Asian-American Acquisitions at the Huntington
|Chao-Chen Yang, Apprehension, about 1940. The Huntington, gift of Edgar Yang|
The Huntington's Verso blog surveys recent acquisitions of Asian-American art. Among them are a group of photographs by Chao-Chen Yang (1910-1969). Yang's pictures are imaginary film stills, 40 years before Cindy Sherman. It's known that the artist apprenticed for RKO Pictures and contemplated a career in the movies. Instead, he served as a diplomat for Chiang Kai-shek and an advocate for Chinese immigrants. Yang's photographs have only recently received wide attention. Apprehension made the cover of Artforum in 2021, with essay by Joan Kee.
|Dominique Fung, Sans Les Mains, 2022. The Huntington, purchased with funds from Dominic and Ellen Ng. Photo by Linnea Stephan|
Canadian artist Dominique Fung's Sans Les Mains is an everything/everywhere burlesque of Manet, 20th-century women Surrealists, and the objectification of Asian women. It was shown at Jeffrey Deitch's L.A. space in spring 2022.
|Kenjiro Nomura, Puget Sound, 1947. The Huntington, gift of Robert Hori. Photo by Linnea Stephan|
|Chiura Obata, Full Moon, Pasadena, California, 1930. The Huntington, Gift of the Obata Family|
|Toshio Aoki, untitled (Butterfly Goddess), about 1890. The Huntington, gift of Robert Hori|