In February this year, in a disused ambulance garage in downtown Palo Alto, California, a most unusual project was born. Palo Alto, home to Stanford University, seeding ground for Silicon Valley, is a town humming with scientists and technocrats. Despite the rich holdings of its museums, it is not known for its devotion to the arts. Yet here, in what feels much like a trading estate, an energy investor and philanthropist, Jane Woodward, has opened a foundation in the name of a single, English artist, Tony Foster, a landscape painter from Cornwall, and prepared a space, entirely filled with his ...


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