Art History/Classics Receives Gift from Donors Helen and Raj Desai

Donors and long-time friends to the Department of Art History, Helen and Raj Desai, have donated a large set of books from their personal collection to the Art History/Classics Library. The collection contains ​rare exhibition catalogs and books​ on ​South Asian ​art and ​architecture, as well as other prized items such as a signed, three-volume set on the Plan of St. Gall by our department founder, Walter Horn.

Helen Crane Desai is an alumni of the Department (BA 1952, MA 1954) and her husband, Raj Desai, did his MS in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. The Desais have established the Rajnikant T. and Helen Crane Desai Endowed Fund for Graduate Fellowships in Art History. Their numerous gifts to the Department over the years include generous support to the Joanna G. Williams Endowment for the art and visual culture of South and Southeast Asia and the James Cahill Fund for the study of Asian art.​ Other gifts to campus include to the L&S Leadership Fund, the BAMPFA, the International House, and the Institute for South Asia Studies.​

The Art History/Classics Library is grateful to Helen and Raj Desai for their generous donation.

Here are some highlights from their generous gift:

Indian Painting

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Desire and Devotion

 

 

Legend of Rama

 

Ramayana: Pahari Paintings

 

Devi: The Great Goddess

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Donation of Modern Chinese Painting Titles

The Art History/Classics Library at UC Berkeley has received a donation of four books on Modern Chinese Painting from the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA), and the Bay-Area based, Chinese-American artist Hou Beiren.

Titles include:

Hou Beiren Art Museum, published by the Hou Beiren Art Museum in the city of Kunshan, China, 2005

Century Meeting of Writing Brush: Collection of Zhu Qizhan and Hou Beiren’s special works for the Shanghai World Expo, published by Beijing Arts & Crafts Publishing House, China, 2010

Selected Paintings of Pei-Jen Hau (Selected Paintings of Beiren Hou), published by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, China, 1997

夢裏家山: 遼寧籍旅美畫家侯北人捐贈作品集 (Homeland in My Dreams: Donated Artworks by Hou Beiren, An American Artist from Liaoning), published by Liaoning People’s Publishing House, China, 2015

Hou Beiren

 

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Pictured: Karen Tseng and Susan Chan of the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA), with the Art Librarian.