A reflection to October 2005
I could talk about so many things, but I was looking up some art, and ran into a Chinese wood-cut, and it got the memory wheels spinning.
In October 2005, I was working full time as a professional photographer, with an insane level of visibility to some very important people, it was a tremendous honor to have worked in that capacity, and it was very very very interesting.
In I believe if memory works at all on this, the second weekend of October, and I found an article dated June 17th, of that year- talking about the event shortly coming up but does not mention the date it took place- [here.] (https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Hong-Kong-painter-s-work-coming-to-S-F-2661933.php),
But a sensibly appropriate and interesting to look at Fang Zhaoling: A Life in Painting, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco– Chong-Moon Lee Centre for Asian Art and Culture, USA artist biography and history here .
But I was able to otherwise track down the event and museum commemoration and my photos of all the people there- took place likely Oct 1st, 2005, as this quote from the San Francisco Asian Art Museum Director illustrates.
“The work of twentieth-century Chinese women artists is now coming into focus,'” writes Asian Art Museum director Emily Sano in her preface to this book, “'illuminating many remarkable stories of talent, resilience, and will.'” One of those stories is that of Fang Zhaoling. “This catalogue of an exhibition of her paintings at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco from October 1 to November 13, 2005, sheds needed light on her long career, during which she has consistently produced innovative work of charm and distinction. Fang Zhaoling was educated in the techniques of traditional Chinese painting. “ “It is is a testament to her determination and her family's foresight that this was so, for such an education was uncommon for women of her generation.
She continued throughout her life to form important associations and collaborations with leading Chinese painters, and she has played an integral role in the history of modern Chinese painting.”
Crazy, and hard to believe I was there.
It was an honor to meet her 8 grown children, one of which served as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, from 1993-2001 – which is the second highest ranking office in the British Colonial Government. Humbled, truly. She was really nice, the brief time we interacted. I did get to address her briefly, and it was an honor, but I forget what I said, besides some kind of compliment about her mothers art- which I think was the only appropriate comment since I'd never spoken with her before.
Here is her official title, out of respect:
GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP 陳方安生
and here's a bronze bust of her mother the artist, Fong Zhaoling, or Fang Zhaoling, or Lydia Fong, the artist. You can look up her work, it is ** fantastic ** .
// -Omar ~ Be. Do. Actualize. firstname.lastname@example.org