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3 Big Art Collections Head for Stanford U. Arts Center

Jacob Lawrence designed this poster for the 1974 Whitney Exhibition. (Stanford U. image)

Jacob Lawrence designed this poster for the 1974 Whitney Exhibition. (Stanford U. image)

Stanford University has been given three big art collections, including more than 1,200 notebook sketches by Richard Diebenkorn, 26 works of art by Jacob Lawrence, and 3,600 contact sheets’ worth of photographic negatives shot by Andy Warhol, the university said on Thursday.

The Diebenkorn sketches—which span his career and have not been previously studied or published—are included in 26 notebooks donated by the artist’s wife, Phyllis G. Diebenkorn, a 1942 Stanford graduate (Richard Diebenkorn graduated with the Class of ’49). The Lawrence works—11 drawings, five paintings, nine prints, and one illustrated book—represent his career from the 1940s to the 1990s and were given by friends of the university’s Cantor Arts Center. The Warhol photographs, taken from 1976 until the artist’s death, in 1987, are the fruits of his attempts to document his daily life with a Minox 35EL camera. They were awarded to Stanford after an invitation-only competition among art museums.

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