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Pollock's stellar 'Lucifer' and impressive Anderson Collection
Pollock's stellar 'Lucifer' and impressive Anderson Collection

For the past 44 years, a pivotal painting in the evolution of American Modern art in the exhausted aftermath of World War II has hung in a private home in an affluent San Francisco suburb — first in a child's bedroom and then over a dining room credenza. Jackson Pollock's "Lucifer" (1947) is the canvas in which the artist's tentative experiments with a revolutionary new way of painting first took flight. Now the painting is going public. "Lucifer" is the stellar work in the Anderson Collection, an impressive new museum opening Sunday at Stanford University. Given the prestige of the university, founded in 1891, it is remarkable to realize that...

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