Volume 41 – Number 1
'Shanghai' at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Two Works of Japanese Art from the University of Virginia Art Museum
By Liu Jianhua (b. 1962), 2002-08
Installation with porcelain and light
Collection of the artist
The eyes of the world will be on Shanghai as it hosts the 2010 World Expo. In this issue we celebrate the opening of the exhibition 'Shanghai' at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco which, together with the 'Bay Area Shanghai Celebration' honours the longstanding special relationship that exists between the two cities. In our interview with Asian Art Museum director Jay Xu, he tells us about his vision for the exhibition and the museum. Michael Knight, Dany Chan and Lisa Claypool explore different aspects of Shanghai's visual culture from 1850 to the present day, through works selected from Shanghai museums and institutions. Nancy Berliner looks at the contributions made to the city's rich architectural heritage by its Jewish populations.
Dorothy Wong discusses two works of Japanese art from the collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum that will be highlighted in the exhibition 'Expressions of the Buddhist Faith' concurrently with the conference 'Cultural Crossings: China and Beyond in the Medieval Period' This issue also features reviews of autumn auctions and fairs in New York, Hong Kong and London, and previews of fairs in Europe and the US; as well as an interview with Shanghai businessman and collector Liu Yiqian. In the commentary, André Alexander discusses conservation issues surrounding historic buildings and monuments in Tibet.