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San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show runs Feb. 5-7

By April MacIntyre Jan 28, 2010, 4:02 GMT

San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show runs Feb. 5-7

Standing Bodhisattva. Central Java, Indonesia. Early 19th century. 14.2 cm. Courtesy of Dalton Somare

The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show is taking place in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center, February 5-7, 2010. 

The event is now in it's 14th year, and is the oldest and largest exhibition of museum-quality Asian arts that are available for purchase.

Women on a Terrace, Vilavail ragini from a Ragamala series, Mughal, Lucknow, India ca.1770-80.  Courtesy of Art Passages.

Women on a Terrace, Vilavail ragini from a Ragamala series, Mughal, Lucknow, India ca.1770-80. Courtesy of Art Passages.

The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show is an anchor event for the first annual Arte du Monde San Francisco, and opens with a gala benefit for Asian Art Museum.

Japanese Astrological  2-panel screen painting.  Printed in blue ink on paper and flecked with mica. Meiji Period (1868-1912).  Courtesy of The Zenter Collection.

Japanese Astrological 2-panel screen painting. Printed in blue ink on paper and flecked with mica. Meiji Period (1868-1912). Courtesy of The Zenter Collection.

Art Du Monde San Francisco is anchored by three major international art fairs, the San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show (SFAPA), San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show (SFTTA) and Marin Show: Art of the Americas (MSAA).

Moon Over San Francisco.  14x20 inches.  Courtesy of Chinalai Tribal Antiques.

Moon Over San Francisco. 14x20 inches. Courtesy of Chinalai Tribal Antiques.

Collectively, these art fairs showcase more than 400 of the world's most respected galleries, educational programming, local art exhibitions and cultural events.

In recent years the SFAPA has been growing a following of Asian Contemporary galleries and collectors in addition to the existing roster of museum-quality antiques. The SFAPA is a once-a-year opportunity to view collections from private galleries that are predominantly by-appointment-only.

Snowstorm By Shinsui (1898-1972).  Limited Edition Woodblock Print.  Printed in 1932.  Courtesy of the Verne Collection.

Snowstorm By Shinsui (1898-1972). Limited Edition Woodblock Print. Printed in 1932. Courtesy of the Verne Collection.

The SFAPA is one of the only art fairs that visually demonstrate the roots of modern Asian art and the evolution of art in Asia.

Due to the breadth and quality of items on display from Mainland and Pacific Asia, the SFAPA is an ideal opportunity for collectors, art investors, museum and arts professionals to purchase new items on the marketplace, spot trends and evaluate the state to their own collections.

Mitate gosho-ningyo depicting a Korean musician. 10 High. Edo period, 19th Century.  Courtesy of Alan Scott Pate Antique Japanese Dolls.

Mitate gosho-ningyo depicting a Korean musician. 10" High. Edo period, 19th Century. Courtesy of Alan Scott Pate Antique Japanese Dolls.

Antique and contemporary Asian pieces continue to fetch respected prices in global auctions.  In June 2009, Antiques Roadshow appraised an antique collection of Chinese jade for $1 million, their highest appraisal to date.

Visitors to the San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show have the opportunity to speak and engage with the most knowledgeable Asian art specialists in the world in a welcoming environment.

Heaven and Earth United.  39.5x79 inches. Courtesy of Chinalai Tribal Antiques.

Heaven and Earth United. 39.5x79 inches. Courtesy of Chinalai Tribal Antiques.

The 2010 San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show will feature a special exhibit of brush paintings by celebrated writer and art expert Vichai Chinalai. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, Heart of the Brush uniquely combines writing and painting and will be on view and available for purchase throughout the duration of the show. The paintings reflect the artist's Thai-Buddhist background and encompassing interest in Asian philosophy & art.

About Arte du Monde:

The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show is an anchor event for Arte Du Monde, a week-long celebration of the cultural arts in San Francisco. Arte Du Monde will feature educational programming and event for local and visiting cultural arts enthusiasts. For more information, please visit here

The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show will host an Opening Night Preview and Benefit gala for the Asian Art Museum's Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Arts & Culture. Taking place Thursday, February 4th, 2010 the Preview is considered a staple on the San Francisco social calendar.

General admission for The San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show is $15 per person. The show is open to the public Friday February 5, from 11:00am-7:00pm; Saturday, February 6, from 11:00am - 7:00pm; and Sunday, February 7 from 11:00am-5:00pm. There will be no admittance after 4:30pm on Sunday.

There is a special Opening Night Preview to benefit the Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center on Thursday, February 4 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Preview Night Tickets are $85 for Asian Art Museum members and $115 for non-members. Please email apa@asianart.org to purchase for the opening night benefit preview.

The Arts of Pacific Asia Show is held at the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center, which is located at the intersection of Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard in the Marina District of San Francisco. For additional information, the public should visit www.caskeylees.com.



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