Our Speakers
Andrew Graham-Dixon
Born in London in 1960, Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television in the English-speaking world. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. He has written a number of acclaimed books, on subjects ranging from medieval painting and sculpture to the art of the present.
“Andrew Graham-Dixon is the most gifted art critic of his generation. Unsparing, witty and probing, with a supple style, a real passion for the concrete body of art and a clear sense of its social environment, he encourages you to think and feel”. Robert Hughes, former art critic of Time magazine and writer of TheShock of the New.
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred And Profane. 2009
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. 2008
In the Picture: The Year Through Art. 2002
Raphael: The Renaissance Virtuoso | National Gallery
Andrew Graham Dixon
Travel with Vasari
The always insightful Andrew Graham-Dixon presents an incredibly intriguing and thorough documentary on the life and literary output of the world’s first art historian, Giorgio Vasari.
Jay Xu - Director of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
First Chinese American director at a major US art museum and first Asian American museum director elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Jay Xu has been Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco—Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture since 2008. Dr. Xu enjoys a rich variety of international museum experience over a period of thirty years as a research scholar, curator, and museum director. He earned his MA and PhD in early Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University, and had previously worked in administrative and curatorial positions at the Shanghai Museum, China; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was Pritzker Chairman of Department of Asian and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, in charge of arts of Asia and of the ancient Mediterranean world including ancient Near Eastern, Greek and Roman cultures, before he joined the Asian Art Museum.
Dr. Xu is committed to deepening understanding of art and culture in the global context, and to advocating art museum as an essential platform for education, and for cross-cultural understanding and diplomacy. His vision is to explore and enhance global relevance and connections of art and culture, and interconnectivity between ancient and contemporary art.
A Selection of Artworks