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1925 Yun Gee and SFAI

Yun Gee, Self-portrait                                                         Yun Gee, Head of Woman with Necklace, 1926

Yun Gee, Houses on the Hill, 1926              Yun Gee with Chinese Revolutionary Artists Club

Yung Gee studied at the School from 1925 through 1927 having arrived in San Francisco in 1921 after being imprisoned and interrogated at Angel Island.  His painting teacher, Otis Oldfield, helped Yun Gee make ends meet and was supportive of his founding of the Chinese Revolutionary Artists Club at 150 Wetmore in Chinatown. Yun Gee's friends included Dorr Bothwell, Victor Arnautoff, Kenneth Rexroth, and Ruth Cravath.  Yun Gee is credited with promoting modernist avant-garde art amongst not only Chinese American painters but also artists of the Pacific Rim with his founding of one of the first artist-run galleries in SF,, the East West Gallery.

For more on Yun Gee, check out Paul Karlstrom's essay:

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


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