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From his early life in the industrial cities of the Midwest to his leadership of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage led a life of international prominence and fame that exposed him to some of the world’s greatest works of art. With the assistance of scholar and connoisseur Rene-Yvon d'Argence during the middle of the 20th century, he amassed one of America’s most prominent collections of Japanese art. This talk explores Brundage’s history as a collector of Japanese art and features some of the works that have made the collection, now housed in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, worthy of its fame as one of America’s great collections of Japanese art.
Robert Mintz, Deputy Director at the Asian Art Museum, is responsible for managing the curatorial, conservation, museum services and education departments. Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, Robert studied at Reed College and the University of Michigan. His studies continued at the University of Washington, where he received an M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002). Prior to joining the Asian Art Museum in 2016, he worked at the Walters Art Museum for a decade, becoming its Chief Curator and Curator of Asian Art in 2012.
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