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Detail of Blue Lotus, 1973Lithograph on paper 22 x 30 inchesby Chang Dai-chien (Zhang Daqian). Fine Arts Gallery at SF State, Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area announced its inaugural edition celebrating Asian art in the Bay Area, October 2-10, 2015. The week will include a public program roster of galleries, museums, universities and institutions presenting exhibitions and programs representing the full spectrum of Asian cultures. 

Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area seeks to build a broad alliance between dealers, artists, scholars, collectors and enthusiasts of Asian art, while also creating opportunities for the general public to discover new artworks and culturally distinct points of view within their communities. 

A natural fit for the exceptionally diverse region home to over 7 million people, boasting nearly a quarter that identify as Asian or of Asian descent (1,664,384 according to the 2010 census), Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area seeks to promote the rich arts heritage found across Asia, from antiquity to the contemporary, and explore its impact in the Bay Area. 

Early partners of Asia Week San Francisco Bay area include: ArtSpan, San Francisco, Asia Society, San Francisco; University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), Berkeley; Bonhams, San Francisco; Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University, San Francisco; International Art Gallery, San Francisco; International Art Museum of America, San Francisco; Japan Society of Northern California, San Francisco; Michaan’s Auctions, Alameda; Mongolia Foundation, Berkeley; NanHai Art, Millbrae; Peninsula Art Institute, Burlingame; Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame; SFO Museum, San Francisco, and Warren's Antiques, San Francisco. Complete partners and program schedule will be announced shortly. 

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Blue Lotus, 1973. Lithograph on paper 22 x 30 inches, by Chang Dai-chien (Zhang Daqian). Fine Arts Gallery at SF State, Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

The Fine Arts Gallery regularly presents exhibitions of Asian and Asian American art, and related public programs including lectures, panels and symposia. Past programs have included 'The Moment for Ink' (2013); and 'Chang Dai-chien in California' (1999). gallery.sfsu.edu 

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kambara, 1834. Woodblocks 14.5 x 9.5 inches, by Ando Hiroshige. International Art GalleryAsia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Established in 1971, International Art Gallery is a gallery specialize in Japanese hanga (woodblock print) and paintings dating from the late 18th c. to present. To celebrate the inaugural year of Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area, we are hosting an exhibition and sale of works by masters of the Ukiyo-e hanga, Shin hanga, Sosaku hanga and Japanese sumi paintings. www.tokaidoarts.com 

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Ji Gong Huo Fo, Contemporary. Colored ink on xuan zhi paper by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, in 'Treasure Room Opening', exhibition October 4 – October 4 at International Art Museum of America, Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Stone Seals, Contemporary. Stone seal stamps and ink brushwork by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, in 'Treasure Room Opening', exhibition October 4 – October 4 at International Art Museum of America, Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Emerald-Jade Art Frame, Contemporary. Sculpture by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, in 'Treasure Room Opening', exhibition October 4 – October 4 at International Art Museum of America, Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

The Treasure Room contains the most precious pieces made by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. They were brought to the IAMA for the public to enjoy, despite offers from private collectors of over $70,000,000. These art works were originally exhibited in the United States Capitol and the Organization of American States (OAS est. 1823), where government officials, diplomats, senators and congresspersons from 39 member countries described them as “soul-captivatingly beautiful” and as “Gifts from God to mankind.” IAMA offers discounted admission to the Treasure Room only twice a year. For one day of Asia Week at 2:00 pm, visitors will have a chance to open the Treasure Room. Tickets are normally sold at a price of $600 for groups of ten people or less. For this event, individuals may purchase tickets for $60 (admitting one person per ticket).

The International Art Museum of America is proudly situated in the community of downtown San Francisco. IAMA is a public-benefit, non-profit art museum which opened in October 2011. IAMA strives to provide a global lens for people to appreciate art and culture by unveiling the hidden bonds among seemingly disparate worlds. We have been working continuously to collect diverse artworks and to expand our beautiful collection, thus promoting harmony and peace among people. Free admission for 2015. www.iamasf.org 

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Japanese Parasol, by Unknown. Japan Society of Northern California at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Founded in 1905, the Japan Society steadfastly pursues its strategic mission to advance U.S. – Japan collaboration and understanding in a global context. The Society strives to be the place to go for U.S. – Japan insights, opportunities, collaboration, and networking. The Society offers a truly distinctive U.S. – Japan connection. At its core, the Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) nurtures the unique U.S. – Japan cross-cultural experience cherished by its members. This is accomplished through offering a broad array of programs and networking opportunities. JSNC also offers a very successful Japanese language instruction program for individuals and on-site classes tailored for corporations. www.usajapan.org 

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A Blue-Glazed and Enamel-Decorated Vase, Late Twentieth Century. Porcelain and Enamel by Xu Tianmei (1910-1994), signed. Michaan's Auctions at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Founded in 1905, the Japan Society steadfastly pursues its strategic mission to advance U.S. – Japan collaboration and understanding in a global context. The Society strives to be the place to go for U.S. – Japan insights, opportunities, collaboration, and networking. The Society offers a truly distinctive U.S. – Japan connection. At its core, the Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) nurtures the unique U.S. – Japan cross-cultural experience cherished by its members. This is accomplished through offering a broad array of programs and networking opportunities. JSNC also offers a very successful Japanese language instruction program for individuals and on-site classes tailored for corporations. www.usajapan.org 

October 8 – October 8. Asian Art Auction Appraisals

October 10 – October 10. Asian Works of Art Auction, showcasing fine jade carvings, porcelains, bronzes, glassware, scrolls and textiles.

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Crack_6_11, 2011. Ink and Color on Paper, 142 1/8 x 71 1/4 inches by Qiu Deshu. NanHai Art at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Crack_12_09, 2009. Ink on Paper by Qiu Deshu. NanHai Art at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Crack_II_6_09, 2009. Ink on Paper by Qiu Deshu. NanHai Art at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Founded in 1986, NanHai Art focuses on introducing the major artworks by contemporary Chinese artists that reflect the unique aesthetics of Chinese art while transcending cultural and artistic boundaries with a contemporary sensibility. With a thoughtful selection of artists and a particular emphasis on academic discourse, NanHai Art is committed to present the highest level of Chinese contemporary art to a global audience. www.nanhaiart.com 

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Unknown. Mixed Media by Richard Deutsch. Peninsula Art Institute at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Tenacity, 2013. Photograph by Mark Kitaoka. Peninsula Art Institute at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Founded in December 2012, the Peninsula Art Institute (PAI) is home to more than 25 resident visual artists and is located on the San Francisco Peninsula. Its missions is to provide a supportive working environment for creative professionals in the visual arts and a cultural resource for the community. PAI is a department of the Peninsula Museum of Art. Artist disciplines include Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Fibre Art. Art classes are offered throughout the year. PAI artists open their studios twice a year to the public - in May during a Silicon Valley Open Studios weekend and towards the end of the year. Specific times and dates will be available on this web site. http://www.peninsulaartinstitute.org

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Detail of Twin Pagoda model 1912–15, Song Dynasty (960–1280 CE). Bricks and Stucco 53 inches, by Unknown. in 'The Tushanwan Pagodas: Architectural Models from the Chinese Pavilion at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition', Exhibition April 4 – October 25 at SFO Museum. Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Pagoda of the Six Harmonies model 1912–15, Tang Dynasty (920 CE). Bricks and Wood 66 inches, by Unknown. in 'The Tushanwan Pagodas: Architectural Models from the Chinese Pavilion at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition', Exhibition April 4 – October 25 at SFO Museum. Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Warren's Antiques is one of San Francisco's premier antique shops providing excellent service for over 20 years. We sell 18th, 19th and early 20th century antique furniture, decorative accessories, American, English, Continental and Asian art pieces. We also provide excellent quality restoration services and techniques including, but are not limited to: Specializing, Veneer Work, Gilding, Carving, Paint finishing, Oriental lacquering and French polish. Custom work done upon request. www.warrensantiques.com 

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Porcelain Plaque Screen, Republic Era. Mixed Media 80.5 x 76 inches by Zhang Zhi Tang. Warren's Antiques at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Porcelain Plaque Four Panel Hongmu Floor Screen, Republic Era. Mixed Media 78 x 80 inches by Attribute Lang Shi Ning. Warren's Antiques at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

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Marble Inset Table Screen, Republic Era. Mixed Media 21 x 33 x 10 inches by Unknown. Warren's Antiques at Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area.

Warren's Antiques is one of San Francisco's premier antique shops providing excellent service for over 20 years. We sell 18th, 19th and early 20th century antique furniture, decorative accessories, American, English, Continental and Asian art pieces. We also provide excellent quality restoration services and techniques including, but are not limited to: Specializing, Veneer Work, Gilding, Carving, Paint finishing, Oriental lacquering and French polish. Custom work done upon request. www.warrensantiques.com