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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 2

March 17, 2022

A Rare Teadust-Glazed Oviform Vase, Qianlong Impressed Mark and Period (1736-1795), Lot 1049, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christie's

Day 2, Asia Week March 2022-St. Patrick's Day

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•19 gallery exhibitions are open today—find out who's open with this list with handy graph, which you can take with you while you gallery hop. Visit the Dealers' pages for more details and images of highlights.

Bonhams, Heritage Auctions, iGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

Akar Prakar, Egenolf Gallery, Kaikodo LLC, and Thomas Murray are live with their online exhibitions today

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available.

Today's Featured Events:

•Evening Receptions at Onishi Gallery, TAI Modern, and MIYAKO YOSHINAGA

Today's Online Programs:

Water in a Shared World: Artist Perspectives (Practice or Action),
Asia Society

Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art,
Denver Art Museum

Virtual Preview of Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christie's

Panel Discussion with the Celebrated Artist Kondō Takahiro,
Joan B Mirviss LTD

Fashioning an Empire: Design Inspirations from Iran,
National Museum of Asian Art

View all today's calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

Gallery Online Exhibitions Now Available

March 17, 2022

L-R: Jayashree Chakravarty (born 1956), Soaring at Akar Prakar; Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kusunoki Masatsura at the Battle of Shionawate at Egenolf Gallery; Late Eastern Zhou Bronze Garment Hook with Plaques of Jade & Gold, 5th-3rd century B.C. at Kaikodo, and
Patolu Indian Trade Cloth India, found in Indonesia at Thomas Murray

The following four galleries are participating in Asia Week March 2022 with online exhibitions.

Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year)
Akar Prakar

March 15-April 15
As explained by Roobina Karode, director and chief curator of KNMA, "Feeling the pulse and sensing all is well has become a preoccupation emphasized more than ever before, with disruptions and disaster that have drawn us to witness sudden, inexplicable loss, extreme vulnerability and anxiety all around. Jayashree has been seeking recuperative energies through her art-making, using grass and roots, seeds and mud, imagining sproutings of a new life from within the fertile tending of her canvas."

View the exhibition, click here

Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was the last of the great 19th century ukiyo-e artists, known for his early works of explicit gore, as well as for his mature works of transcendence and pathos. A consummate draftsman, he developed a unique style of representation and narrative expression after first closely adhering to the manner of his teacher, Utagawa Kuniyoshi. A master at portraying complex narratives, he could illustrate a scene at both the moment of poignant reflection, as well as at the explosive moment of dramatic intensity. Egenolf Gallery is pleased to offer a number of his most famous triptychs, including the Flute Player Triptych (Fujiwara Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight), widely considered his masterpiece.

View the exhibition, click here

The Ancients Among Us: Chinese and Japanese Paintings and Works of Art
Kaikodo LLC

March 15-25
The Ancients Among Us includes works focusing on characters drawn from antiquity, whether historically real, legendary, or figments of an imagination. A human figure mysteriously appears seated dead-center in the forehead of an otherwise typical gilt-bronze taotie mask. A dignified slender-bodied military official represents his class in a sculptural style and garb typical of the early 6th century while an aristocratic couple in kaleidoscopic color lounge on the lid of a kogo incense container, fashioned by the inimitable Nonomura Ninsei in 17th century Kyoto. Actual historical figures are immortalized in such painted images as that of the illustrious Zen monk Tōran Sōtaku, a contemporary of Ninsei and another of a Manchu noblewoman majestically sitting for her portrait in opulent formal attire. Writhing dragons on a late Zhou dynasty garment hook and a tiger captured in ink and color on silk, by a painter working centuries later, have lorded over the East and the West from time immemorial, their claim to antiquity without peer. And, finally, artists and craftsmen who have slipped into eternity are among us today through their enduring creations in all manner of media, a number of them represented in the exhibition.

View the exhibition, click here

Important Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles and Masks: Inspiration and Interpretation
Thomas Murray

March 16-25
This Asia Week, Thomas Murray, who is based in California, hosts a display of important textiles and masks on his gallery website. For collectors with particular interest, he also has available a choice selection for examination by appointment in New York.

A number of the textiles are drawn from his new publication, Textiles of Indonesia, which presents an array of traditional weavings from the Indonesian archipelago and provides a unique window into the region's cultures, rites, and history. The objects comprise ritual clothing and ceremonial cloths that tell us much about the traditions of pre-Islamic Indonesian cultures, as well as about the influences of regional trade with China, India, the Arab world, and Europe.

Thomas Murray is currently also offering an exceptional exhibition of masks from numerous tribal groups, ranging from the Himalayas to Indonesia, even a Swiss mask from a remote Alpen valley. These striking images are crafted of a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and papier mache.

View the exhibitions, click here

Healing Practices Opens at the Rubin Museum

March 17, 2022

Parnashvari, Goddess of Natural Healing (detail), Central Tibet, 19th century, pigments on cloth

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans, The Rubin Museum of Art
March 18, 2022–January 16, 2023

The Rubin Museum opens their new exhibition with a celebration Friday evening, March 18th. This event is sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Practices for healing vary across the world. In Tibetan Buddhism, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being are interdependent, and can only be achieved through a variety of holistic practices, from ritual to medicinal, that restore balance to these three aspects.

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans presents the diverse ways that Tibetan Buddhist artworks and practices have served as roadmaps to well-being, with over 25 objects from the Rubin Museum’s collection set alongside personal stories and experiences from Himalayan Americans. Centered around the themes of prevention, healing, and longevity, the exhibition highlights how these living traditions are transformed and adopted for today’s world, inspiring visitors to reflect on their own healing journeys.

Read more, click here

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is Live!

March 16, 2022

Asia Week New York Online Exhibition
March 2022 Edition now live

Asia Week New York has once again prepared and made available a special online exhibition. Each of our 26 galleries and 6 auction houses are represented with a selection of highlights from their Asia Week exhibitions. Photos of the dealers' home galleries and introductory commentary about the exhibitions' themes provide additional information. The exhibition will stay online throughout Asia Week and can be accessed via the link on the banner on the opening page of AWNY's website or by clicking the link below.

Special thanks go to AWNY's terrific tech guru/design specialist/artist extraordinaire Ethan Crenson for this engaging feature.

 

Apollo Features Asia Week New York

March 16, 2022

On page 36 of the February 2022 issue of Apollo Magazine begins Jo Lawson-Tancred's preview of this season's Asia Week New York.

The February 2022 issue of the highly regarded international art magazine Apollo included a two-page preview of this season's Asia Week New York, Written by London-based arts writer Jo Lawson-Tancred, the focus was on Asia Week's return to live exhibitions and auctions and the high quality of artworks that will be available. In particular, Lawson-Tancred noted the shows of participating dealers Francesca Galloway, Kapoor Galleries, Eric Zetterquist, Sebastian Izzard, Fu Qiumeng, and Joan Mirviss, along with illustrations of several fine artworks on view this week. She also mentioned next week's Asian art auctions and two exhibitions currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum.

The full article, as well other press coverage of Asia Week New York, can be found in the Press Room section of the AWNY website. For the Apollo, click here.

Don't Miss Tonight's LAUNCH!

March 15, 2022

Jizai Okimono, A russet-iron articulated figure of a hawk Edo period, 19th century,
Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art

There's still time to register for this evening's AWNY LAUNCH!

Tonight at 6pm EDT, join Asia Week New York for an online preview of the wonderful Asian art exhibitions and engaging programs that will be available online and in person. We'll give you a bird's eye view, so that you are sure not to miss a thing.

 

 

Bonhams Presents The Noble Silver Collection

March 15, 2022

A Silver Betel Box with Scenes from the Sama Jataka, Lower Burma (Myanmar), 1909,
Estimate: $40,000-60,000, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art Sale, March 22, 2022

The Noble Silver Collection: Treasures from the Burmese Silver Age
Bonhams

Exhibition: March 16-21
Online sale, March 14-24
Highlights on sale live, Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art Sale, March 22

This Asia Week, Bonhams offers for sale The Noble Silver Collection, the finest and most comprehensive private collection of Burmese silver in the world. The collection charts a magnificent body of work produced by Burmese master silversmiths between the mid-19th and early 20th century, a period termed the Burmese Silver Age. This little-known genre of silver art is characterized by an exuberant decorative style achieved through superb technical artistry. Unlike other producers of silverware in Asia, Burmese silver catered largely to a domestic market, producing art objects designed for traditional Southeast Asian customs such as betel culture and temple offerings. Many in the Noble Silver Collection are embellished with beloved scenes from the Ramayana and the Jataka Tales.

One of the most popular Jataka Tales, according to David C. Owens, author of the collection's catalogue, Burmese Silver Art: Masterpieces Illuminating Buddhist, Hindu, and Mythological Stories of Purpose and Wisdom is the Sama Jataka, an example of which is illustrated above. In an interview with Bonhams, Owens commented "The Sama Jataka is one of the most popular narratives featured in Burmese silver art from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. It is a Buddhist allegory on the virtue of loving kindness as exemplified by the character of Sama and the selfless care he gives to his blind parents who live an ascetic life in the forest. The narrative is linear and cogent and therefore particularly instructive as a simple moral lesson for the ages."

David Owens, who is also the collection's owner, along with his wife Kathleen, was born in England and emigrated to Canada. A career in the metal mining industry included 25 years working in Southeast and East Asia, an experience that stimulated Owens’s interest in Asian history, culture and art. A frequent visitor to Myanmar since 1992, Owens assembled The Noble Silver Collection over an eight year period. Owens's particular expertise is deciphering the iconography of the archetypal visual narratives that decorate Burmese silverwork. To read more of his interview, click here.

Highlights will be sold live as part of Bonhams Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art Sale on March 22nd and the rest is being sold online now through March 24th. For more information, click here

Asia Week's Live Museum Lectures

March 15, 2022

Buddha Attended by Two Bodhisattvas, Gandhara, Peshawar region, Pakistan, inscribed and dated
' Year 5,' schist, private collection

Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:30pm
Buddhist Art of Gandhara and the 'Year 5' Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography
Juhyung Rhi, Professor of Buddhist Art History, Seoul National University, Korea
Live at the museum and live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube

The 'Year 5' Buddha is one of only five dated Gandharan sculptures known to exist. This masterpiece, which has been widely studied and exhibited and was acquired at Christie's New York in September 2020, is of singular importance for both its dated dedicatory inscription and innovative iconographic features. This talk explores the diverse questions raised by this image within the unfolding setting of Buddhist art in Gandhara in the early centuries of the Common Era.

Professor Juhyung Rhi, who received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the Buddhist art of India, Central Asia, and Korea, especially the art of ancient Gandhara and the Korean tradition. 

Read more, click here

Reflections of a Collector by George Mann
Japanese Art Society of America (JASA)

Sunday, March 20 at 11am at Japan Society
Live lecture and Zoom webinar

JASA hosts a lecture by renowned Chicago print collector George Mann, who will share his perspective on putting together one of the finest Japanese print collections in private hands. The lecture will be held at Japan Society in New York, 333 E 47th St, and on Zoom. The lecture will be followed by JASA's business meeting.

As recalled in his recent memoir, Sixty Years with Japanese Prints, George Mann, who had a career as a lawyer, was set on his long engagement with Japanese prints by the Cottle family, whose son Tom was a school-friend of Mann. Over the decades, he encountered many scholars, dealers, and collectors, all of whom shared his passion for Japanese prints .

Advance registration is required for this event. For those who visit in person, their ticket will also give access to Japan Society's current exhibition Shikō Munakata:
A Way of Seeing
. Read more and to register, click here

The New York Times Highlights Asia Week New York

March 14, 2022

The feature on Asia Week New York in the online version of The New York Times.

In this weekend's The New York Times, Will Heinrich highlighted several Asian Art exhibitions at local museums and galleries that are available during this season's Asia Week New York. In particular, Heinrich noted exhibitions at the Met, Korea Society, and Japan Society, as well as the selling shows at Scholten Japanese Art, Francesca Galloway, and Onishi Gallery. Just as wealthy patrons of Japanese woodblock prints did in the Edo period, Heinrich selected one of Sebastian Izzard's surimono as the lead photo. Visitors were directed to Asia Week New York's website for information. To read the full article, click here

Denver Art Museum Hosts Zoom Panel Discussion

March 14, 2022

Xu Beihong (1895-1953), Lion and Snake, 1938, ink and color on paper,
Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection

Zoom Discussion Panel: Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art Denver Art Museum
March 17th, 11am MDT/1pm EDT

PARTICIPANTS:
Chair: Hyonjeong (HJ) Kim Han, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art, Denver Art Museum
Discussant: Einor Cervone, Curator of Asian Art, Denver Art Museum
Speakers: Professor REN Wei, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History; The Tamar and Emil '53 Weiss Chair in Asian Art (2015), Dickinson College
Professor Yang WANG, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Colorado Denver
Professor Stephanie SU, Assistant Professor, History of Asian Art, University of Colorado Boulder

The transformations of ink arts in twentieth-century China tell the story of modern Chinese art at large. This Zoom panel explores different visions—different answers—put forth by artists during these watershed times, to the looming question: what’s next for ink art? Celebrating the exhibition, Fantastic Brush: Twentieth Century Ink Art from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection, now on view at the Denver Art Museum, the three papers coalesce around the return to ink.

Professor Ren Wei lays down the social stakes of Chinese modernity, and their reflection in Chen Shizeng’s innovative vernacular ink painting. Professor Stephanie Su traces artists’ explorations of the subjectivity of color and the turn to realism. Professor Yang Wang examines the context in which ink painters navigated the expectations placed on them and their medium by the Communist state. The panel will be moderated by Hyonjeong Kim Han, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum, with an introduction by Einor Cervone, Associate Curator of Asian Art, Denver Art Museum.

Read more and register, click here

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