Manuel Neri’s “Joan Brown Seated,” 1959, aluminum treated with the artist’s signature “Alborada patina” (oil-based pigments with yellow glaze)
The Anderson Collection at Stanford is celebrating the holidays—and its third anniversary—with a special exhibition, The Assertion of Modern Figurative Sculpture. The newly opened show, on view through Feb. 12, highlights a recent gift of 11 sculptures and drawings by noted California artist Manuel Neri.
Neri is the only sculptor to emerge from the Bay Area Figurative Movement and is best known for his fullscale female figures cast in plaster and embellished with vivid, bright splashes of paint.
While the Anderson Collection was built to house the personal collection of Peninsula residents Hunk and Moo Anderson, the opportunity to add to its holdings of work by Neri (the Collection already owns a significant piece, “Untitled Standing Figure,” 1982) was too good to pass up. Thanks to the generosity of the Manuel Neri Trust, the museum will now own two more sculptures, a group of bronze reliefs and eight works on paper.
Explains Collection Director Jason Linetzky, “These sculptures and works on paper in a range of different mediums enhance the Anderson family’s original gift by expanding the breadth, depth and reach of the permanent collection.”
Originally published in the November/December issue of Silicon Valley