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Into View: Bernice Bing

Asian Art Museum / San Francisco / Art

Bernice “Bingo” Bing’s youth wasn’t a waltz. She was born in 1936 in San Francisco’s Chinatown and when she was six her American mother died; from then on it was foster care and orphanages, though sometimes she stayed with her grandmother. Bing performed poorly in school but won an art award that took her to the California College of Arts and Crafts. There she was taught by Richard Diebenkorn and Saburo Hasegawa, who introduced her to Zen Buddhism and Chinese philosophy. In the 1970s, Bing began combining ancient calligraphy traditions with abstract spiritual imagery. She died of cancer in 1998, only 62 and still not widely recognized. This exhibition sheds light on Bing, an artist whose gorgeous paintings deserve a larger audience. —E.C.

Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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