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City Report

SAN FRANCISCO

Ways of seeing

Chiori Santiago

ISAMU NOGUCHI, Calligraphics, 1957, iron with rope, height 179 cm, courtesy Bedford Gallery, California. Collection the estate of the artist.

Is there such a thing as an Asian American aesthetic? If there is, it was very likely born in the San Francisco Bay Area. By an Asian American aesthetic, I don't mean a particularly Asian motif, subject matter or style, but rather a collective sensibility that refers to distance, isolation, identity and a view of the world that is often - but not always -…

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