Unlike painters or potters, say, Japanese bamboo artists aren't as widely collected. Consider that it takes them decades to apprentice under a master before going out on their own; then, to create one work of bamboo can take a half year. This is an art in which the artist is responsible for every aspect of the creation, including growing the bmaboo, curing or treating it, and so on. Lloyd Cotsen (CEO of Neutragena) bought one in an antique shop in Japan and got hooked. Over time, he amassed the largest collection in the world, and one that reflects different regional styles, as well as work ranging from traditional to modern. When he finally wished to donate his collection to museum, the stipulation was the museum had to acquire and keep the entire collection, Since museums typically cherry-pick, this limited the prospects. San Francisco Asian Art Museum was the lucky winner, and the attached article is a review of their exhibition, plus a sidebar look at younger bamoo artists.
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