Sunday, December 16, 2007

Bamboo Baskets Slide Show

I was so enamoured of the bamboo sculptures and baskets of the Lloyd Cotsen exhibition on view at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, I posted a Flickr slideshow of the baskets. There are over 900 pieces in the collection; pieces are rotated every 6 months. These are the ones that were on view in December 2007.

The museum has a on-line catalog with 224 pictures from the collection.

Read more about the collection at

I have had a crush on Lloyd Cotsen since my first visit to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. This guy collects textiles. He donated a whole wing to the museum. The museum displayed a picture of a very young shirtless stud man, holding up a basket with a huge grin. When he was in the Navy, he used the opportunity to seek out folk art, especially textiles, wherever he went. Utterly charming.

If you like bamboo sculptures, consider buying the book, Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Arts by Robert T. Coffland. He helped Lloyd Cotsen build his collection.

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