The Asian art collection at the Cantor Arts Center represents the many cultures of Asia (East, South, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia), spanning 3000 BCE to the late twentieth century. With over 5,000 objects, the collection’s strength lies in its Chinese and Japanese holdings, with 2,300 and 1,400 works, respectively.
Ranging from paintings, calligraphy, and prints to decorative objects, the Asian collection is diverse and eclectic. Highlights include important donations of Chinese bronzes and jades, Chinese folk and revolutionary-era prints, and signed works in Japanese lacquer. The eighteenth- to twentieth-century Japanese woodblock print collection features representative examples by artists Ando Hiroshige, Toyohara Chikanobu, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Kiyoshi Saito, while the selection of significant modern Chinese paintings includes works by Huang Binhong, Wu Guanzhong, and Liu Guosong. Also noteworthy are the ceramics holdings, which demonstrate a wide array of techniques and decorative styles; Indonesian batiks; and Tibetan ritual furniture, instruments, and paintings.
Displays in the Asian art galleries are organized by period, culture, and medium. The functional and religious art gallery focuses on early bronzes as well as Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Buddhist sculpture. In the rotunda, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese ceramics are exhibited alongside jades, ivories, and snuff bottles. The third gallery features changing exhibitions of light-sensitive works and contemporary Asian art.
Dr. Xiaoneng Yang
Patrick J.J. Maveety Curator of Asian Art