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)