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The National Museum of Asian Art Opens Two New Exhibitions

February 26, 2023

L-R: Ritual wine pouring vessel (gong) with masks (taotie), dragons, and real animals, Anyang or middle Yangzi region, ca. 1100 B.C., bronze, Gift of Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer, F1961.33a–b; Ritual wine-pouring vessel (gong) with masks (taoti) and dragons, middle or late Anyang period, ca. 1100 B.C., bronze, Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, S1987.279a–b; Ritual wine-pouring vessel (gong) with masks (taotie), dragons, and real animals, middle Anyang period, ca. 1150–1100 B.C., bronze, Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment, F1939.53a–b (National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution)

This week, the National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C. opened two important new exhibitions.

Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings
February 25, 2023–April 28, 2024
Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings is the first major exhibition in the United States dedicated to Anyang, the capital of China’s Shang dynasty (occupied ca. 1250 BCE–ca. 1050 BCE). The source of China’s earliest surviving written records and the birthplace of Chinese archaeology, Anyang holds a special connection with the National Museum of Asian Art. In 1929, one year after Academia Sinica began archaeological work at the Bronze Age site, Li Chi assumed leadership of the excavations. At the time, he was also a staff member of the Freer Gallery of Art (1925–30). To promote archaeological practice in China, the Freer supported Li Chi and his first two seasons of work at Anyang. This collaboration, predicated on the advancement of scientific knowledge and the protection of cultural patrimony, marks an important chapter in the history of Sino-American relations.

Ikeda Koson (1801–1866), Maple Leaves on a Stream (detail), Edo period, 1856–58, pair of six-panel folding screens, ink and color on gilded paper, Purchase—Harold P. Stern Memorial Fund and funds provided by the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries in appreciation of James W. Lintott and his exemplary service to the Galleries as chair of the Board of Trustees (2011–2015), Freer Gallery of Art, F2014.7.1–2

Rinpa Screens
February 25, 2023–January 28, 2024
Explore a selection of screens painted in the Rinpa style, a movement known for stylized forms in bright colors that spanned the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. A complementary display of ceramics demonstrates the aesthetic exchange facilitated by trade between Japan and China and interrogates what makes a work of art Japanese.

Objects of Affection at Dai Ichi Arts Closes Soon

February 25, 2023

Hayashi Shotaro 林正太郎 (born 1947), Whirlpool Oribe Long Platter, stoneware, H.5.5 x W. 25.5 x
Dia. 14 in. (13.9 x 64.7 x 35.5 cm.), with signed wood box

Objects of Affection, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
February Group Show
Concludes February 28, 2023

From small sake cups that rest tenderly in one’s hands to recent masterpieces by potters, Dai Ichi Arts presents a group of delightful objects to accompany you this February. The gallery is excited to exhibit a group show, showcasing the works of Shingu Sayaka, Inayoshi Osamu, Takada Naoki, Hayashi Shotaro, Kitamura Junko, and more.

Exceptional Japanese Prints Coming to Asia Week New York

February 23, 2023

L-R: Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), South Wind, Clear Dawn (Gaifu kaisei), circa 1831-33, color woodblock print, Sebastian Izzard LLC; Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Waterwheel at Onden (Onden no suisha), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei), 1830-31, The Art of Japan; Yamamura Koka (Toyonari) (1885-1942), Dancing at the New Carlton Cafe in Shanghai, 1924, woodblock print, Scholten Japanese Art; and Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), Yoshitsune and Benkei on Gojo Bridge, circa 1839-1840, color woodblock diptych, Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Four renowned Japanese art galleries will exhibit exceptional examples of woodblock prints in March.

The Art of Japan
Fine Japanese Prints: 300 Years of Japanese Prints, Ukiyo-e—Modern
March 16-19
The Mark Hotel
25 E. 77th Street, Suite 215
New York, NY
The Art of Japan will bring to New York and make available for in-person viewing an exceptional array of fine Japanese woodblock prints, including several notable new acquisitions.

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints
Prints and Drawings by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861), Master of Graphic Storytelling
March 17-18 and online
Conrad New York Midtown (Private Suite)
151 West 54th Street
New York, NY
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, best known for his warrior prints, was a creative wellspring who designed works of graphic impact in every ukiyo-e genre. Egenolf Gallery will presents his works both in person in New York and online.

Sebastian Izzard LLC
Japanese Paintings and Prints: 1800-1860
March 17-24
17 E. 76th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY
Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Sebastian Izzard will show exceptional Japanese paintings and prints from the 19th century, including maps, landscapes, dramatic historical tableaux, and studies of the natural world.

Scholten Japanese Art
MULTIPLE MASTERS: Modern Prints and Paintings
Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints from the Shin Collection

March 16-25
145 W. 58th Street, Suite 6D
New York, NY
Scholten presents two (!) exhibitions this season: prints and paintings by early modern masters and “golden age” figure prints of the late 18th century with magnificent 19th century landscapes from the collection of gallerist Hong Gyu Shin.

Asia Week New York Featured in Arts of Asia

February 23, 2023

Robin Markbreiter, publisher and editor of the highly regarded and long-lived Arts of Asia periodical, highlights the upcoming Asia Week New York in his Editorial in the Spring issue. In particular, he highlights upcoming exhibitions by several AWNY dealers: TAI Modern, Sebastian Izzard LLC, Dai Ichi Arts, Kaikodo, Thomas Murray, and Eric Zetterquist Galleries. Robin mentions that after a three-year hiatus, he will travel to New York this year to join Asia Week New York this year.

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

February 23, 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

None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection,
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Open through May 14

Often playful, sometimes comical, and always profound, Zen paintings represent one of the world’s most fascinating religious and artistic traditions. None Whatsoever features masterworks of Zen Buddhist Japanese paintings from the renowned Gitter-Yelen Collection spanning more than four centuries. Selections from the MFAH collection of modern and contemporary art complement the presentation.

New Orleans–based collectors Kurt Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter have been deeply engaged in the collecting, understanding, and appreciation of the art of Japan for decades. Many of the works from the Gitter-Yelen Collection were recently acquired by the MFAH.

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. A related selection of modern and contemporary art influenced by Zen Buddhism features work by Franz Kline, Takahiro Kondo, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, among others.

Asia Week New York is delighted to welcome the MFAH to our community as a new member.

Read more, including the online catalogue, click here.

Sotheby's Prepares Celestial Colors. The Cadle Family Collection of Chinese Monochromes

February 22, 2023

Celestial Colors. The Cadle Family Collection of Chinese Monochromes,
Sotheby's New York

Live auction March 21, 2023, 9am

Sotheby’s is delighted to present Celestial Colors. The Cadle Family Collection of Chinese Monochromes. A testament to the collector’s discerning eye and exacting attention paid to quality, condition and provenance, the sale comprises an exceptional spectrum of monochromatic porcelains commissioned for the emperors of China's three greatest dynasties-the Northern Song, Ming and Qing-and includes representative examples of the most iconic Chinese glazes. Amassed mostly in the 1980s and advised closely by J.J. Lally & Co., the collection includes pieces from some of the greatest private collections of Chinese works of art, including the collections of Edward T. Chow, T.Y. Chao and Henry Knight. Highlights of the sale include a superb and extremely rare Xuande mark and period ‘sacrificial red’ bowl, an exceptional Yongzheng mark and period robin’s-egg glazed censer and a large Yongzheng mark and period blue-glazed garlic-neck vase.

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The Rubin Museum of Art Launches Project Himalayan Art

February 21, 2023

L-R: Buddha on the Cosmic Mountain, Kashmir, circa 715, bronze with silver and copper inlay, The Norton Simon Foundation, Pasadena, CA, F.1972.48.2.S. Photograph courtesy The Norton Simon Foundation; Achala, Tangut Xixia, possibly produced/woven in Dingzhou (Baoding, Hebei Province), early to mid-13th century, kesi silk tapestry with seed pearl, Potala Palace Collection; and Ritual Dance Mask of Guru Dorje Drolo, Bhutan or southern Tibet, circa 19th century, papier-mâché, polychrome, fabric, Bruce Lee Miller Collection. Photo by John Bigelow Taylor

Project Himalayan Art, The Rubin Museum of Art

This monumental initiative, which is now live, is the first project of its kind to offer comprehensive, introductory resources for learning about Himalayan art, with a focus on the cross-cultural exchange of Tibetan, Himalayan, and Inner Asian art and cultures. It features an expansive digital platform, traveling exhibition to university museums, and a cross-disciplinary publication featuring essays from 72 international scholars. The new digital platform is a hub to dive into the world of Himalayan art, including for students, teachers, scholars, or visitors looking to expand their understanding of Himalayan art and cultures. It features materials from the traveling exhibition, which opened this month at its first venue, Lehigh University Art Galleries, 108 object essays from the publication (available to pre-order today), videos, 360-degree object views, an interactive map, a glossary of hundreds of definitions, over 1,000 object images, and much more!

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Asia Week Reception to Launch Project Himalayan Art
March 16, 2023, 6-8pm
Celebrate Asia Week New York and the launch of the Rubin Museum’s largest institutional project to date, Project Himalayan Art, with an evening filled with delicious cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, conversation, and a presentation from Rubin Museum Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi and curators Karl Debreczeny and Elena Pakhoutova. This event is by invitation only.

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36th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert Coming Soon

February 20, 2023

36th Annual Benefit Concert Tibet House US
Live event, March 1, 2023, 7:30pm

One of the longest-running and most renowned live cultural events in New York City, the Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert will take place at Carnegie Hall on March 1, 2023 at 7:30pm. The benefit concert, now in its 36th year, is guaranteed to bring a much-needed evening full of amazing music, camaraderie, and one-night-only collaborations. Joining esteemed composer and artistic director Philip Glass, who once again curated this year’s line-up, will be: Allison Russell, Arooj Aftab, Bernard Sumner and Tom Chapman of New Order, Gogol Bordello, Laurie Anderson, Marc Anthony Thompson of Chocolate Genius, Inc. & Zsela, Tenzin Choegyal, The Philip Glass Ensemble, and Martha Mooke & The Scorchio Quartet.

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Learning to Paint in Premodern China Opens at the Met

February 18, 2023

Wang Yuanqi (1642–1715), Streams and Mountains without End (detail), Qing dynasty (1644–1911), undated, handscroll, ink on paper, 7 1/8 in. x 70 ft. (43.5 x 2133.6 cm), Partial and Promised Gift of the Family of Lo Chia-Lun, 2022 (2022.128)

Learning to Paint in Premodern China,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

February 18, 2023-January 7, 2024
This exhibition will consider the underexplored question of how painters learned their craft in premodern China. Some painters learned at home, from fathers, mothers, or other relatives among whom painting was a shared language of familial communication. Others learned from friends who shared their passion. Still others turned to painting manuals, treatises that expanded knowledge of painting to anyone who could buy a woodblock-printed book. Paintings from The Met collection, along with a choice selection of important works from local private collectors, will illuminate these and other pathways to becoming a painter in premodern China. The exhibition will be presented in two rotations.

Rotation 1: February 18–July 16, 2023
Rotation 2: August 12, 2023–January 7, 2024

The exhibition will also see the public debut of Wang Yuanqi’s (1642–1715) Streams and Mountains without End, an important monumental handscroll that is a partial and promised gift to the Museum from the family of Lo Chia-lun.

Embracing the Moon—Chinese Ceramic Art, Old and New
at Artic

February 17, 2023

Yongle Moon Flask, Ming dynasty, Yongle period (1403-1424), porcelain,
11 3/8 × 9 3/8 × 5 3/8 in. (28.9 × 23.8 × 14 cm.), 2021.30

Lecture:Embracing the Moon—Chinese Ceramic Art, Old and New,
Art Institute of Chicago

In person event, February 23, 2pm (CST)

Join the Art Institute’s Pritzker Chair of Arts of Asia and curator of Chinese art Tao Wang for an in person discussion of two newly acquired Chinese moon flasks.

Though created centuries apart, the Ming Dynasty Yongle Moon Flask (early 15th century) and Fu Yiyao’s The Essence of Light and the Cadence of Rhythm (2010) share striking similarities. Wang provides a closer look at both in this lecture, delving into the history and cultural significance of the moon flask.

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