Cantor Center to receive collection from Marmor Foundation

Courtesy of the Marmor Foundation Marmor Warhol

Mao Tse-Tung, a 1972 screenprint by Andy Warhol, is part of the collection of 222 prints, paintings and sculptures donated by the Marmor Foundation.

The Marmor Foundation has pledged to donate a contemporary art collection to the Cantor Arts Center. The collection includes works from such modern masters as Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. The donation of 222 prints, paintings, sculptures and works of decorative art will be made to the arts center over the next 20 years, said Director Thomas Seligman.

Dr. Michael Marmor, professor of ophthalmology in the School of Medicine; his wife, Dr. Jane Marmor; and their children, Dr. Andrea Marmor and David Marmor, made the donation. The gift is in memory of Dr. Michael Marmor's parents, the late Drs. Katherine and Judd Marmor, who collected art for the foundation over the course of their lives.

Judd and Katherine Marmor were among the original subscribers to the Los Angeles fine-arts printmaker Gemini Graphics Editions Ltd., which began to publish prints by many major contemporary artists in the 1960s. Included in the donation are prints by Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Richard Serra, and paintings and sculptures by Joseph Cornell, Nancy Graves, Ed Kienholz and Tom Wesselmann.

Since the Cantor Arts Center's reopening in 1999, more than a dozen installations based on loans from the Marmor Foundation have been displayed in the museum's contemporary art gallery, including exhibitions on contemporary portraiture, photography in contemporary printmaking and a current exhibit, On Color, of Color: Contemporary Artists Explore the Palette, at the Freidenrich Family Gallery through Oct. 30.

The Marmor Foundation gift brings to the Cantor Arts Center substantial works by important contemporary artists not presently represented in depth in the center's collections, said Seligman. "We are delighted that the Marmor family wants to continue to see these works at Stanford, where they can be used for teaching as well as the enjoyment of our audiences."

In addition to the gift of art, the Marmor Foundation has established a fund to support use of the collection, including educational programs.