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Filipino photographer Anading explores the relationship between artist and subject in a series of images in which he asked people to hold a mirror in front of their faces while he shot their portraits.

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The Asian Art Museum goes refreshingly modern.  

Phantoms of Asia preview party with Vin Sol and King Most Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.–midnight, $12 advance, $15 at the door. Read more.

Asia is increasingly the most vibrant corner of the contemporary art world, yet you’d never guess that if you’ve been visiting San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum over the
years. Until now, it’s been more about exhibiting crowd-pleasing (albeit exquisite) antique scrolls and screens. But that all changes this month, when nearly every room of the museum will integrate the work of 31 young Asian artists with venerable Buddhas and Krishnas from the permanent collection. Both nonlinear and nonliteral, “Phantoms of Asia” successfully explores spiritual and aesthetic connections across space and time. Not to be missed (and it’ll be pretty much unmissable): a 30-foot-tall robotic red lotus planted in Civic Center Plaza. Asian Art Museum, May 18–Sept. 2, 200 Larkin St., 415-581-3500;