We arrived early for Friday evening football: Stanford vs. Washington State because we were afraid traffic and parking would be a problem. It wasn’t. But to fill the time, we visited the “Anderson Collection at Stanford University”. A private collection of Modern and Contemporary American art that has been donated to the school. I didn’t expect too much when my wife suggested we go there, but I’m very glad we went through the exhibit. Several of the paintings and sculptures struck me in different ways as I stood before them and let them speak to me. I wrote down what I felt as I wandered through one of the paintings. I’d love to go back and see what other conversations await me there.
This painting is 9 ½ feet tall, and 12 feet wide. Rather imposing.
Clyfford Stilll – 1957 – J No. 1 (PH-142) (1957)
Speak to Me Clyfford Still
– no forgetting –
calls me in
yet somehow alive
pressing urgent attention towards me
pages of history
paint peeled on
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