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2016 Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area Symposium

September 30, 2016 - 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM


In conjunction with Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area (Asia Week-SFBA) and jointly sponsored by NanHai Art, Christie's, and Asia Society Northern California, the 2016 Asia Week-SFBA Symposium brings together connoisseurs, curators, and scholars, distinguished in their fields, for an informative and interactive discussion on the issues in connoisseurship for collectors of Asian Art.

This two-panel symposium is designed to examine connoisseurship, a central yet contentious field, from a practical perspective. Covering a wide range of historical and geographical contexts, panelists will use a series of case studies to discuss and share their insights on issues of authenticity, attribution, and quality, examining both paintings and other works of art. The symposium will also discuss the scope and effectiveness of connoisseurship, and the influences of both academic trends and technology development towards its practice. 



Panel 1: Paintings 

Arnold Chang, Connoisseur, Artist, former Vice President of Sotheby's

Joseph Chang, Art Consultant, former Senior Research Fellow of Asian Art Museum

Elizabeth Hammer (moderator), Vice President, Senior Specialist and Head of Sale, Christie's

Richard Vinograd, Christensen Fund Professor in Asian Art, Stanford University


Panel 2: Works of Art

Michael Knight, Private Curator, former Senior Curator of Asian Art Museum 

Andrew Lick (moderator), Specialist, Chinese Works of Art, Christie's

Robert D. Mowry, Senior Curator (ret.), Harvard Art Museum

Robert P. Piccus, Asian Art Collector

Alice Yuan Piccus, Former Head, Christie’s Hong Kong



1:00-1:30 pm Registration

1:30-1:50 pm Opening of Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area

1:50-3:30 pm Panel 1

3:30-3:50 pm Coffee Break

3:50-5:30 pm Panel 2

5:30-6:30 pm Reception 


For more information on Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area's participants and scheduled events, please visit:www.asiaweeksf.com. Please RSVP here

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