Art: Gift to the West

In recent years the task of educating New Yorkers in the history and subtleties of Eastern art has mainly been shouldered by two institutions: the Japan Society, founded in 1907, and the Asia Society, both of which have an impeccable track record of succinct, informative exhibitions. The concerns have a trustee in common: John D. Rockefeller III, 67, who became a collector of Oriental art after a trip to Japan with John Foster Dulles in 1951 and in 1956 founded the Asia Society. Last week it was announced that Rockefeller, in stepping down from the society's chairmanship, had given it his...

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