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Crow Collection of Asian Art to Be Exhibited At UK Art Museum April 6-Aug. 3

By Ralph Derickson

Photo of Crow Collection buddha head
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Buddha Head

Photo of Crow Collection dragon
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Dragon

Photo of Crow Collection Ganesha
Ganesha

Photo of Crow Collection libation cups
Libation Cups

The UK exhibit, titled “Magic, Mystery, and Materials,” showcases works from throughout Asia, with emphasis on objects whose materials have a story to tell. Artists using jade, rock crystal, lacquer, ivory and silk crafted works of art that capitalize on the materials’ visual properties of color, surface quality and form.

 

March 25, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- One of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the world will be shown for the first time outside its home museum in Dallas, Texas. Starting April 6, 28 pieces from the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art will be exhibited at the University of Kentucky Art Museum. The works include items from China, Japan, Nepal, Thailand and India.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 3.

UK Art Museum Director Kathy Walsh-Piper said the artwork – collected since the 1960s by Trammell and Margaret Crow of Dallas – will help the UK Art Museum reflect the diversity of global artistic cultures. “The collection spans the arts of several cultures and a broad range of time periods from ancient to 18th century,” Walsh-Piper said.

Walsh-Piper said the exhibit at UK will put the university in a strong position with other exhibitions currently being shown in the region at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Headley-Whitney Museum.

Trammell Crow founded the Trammell Crow Co., a successful real estate development company, and the Wyndham Hotel chain. Margaret Doggett Crow is owner of MDC Gift Shops Inc., which operates hotel gift and sundry stores. The Crows are extensively involved in Dallas civic and educational organizations.

After accumulating their Asian art collection, the Crows opened a museum in Dallas in 1998 to show the artwork. It is the only museum in the midwest devoted entirely to Asian Art. For more information about the Crow Collection, visit www.crowcollection.com.

The UK exhibit, titled “Magic, Mystery, and Materials,” showcases works from throughout Asia, with emphasis on objects whose materials have a story to tell. Artists using jade, rock crystal, lacquer, ivory and silk crafted works of art that capitalize on the materials’ visual properties of color, surface quality and form.

Several jade objects, including a pair of bowls and a covered box in the shape of a rooster and five chicks, are included in the Crow exhibition. Ivory objects from China and Japan include boxes and a carved toad. A carved red cinnabar lacquer box with a design of four three-clawed dragons is also part of the collection.

The exhibit features an octagonal rock crystal box from China and a Japanese rock crystal ball on a silver stand. Additional objects include a gilt copper sculpture of Budda from Nepal and a bronze figure of Parvati from India.

Partnering with the UK’s Asia Center, the UK Art Museum will present programming and events during the exhibition focusing on the cultures of Japan, China and India. Several of the museum’s Art at Lunch series will address Asian art, and a family guide and other educational material will enhance the museum experience for children, parents and teachers.

“Magic, Mystery, and Materials” is a ticketed event. Members of the UK Art Museum, students and school tour groups by reservation are free. Other ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $6 for tour groups by reservation, and $5 for senior citizens, UK faculty and staff.

The Art Museum is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. It is closed Mondays and UK holidays.

For further information and ticket reservations, call (859) 257-5716 or go to www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum.

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