Before the art collector and dealer David K. Anderson died in 2009, at 74, he made out one of the more generous wills this cultural community has ever seen.
On Sunday, when Anderson’s collection of some 400 prints goes on sale in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts, the final stipulation of that document will be complete. And after that, 14 cultural and educational organizations will divide up more than $2 million from the David Anderson Charitable Trust, plus the amount raised in Sunday’s sale. In size and scope, it will be rank as one of the largest philanthropic contributions in memory to Western New York’s cultural community.
The event, organized by art dealer Dean Brownrout, includes work by Jules Olitski, Karel Appel, Christo, Sam Francis and a host of other important figures from the mid- to late-20th century. At Anderson’s instructions, the work is priced relatively affordably, from $50 up to several thousand dollars.
The organizations named in Anderson’s bequest are the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Prep, Buffalo Zoo, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Nichols School, The Park School of Buffalo, Erie County SPCA, University at Buffalo Foundation to benefit the Anderson Gallery and Westminster Presbyterian Church. – Colin Dabkowski