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2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Chinese Sculpture, Ceramics and Objects

March 3, 2017

For the seventh post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on Chinese sculpture, ceramics and other objects, with a 1.5-mile itinerary that takes you to eight exhibitions along Madison Avenue, from midtown to the Upper East Side.

Start at Ralph M. Chait Galleries at 16 East 52nd Street, on the 10th floor.
Exhibition on view: Spring Collection of Chinese Art
Focus: Ceramics and Decorative Objects

Walk north on Madison Avenue. At the corner of 57th Street, you'll reach the Fuller Building. J. J. Lally & Co. is on the 14th Floor.
Exhibition on view: Buddhist Sculpture from Ancient China

(Note: Two other participating dealers, Alan Kennedy and DAG Modern, are exhibiting in the building.)

Continue walking north on Madison Avenue, and make a left on 64th Street to reach Littleton & Hennessy Asian Art at Daniel Crouch Rare Books, street number 24. 
Exhibition on view: Littleton & Hennessy – 21 Years
Focus: Ceramics and Decorative Objects

Go back to Madison Avenue and walk up two blocks, making a left at 66th Street. At number 3, you'll find Zetterquist Galleries.
Exhibition on view: Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics with Highlights from the Brow Collection

Stay right where you are! Priestley & Ferraro are exhibiting in the same building, in apartment 8B.
Exhibition on view: Chinese & Korean Ceramics & Works of Art

Go back to Madison Avenue and walk one block north to reach Michael C. Hughes LLC, exhibiting at Gallery Vallois America, 27 East 67th Street.
Exhibition on view: Chinese and Korean Works of Art

(Note: Robert Hall Asian Art Ltd is also exhibiting in this location.)

Walk nine more blocks up Madison Avenue to reach Nicholas Grindley at Hazlitt, 17 East 76th Street.
Type of objects on view: Furniture, Scholars' Objects and Sculpture

One block north, in The Mark Hotel, Suite 1207, there's Andrew Kahane, Ltd.
Exhibition on view: Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

(Note: This exhibition is only open March 10–12. You can also catch The Art of Japan in the hotel, in Suite 215.)

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Jewelry, Arms and Armor

March 1, 2017

For the sixth post in our "2017 Gallery Hop" series, we're highlighting exquisitely crafted objects that are meant to be worn and handled: jewelry, arms, and armor. This 1.6-mile itinerary takes you to four galleries, from the Upper East Side to midtown. Total walking time should be about 35 minutes.

Start with Runjeet Singh's exhibition at 5 East 82nd Street.
Exhibition on view: Arms and Armour from the East

(Note: You can also catch Alexis Renard's exhibition of Indian and Islamic Art at this location, and Carole Davenport is exhibiting in Suite 2 of the building.)

Head to Madison Avenue and walk down nine blocks to Les Enluminures, 23 East 73rd Street, where Susan Ollemans Oriental Art is exhibiting.
Exhibition on view: Ancient and Modern Design in Asian Jewels

Go one block south on Madison Avenue. At the northeastern corner of 72nd Street, you'll find Arader Galleries, where Samina Inc. is exhibiting.
Exhibition on view: Jewelled Arts of India

(Note: Participating dealer Buddhist Art is also exhibiting at this location.)

Now for the main stretch of this itinerary—walk west on 72nd Street to reach 5th Avenue. Make a left and continue walking south on the avenue, all the way to 53rd Street. You'll make a right onto 53rd to reach Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue, where YEWN is exhibiting.
Exhibition on view: Have You Seen "Contemporary Chinese Fine Jewelry" Before?

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Korean Contemporary Art

March 1, 2017

For the fifth post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on Korean contemporary art, with a 4-mile itinerary that takes you to four galleries, from the Upper East Side to Chelsea. We recommend walking to the first 3 exhibitions (about 1 mile), then taking public transportation or a taxi to reach the last gallery in Chelsea. And while you're down there, remember that the Rubin Museum of Art and Tibet House US are not too far away.

Start at Kang Collection Korean Art at 9 East 82nd Street.
Exhibition on view: Korean Contemporary Paintings and Decorative Traditional Arts
Focus: Contemporary + Antiques

(Note: An exhibition of Indian court painting is also on view in this building, courtesy of participating dealer Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd.)

Head to Madison Avenue and walk down nine blocks to Jason Jacques Gallery, 29 East 73rd Street, where HK Art and Antiques LLC is exhibiting.
Exhibition on view: Nature, Rocks, Flowers, Water and Clay
Focus: Contemporary + Antiques

Continue going south on Madison Avenue. At 57th Street, make a left to reach Pace Gallery at number 32.
Exhibition on view: Lee Ufan: Ceramics
Focus: Contemporary

While you're in midtown, you may want to make a pit stop at the Korean Cultural Center at 460 Park Avenue (between 57th and 58th), to see a show of contemporary Korean embroidery.

To reach Tina Kim Gallery at 525 West 21st Street in Chelsea, 3 miles away, hop onto the bus or subway, or take a taxi. The E train at 5th Avenue and 53rd Street stops at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue, and from there, it's a 10-minute walk away.
Exhibition on view: Seoyoung Chung
Focus: Contemporary

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Paintings

February 28, 2017

For the fourth post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on paintings from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, with a 1.3-mile itinerary that takes you to seven galleries, from the Upper East Side to midtown. This itinerary starts a few feet away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, so you could pair it with a tour of the Met's Asian art exhibitions. Total walking time should be under 30 minutes, but the time you spend in each gallery, of course, is up to you.

Start at Alexis Renard's exhibition in the lower level of Tambaran Gallery at 5 East 82nd Street.
Type of work on view: Indian and Islamic Art

(Note: You can also catch Runjeet Singh's exhibition of arms and armor at this location, and Carole Davenport is exhibiting in Suite 2 of the building.)

A few feet away, you'll find Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd. exhibiting at 9 East 82nd Street.
Exhibition on view: Indian Court Painting

(Note: An exhibition of Korean contemporary paintings and decorative traditional arts is also on view in this building, courtesy of participating dealer Kang Collection Korean Art.)

Head to Madison Avenue and walk south for two blocks, then make a right on 80th Street to reach Francesca Galloway at W. M. Brady & Co., 22 East 80th Street.
Exhibition on view: Pahari Paintings from the Eva and Konrad Seitz Collection

Go back to Madison Avenue and continue walking south for two blocks, to reach Prahlad Bubbar at Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue.
Exhibition on view: Indian Paintings and Early Photography 1600–1880: Recent Acquisitions

Stay right where you are! At the same location, you'll find Tenzing Asian Art. While the paintings in this exhibition take center stage, you'll also find an array of sculptures from the region.
Exhibition on view: Buddhist Bronzes, Paintings, and Textiles from the Himalayas

(While you're here, you can also catch exhibitions by Walter Arader and Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art, all in the same building.)

Head back down Madison Avenue. At 73rd Street, make a right to reach Navin Kumar Gallery at number 24.
Exhibition on view: Himalayan and Indian Art

Now for the main stretch of this itinerary—go back to Madison Avenue and walk 16 blocks down to the historic Fuller Building at the corner of 57th Street, where you'll be rewarded with an exhibition of 20th century art at DAG Modern, on the 7th Floor.
Exhibition on view: The Art of Bengal

(Note: Two other participating dealers, J. J. Lally & Co. and Alan Kennedy, are exhibiting in the building.)

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Sculpture

February 28, 2017

For the third post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on sculpture from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, with a 0.9-mile itinerary down Madison Avenue. Total walking time should be under 20 minutes, and you'll get to explore no less than eight exhibitions along the way.

Start at Walter Arader's exhibition at 1016 Madison Avenue.
Exhibition on view: New Acquisitions
Focus: Himalayan Art

(Note: Three other participating dealers are also exhibiting here, if you're feeling ambitious.)

Walk south on Madison Avenue and make a right on 75th Street. At number 7, you'll find Nayef Homsi Ancient Art of Asia.
Exhibition on view: Recent Acquisitions
Focus: Stone Sculptures from India and Gandhara

One block down Madison Avenue, at the northeastern corner of 72nd Street, you'll find Buddhist Art exhibiting at Arader Galleries.
Exhibition on view: Serene Deities

(Note: Participating dealer Samina Inc. is also exhibiting at this location.)

Continue walking south on Madison Avenue for four blocks. Make a left on 68th Street to reach Galerie Christophe Hioco exhibiting at Leslie Feely Fine Art, number 33.
Exhibition on view: New Acquisitions in Indian Art and Himalayan Art
Focus: Gilt Bronze Sculptures

In the same space, you'll also find Carlo Cristi. In addition to sculptures, he is exhibiting a group of early Tibetan manuscript illuminations from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Exhibition on view: Art of India, Tibet, Central Asian Textiles

Go back to Madison Avenue, walk one block south, and make a left on 67th Street to reach Kapoor Galleries Inc. at number 34.
Exhibition on view: Recent Acquisitions

Walk one block down Madison Avenue and make a left on 66th Street. Phoenix Ancient Art is exhibiting at number 47.
Exhibition on view: The Diffusion of Buddha in Antiquity
Focus: Gandharan Sculpture

Go back towards Madison Avenue and cross the street to reach Dr. Robert R. Bigler's exhibition at Dickinson Roundell Inc., 19 East 66th Street.
Exhibition on view: Dynasties and Identities
Tibeto-Chinese Buddhist Art of the 13th to 15th Centuries

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Japanese Prints and Works of Art

February 27, 2017

For the second post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on Japanese prints and works of art, with a 1.5-mile, 6-gallery itinerary that begins on the Upper East Side and takes you through Central Park to reach the last exhibition, in midtown. Total walking time should be about 30 minutes (though strolling through the park may take a while longer).

Start at Giuseppe Piva's exhibition at Adam Williams & Moretti Gallery, 24 East 80th Street.
Exhibition on view: Japanese Art and Antiques

Walk south on Madison Avenue to Arader Galleries, number 1016, where Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art is exhibiting (as well as several other participating dealers).
Exhibition on view: Selections of Japanese Art

Walk one block south to reach the corner of Madison Avenue and 77th Street. The Art of Japan is exhibiting in Suite 215 of The Mark Hotel.
Exhibition on view: Fine Japanese Prints and Paintings from 1750–1950
Focus: Woodblock Prints

Walk another block south on Madison Avenue. In the Carlyle Hotel, Suite 1806, you can catch additional prints exhibited by Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints.
Exhibition on view: Masters of the Genre: Fine 18th-20th c. Japanese Prints, Highlighting Early 20th c. Landscapes
Focus: Woodblock Prints

Continue walking south on Madison Avenue and make a right on 73rd Street. At Gallery Schlesinger, 24 East 73rd Street, you'll find BachmannEckenstein | JapaneseArt.
Exhibition on view: Japanese Art | Pre-modern and Beyond

Now for the main stretch of this itinerary—walk to 5th Avenue and enter Central Park at 72nd Street. Follow the map below to make your way down to the exit at 6th Avenue and 59th Street. Go down one block on 6th Avenue and make a right on 58th Street. At 145 West 58th Street, you'll find Scholten Japanese Art. (If you are worried about getting lost in the park, simply walk down 5th Avenue and make a right on 58th Street.)
Exhibition on view: Yoshitoshi
Focus: Woodblock Prints

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

2017 Gallery Hop: Focus on Contemporary Japanese Art

February 27, 2017

For Asia Week New York 2017, we're creating walking itineraries with various areas of focus to help you navigate the 50 gallery exhibitions on view. For this first post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on contemporary Japanese art, with a 1.5-mile itinerary that takes you to six galleries, from midtown to the Upper East Side. Total walking time should be about 30 minutes, but the time you spend in each gallery, of course, is entirely up to you!

Start at Laurence Miller Gallery at 20 West 57th Street.
Exhibition on view: Toshio Shibata, Recent Work
Type: Photography

Walk towards 5th Avenue and walk north. Turn right on 64th Street, to reach Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. at 18 East 64th Street.
Exhibition on view: The West in the East
Type: Ceramics

Walk north on Madison. At 67th Street, make a left and walk up to Erik Thomsen Gallery at 23 East 67th Street.
Exhibition on view: Post-War Japanese Calligraphy
Type: Calligraphy

Go back to Madison Avenue and continue walking north for ten blocks. Turn right on 77th Street, to Dalva Brothers at number 53, where Onishi Gallery is exhibiting.
Exhibition on view: Japanese Art and Modern Living
Type: Ceramics and Decorative Objects

Go back to Madison Avenue and walk one block north. Make a right on 78th Street, to Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. at number 39.
Exhibition on view: Timeless Elegance in Japanese Art: Celebrating 40 Years!
Type: Ceramics, Paintings and Prints

Go back to Madison Avenue and walk north to 82nd Street. Make a left to reach Carole Davenport at 5 East 82nd Street.
Exhibition on view: THEN NOW / Meet Hiroyuki Asano & His Sculpture in a Milieu of Classic Art
Type: Sculpture

(Note: While you're there, you may want to visit the lower level of the building, where participating dealers Runjeet Singh and Alexis Renard are holding exhibitions.)

A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:

Interior Designer Spotlight: Juan Montoya

January 12, 2017

Above: House in Miami. Photo by Ken Hayden

Juan Montoya, one of the most acclaimed and prolific interior designers in the world today, was born and spent his early years in Colombia. After studying architecture in Bogotá, he moved to New York where he graduated from Parsons School of Design. Following two years of work and study in Paris and Milan, he returned to New York, where he founded the design business he has presided over since. His firm specializes in residential and contract interior design, with projects located throughout the United States and Internationally. He is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, the Star of Design Award, and the Legends Award from Pratt Institute. 

Juan Montoya is not wedded to a particular style or period. Through the careful placement of objects that often reflect his interest in a variety of cultures, Montoya enhances the qualities of a room or of an entire apartment or house. His firm, Juan Montoya Design, is based in New York City.


Park Avenue Apartment, NYC. Photo by Billy Cunningham.

"Since the beginning of time Asian art has taken an important role in interiors and architecture," comments Montoya. "Therefore, incorporating Asian art is almost like a necessity for me. I find Han Dynasty clay pieces especially beautiful, and also like to incorporate 17th and 18th century Japanese screens as works of art in modern and contemporary interiors."

See more of Juan Montoya's designs below:


Apartment in Miami. Photo by Ken Hayden.


Apartment in NYC. Photo by Scott Frances.

The Incredible Restoration of an Ancient Japanese Scroll

December 5, 2016

As part of its Conservation Lab column, The Creators Project blog recently ran an article on the restoration of an ancient Japanese scroll at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The beginning of the article reads as follows:

"If you visit the Museum of Fine Arts Boston these days, you can witness conservation in action on an enormous Japanese hanging scroll, which is currently being remounted in the Asian paintings gallery. Hanabusa Itchō’s masterpiece The Death of the Historical Buddha was painted in 1713 and entered the MFA Boston’s collection in 1911. Though it was last on view in 1990, the scroll hadn’t been treated since 1850. “Usually these scrolls are remounted every 100 years or so, which is why the project was a priority,” Jacki Elgar, Head of Asian Conservation at the museum, tells The Creators Project.

As time goes on, scroll mounts can begin to fail or damage the painting, she explains—this is the most common reason for treatment. A painting might also become a candidate for remounting if the mount is inappropriate (for example, a 16th century painting that is mounted in a 20th century style), or if it was put inside a frame by a Western collector, in which case it can be returned to its original, hanging scroll format.

At 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide, Death of Buddha is the largest scroll in the MFA Boston’s collection, and conservators knew the project would take some extra sets of hands. Lucky for them, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery is currently closed for renovations, so two of its East Asian painting conservators were able to travel north and join the effort. The MFA Boston began working on the logistics of the project three years ago, and hands-on work in the lab finally began in the spring of this year. In August, the scroll was moved to the Asian paintings gallery so the public could watch the process."

See photos and read the entire article here, and watch the MFA Boston's video of the process below:

Asia Week New York Reading List, Part III: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

November 30, 2016

We asked some of our participants for their favorite Asian art-related books—both fiction and non-fiction. For Part III of our reading list, we are focusing on Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art. We hope you'll find inspiration in these pages. These are all available on Amazon, but do support your local bookstore if you can!


Indian Sculpture: Volume I and Indian Sculpture: Volume II
by Pratapaditya Pal

Leiko Coyle of Christie's deems both of these volumes "must-haves for Himalayan art."
"This splendid collection, while not representing all the major styles of sculpture that flourished on the Indian subcontinent from 700-1900, is certainly one of the most comprehensive among American and European museums," reads the synopsis.


Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet
by Marilyn M. Rhie

This is another of Coyle's must-haves. It "illustrates, explains and celebrates 241 examples of Tibetan sacred art of the 9th to 12th centuries," according to the synopsis. "The authors discuss the religious meaning and use of tangkas, Buddhist iconography and the aesthetics of tangka paintings, sculpture and mandalas."


Indo Tibetan Bronzes
by Ulrich Von Schroeder

"It is the BIBLE when it comes to Himalayan metalwork," comments Suneet Kapoor of Kapoor Galleries Inc. "Although more valuable for the pictures, it is indispensable when researching the subject matter. No serious Himalayan art enthusiast/scholar is without this book in their library!"


The Art of Indian Asia: Its Mythology and Transformation
by Heinrich Robert Zimmer

Kapoor also recommends this two-volume set, calling it "a perfect primer for those who seek to gain an understanding into the various religions of India & South Asia." The synopsis promises "a unique product of scholarship and photography, which presents a view of Indian Art that is believed to be the most comprehensive ever undertaken."


Indian Painting: The Scene, Themes, and Legends
by John Kenneth Galbraith and Mohinder Singh Randhawa

"The book is engaging to novice readers, yet the illustrations will serve as reference for seasoned collectors, scholars and curators," says Kapoor. "From a personal standpoint, this is a special volume, as both authors were frequent visitors to my father’s gallery during the 1960’s, when he had a gallery in South Extension Market, New Delhi."


Read our other book recommendations:

Asia Week New York Reading List, Part I: Chinese Art
Asia Week New York Reading List, Part II: Japanese Art

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