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The Anderson Collection at Stanford opens to the public

In September 2014, Stanford University will become home to the core of the Anderson Collection, one of the world’s most outstanding private assemblies of modern and contemporary American art. The university has constructed a permanent building exclusively for the collection within its expanding arts district.

For the past 50 years, Bay Area art collectors Harry and Mary Margaret Anderson have assembled one of the most outstanding private collections of 20th-century post-war American art in the world. Ten works from the collection have been donated to the new museum while the rest of the art on display is on loan from the Anderson collection at SFMOMA.

Connie Wolf, the Cantor’s John and Jill Freidenrich Director, along with Janet Bishop, SFMOMA’s curator of painting and sculpture, arranged the loan in part so that SFMOMA can continue to display its collection while its building is closed for construction.

The 10 works in Pop Art include Robert Rauschenberg’s Collection; a silkscreen self-portrait by Andy Warhol; serial paintings of Rouen Cathedral by Roy Lichtenstein; James Rosenquist’s monumental painting Leaky Ride for Dr. Leakey; Robert Indiana’s iconic Love painting; and major works by Jim Dine, Jasper Johns and Claes Oldenburg. For a full list of works in the exhibition, see "Works in Pop Art from the Anderson Collection at SFMOMA" below.

“These works are of superlative quality—among the best examples of Pop Art on the West Coast,” said Hilarie Faberman, the Cantor’s Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “With this exhibition plus the Anderson museum, we can introduce Cantor visitors and the Stanford community to the ‘best of the best’ in contemporary art works—what would normally only be on view in centers for contemporary art such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco.”

The Anderson Collection is also part of a larger arts renaissance in the Bay Area that includes the renovation of the Oakland Museum of Art and buildings for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as well as the addition to SFMOMA to house their expanding collections.

The works are on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which received them as a gift from Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson.

Works in Pop Art from the Anderson Collection at SFMOMA include:

· Jim Dine (U.S.A., b. 1935), Blue Clamp, 1981. Acrylic on canvas with English C-clamp, 84 1/4 inches. x 96 1/2 x 5 inches.

· Robert Indiana (U.S.A., b. 1928), Love, 1973. Acrylic on canvas, 48 1/4 x 48 1/4 inches.

· Jasper Johns (U.S.A., b. 1930), Land’s End, 1963. Oil on canvas with stick, 67 x 48 1/4 inches.

· Roy Lichtenstein (U.S.A., 1923–1997), Mirror 1, 1977. Paint on bronze, 44 3/8 x 25 1/8 x 11 5/8 inches.

· Roy Lichtenstein, Rouen Cathedral Set V, 1969. Oil and Magna on canvas, 63 5/8 x 141 7/8 x 1 3/4 inches.

· Roy Lichtenstein, Mirror #2, 1970. Oil and Magna on canvas, 95 7/8 x 108 3/8 inches.

· Claes Oldenburg (b. Sweden, 1929), Funeral Heart, 1961. Enamel paint, plaster and muslin, 57 x 39 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

· Robert Rauschenberg (U.S.A., 1925–2008), Collection, 1954–1955. Oil, paper, fabric, wood and metal on canvas, 80 x 96 x 3 1/2 inches.

· James Rosenquist (U.S.A., b. 1933), Leaky Ride for Dr. Leakey, 1983. Oil on canvas, 78 x 198 inches.

· Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Self-Portrait, 1967. Acrylic and silkscreen enamel on canvas. 72 1/8 x 72 1/8 inches.

The show, "Pop Art from the Anderson Collection at SFMOMA," runs August 13, 2014 through October 26, 2015. Food trucks, music, activities, digital tours, and the chance to be one of the first to visit this extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art!

Admission is free and timed reservations are required for entrance on weekends.

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