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"CELEBRATING MODERN ART: The Anderson Collection"
2000-10-07 until 2001-01-15
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, CA, USA

Over the past thirty-five years Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson have assembled one of the most important private collections of modern and contemporary art in the United States. Celebrating Modern Art honors the Andersons' remarkable achievement by presenting an overview of the collection to the general public for the first time. Visitors have the rare opportunity to see outstanding works by some of the most respected American artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition also includes the work of many contemporary artists not often seen at SFMOMA.

The Andersons were first introduced to the world of art in 1964 when they visited the Louvre while on vacation in Paris. As they explain, the experience changed our lives, and upon their return to California they decided to start collecting art. Let's think big, they resolved, maybe two dozen works. Their interest and passion for art grew over the years. The Andersons readily admit that they began as novices who had to learn to like contemporary art. Yet, their collecting kept pace with their evolving interests, and what began as a collection of Impressionist and German Expressionist works transformed into a focus on American modernism from the 1910s and 1920s. In the mid-1970s the collection began to take on its present emphasis on postwar American art, and it has since grown to include over 800 artworks, 327 of which are displayed here.

This exhibition is divided into five parts that correspond to the areas of specialization within the Anderson collection. The exhibition begins on the fourth floor with galleries devoted to the New York School and to art made in California. Galleries on the fifth floor showcase the Andersons' holdings of contemporary art. Modern sculpture and works on paper are displayed on the third floor.


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