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The Anderson Collection: Top 5 pieces

…e seen in the multicolored drips and splatters that are strewn across “The Beaubourg.” It is interesting to note the contrast between these seemingly formless paint splatters and the geometric forms that crisscross the piece. 2. “Ocean Park #60” by Richard Diebenkorn “Ocean Park #60” is a product of Bay Area painter Richard Diebenkorn’s progression from representational works to depictions of purely abstract forms — in other words, from accurate…


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

…970s and was eventually acquired by Marriott. Neither Anderson had ever studied art but during a trip to Europe, they were simultaneously swept away by the French Impressionists. Their first purchases were by Picasso and by Matisse, but in the late 1960s, they switched to postmodern American art. Their timing was right. It was still a buyer’s market for the New York school works they sought out — Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Frank…


After Major Bay Area Collector Dies, Key Works by de Kooning, Pollock Go to Stanford University

…s now celebrating its fifth anniversary, and though Moo’s death has darkened the mood some, Linetzky said of the new gift, “She would like us to be celebrating it. With this gift, we really have an opportunity to redefine what it means to be university art museum in 21st-century.” BY Claire Selvin, ARTnews, 10/28/19 Jackson Pollock,  Totem Lesson I , 1944, oil on canvas. ©2019 THE POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YO…

Anderson Collection at Stanford to open September 21

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‘Animating the Inanimate’: Redefining an art form

This past Friday, the Anderson Collection hosted a talk entitled “Animating the Inanimate,” during which artist Basil Twist spoke about his abstract experiments in puppetry and visual arts. Twist is a San Francisco-born, New York-based puppeteer brought in by the Stanford Arts Institute as part of the Mohr Visiting Artist Program. He is acclaimed for performance pieces, including “Symphonie Fantastique” and “The Rite of Spring,” which is a balle…

Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts 2020-2021


Opening gala for Anderson Collection at Stanford draws artists

…19 opening of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University was an “incredible journey,” she said, not only for the school, but for her parents, Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson, a food distribution company magnate, and his wife, Mary Margaret, a.k.a. “Moo.” The quiet couple’s trove of modern and contemporary art, regarded among the world’s finest, fills the new museum and is so coveted, said one museum curator, that “I would kill for this collection.”…


Anderson Collection opens to public on Sept. 21

The Anderson Collection opens to the public at its 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 visito…

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The Do List: Cy and David’s Picks

…ndidate for President in 1968.  So it’s bound to be have an amusing but pointedly satirical bouquet. Details for the Sharon Meadows show on Sunday from noon to 5pm are here.   Sept 17: Xenia Rubinos was walking around her neighborhood in Brooklyn one day when she noticed that no matter the restaurant — Chinese takeout, Italian, French — they all had Latino chefs and dishwashers working the back of the house. (She sings the song on her new al…

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Anderson Collection paintings on summer holiday next door at the Cantor

…lection by Stanford faculty member Nathan Oliveira and San Francisco painter Elmer Bischoff and a loaned work by the Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline. Oliveira and Bischoff, along with Stanford alumnus Diebenkorn, were leaders in the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s. The painting by Kline from 1950 expands how this selection expresses a range of approaches to formal abstraction as a means to represent the world and complex human experi…

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Stanford dance class brings performance to the Anderson Collection

The latest Dance Improv Strategies Lab taught students that performance can happen anywhere at anytime. It could be at a theater or dance hall, or a less traditional venue like a museum or even a city street. For their final project, students chose any area in or around the Anderson Collection at Stanford University and created a performance to work in tandem with the modern art museum….


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…


Updates Related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 23, 2020 Click here for the latest changes to Stanford Art Museums programming. Please check back frequently for updates….


Creations of Space and Light

By Anna Koster For The Daily News Pushing boundaries has been the life work of Robert Irwin. His six-decade exploration of perception as the fundamental issue of art has expanded ideas of what art can be and can do. Irwin will speak about his work on March 10 at Stanford’s Cemex Auditorium. Irwin, born in 1928, in Long Beach, started as a painter in the 1950s with an abstract expressionist style, but quickly began removing all that was not…


A&E Digest

A&E Digest: Student scholarships, fashion for a cause and more This week’s A&E news by Elizabeth Schwyzer / Palo Alto Weekly Twenty-seven student artists from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have been awarded scholarships for by the Community School of Music and Arts. Photo courtesy of CSMA. This week, students win art scholarships, a film on feminist art screens at Stanford and international fashion designers sell their goods…