization. When asked if the Cantor is emulating the administration model of numerous large museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in ha…


The Anderson Collection at Stanford University celebrates its fifth anniversary

BY ROBIN WANDER Five years ago, on Sept. 21, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opened to the public. What was true then is true now: The remarkable collection that is anchored in the New York School and Bay Area Figuration, and incorporates key modern and contemporary artists collected in depth and across media, is a breathtaking survey of post-World War II American art. Jason Linetzky, director of the Anderson Collection at Stanfo…

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

Stanford trustees visit new art collection, approve construction


Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson dies at 95

…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 community. Head and hands collection Harry W. Anderson was born in Corning, New York. His father and mother immigrated to the United States from Sweden and Norway, respectively. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he atten…


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

…ng lands and bodies haunted by colonial violence. Kiyan Williams: Reaching Towards Warming Climes is on view at the Anderson Collection at Stanford University until December 5; Williams’s work can also be seen in the group exhibition How to Cook a Wolf at the Center for Books Arts in New York City until December 11. Louis Bury is the author of Exercises in Criticism (Dalkey Archive Press, 2015) and is Associate Professor of English at Hostos Com…

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Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson, art collector and generous friend of Stanford University, dies at 92

…artists housed in an award-winning building designed by Ennead Architects in Stanford’s arts district opened to the public in 2014 as the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. Some of the foremost examples of post-World War II American art were part of the Anderson gift, which remains one of the most valuable and significant to be donated to any university. The collection is anchored in New York School and Bay Area Figuration, and incorpor…


Suit up: Step into the Vibrant, Colorful and Furry World of Artist Nick Cave

…ts, pipe cleaners, bugle beads, upholstery, metal, and mannequin. (Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery New York)The artist’s Soundsuit project was initially a response to “feeling devalued, less than, dismissed” as an African-American man at the time of the acquittal of the Los Angeles Police officers who had, as the whole world saw on video, beaten Rodney King. Cave’s first S…