Warhol, Lawrence and Diebenkorn Troves to Cantor Arts Center

Jacob Lawrence, The Last Journey, 1967, gouache, tempera and graphite on paper. © The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center has received large gifts of works by Richard Diebenkorn, Jacob Lawrence and Andy Warhol. The donation comprises 26 sketchbooks containing approximately 1,300 Diebenkorn drawings, 26 works by Lawrence in various mediums and some 3,600 contact sheets and negatives by Warhol.

“These singular works by Diebenkorn, Lawrence, and Warhol will support new interdisciplinary approaches to 20th-century American art and culture,” museum director Connie Wolf said in a press release. The Warhol and Diebenkorn donations are given by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Diebenkorn family; Herbert J. Kayden of New York City and his daughter Joelle Kayden, of Washington, D.C., gave the Lawrence works.

Warhol’s day-to-day life from 1976 until his death in 1987 is detailed in the archive of contact sheets and corresponding negatives. Many of the photos were shot on his Minox 35EL camera; they include images of celebrities like Truman Capote. Notations on the contact sheets reveal the artist’s editing process. In 2015, Stanford University will offer a photography course centering on the archive, and an inaugural exhibition is planned for 2017, the 30th anniversary of Warhol’s death.

The gift of 26 Lawrence works makes the Cantor Center’s collection of the artist’s work the largest on the West Coast, according to the museum. Eleven drawings, five paintings, nine prints and one illustrated book by the artist span his career. The first-ever Bay Area solo exhibition of the artist’s work, at the Cantor, is scheduled for early 2015.

The Cantor’s existing collection of Diebenkorn’s work is augmented by the gift of the sketchbooks. He referred to the never-before-exhibited items, some of them lined notepads, as his “portable studio.” Highlights from Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks will be displayed as part of the fall 2015 exhibition “Artists at Work.”

The Cantor Arts Center, originally the Leland Stanford Jr. Museum, was founded in 1891 alongside Stanford University. Its collection encompass Western, Asian, African and Oceanic works.