WELCOME TO GLOBAL VISION: A SURVEY OF WORLD ART Diversity always has been at the heart of our exhibition program. We have exhibited the traditional art Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as well as modern work from Europe and the United States. However, this is the first time we have been able to evoke in one exhibition the rich diversity of humanity as a whole. To see art from all around the world is something people usually go to large museums to experience. This exhibition is a rare opportunity for our students to see a concentrated survey of “World Art” in a single gallery. Included are works of exceptional quality from every major era of Art History: Prehistoric, Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary. The focus of the selection is Africa, Asia, and the modern tradition in Europe and the United States. A future exhibition will feature Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Minoan, Greek, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance art, as well as the traditional art of North America, Mesoamerica, and South America. In this exhibition are examples from the tribal world, as well as from Japan, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tibet, and West Asia. Highlights include a wall of powerful African masks worn by both men and women, shamanic carvings from New Guinea, a major group of Chinese sculpture starting with the Neolithic period and continuing through the Shang, Chou, Han, Tang, and Sung Dynasties, as well as famous prints of the 19th-century by Hokusai and Hiroshige, and calligraphy by Zen teachers such as Bunsho roshi and Suzuki roshi. Other Asian masterpieces include a dynamic Shiva Nataraja from India, ancient Gandharan Buddhas, a luminous Walking Buddha from Thailand, and an elaborate Tibetan altar. From the modern era in Europe and the United States are works by Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, Gauguin, Cézanne, Kandinsky, Marc, Dix, Nolde, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Dali, Duchamp, Ernst, Miro, Magritte, Arp, Tanning, Sommer, Michels, Conner, Pollock, de Kooning, Motherwell and Frankenthaler, as well as contemporary work by Rauschenberg, Johns, Bearden, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Indiana, Chagoya, Hernandez, and Kruger. There are over 100 original works on display, as well as a number of replicas to stimulate comparative study. The exhibition is a striking vision of humanity’s extraordinary diversity and spiritual strength, from the time of our tribal ancestors to the present. We are grateful to the Institute for Aesthetic Development, a charitable trust devoted to visual education, for these loans from its teaching collection of World Art. I thank Philip Ringler for the photgraphy and Sarah Neuman for her cataloging. Lanier Graham, Director, University Art Gallery California State University East Bay
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SHANG DYNASTY Anonymous (1527 BCE - 1027 BCE)
15th-10th c BCE Chinese Shang Sculpture
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