October 21, 1989 |
As the director of the Asian Art Museum took a measure of damage to the Bay Area's art treasures Friday, he sighed at the destruction. "It's so tragic, so devastating," Rand Castile said. From the front steps of the Asian Art Museum in Golden Gate Park, he nodded at San Francisco's beloved band shell, scarred with deep cracks and crumbling pillars. "Look at our poor friend there. It took the quake pretty hard." Inside the museum, damage was far worse, and art experts scrambled to assess losses.
August 29, 2002 |
Five months before opening its new facility in San Francisco's civic center, the Asian Art Museum has acquired nearly 1,000 works of art as donations from two major private collections. The acquisitions, announced Wednesday, consist of 832 Japanese bamboo baskets and related works from the collection of L.A.-based Lloyd Cotsen and 167 pieces of Southeast Asian art from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in New York.
October 13, 2012 |
As a young boy in Taiwan, Jerry Yang was forced to study calligraphy - writing Chinese characters with a brush. The practice is thought to mold character as well as to reflect it, but Yang found it a tedious chore. In 1998, when he was turning 30 and had already co-founded Yahoo, he heeded the call to look back to his heritage and bought two Chinese calligraphies at auction. It was the beginning, he has written, of "a journey of discovery, inspiration, and fulfillment. " Today, his collection numbers 250 works, including some by the greatest calligraphers of the Ming and Qing eras, and 40 of them have been selected for "Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy," a new exhibition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (through Jan. 13)
November 6, 2011 |
The watercolor portrait of the king is not exactly subtle, but it is pretty. Amar Singh II, the ruler of the Mewar kingdom in India, fills the cloth, his coral-colored gown billowing to the edges of the painting. One hand grips a bejeweled sword, while the other delicately holds a flower toward his nose. A golden halo surrounds his feathered turban. After all, he could trace his lineage back thousands of years to the god-king Rama. The painting, from the 18th century, is an icon of power — and a fitting symbol for a new show at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
May 14, 2003 |
Two months after opening its new home in San Francisco's Civic Center, the Asian Art Museum has beefed up its holdings of Chinese art with a gift of 135 paintings and calligraphic works dating from the 7th century to modern times. Known as the Yeh Family Collection, the artworks were acquired over the last 150 years by several members of a Chinese family and donated by their heir, Max W. Yeh, who lives in Mendocino.
October 5, 2008 |
SEVEN years ago, when the Asian Art Museum was getting ready to move from its old home in Golden Gate Park to its new Civic Center location, curators found an old rug rolled up on a shelf in storage. The huge carpet was one of 7,000 objects the institution's founder, Avery Brundage, had collected, but the only information about the woolen rug that curators could find listed it as "miscellaneous office furniture."