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Last week, artist Tyrus Wong died at age 106, and Margalit Fox has an astounding obituary of an amazing life:

A Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, greeting-card illustrator and, in later years, maker of fantastical kites, he was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century.


From his start as a 10 year old immigrant from Guangdong Province, to a key modernist painter to the artist who gave H=Bambi its distinctive look, to a concept artist for 20 years to kitemaker, Wong lived a fantastic life despite fighting prejudice every step of the way. When you live to be 106 you do a lot of things – he even took 15 years off to care for his ailing wife…and then had 20 years more to go in his career. 

And the art. So beautiful. 

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Wong’s art has been the subject of several retrospectives, and he was the subject of a documentary as well.
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