What's Happening in Asian Art...

Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds closes May 7

May 3, 2023

Enma-o, King and Judge of Hell, Japan, Muromachi period (1392–1573), 16th century, Wood with gesso and traces of polychrome, inlaid glass eyes, Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. George Mann, 79.277

There are only a few days left to see Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds, on view at the Asia Society Museum until May 7.

Flowers on a River Exhibition on NYC-Arts

May 2, 2023

May 4, 2023, 8pm

One of the segments on NYC-Arts is featuring China Institute Gallery’s current exhibition Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting, 1368-1911, to be introduced by Philippe de Montebello.

Make sure to visit this landmark exhibition, Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower and Bird Painting, 1368-1911. Flowers on a River, a handscroll in ink on paper by one of China’s most famous Qing dynasty artists, Zhu Da (1626-1705) is one among many masterpieces from the Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum, and this is a unique opportunity to see them in New York.

Coming Soon to the Korea Society Gallery
Koreatown LA/NY
Photo Series by Emanuel Hahn/Janice Chung

May 1, 2023

Emanuel Hahn, Eden Foods, 2020

May 4 - August 17, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2023   5-7 PM ET

Two young Korean-American photographers present a series of images, a poignant portrait of a community and its habitants from the areas considered to be "Koreatown"—one in Los Angeles, one in New York. Emanuel Hahn and Janice Chung document the lives and stories in two of the most diverse neighborhoods in America, as the communities and neighborhoods themselves continue to evolve and change. It is a celebration of the Korean immigrants and their experiences, and the artists ask the viewer to reconsider the common notions of what it means to be from "here."

Janice Chung, Union Street Plaza, 2022

The Korea Society Gallery is open only by appointment. The appointment must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. To make an appointment, please contact info@koreasociety.org

Asian art sales series concludes at iGavel

April 27, 2023

Top lot:  A Chinese Pale Celadon Jade Ewer
Estimate:  $40,000-60,000 Sold for: $263,404

Asian Works of Art from the Collection of the Dayton Art Museum
March 3- March 21, 2023     Sale total:  $204,803

Property of An American Collector, Part II
March 14- March 30, 2023     Sale total:  $1,242,818

Chinese and Other Asian Works of Art, Part 1 & 2
March 28- April 19, 2023   Sale total: $1,349,458

The last of three sales of Asian art at iGavel, Chinese and Other Asian Works of Art, Part 1 & 2, ended last week, and was the most successful with a total of $1,349,458.

The two other sales included Asian Works of Art from the Collection of the Dayton Art Institute, which achieved $204,803 and Property of An American Collector, Part II, which featured a collection of over 65 rare silk Chinese robes, rang up $1,242,818.

According to Lark Mason, in the most recent sale, a number of pieces caught the eye of Mainland Chinese collectors, and those generally brought the highest prices. Jades were sought after. The top lot overall was a pale celadon Chinese jade ewer which sold for $263,404, (estimate $40,000-60,000) five times its estimate, and a pale celadon Chinese jade boulder from the Qianlong Period (1736-1795) brought $143,750, also greatly exceeding its $40,000-60,000 estimate.  As expected, the star of the Dayton Art Institute sale was the Qing dynasty Chinese amber figure of Shoulao (Estimate: $1,200-1,500), which fetched $26,250.

Gauze Robe
A Qing Dynasty, Manchu Empress’s Twelve Symbol Embroidered Yellow Gauze Robe, Jifu
Estimate: $10,000-20,000 Sold for $100,001

The attention of Chinese and international buyers was focused on the large collection of textiles in Property of An American Collector, Part I, especially the Chinese traditional court robes.  Competition was strongest for a rare Qing Dynasty, Manchu Empress’s Twelve Symbol Embroidered Yellow Gauze Robe, Jifu which sold for $100,001 (estimate $10,000-20,000).  However, the $90,625 that a rare Imperial Manchu silk gauze semiformal insignia surcoat, Longgua, Qianlong Period, fetched was more of a surprise (estimate $2,000-4,000).

The completion of these auctions marks the conclusion of Asia Week New York 2023 as highlights were on view in March and brings this year’s total sales to $134,064,583.

Opening soon at Joan B Mirviss LTD

April 27, 2023

above left to right: Akashi Ryōtarō (b.1971), Mi; Fruitful, 2023, Platinum glazed stoneware, 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.; Hattori Makiko (b. 1984), Kizashi; Sign, 2023, Unglazed porcelaneous stoneware, 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 in.

Coming to Life: Vernal Expressions in Clay
New Work by Hattori Makiko
International Solo Debut of Akashi Ryotaro

May 2, 2023 – June 16, 2023

This spring, two Japanese ceramic artists, still early in their careers, consider the timely themes of birth and growth in all new works created for Joan B Mirviss LTD. Artist Hattori Makiko presents her signature sculptural forms covered in painstakingly hand-applied bundled ribbons of clay, a very lengthy process.

Akashi Ryōtarō explores new techniques with platinum overglazes that catch and throw light over the precisely carved surfaces of his biomorphic forms. His newly developed technique that he calls hekikosai refers to the blue-green colors that are hidden and revealed by shifting lights.

After the past few years of isolation and uncertainty, both artists express through their latest work a sustained wonder at the miraculous and delicate nature of new life. Through extremely intricate textured surfaces, time-consuming to create, both artists engage in an act of meditation resulting in artwork that contemplates the mysteries that come to define spring.

Visit Lijiang with Songtsam Group

April 26, 2023

Songtsam’s Linka Lijiang retreat

Instead of the touristic and commercialized old town of Lijiang, Songtsam's Linka Lijiang retreat is located at a nearby small Naxi-ethnic village named Ciman, where the traditional way of living still thrives. Surrounded by pinewoods and a pear garden, Songtsam Linka Lijiang offers spectacular views of the old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Lashi Lake. The hotel has an interior layout in the style of a Naxi courtyard that is decorated with exquisite Hui-style stone sculptures. The property also exhibits a unique combination of Naxi-Dongba, Chinese-Tang, and Tibetan influenced art with Tibetan carpets alongside traditional Chinese paintings.

Songtsam resort
Puji Temple in April

Lijiang is in northwest Yunnan, China in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau converge. This unique geographic location significantly influences every aspect of the lives of its largest group of inhabitants, the Naxi people, from local politics, customs, and beliefs, to art, architecture, and cuisine. While they are firmly rooted in their own Dongba traditions, they have absorbed the cultural characteristics of Han-Chinese and Tibetans. The Old Town of Lijiang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the last surviving ancient towns in China. It was the political, commercial and cultural center for the Naxi and other ethnic groups for 400 years from 658 – 1107 AD. In ancient times, Baisha Old Town used to be the center of silk embroidery in the southwest of China and the most important place along the Anicent Tea Horse Road. Now it is the starting point of the Songstam Yunnan to Tibet route.

Among the places to visit nearby, is Puji Temple. First built in 1771 during the Qing dynasty, it is the closest Tibetan Buddhist temple to Lijiang’s Dayan Old Town. Starting in Puji Village at the foot of Puji Mountain guests cross the pine forest and admire the view of the Lijiang Dam, before reaching the tranquil Puji Temple. Two old cherry trees, there for over 200 years, known as the “crown of Yunnan cherry blossoms” stand in front of the main hall, and the best time to visit is in April when they bloom.

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. at The Philadelphia Show
C.C. Wang Book Launch

April 25, 2023

Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Saucer Dish, Shunzhi/ Early Kangxi Period, Ca: Mid-17th Century, Diameter: 13 3/4 inches (35 cm.)

The Philadelphia Show, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

April 28-30
Opening Preview April 17, 6:00pm
The Philadelphia Show is held annually on the East Terrace of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A wonderful array of fine art, Americana, furniture, folk art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry, textiles and decorative arts will be presented by over forty of America’s most outstanding antique dealers.

Read more, click here

C C Wang

C.C. Wang
Lines of Abstraction
Book Launch and Conversations

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 4:00-6:00pm

Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Gallery
Hunter College West Building Lobby
132 E. 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

In concert with the exhibition C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction the Hunter College Art Galleries in collaboration with the Weisman Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota and Hirmer Publishers have produced the first retrospective monograph on the renowned artist, collector, and connoisseur C. C. Wang. To celebrate the launch of C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction the Hunter College Art Galleries have organized an afternoon of conversations hosted by the publication editors Hunter College Professor Wen-shing Chou and University of Minnesota Twin Cities Professor Daniel M. Greenberg with Arnold Chang, scholar, artist, and former student of C. C. Wang; Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang Associate Curator of Chinese Paintings at the MET; Elizabeth Hammer, Executive Director of the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden; Lesley Ma, Ming Chu Hsu and Daniel Xu Associate Curator of Asian Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the MET; Margaret Liu Clinton, Hunter College MA Art History candidate; and Jordan Homstad, University of Minnesota undergraduate alumni.

Panta Rhei: Everything Flows
Works by Five Artists on Japanese Washi Paper

April 24, 2023

Yasue Maetake b. 1973, Printed Oxidation On Fiber Relief Xiii, 2018-2022, Verdigris on Boiled and Beaten Kozo, Gampi, Cotton Linter, H49 1/2 x W53 x D2 in
H125.7 x W134.6 x D5.1 cm, A25443, Copyright The Artist

April 27 – May 17, 2023

Ippodo Gallery presents selected washi artworks by five Japanese artists working with traditional paper in diverse modes. The exhibition unveils new perspectives in Japanese paper, transforming the medium into voluminous crafted planes. Washi is a medium in flux, intertwined with Japanese cultural memory and each artist’s sensibility.

Don’t miss the Artist Talk with Mami Kato and Yasue Maetake:  April 27, 5:00-6:00pm, followed by the Opening Reception, 6:00-8:00 pm

Washi (fibers of gampi, mulberry kozo and mitsumata, andthe hemp mashi, among many others) is treasured for its longevity, as the extraordinarily long, thin fibers—which are both durable and flexible—are slow to degrade. Japan’s paper tradition has maintained a broad and profound influence on art, culture, life, and architecture for a millennium.These five artists, working with the flat material in both two- and three-dimensions, demonstrate the beauty and tenaciousness of Japanese paper as a form of artistic expression.

World’s first retrospective of Fukuda Kodojin

April 20, 2023

Fukuda Kodōjin, Japanese, 1865-1944, Landscape after Mi Fu (detail), April 1918, Ink and color on silk, The Suzanne S. Roberts Fund for Asian Art 2012.71.3

Fukuda Kodojin: Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist
Opens at Minneapolis Institute of Art

April 22-July 23, 2023

The exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944) in the world. Kodōjin was among a handful of scholar-artists who continued the tradition of literati painting (nanga) after 1900. His painting style is characterized by bizarre mountain forms rendered in vivid color or monochromatic ink that often include a solitary scholar enjoying the expansive beauty of nature. In addition to painting, Kodōjin was also an accomplished poet and calligrapher with deep knowledge of Chinese literature. In the late 1920s, a group of prominent admirers that included the then-prime minister of Japan, members of parliament, industrialists, scholars, and educators created a society to honor Kodōjin and his poetry and paintings. However, following his death, the artist slipped into obscurity. Today his unique and unconventional style is better appreciated in the United States and Europe.

The exhibition, curated by Andreas Marks, PhD, Mary Griggs Burke Curator and Head of Japanese and Korean Art at Mia, is the culmination of 15 years of scholarly research and includes more than 50 paintings. Highlighting Kodōjin’s versatility, the paintings range from simple abstraction to highly detailed landscapes. This is a rare chance to see these astounding works and features items from Mia’s collection and loans from Japan, Europe, and the U.S.

Talk: Unveiled: Fukuda Kodōjin, Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm

Pillsbury Auditorium

Dr. Andreas Marks, the curator of Fukuda Kodojin: Japan’s Great Poet and Landscape Artist, the result of fifteen years of extensive research into more than eight hundred works, will talk about Kodōjin's life and art.

Purchase tickets here.


Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. Opens a New Exhibition:
The Heart’s Eye In Search of Murata Gen

April 20, 2023

Murata Gen 村田 元 (1904-1988), Jar, Iron and Rice Husk Glaze 糠白黒釉扁壺, H8.5" x W7.5" x D6.5", Stoneware, With Signed Wood Box

April 24- May 17, 2023

Dai Ichi Arts is delighted to present the first ever solo exhibition of the works of Mingei artist Murata Gen in North America. The show will explore the range of vessels and functional forms by Murata, with an emphasis on his sensitivity for painted clay surfaces.

Murata has been a favorite of Mingei collectors for decades, but his works have never received the recognition they deserve. Considered as the underdog of the Mingei folk-craft canon in the world of Japanese ceramics, Murata Gen’s works are underestimated yet influential, and this exhibition aims to celebrates him as an important part of Mashiko, Mingei, and the legacy of Japanese folk-craft.

The accompanying exhibition catalog includes an interview with Mingei collector Jeffrey Montgomery.

To see more examples of his work, click here

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