Monday, June 25, 2018

Approaching the divine at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

The Buddhist deity Guhyasamaja (c. 1400–1500), China. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
SAN FRANCISO, CA---‘We want to make you look at art differently,’ says Qamar Adamjee, a curator at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. As she points out, visitors to the museum – which holds what is arguably the finest collection of Asian art outside Asia – do not always looks as closely at objects as they might: ‘Visitors think all Buddha images look the same,’ she says. ‘Seen one seen them all!’ Such an attitude prompted Adamjee and her fellow curators, Jeffrey Durham and Karin G. Oen, to devise ‘Divine Bodies: Sacred Imagery in Asian Art’ (until 29 July), an exhibition about the representation and meaning of divinity.  [More]