Cantor Arts Center unveils 3 transformative gifts: Works by Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Lawrence
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Cantor Arts Center unveils 3 transformative gifts: Works by Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence, The Last Journey, 1967. Gouache, tempera, and graphite on paper. Gift of Dr. Herbert J. Kayden and Family in memory of Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem. ©2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York.

STANFORD, CA.- The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University today announced three transformative gifts of work by Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jacob Lawrence. The gifts include:

· 3600 of Andy Warhol’s Contact Sheets and Corresponding Negatives from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

· 27 of Richard Diebenkorn’s Never-Before-Seen Sketchbooks, his “Portable Studio” containing 1400-1600 drawings, from his widow, Phyllis G. Diebenkorn, daughter, Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant, and son-in-law Richard Grant

· Private Collection of Works by Jacob Lawrence, creating the largest collection of his work on the West Coast, from the Gabrielle Reem & Herbert Kayden Collection

Each gift is transformational in its own way. Stanford will present these works in exhibitions, digitize their records for public access, incorporate them into existing curriculums, and create new classes to encourage new scholarship on these artists. More information on each gift follows below:

3600 of Andy Warhol’s Contact Sheets and Negatives
The gift consists of 3600 of Warhol’s contact sheets and corresponding negatives, and confirms Stanford’s preeminence in the study of the history of photography. The contact sheets offer a rare look into this enigmatic artist’s process, as his selections and rejections are marked with circles and X’s. Highlights include candid portraits of the era’s tastemakers, including Truman Capote and John Lennon. The Cantor was invited to participate in a competitive selection process by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and was ultimately selected as the permanent home of Warhol’s archive. The Cantor and Stanford University Library will digitize the full archive so it is available in the University’s online catalog and Cantor’s website. Taking advantage of the resources and expertise of its world-class Special Collection department of the Stanford University Libraries, and it’s unparalleled faculty and students, the Cantor is the ideal place to care for these archives, facilitate new scholarship, and engage with broad audiences. In spring 2015, a new Art & Art History course on the Warhol archive will be co-taught by Professor Richard Meyer and Cantor Director Connie Wolf. The Cantor is planning to present the archive in an inaugural exhibition in 2017, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death..

Richard Diebenkorn’s “Portable Studio:” 27 of his Never-Before-Seen Sketchbooks
Never previously exhibited, these sketchbooks contain 1400-1600 of Diebenkorn’s (Stanford social class 1944, degree conferred 1949) drawings, created over the span of his career. Referred to as his “Portable Studio,” as he always carried a sketchbook with him, these works provide invaluable insight into Diebenkorn’s artistic range, depth, and process. The Cantor will digitize each of the sketchbooks in full to make them widely accessible for study. The digital records will be available as individual images and as fully interactive sketchbooks that allow the viewer to examine the works in the context of their creation. These works were gifted to the museum by Richard Diebenkorn’s widow, Phyllis G. Diebenkorn (Stanford Class of 1942) with the support of his daughter Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant (Stanford Class of 1967 and MFA 1969) and his son-in-law Richard Grant, Executive Director of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. This gift will support existing curriculums, and a selection of these works will be presented in the Fall 2015 exhibition Artists at Work, to coincide with the opening of the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and currently under construction.

Major Private Collection of Works by Jacob Lawrence, Creating Largest West Coast Collection of his Work
The Gabrielle Reem & Herbert Kayden Collection consists of 26 works by Jacob Lawrence in a wide range of media, including 11 drawings, 5 paintings, 9 prints, and 1 illustrated book, plus an archive of related letters and materials. Spanning his career, the collection includes the iconic painting The Ordeal of Alice (1963) and three prints from the 1988 The Builders series. Gifted by Dr. Herbert J. Kayden and his daughter Joelle Kayden (Stanford MBA ’81) the collection showcases the diversity of Lawrence’s practice, returns a private collection to public view, and allows the Cantor to present the first Bay Area solo exhibition of Lawrence’s work in over 20 years, making Stanford home to the largest collection of his works on the West coast. A special art and art history course in fall 2014 entitled “Anatomy of an Exhibition” will allow undergraduate and graduate students to play a vital role in the organization and presentation of Lawrence’s inaugural exhibition at the Cantor, scheduled for early 2015.

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