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The Wonder Unbound at the Korean Cultural Center New York

March 8, 2023

Opening Reception: March 15th, 6-8pm
On view March 15th - April 27th, 2023
460 Park Avenue, 6th Floor, NYC 10022

The Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY) is pleased to present The Wonder Unbound, an exhibition examining modern and contemporary Korea through the images and texts from multidisciplinary books published in foreign countries in the late 1700s to 1960s, authored by by non-Korean missionaries, diplomats, soldiers, to historians, art historians, and explorers who visited or worked in Korea.

A curated selection of 120 rare and vintage books from the collection of Professor Seung-Chul Lee are open to public view for the first time, selected from his personal collection of 1,350 for their multi-dimensional reflection of life in Korea. Professor Seung-Chul Lee is Director of the Dongduk Women's University and a renowned Hanji (Korean traditional paper) artist himself.

These valuable texts bring to light varying perspectives and observations on Korean culture, economy, daily life, and notably, bring an added point of interest to the discourse as they are published in the author’s original language after they had returned from their travels abroad.

Changing visual materials reflect meaningful historical shifts, from illustrations, to black and white photography, and ultimately to color photography. A lot has changed in the world since their publication, but they are undoubtedly invaluable in the artistic insights they provide about Korea and its place geopolitically, historically, and culturally. The visual representations in this exhibition aim to act provide academics and researchers with a different perspective and offer a new approach for Korean studies.

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Closing today: Last chance to see Eccentric Vision at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery

March 8, 2023

Joanne Carson, Untitled (Study for Sculpture), 2006, mixed media on paper, framed 23 3/4 x 19in (60.4 x 48.3 cm), signed “Carson 2004” recto

Today marks the closing of Eccentric Vision: Works on Paper from a Private Collection, at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery. 20 works on paper from the 1970s to the 2010s celebrate nontraditional techniques and artistic visions, such as self-taught and outsiderart, gender identity, and humor.

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Boston-based collector Karen Moss prides herself on open mindedness and eccentric choices, including those by artists Kiki Smith, Marc Bell, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jose Barboza-Gubo, Joanne Carlson, Sue Coe, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Mary Frank, Frances Hamilton, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Andrew M. Roczek, Jennifer Perry, Nusra Quereshi and Tara Tucker among others. ⁠

Moss developed an interest in Outsider Art as a natural evolution after being exposed to European Art Brut, the Prinzhorn Collection and the establishment of the Outsider Art Fair in New York in 1993. The works have greatly enriched the life and home of the collector and now she hopes to share them with a wider audience.

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum offers Artist Hours at Found in Translation: Explorations by 8 Contemporary Artists

March 8, 2023

Hong Chun Zhang (Born in China, working in the United States, born 1971). Continuity, 2022. Chinese ink on Alcantara fabric with scrolls, 240 × 58 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © 2022 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

March 10, 2023 5:30-7:30p.m.
Kirkwood Hall
Drop in, no tickets required

Many things risk being ‘lost in translation,’ but what about being found? In this showcase, the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the skilled visual artists who converting ideas and questions into art, with art being discovered and ‘found’ through this process of change and transformation. This is the second exhibition in KC Art Now, which celebrates local artists, informed by their individual experiences with immigration from places across Asia to Kansas City.

On March 10th from 5:30-7:30pm, anyone is invited to drop in and meet the artists featured in the show—Noriko Ebersole, Shreepad Joglekar, Priya Kambli, Kathy Liaowill, Yoonmi Nam, Hyeyoung Shin, Heinrich Toh, and Hong Chun Zhang—who will discuss their artistic processes. View images and tools of their work and hear how they make choices about media and techniques.

Recordings are also available for previous artist conversations about memory and identity.

Artist Hours are organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Generous support for the exhibition is provided by Linda Woodsmall DeBruce and Paul DeBruce, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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Find Asia Week galleries on our interactive map!

March 8, 2023

For Asia Week 2023, Asia Week New York has updated our interactive map to find all galleries, independent dealers, museums, and auction houses at their open house locations. They are categorized by shape and color, based on type of business and subject matter. The dealers are numbered, and the auctions and museums are lettered.

For those institutions who will not be exhibiting in New York, their states-wide and international locations also appear. As such, the map not only serves the local tour of the March showcase in Manhattan and the neighboring locations, but can provide a broader resource for pertinent member exhibits elsewhere.

To view the map, click here.

For a different viewing experience, there is also a downloadable pdf version of the map. The telephone numbers of those exhibiting online only are listed for inquiries.

To view or download the pdf, please click here.

None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection at the MFA Houston

March 8, 2023

Ito Jakuchu, Giant Daruma, late 18th century, hanging scroll; ink on paper, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Gitter-Yelen Collection, gift of Dr. Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter.

Through May 14, 2023
Tickets included with general admission here.

None Whatsoever features masterworks of Zen Buddhist Japanese paintings from the renowned New Orleans–based collectors Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter spanning more than four centuries, complemented by selections from the MFAH collection of modern and contemporary art, with work by Franz Kline, Takahiro Kondo, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others.

Zen paintings represent one of the world’s most fascinating religious and artistic traditions. None Whatsoever explores the origins of Zen Buddhism in Japanese painting through ink paintings and calligraphies by painter-monks, such as 18th-century Buddhist master Hakuin Ekaku, who expressed Zen Buddhist teachings through their art.

The exhibition takes its title from an 8th-century legendary encounter between itinerant monk Bodhidharma, and Chinese Emperor Wu Liang. When the emperor asked how much goodwill his generous deeds had earned in the eyes of the Buddha, the monk’s curt reply, “None Whatsoever,” shocked the ruler. This seemingly casual exchange has come to embody the revolutionary relationship in Zen Buddhism between student and teacher.

On view until May 14, 2023

generous support is provided by:
Luther King Capital Management
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Anne and Albert Chao
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Eddie and Chinhui Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Russell M. Frankel
Kathy and Glen Gondo
Milton D. Rosenau, Jr. and Dr. Ellen R. Gritz
Miwa Sakashita and Dr. John R. Stroehlein
Nanako and Dale Tingleaf

San Antonio Museum Senior Advisor Emily Sano Speaks on Japanese Baskets

March 6, 2023

Hayakawa, Shōkosai V (1932-2011), Line Construction Double Layered Flower Basket 2007, Madake, rattan Object: 8.3125 x 12 x 12 in., Otōshi: 6.75 x 3.875 x 3.875 in., Tomobako: 9.75 x 13.125 x 13 in., 4.5 lb., Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, © Estate of Shōkosai Hayakawa V, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, photo by TAI Gallery.

March 8, 6-7:30pm (CST) [in-person event]
Friends of SAMA and Circle Members only. Limited capacity. Registration required.

On March 8th, Emily Sano, Senior Advisor for Asian Art, will discuss Japanese baskets from the Thoma Collection, currently on view in “Creative Splendor. Following the presentation, Emily will answer questions in the Japanese gallery where attendees can see the baskets on display. Enjoy wine and light bites prior to the talk. The event is free, as limited to Circle Members and Friends of SAMA.

Three installations of approximately fifteen baskets each survey the outstanding accomplishments of Japanese basket makers active since the nineteenth century to the present day from three regions of Japan: The Kansai region, which encompasses the ancient capital, Kyoto; the Kanto region, which stretches westward from Tokyo; and the southernmost island of Kyushu. The exhibition demonstrates the specific techniques and styles of cutting and weaving bamboo that are particular to each of these geographic regions.

Dr. Sano is a curator and museum director with more than 50 years of specialty in East Asian art. A celebrated author and academic, she was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who for her work in museum administration in 2020. She has been active at the San Antonio Museum of Art since 2015.

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Are you ready for Asia Week?

March 3, 2023

Clockwise from bottom left: Fine and rare pair of Qingbai glazed vases and covers, Southern Song dynasty, circa 11th/12th century, Ralph M. Chait Galleries; The lion and the guardian dog, Kamakura period, 13th century, wood, Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art; and Hasegawa Chikuyū (1885-1962), Deep in the Woods (detail: right side of a screen pair), 1920s, pair of two-panel folding screens, ink, mineral pigments, shell powder and gold wash on silk, Thomsen Gallery

Chinese and Japanese art galleries are gearing up to exhibit exceptional works this month for Asia Week New York.

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
Spring Collection of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art
March 16-24
16 East 52nd Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY
35 notable objects include a remarkable pair of Large Famille Verte Vases and Covers with relief decoration, Kangxi period and numerous other fine objects and figures, many with important provenance. A fine group of Porcelain Production watercolors juxtapose with a Japanese porcelain figure.

Thomsen Gallery
Japanese Art 1910-1940
March 16-24
9 East 63rd Street, Floor 2
New York, NY
This period was one of great change for Japan’s arts, featuring experimentation with new materials and perspectives. Accompanying bamboo baskets and intricate gold lacquer boxes from the Taisho and Showa eras will highlight technical perfection.

Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art
Selection of Japanese Art: New Acquisitions
March 17-24
Nicholas Hall
17 East 76th Street - 4F
New York, NY
This veteran Kyoto-based dealer offers a wide selection of 13th, 17th, and 18th century works from Japan, including a Kamakura period set of lion and guardian dog figures and a stunning ink and color on silk scroll of Phoenix and Jurōjin, an auspicious figure believed to offer longevity.

Calling the Soul: the Rhapsody of Taihang⁠ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 3, 2023

Bingyi (Chinese, born 1975), The Eyes of Chaos: Remaking the Song Palace, 2021–22. On loan from the artist.

Calling the Soul: the Rhapsody of Taihang⁠,
Philadelphia Museum of Art

In person event, Saturday, March 4th, 11am-12pm⁠
Seating is first come, first serve⁠

A performance alongside works by Bingyi is held in junction with Oneness: Nature & Connectivity in Chinese Art, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The showcase and its accompanying programs are made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global.

Based between Beijing and Los Angeles, artist Bingyi creates and talks about a new work of art responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bingyi directly engages nature and the environment in her creative process, which spans the categories of ink art, land art, and performance.⁠ Her monumental immersive ink installation The Eyes of Chaos was created in the mountains of Henan province during the pandemic and is currently on view in the Chinese Reception Hall, Gallery 326, in our exhibition Oneness: Nature & Connectivity in Chinese Art.

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. Celebrates Asia Week with Living National Treasures from Japan in INTANGIBLE HERITAGE

March 2, 2023

Matsui Kosei (1927-2003), L-R: Jar, Neriage, Cleft Marbelized, 1985, marbelized stoneware; Jar with "Marbeling" Neriage Glaze, 1990s, marbelized stoneware; and Jar, Neriage, Glaze Marbelized, 1986, marbleized stoneware

March 10-31

For their Asia Week New York showcase this March 2023, Dai Ichi will present a selection of ceramic Living National Treasures artists, showcasing the revered Japanese modern masters in a new light. Porcelain, stoneware, celadon and iron glazes range in style, suggestive of the leaders who pioneered their respective craft to great acclaim and legacy the world over.

The honorific “Living National Treasure” dates back to 1947, when Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs sought a system to preserve artistic heritage deemed “intangible”.  It signifies “Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (重要無形文化財保持者)”. Artists Hadama Shoki, Shimaoka Tatsuzo, and Isezaki Jun feature prominently in the showcase, as does the vibrant art of Tokuda Yasokichi.

Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds at Asia Society

March 1, 2023

The Fathers of the People of Error Are Punished in Hell (detail), miniature from a copy of Hamla-i Haydari (‘Ali’s Exploits), India, Deccan, Hyderabad (?) ca. 1800, manuscript page; ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, The David Collection, Copenhagen, 19/2015

Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds,
Asia Society

February 28-May 7, 2023

From now through May 7th, the Asia Society is exhibiting Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds, which explores portrayals of hell across Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Islam in Asia. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind in the United States, examining how systems of belief and the underworlds within them are manifest in the rich artistic creations of Asia.

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889, Japan), Even in Hell Money Counts (Jigoku no sata mo kane shidai), Bugs in the Food of the Hungry Ghost (Gaki no mono ni mushi), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyōsai (Kyōsai hyakuzu), Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1863–66 (Bunkyū 3–Keiō 2), Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 11.37028

The cosmology of each religion is expressed through didactic paintings, sculptures, and sacred objects. Artwork on view portrays the ominous religious threats of fiery torture intended to shape values and beliefs, instill virtuous behavior, and encourage atonement for sins—reflecting a universal human desire for spiritual transformation. As different as they are, these ideas about judgment, punishment, and salvation after death are often shared by the varied traditions.

An illustrated catalogue accompanying the show includes contributions by curator and editor, Adriana Proser, and esteemed scholars Geok Yian Goh, Phyllis Granoff, Christiane Gruber, Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, and D. Max Moerman. Copublished with Asia Society Museum by Officina Libraria, it is available for purchase at AsiaStore.

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