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EAST MEETS WEST AT TEXAS COLLECTS ASIA 2008
The Crow Collection Shows Over 30 Private Collectors From Around the State, Year-Round
Monday, January 28, 2008
DALLAS— Something brand new and very old has come to The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art. To honor their namesakes’ philanthropy in the arts, the museum is hosting Texas Collects Asia 2008, a year-long display including other private Asian art collections all over the state. For the first time in its history, The Crow Collection has personally organized this broad exhibition, which honors the legacy of private collectors like the Crows, who love Asia and have shared that with Texans.
The year-long exhibition is divided into five segments:
Japan: January 18- March 30
India and Southeast Asia: April 19- June 22
China: July 12- Sept. 28
Japanese Folk Art: Oct. 18- Dec. 28
Contemporary Art: Oct. 18- Jan. 4, 2009
Through paintings, figures, scrolls, swords, and printed screens, the exhibition will provide a glimpse into Asian culture and bear witness to the appeal that Asian art has to these Texas collectors. Over 30 families, individuals, and institutions are loaning their art to the Crow Collection to make this exhibition possible, along with the collaboration and partnership of the Dallas Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, the World Affairs Council, the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Asia Society and various other Asian associations in the Dallas area.
“The heart of the Crow family is to bring the distant continent of Asia close to home and to share their love, respect and connection with these pieces to Texans,” said Amy Hofland, Director of The Crow Collection. “Texas Collects ASIA 2008 is an explosion of that same concept statewide.”
Hofland traveled more than 16,000 miles across the state to find these collections, and the selections represent the passion each collector has for Asian art. There is a “collecting spirit,” she said, within each of the collectors who shared their treasures with this exhibition.
In tandem with each exhibition of Texas Collects Asia, The Crow Collection will also host an Asian Art in Texas lecture series, fortifying the bridge between East and West through educational public programs. Discover how these Texans, brought together for the first time, developed their own passion for the arts of Asia, and hear from the curators who selected the works for these landmark exhibitions.
With the 2008 Beijing Olympics just around the corner, the opportunity for Texas collectors to share their love for Asian art and culture could not be timelier. The exhibition will showcase Chinese art from mid-July through September to correlate with the Olympic games.
Collections represented in Texas Collects Asia: Japan include:
Ann and J. Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Dallas
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Billingsley, Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art
Gerald and Alice Dietz, Dallas
Catherine and Thomas Edson, San Antonio
Raymond Jobe, Dallas
Robert and Maggie Murchison, Dallas
David W. Palmlund III, Dallas
San Antonio Museum of Art
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Sowell, Dallas
Nanik and Suneeta Vaswani, Houston
Kay-Khorso Zafar, Dallas
A catalogue for the full exhibit will be released on April 19, 2008, with the opening of Texas Collects Asia: India and Southeast Asia.
Home to extraordinary works of art whose origins span China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia, The Crow Collection of Asian Art is free to the public and marks a major cultural gift in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Timeless works, including a magnificent Japanese rock crystal sphere, exquisite Qing Dynasty jades and monumental Mughal-style architecture are balanced alongside internationally recognized exhibitions that fulfill the museum’s vision of bridging East and West.
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