Two weeks ago, before I went to Palo Alto for the opening of "Scapes" juried exhibit at Pacific Art League, which included my painting "Lake", I stopped by the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University briefly.
I had visited the museum many times, including accompanying my visiting parents from China, and saw many wonderful permanent collections and special exhibit. This time, since I had little time, I was really only skipping along the surface; even so, I still managed to record many amazing pieces.
The special exhibit was "Rodin and America: Influence and Adaptation" (through 1 Jan 2012), which juxtaposed many sculptures, sketches and works in other media by Auguste Rodin and other American artists under his influences. The work I admire most was Lorado Taft's extremely dramatic "The Blind", which predated Jose Saramago's Blindness (The City of Blind):
After that, I did see some of its famous Rodin collections:
I was mostly enchanted by the "Spirit of Eternal Repose", a 1898 Plaster work:
Other sculptures stood out are:
Horse, bronze, Deborah Butterfield
Untitled, 1989, Welded and rusted steel and rubber, Mark Lere
Granite Circle, Richard Long (on the balcony)
I didn't have much time therefore only looked permanent painting collections very quickly and these are Admirable paintings inside the museums are:
Front: Pink Companion, 1991, Cedar and graphite, Ursula von Rydingsvard; Left: Angel, 1983, Oil on Canvas, Sean Scully; Right: Untitled #14, 1969, John McLaughlin
Rodin and the Dancing Body: Tracing a Lineage
Man with Hand to Face #2, 1960, Oil on canvas, Nathan Oliveira
Window, 1967, Oil on Canvas, Richard Diebenkorn
Then, there would always be the meditative "Stone River" by Andy Goldsworthy:
And the last, the new temporary addition to Cantor Art Center, the rusty steel sculpture "Sequence" by Richard Serra. It was amazingly large, rustic yet sensual, almost echoed the Diebenkorn's "Window" (above):
As for 'Sequence,' it's not far away if you want a peek before 2016: This summer it was installed outdoors at the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford campus."
My time at Stanford this time was too short for me to enter into the swirls. I definitely would get inside them before it moved to San Francisco. It looked amazing on Stanford campus and it is intriguing to see how it looks in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
Related article: Second Thoughts on the Sculpture "The Blind" by Lorado Taft