With much excitement, I went to see the new Anderson Collection in its new museum on the Stanford University Campus, in Stanford, California. It is located next door to the Cantor Arts Museum. Harry and Mary Margret Anderson (Hunk and Moo) started collecting modern and contemporary American art in the mid 1960’s. Their collection is extraordinary! This new permanent exhibit is comprised of 121 works by 86 artists. Right now, there are 104 of the 121 pieces on view. These works represent only a small part of their entire collection. Other works have been donated to other museums;
What is amazing is that all of the pieces were at one time in the Anderson’s home. Richard Olcott of Ennead Architects designed the beautiful 30,000 sq. foot building for the Collection. The building was finished in May and the grand opening was just the other day, September 21st.In the entry are 2 colorful sculptures. I took a picture of Charles Arnoldi’s “Untitled 1”, 1983. After, not buying a ticket; the museum is FREE, you can watch a 9 minute film about the Anderson’s. Then you come to the fabulous staircase which will take you to the second floor where most of the art has been installed. My photos don’t do the collection justice. You need to come and see it yourself! Thank you Hunk , Moo and daughter Putter! Charles Arnoldi’s Untitled 1, 1983
Joan Mitchell, Before, Again IV, 1985Wayne Thiebaud, Candy Counter, 1962Bruce Beasley, Killyboffin, 1968Robert Irwin, Untitled, 1969 (Acrylic lacquer on cast acrylic). The above 2 photos are of the same piece. Swing around the corner and you come upon these pieces.Terry Winters, Theophrastus’ Garden, 1949 (Oil on Linen)Deborah Oropallo, Houdini Challenged, 1990 (Oil on canvas)David Gilhooly, Hoarding My Frog Food, 1982Paul Wonner, Figure by Window, 1962 (Oil on canvas) Richard Diebenkorn, Girl on the Beach, 1957 (Oil on canvas)Franz Kline, Transfiguration III, 1958Robert Motherwell, Wall Painting No. IV 1954 (Oil on canvas)Willem De Kooning, Untitled, 1986
“The Andersons have always considered themselves “custodians” of their collection, which they have shared widely through loans to museums and special exhibitions. Especially noteworthy were Celebrating Modern Art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and An American Focus at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.”
There is your quick visit to the Anderson Collection. Let me know if you get a chance to see the collection and if you enjoyed it as much as I did.