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09/16/18-12/16/18 “Taking the World Apart is Easy, It is Getting it Back Together in an Acceptable Form That is Difficult”
Jeremy Anderson (1921-1982) had solo exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the University of California Davis, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, as well as at the Dilexi and the Braunstein galleries in San Francisco. His sculpture is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Anderson’s work has been included in many seminal group shows, including What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present at Matthew Marks in New York, Pacific Dreams: Currents of Surrealism and Fantasy in Early California Art 1934-1957 at the Oakland Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, FUNK at the University Art Museum in Berkeley and the ICA in Boston, and American Sculpture of the Sixties at LACMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Anderson was born in Palo Alto and raised in Northern California. He began making sculpture in the late 1940s and developed a highly unique language of hand-carved surrealist forms and figures. Anderson’s work seamlessly combines a sense of functionality and spirituality; he was influenced by mythopoetic abstraction, ancient weapons, Oceanic/African statuary, and ritual stone formations. He served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician during World War II and taught sculpture at the California School of Fine Arts, University of California Berkeley, and the University of California Davis.