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#008-- August 15, 1999
Contact: Merrik Bush-Pirkle
Phone: (415) 338-1665


SFSU to receive $30,000 from the Taiwanese government to support Chang Dai-chien in California, a two-month-long exhibition of 40 paintings by China’s most acclaimed—and controversial—artist.

WHAT: During a Tuesday press conference hosted by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), representatives of the Taiwanese government will present SFSU with a $30,000 check to help sponsor next month’s much-anticipated exhibition of 40 original paintings by Chang Dai-chien, the best-known Chinese painter of the 20th century who lived in California from 1967 to 1977.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 17, 11 a.m. to noon, Holiday Inn, Coit Room 4, 750 Kearny St. A hosted lunch will follow at the R&G Lounge, 631 Kearny St.

WHO: James Collier, SFSU Vice President; Thomas J. LaBelle, SFSU Provost; Mark Johnson, Director, SFSU Art Department Gallery; Sylvia S. Walters, Chair, SFSU Art Department; Victor Tseng, Director General, TECO; Alice Huang, TECO Cultural Division; Amy Liu, TECO Information Division.

WHY: Widely known as the "Picasso of China," Dai-chien (1899-1983) produced more than 30,000 works of art during his 60-year career, which included extended periods lived in Brazil and California. During his decade-long stay on the Monterey Peninsula, Dai-chien’s artistic style turned from traditional techniques to a new form of abstract expressionism. Chang Dai-chien in California, which kicks off September 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by SF Mayor Willie Brown, commemorates the 100t h anniversary of the artist’s birth and is presented as part of SFSU’s Centennial Celebration. The month-long exhibition at SFSU’s Fine Arts Gallery will highlight the works produced by Dai-chien during his years spent in California. Tuesday’s donation will offset the cost of printing the 130-page, four-color exhibition catalog.

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Note to editors: Reproducible slides and prints of selected Dai-chien paintings will be available to media at the press conference. For more information on Chang Dai-chien and the upcoming exhibit and related events, visit: For Centennial Celebration information, visit the official SFSU website at

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