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The Magic of The Anderson Collection

Pollock’s Lucifer now resides at Stanford University and is welcoming visitors. The news is of significance to everyone for reasons described in this article. Lucifer, the crown jewel of the Anderson Collection, moved to Stanford with a retinue of 120 colorful accomplices he’s befriended while living at the Andersons’ residence. The whole gang is now happily installed in a custom-designed museum on the Stanford campus. With ro…

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…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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Stanford Gets “Left of Center”

…dow and Jennifer Bartlett’s massive At the Lake, Morning. They offer the elusive dream of a world settling in for a quiet repose. Wonner’s figure reads a newspaper in a cool blue room. She’s probably waiting in peace while the rest of her family swims in Batlett’s lake. What “Left of Center” conjures up is a sense of psychic real estate. No one in the Bay Area is lazily drifting toward a soporific state of bein…

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

…sense of self, particularly through natural processes of growth, transformation, and decay. LB It’s fascinating how you play with dirt’s positive and negative meanings. KW I move between the terms “dirt,” “soil,” and “earth” because they each have different connotations. The range of meanings is what draws me to the material. In works that critique hegemonic institutions, I often say “dirt,” drawing on Mary Douglas’s ideas about how dirt transgr…

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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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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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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 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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Stanford University to receive Anderson Collection of 20th-century American art

…hich are part of the gift to Stanford. The Anderson Collection at Stanford will contain 121 works by 86 artists, including some of the foremost examples of post-World War II American art in public and private hands. The collection is anchored in the work of the New York School and key modern and contemporary artists collected in depth, across media. Major movements represented include Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting, Post-Minimalism,…

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Site-specific student projects now on view!

…nd visitors to the Anderson Collection.  The progression of arches provides a spatial transition from the campus into a more enclosed cocoon-like space that orients towards the sky. The course is a cross-disciplinary collaboration including students from Architecture, Structural Engineering, Product Design, and Civil Engineering.  Students studied the structural capacity of 3 different densities of steel mesh. They explored how surface deformatio…

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Free Museums’ Membership for the Class of 2020!

The Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University miss seeing you. We are eager to welcome you back to campus, share art and connect over ideas. Now through August 31, 2020, we are offering all Stanford graduates in the class of 2020 one year of free Ambassador membership ($100 value*) to both museums. Each membership covers up to two adults and children within a single household. To get your FREE membership, fill out t…

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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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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…

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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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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…