Reading the Floating World: Japanese Ukiyo-e Books from the Collection of Arthur Tress

The Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books
March 5, 2011July 24, 2011

The flowering of popular culture during Japan's Edo period (1600–1868) brought about a revolution in Japanese publishing and the art of the book. With prosperity and the spread of literacy, particularly among the merchant class, a great variety of reading material developed, including illustrated books of poetry, legends and folk-tales, romances, and travel guides.

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Lovers

Utagawa Kunisada, Lovers, in the book An Appraisal of Sensual Pleasure (Shiki no nagame). Color woodcut, ca. 1830s. Collection of Arthur Tress

Rupert Garcia: The Magnolia Editions Projects 1991–2011

February 19, 2011July 17, 2011

Renowned Bay Area artist Rupert Garcia is committed to creating artwork not only as a means of achieving aesthetic ends, but also as a viable way of addressing social and political concerns. Through his bold silkscreens and layered pastels and paintings, Garcia catalyzes discussion and debate in a broad audience about the pressing issues that have faced the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His recent editions elaborate on his political concerns, as well as addressing his interest in challenging notions of folk and high art.

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Obama from Douglass, 2010. Pigmented inkjet. Printed and published by Magnolia Editions Inc., Oakland. Courtesy of the artist and Magnolia Editions.

The Magna Carta

May 7, 2011June 5, 2011

The Magna Carta (or Great Charter of English Liberties), one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy, is on display at the Legion of Honor May 7–June 5. The document is presented in Gallery 3 under a Spanish ceiling dating from approximately 1500. The Magna Carta coming to San Francisco belongs to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, and is one of four surviving manuscripts from the revised 1217 issue.

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On loan from the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, and made possible thanks to the generosity of Qualcomm, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, and John Wiley and Sons.

Magna Carta

Magna Carta (detail), 1217. Bodleian Library, Oxford

Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

April 23, 2011July 24, 2011

First unearthed in 1996 in a rescue excavation in Lod, ancient Diospolis, Israel, this large and extraordinarily detailed mosaic floor has only recently been carefully removed from its site and conserved. Found in a large villa believed to belong to a wealthy Roman, the excellently preserved mosaic floor dates to about AD 300. Two rectangular end panels flank a large square medallion. The medallion and one of the end panels contain depictions of delightful animals and exotic beasts.

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Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Israel Antiquities Authority from the collections of the National Treasures.

Lead Patron

The Selz Foundation

Patron

The Koret Foundation
Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund
American Express

Sponsor

Anonymous
Concepcion S. and Irwin Federman
Alexander M. & June L. Maisin Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund
The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation

Lod mosaic panel

Mosaic floor side panel with hexagonal medallions, Roman, ca. AD 300. Excavated at Lod (Lydda), Israel. Stone tesserae, 13 feet x 5 feet 3 inches. Israel Antiquities Authority and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center. Image courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations

December 4, 2010March 27, 2011

Arthur Szyk (American, b. Poland, 1894–1951) is best remembered for his diverse work as an artist and illustrator, from pochoir illustrations for traditional Jewish and Polish folktales and religious texts to watercolor designs for political cartoons that were regularly featured on the cover of Collier’s magazine throughout the 1930s and '40s. Szyk’s Polish and Jewish heritage remained central, and his attention to detail betrayed considerable historical research into his craft.

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Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Lead exhibition support is provided by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.
 

Koret FoundationTaube Philanthropies

Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Bernard and Barbro Osher.

Left: King and Queen of the Roses, illustration for the chapter titled Little Ida's Flowers in Anderson's Fairy Tales (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1945). Watercolor and opaque watercolor. Collection of Irvin Ungar. Center: Arthur Szyk, Paris, 1930s. Photo credit: Louvre Studio. Right: King George VI, 1938. Transparent and opaque watercolor. Collection of Irvin Ungar

Aspects of Mount Fuji in Japanese Illustrated Books from the Arthur Tress Collection

Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books
September 11, 2010February 20, 2011

Noted photographer Arthur Tress (b. 1940) began collecting Japanese books in the fall of 1965 when he was a student at the Zen study center associated with the Shōkoku-ji temple in Kyoto. “After classes I would wander the back alleys behind the school, and I accidentally came upon a small, dilapidated secondhand bookstore that was filled from floor to ceiling with thousands of ragged old Japanese books for only a few dollars each,” he recalls.  “I was enchanted by the lovely, soft paper and bold illustrations [that were] often by important ukiyo-e artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai.

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Hokusai, Untitled (Fuji Seen from Above the Waves), [detail] from the book One Hundred Views of Fuji, 1835. Collection of Arthur Tress

Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

February 5, 2011June 12, 2011

Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter by training, but textile and costume are her muses. Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper.

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Admission to Pulp Fashion is $15 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $11 youth 6–17 and college students with ID, and free for children under 6 and members.

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Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and sponsored by Lonna Wais. Additional support is provided by Nathalie and Garry McGuire and Elizabeth W. Vobach. Collection Connections is made possible by The Annenberg Foundation. The exhibition catalogue is supported in part by a grant from Friends of Fiber Art International.

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Isabelle de Borchgrave

Eleanor of Toledo (and detail), 2006, inspired by a ca. 1545 portrait of Eleanor and her son Giovanni de’ Medici by Agnolo Bronzino in the collection of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo: René Stoeltie

Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A Decade of Collecting Works on Paper

June 23, 2007October 7, 2007
The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, founded in 1948 by Moore and Hazel Achenbach, is the Fine Arts Museums’ department of prints, drawings, and photographs. It is the largest American museum collection of its kind west of Chicago; works range from the Renaissance to contemporary art and also include Asian art. Over the past decade the department has acquired more than 6,600 works on paper through gift and purchase. There has not been an opportunity to exhibit many of them until now.
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Surrealism: Selections from the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books

September 15, 2007January 6, 2008
Although the term Surrealism was coined by the writer Guillaume Apollinaire in 1917, it was André Breton who formalized a movement around the term beginning in 1924. Breton asserted the centrality of automatism, submission to the subconscious, as the means to Surrealist expression. Found or random objects, textures, and imagery were central to Surrealism, as was the acceptance of dreams as worthy subject matter.
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), "Buste de Femme à la Chaise," frontispiece, in the book Anthologie de l'humour noir by André Breton (Paris: Editions du Sagittaire, 1940), 1940
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