“Into View: Bernice Bing,” the most significant retrospective of a woman painter from the Asian Art Museum’s collection to date, is nothing short of luminous.

The show includes 24 recent acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection, as well as videos and reproductions of letters, journals, and personal photographs on loan from the artist and activist’s archive at Stanford. These artworks and documents paint an intimate — and long overdue — portrait of the seminal Bay Area lesbian painter and activist as a complex character who grappled with identity and spirituality both in her work and personal life.

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Max Blue writes about the visual arts and modern culture for the San Francisco Examiner and other publications.

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