Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jack Chen in Chinese Digest

May 1938
The lower photo has Mrs. C.C. Huang, wife of the Consul General in San Francisco, and Jack Chen, artist, looking at one of the latter’s own works which was shown with 160 other examples of contemporary Chinese art here on April 5–6 and which were brought here by Jack Chen himself. This exhibition, which included woodcuts, cartoons, drawings, and sketches, had been shown in Moscow, in England, and in various cities in the U.S. It was shown in San Francisco under the auspices of the local branch of the American Friends of the Chinese People.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Anna May Wong in Photoplay

December 1921
page 61: Bits of Life
The next story is a fine Chinese tale in which Lon Chaney and the beautiful little Oriental, Anna May Wong, perform.

August 1923
page 78: Anna May Wong continues to represent China effectively.

October 1923
Anna May Wong photograph from The Thief of Bagdad.

November 1923
Anna May Wong cast in Drifting.

August 1927
page 24: photograph (below)
page 54: Mr. WuAnna May Wong (not pictured) had a small role in the film
page 143: Mr. Wu cast

September 1927
page 144: Old San Francisco cast

October 1927
page 84: She Didn’t Know Her Chop Suey

October 1931
page 78: Anna May Wong and sister Mary

December 1931
page 13: baby photograph (below)
page 63: photograph (below)

July 1932
page 12: Shanghai Express

August 1932
page 14: Shanghai Express
page 110: Los Angeles Chinatown children
page 124: 5 Years Ago
The girl on the cover was Olive Borden and the gallery included…Anna May Wong.

September 1932
page 113: Shanghai Express

October 1932
page 119: Shanghai Express

July 1933
page 8: The Audience Talks Back
Anna May Wong
At Best: Buddha winking
At Worst: Sandalwood incense in Woolworth’s

August 1933
page 98: A Study in Scarlet
page 113: A Study in Scarlet cast

(Next post on Friday: Anna May Wong in Theatre Magazine)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Art by Edward Wilson Currier, 1917

American Art News
December 7, 1918
E. W. Currier, a well known painter of California scenes, died Nov. 15 last at a San Francisco hospital. He had been a sufferer for some months although able to pursue his art, to which he was devoutly attached.

The artist passed a deal of time each year at Lake Tahoe, traversing the mountain region with great enthusiasm and always returning with much material. The color and life of Old Chinatown, before the 1906 fire, had afforded Currier much pleasure and he reflected those features with faithfulness. Originally from Ohio, Currier had lived many years in California. His early training was gained in the East.

(Next post on Friday: Anna May Wong in Film Annuals)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Chen Chi and San Francisco’s Fabulous Chinatown

Brochure cover art was originally printed in Collier’s, July 12, 1952. The brochure was stamped on the back with “Compliments of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce” plus the address, phone number and Chinese characters.

Panel 1

Panels 2 and 5

Panels 3 and 4

Panels 6 and 7

Panel 8

Related Post
Chen Chi’s “Painting the Town: San Francisco”

(Next post on Tuesday: Happy Fourth of July!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Modern Revolutionary Chinese Artists’ Club

Oakland Tribune
March 20, 1927
exhibition of paintings at 18 Waverly Place, San Francisco

Oakland Tribune
March 27, 1927

The Coshocton Tribune
April 8, 1927
page 4, column 6: Daily News Letter
by William Parker
San Francisco, April 8—The revolution gripping China has extended to art circles in San Francisco’s Chinatown. “The Modern Revolutionary Chinese Artists’ Club” has been organized and is holding an exhibition at 18 Waverly Place.

Every exhibit is of the impressionistic or futuristic school and all from the brushes of young Chinese students in the quarter. None of the students is more than twenty years of age and one is only fifteen.

The exhibition is conducted by Yun, aged twenty, an Americanized native Chinese who wears a basque cap on his head and fuzz on his chin.

The Niagara Falls Gazette
(New York)
April 11, 1927
page 7, column 3: same article as above

San Francisco Chronicle
May 15, 1927
page D7, column 5: Yun, the Modern Revolutionary Chinese Artists Club founder, has taken his pupils’ exhibit to the Telegraph Hill Tavern. It is hard to tell what artistic province these young Chinese will break out in next. Bohemia being a land of no boundaries.

At 150 Wetmore

Friday, June 9, 2017

Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories

Anthony W. Lee, Editor
University of Washington Press, 2003

Jacket art: Man Writing (1927)

Head of a Man (1926–1927)
Untitled (An Audience, 1927)
My First Impression of Paris (1927)
How I Saw Myself in a Dream (circa 1929)
Wheels: Industrial New York (1932)
Where Is My Mother (1926–1927)
Man Writing (1927)
Mrs. Salinger in Paris (1927)
Portrait of Paul Valery (no date)
The Flute Player (1928)
The Charm of Music (1930)
Madrid Landscape with a White Building (1928)
Self-Portrait in Beret (1927)
The Last Supper panel 1, panel 2 and panel 3 (1933)
The Red Chair (1928)

Yun Gee with a Bird at the Window (circa 1930s)
Yun Gee Painting (circa 1926)
Yun Gee and Models Standing by the Painting Temptation (circa 1931)
Yun Gee Playing Chess (1954; a similar photograph, from a different point of view, was distributed by United Press International; his daughter, Li-Lan, is also in the picture)
Yun Gee Reading a Scroll (circa 1929)

Wheels: Industrial New York (1932 sketch)
The Charm of Music (1930 study)
China and Manchuria (no date)
Hand-lettered brochure for art school (circa 1950)
4-D Is on the Wing and the Wise Men Are Nearest (circa 1954)
Geometrical Theory (no date)
Color Theory (no date)
Color as History of Atmosphere (no date)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Anna May Wong in Picture Play

July 1929
photograph (below)

November 1929
photograph (below)

February 1931
photograph (below)

January 1932
pages 24–25: A Lone Lotus (profile below)
page 64: conclusion

February 1932
Shanghai Express advertisement (below)
pages 54–55: China Lady (Shanghai Express photographs)

August 1932
page 43: photograph

November 1934
photograph (below)

Related Posts
Exhibitors Herald-World, January–March 1929
Anna May Wong in The New Movie Magazine
Anna May Wong in Film Annuals

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee: Poetry, Writings, Art, Memories)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Yun Gee in Pioneers of Modern Chinese Painting in Paris

de Sarthe Gallery, Hong Kong
May 13–June 21, 2014
Exhibition Catalog
Yun Gee, pages 53–57
(click images to enlarge)

The Flute Player (Self-Portrait), 1928

(Next post on Friday: Anna May Wong in Picture Play)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Yun Gee in 20th Century Chinese Art, 2014

Sotheby’s, Hong Kong
April 6, 2014

Yun Gee, cover art and pages 90 to 99
Photograph of Yun Gee painting (1926)
Self-Portrait (1927; aka Head of Man in Cap)
“A Pioneering Chinese Artist Who Emerged from San Francisco’s Art Scene”
by Professor Anthony Lee
Essay illustrated with self-portraits of Rembrandt (1629), Van Gogh (1887); Xu Beihong (1922); and Pan Yuliang (1940); two pages from Who’s Who in China (1932)
“Off to the New World: Chinese Artists in North America”
Artwork by Hon-Chew Hee, Chao Chung-Hsiang, Chuang Che, Tony Wong, Ming Fay, and Walasse Ting

Sotheby’s, Hong Kong
October 6, 2014

Yun Gee, pages 52 to 61
Man Holding Baby (1926)
Park in Spring (no date)
Artist’s Handmade Album (1926; photographs of Gee and hand-drawn maps)

15 Contact Prints (1927; 12 paintings and 3 with people)

Portrait of Otis Oldfield (1926)
Otis Oldfield, Notes of a Promenade with Yun Gee: Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento; Stevenson House, Monterey; Yosemite Trees (1926)

(Next post on Friday: Yun Gee in Pioneers of Modern Chinese Painting in Paris)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Yun Gee in 20th Century Chinese Art, 2009

Sotheby’s, Hong Kong
April 6, 2009

Yun Gee on pages 24 to 26
The Last Supper (circa 1930s)

four studies (1933; one, two, three, four)
Photograph and biography of Yun Gee

Christie’s, Hong Kong
November 29, 2009

page 4: detail of The Last Supper panel one

Yun Gee on pages 54 to 61
pages 54–55: The Last Supper (1933; in the gatefold: panels onetwo and three)
page 55: My Conception of Christ (1926; reference only); photograph of Gee with The Last Supper mural; and detail of Leonardo de Vinci’s The Last Supper
pages 56–57: Three Graces (1939)
pages 58–59: Madame Murat Sculpting Statue (1937; aka Yvonne Serruys Sculpting Statue)
pages 60–61: Nude with Pearl Necklace (no date in catalog)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Anna May Wong in The New Movie Magazine

February 1930
page 122: Hollywood Boulevardier

February 1931
page 57: Hollywood Boulevardier
page 58: spot illustration

July 1931
page 111: Hollywood Boulevardier

August 1931
page 11: Where to Write the Movie Stars
page 15: What the Stars Are Doing

November 1931
page 88: Daughter of the Dragon review
page 92: Decline of the West

December 1931
page 9: Where to Write the Movie Stars
page 11: What the Stars Are Doing
page 16: Guide to the Best Films
page 59: Sessue Hayakawa Returns
page 88: Daughter of the Dragon

January 1932
page 48: photograph (below)

March 1932
page 42: Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich photograph (below)

May 1932
page 61: Shanghai Express photograph

June 1932
page 92: East Is West...

July 1932
page 24: Between Two Worlds; profile with photographs (below)
page 74: profile conclusion
page 80: Edgar Wallace’s Hollywood Diary
page 89: Why Not Chinese as Chinese?

August 1932
page 8: Chicago World’s Fair photograph (below)

November 1932
page 98: mention

February 1933
page 63: party photograph (below)

May 1933
page 64: photograph
pages 116–117: party in Chinatown

June 1933
pages 64–65: party hosted by Quan Ti and her husband Harry Lachman (below)
page 114: recitation in German and Chinese

July 1933
page 65: photograph
page 105: party guest

August 1933
page 60: mention

September 1933
page 36: Hollywood Nights’ Entertainment

December 1933
page 51: impersonator

January 1934
page 80: mention

March 1934
page 92: mention

August 1934
page 68: mention

October 1934
page 68: taboo to kiss a Caucasian

November 1934
page 68: her parents visit China

December 1934
page 25: photograph (below)
page 47: Limehouse Nights photograph
page 96: Limehouse Nights synopsis

January 1935
page 7: photograph (below)
p67: Chinatown dinner

February 1935
page 72: work in London