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TETSUYA ISHIDA, A Character, 2003, acrylic and oil on canvas, 73.6 x 91.4 cm.

Copyright the artist. Courtesy Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

ASIAN ART MUSEUM, SAN FRANCISCO

Tetsuya Ishida: Saving the World with a Brushstroke

11/14–2/22/15

"I am strongly drawn to saint-like artists. The people who truly believe that the world is saved a little with each brushstroke." These words of Tetsuya Ishida (1973–2005) inspired the Asian Art Museum's exhibition of eight works representing his brief career. Known for their dark subject matter, Ishida's paintings explore problems inherent within modern

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