Friday, July 11, 2008

Ohio Arts Icon, Dr. Sherman Lee Dies

The former director of the Cleveland Museum of Art died this week. He served as director from 1958 until 1983 and is certainly responsible for the museum's admirable standing in the art world. Few realize that the CMA has been ranked in the top 5 art museums in the world.

Personally I am grateful to him for instilling in me an absolute love of Asian Art. It was his text, A History of Far Eastern Art, that I poured over and happily toted (though so heavy!) for a semester. It was through Dr. Lee's eye that I saw the beauty in the act of the painter's stroke. And it is because of him we have one of the greatest art institutions in the world here in Ohio.