The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has received a significant gift of 19 contemporary artworks from local philanthropists, the first installment of a promised donation of more than 100 pieces, the museum announced today. The gift is particularly timely: The museum, home to one of the greatest collections of Asian antiquities outside Asia, has recently made a concerted effort to enhance its modern and contemporary holdings. San Francisco couple Phyllis Kempner and David Stein have given the museum 10 Japanese ceramics, one Korean ceramic, one bronze sculpture and a number of prints. Kempner and Stein say they plan to eventually donate the entirety of their extensive Japanese contemporary ceramics collection, which will considerably enhance the museum’s holdings in this area. The pieces arrive

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