Of People and Places by Weyman Lew

January 24 – April 13, 1991
In 1981, the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco began to organize an exhibition
series featuring outstanding Chinese American artists working in a variety of media.
The objective of the project is in keeping with the goal of the Center-to foster the
understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and
culture in the United States. In particular, the Center aims to emphasize contemporary
Chinese and Chinese American art of high quality, in addition to presenting traditional
and historical art. Since then, the Center has featured several Chinese American artists
who, even though they belong to the mainstream of contemporary American art,
demonstrate the legacy of traditional Chinese art and aesthetics in their sryles and
that the late critic Thomas Albright aptly described as being “the sparest and most
elegant of lines.” He went on further to say, “Weyman Lew is one of the not very
numerous artists who can take a line, have it do anything he wants to, and make the
whole thing look as if it had simply drawn itself.”
Mr. Lew’s work may be seen in public collections such as the M.H. de Young Memorial
Museum, the Oakland Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphics Arts at
the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Brooklyn Museum, the Santa Barbara
Museum, the University Art Museum in Berkeley, and the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art. He has exhibited widely, having had more than forty one-man exhibitions
in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Australia.
This catalog accompanies the exhibition “Weyman Lew: Of Peoples and Places” on
view at the Center from January 24 to April 13, 1991. About one hundred works are in
the exhibition, including drawings, etchings, watercolors, and mono types which depict
images of peoples and places seen by the artist-who resides in San Francisco-on his
travels throughout the world. Only a small selection of Mr. Lew’s drawings are
published in this catalog. They are especially distinctive for their fluid, sinuous lines
Funding for the exhibition and the catalog is provided by the National Endowment for
the Arts, a Federal agency, the California Arts Council, and Grants for the Arts of the
San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

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