BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A New York City art dealer who surprised the
art world in 1991 by trading his gallery's Manhattan address for
Buffalo's University Heights district now has expanded his vision
to include the University at Buffalo.
David K. Anderson has donated to UB the Anderson Gallery
building, with an estimated worth of up to $3 million, and has
established a $2 million charitable remainder trust to assist with
gallery maintenance and exhibitions.
Anderson, whose previous donations to UB include support for the
Center for the Arts and the donation of nearly 300 paintings,
sculptures and prints with a value totaling more than $1.5 million,
also plans to transfer to the university a substantial part of the
Anderson Gallery permanent collection.
"When I first saw the abandoned school building that would
become my Buffalo gallery, located in the student residential
section near UB, I bought it with the intention of sharing it with
the university," Anderson recalled. "Now my dream is coming true as
we marry the university's diverse educational resources and student
enthusiasm with a gallery space and a significant art collection to
achieve a synergy of imagery and technology for a future that we
can only imagine."
The Anderson Gallery, located on Martha Jackson Place off of
Englewood Avenue, houses an international collection of
20th-century art or, as Anderson reflected, "the collection
represents the sand that fell into our shoes as we walked all these
years buying pieces of art from then-unknown artists that we
The multi-million-dollar collection began with Anderson's
mother, Martha Jackson, whose New York City gallery helped to
establish Abstract Expressionism as an international art movement
in the early and mid-1950s. Jackson, a Buffalonian and daughter of
Howard Kellogg and Cyrena Allen Case -- both from prominent Buffalo
families -- was considered one of the most influential female
figures in the art world until her death in 1969.
UB President William R. Greiner said Jackson had a keen eye for
outstanding works by artists of the 20th century. "David continued
that legacy with his own tastes and vision -- a collection of
magnificent artworks so beautifully displayed in the gallery that
bears his name,"
Greiner said. "The Anderson Gallery is an extremely valuable
asset for UB and for the larger Western New York community."
"This gift is generating great excitement around the university
community," added Kerry S. Grant, dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences. "The gallery and its collection will provide quality
teaching tools for a major period of American art. We are
particularly pleased that the gift includes a major collection of
works on paper of great significance."
Grant continued: "This donation is also an important step in
furthering our plans to develop a museum and curatorial studies
program. This is a very exciting program and certainly given the
cultural institutions in Western New York and the strength of the
university, UB is well-positioned to establish a program of
national and international renown in this field."
Anderson said a program that documents and exhibits rising
artists could have no better curators than university students
because "they own the current culture and have an enthusiasm for
what's new, like showing eBay 10 days before it went public.
"What my support gives them is the encouragement and discipline
to visit the studios of the unknown artists and then to return to
Buffalo with documentation and a rationale for exhibiting these
young artists," he added. "The gallery and supporting programs
would give them the space and opportunity to do so."
Anderson began as a dealer and collector working out of his
mother's gallery in New York, then relocated to Paris, opening the
Galerie Anderson-Mayer in 1962. After his mother's death, he
acquired her gallery and collection from the estate and renamed it
the David Anderson Gallery. By 1979, Anderson and his family had
returned to Buffalo to he commuted to his New York City gallery. By
1991, Anderson had relocated his gallery to Buffalo, in a
state-of-the-art exhibition space that he created by converting an
In addition to gifts to UB, Anderson has given a substantial
group of paintings, sculptures and works on paper -- a collection
designated as the Martha Jackson Collection -- to the Albright-Knox
Art Gallery, along with art donations to the National Museum of
American Art, the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the
Phoenix Art Museum.
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