They lent their art in San Francisco

Don and Mera Rubell visited 100 studios in China in search of works for the Rubell Family Collection, now on loan to the Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco.

Art lovers and collectors often travel the world to visit art fairs and auctions but rarely visit more than a couple of artist studios.

Not so Don and Mera Rubell. They conducted six research trips to China between 2001 and 2012, visiting 100 studios in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Xi’an in search of works for the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida.

And now they are lending the art to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco for an exhibition that runs from June 5 to August 16.

“It’s completely inside of our practice as collectors,” Mera Rubell said. “There...

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