Stanford University is home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the world’s outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American painting and sculpture.
The collection is a gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, the Bay Area family who built the collection over the last 50 years. Each work is exemplary of its movement, which include Bay Area Abstraction, Bay Area Figuration, California Light & Space, Color Field Painting, Contemporary Painting, Funk, Hard-Edge Painting, New York School, and Post-Minimalism. At the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, visitors can explore the breadth of post-war American art and experience the distinctive art collecting vision of the Anderson family.
The Anderson Collection building, is part of a Stanford University directive to develop a prominent arts district and revitalized arts gateway to the University along Palm Drive. The 33,000-square-foot-building includes dedicated exhibition spaces on the second floor below an undulating ceiling. The gentle slope of the ceiling and the continuous translucent clerestory at the perimeter of the building bring diffused natural light into the galleries from above.
Whether you go or not, the museum catalog, A Family Affair: Modern and Contemporary American Art from the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, tells the story of how the collection evolved and eventually found a new home at Stanford University. Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Stella--these are just some of the artists represented in the renowned Anderson Collection, a large portion of which was recently gifted to Stanford University, and for which a new museum building is being constructed. Featuring 121 artworks, the book includes scholarly essays on the collectors, the collection, and the individual artists and artworks represented in this significant postwar and contemporary collection. The book offers a fascinating insight into the world of art collecting, curating, research, and philanthropy, as well as a magnificent sampling of works from some of America's greatest artists.