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Anderson Collection’s 10 must-see works at Stanford

Not to be missed at the Anderson Collection (in no particular order): 1. Richard Diebenkorn: “Berkeley No. 26,” 1954. 2. Frank Stella: “Zeltweg,” 1981. 3. Ellsworth Kelly: “Black Ripe,” 1955. 4. David Park: “Four Women,” 1959 (on the cover). 5. Jackson Pollock: “Lucifer,” 1947. 6. Morris Louis: “Number 64,” 1958. 7. Wayne Thiebaud: “Candy Counter,” 1962. 8. Mark Rothko: “Pink and White Over Red,” 1957. 9. Vija Celmins: “Barrier,” 1986. 10. Phili…


Anderson Collection at Stanford University to Open this Month

…gh a Calder mobile and others still take up residence there. And Hunk Anderson’s Cliff May-designed office complex will now be missing major artworks, but the Andersons are pleased their collection will be on public display in a dedicated building on the Stanford campus. “I think in order to enjoy art, you have to share it,” remarked Moo Anderson to the  LA Times . Located adjacent to the university’s Cantor Arts Center, the And…


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

…ceiling and the continuous translucent clerestory at the perimeter of the building bring diffused natural light into the galleries from above. A grand, shallow central staircase will serve as an extension of the gallery walls, allowing visitors to view art as they gradually ascend from the lobby to the main galleries above.” The 33,327-square-foot building has been carefully sited in order to complement the Cantor Arts Center and surroundi…

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Fashion statements: Nick Cave’s Soundsuits come to Stanford

…dsuits 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 them together. Each found object is transformed through the combination of color, history, function and sound. They force a reaction based on the viewer’s personal hist…


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

…rotect the fragile art on paper) sets a quiet mood and the small selection allows the visitor to linger and take in each work individually. Sometimes the connections are easily made. For example, Franz Kline’s “Untitled (Dancer at Islip)” uses the same bold, black, gestural strokes that can be seen in his paintings. Richard Diebenkorn’s carefully composed use of geometry and muted, cool colors relates directly to the evoca…


Mary Margaret ‘Moo’ Anderson, modern art collector and benefactor, dead at 92

…y themselves as plain folk to befit their shared nickname “Hunk and Moo,” but they were sophisticated and timely in their collecting of artworks that were often abstract and beyond comprehension. They were also generous in both loaning and donating pieces to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Five years ago, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University opened next to Cantor Arts Center, the main…


Works by Pollock, de Kooning donated to Stanford’s Anderson Collection

…fifth anniversary celebration, the Anderson exhibition space — 16,000 feet on two floors — has been reinstalled for the first time since its opening. This includes a curated exhibition by Jim Campbell, the San Francisco lighting artist known for his six-story installation “Day for Night” at Salesforce Tower. For the Anderson show, Campbell built a new work titled “Rhythm Studies” composed of nine LED panels. It hangs in the first-floor window an…

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Site-specific student projects now on view!

…terference”, exploring how mesh and colored ribbon could create a layered filter to the site.  The ribbon, woven into the mesh, establishes a separate yet interdependent order while providing an additional layer of enclosure.  The colors fade from muted to bright yellow, mirroring a subtle transition from the natural to the manmade.  In different lights, the zones of ribbon either project forward as fields of color, or blend into the surroundings…