It could be a new look or a second look, but First Look at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum merits a long look. The exhibit is an immensely engaging and enlightening treasure trove of paintings, installations, ceramics and more, showcasing artists whose muscle memories create arresting new visions.
Visual standouts are Zhu Jinshi’s gorgeous green impasto and Manuel Ocampo’s red and white statement on Catholicism, popular culture and politics. Re;depiction draws from the specific memories of favorite pieces of six staff members of the museum, each interpreted visually by Hughen/Starkweather. The more than 40 artworks from 33 artists present history and happening in plenty of space to look, learn and savor
First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian runs through October 11th at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street in San Francisco.
For more information, visit asianart.org