Oceanic Art

Gallery Installation, de Young Museum

The de Young has exhibited Oceanic art since its opening in 1895. M. H. de Young and museum supporters purchased works from the California International Midwinter Exposition that still form the core of the Oceanic collection. The strength of this charter collection lay in small groups of objects, including important New Zealand Maori woodcarvings from meetinghouses of that period, as well as in singular works of importance, such as a rare Micronesian figurative weather charm.

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The Dorothy & George Saxe Collection of Contemporary Craft

Since 1981, George and Dorothy Saxe of Menlo Park and San Francisco have formed one of the premier collections of contemporary craft in the United States. The Saxe Collection, containing works in glass, ceramic, wood, fiber, and metal, is distinguished by both its high quality and its depth, with many major artists represented by works from different periods in their careers. Prominent Bay Area and West Coast artists represented include Robert Arneson, Dale Chihuly, Viola Frey, Sam Maloof, Manuel Neri, Peter Voulkos, and Beatrice Wood.

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