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Dai Ichi Arts Opens Objects of Affection

February 1, 2023

Hayashi Shotaro 林正太郎 (born 1947), Oribe Whirlpool 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
February 1-28, 2023

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

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Egenolf Gallery at the Bay Area Fine Print Fair

January 31, 2023

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Snowy Valley of Mount Shirouma, 1932, woodblock print,
ôban 39.2 x 26.3 cm.

Bay Area Fine Print Fair
in person event, February 4-5
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Egenolf Gallery will participate in the fourth iteration of the Bay Area Fine Print Fair this weekend. The fair is open to the public and presents a wonderful opportunity to browse, ask questions, and purchase prints from numerous reputable fine print dealers.

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Japanese Animation Program at Japan Society

January 30, 2023

Japanese Animation in a Global Era, Japan Society
Online program, January 31, 7pm

In an era of ubiquitous streaming services, anime has found its way into nearly every corner of the globe. At this webinar, Mike Toole, editor at large at Anime News Network, and Thomas Lamarre, author of The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media join us to examine this uniquely Japanese visual media. Exploring topics ranging from fan culture to marketing strategies in Japan vs. North America, our speakers will illuminate the historical framework behind the anime industry as well as its role within an increasingly complex and interconnected world. The fourth event in our multi-part Living Traditions webinar series this season.

Mike Toole, editor at large at Anime News Network
Thomas Lamarre, Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Julia Mechler, manga creator

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Weekly Takeout Tuesdays at the Asian Art Museum,
San Francisco

January 29, 2023

L-R: Anjolie Ela Menon (born 1940), Yatra, 2004, oil and glitter on masonite, Gift of Gallery ArtsIndia, New York, 2005.98; The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), Song dynasty (960–1279), 1100-1200, wood (paulownia) with pigments, B60S24+; and Pair of Earrings, ca. 500–600, gold, Museum purchase, City Arts Trust Fund, 1991.214.1-.2. All items Asian Art Museum, Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Takeout Tuesdays: Lunchtime Conversations About Art,
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Online programs, each Tuesday, 12pm (PST)

“Take out” a taste of art! Join museum docents and fellow art lovers for interactive lunchtime (PST) encounters with selected artworks from the collection. We’ll gather on Zoom to look closely at compelling works using high-resolution images and uncover fun facts. Each weekly session explores a different topic; unmute to join the conversation.

Join for any or all of the upcoming scheduled online gatherings:
Weekly online programs, every Tuesday at 12pm (PST):
January 31: Yatra by Anjolie Ela Menon with docent Lydia Zane
February 7: The Elegance of Korean Silla Earrings with docent Myoung-ja Kwon
February 14: Compassion and Mercy with docent Mary Mead
February 21: The Terrible and Seductive Bhairava with docent Kathleen Meagher

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Four Dealer Exhibitions on View in March

January 27, 2023

L-R: Kajiwara Aya (born 1941), Wave Song, 2010, madake bamboo and rattan, TAI Modern; Li Jin (born 1958), The Heart Sutra, 2020, ink and color on xuan paper, INKstudio; Manika Nagare (born 1975), My Eyes Sparkled, 2022, oil on canvas, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA; and Fung Ming Chip (born 1951), 220705, 2022, ink on paper, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Looking ahead to Asia Week New York this March 2023, these terrific exhibitions are among those that will be available to visitors.

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Fung Ming Chip: Traces of Time
March 17-May 20
65 E. 80th St.
Fu Qiumeng Fine Art will mount a special presentation of Chinese artist Fung Ming Chip’s latest series, Number Series, while also showcasing the artist’s unique approach to shufa (the art of writing) through a selection of works taken from across his long career.

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Many Splendored Spring
March 15-19
Ukranian Institute of America
2 E. 79th St.
This exhibition of floral landscapes by Peng Kanglong and figure portraits by Li Jin present vibrant new works by two of the great masters of brush and ink painting.

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TAI Modern
TAI Modern at Asia Week New York 2023
March 16-24
23 E. 67th St., 4th Floor @Colnaghi
TAI Modern returns to exhibit key contemporary and historic works of Japanese bamboo art, with education and guidance to both established collectors and first-time viewers.

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Manika Nagare: Spectrum of Vivid Moments
March 17-April 22
24 E 64th St.
Tokyo-based Manika Nagare returns to AWNY with powerfully sophisticated color abstract painting eliciting vivid moments of all human life. The exhibition also introduces her new project on the marginalized Japanese female artists in the past.

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Ippodo Gallery Interviews Shion Tabata

January 26, 2023

Ippodo Gallery Director Shoko Aono met Shion Tabata (born 1947) over the summer of 2022 at her home in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, for a trip to choose new artworks, now on display at Ippodo Gallery in New York. A refreshing refuge from the heat of the capital metropolis, Karuizawa is a mountainside retreat with a rich cultural and literary history. Here, Tabata warps time, creating fine ceramics that harken back to the styles of old Edo (1603–1868).

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Akar Prakar Opens a New Exhibition in Kolkata

January 26, 2023

Nandalal Bose, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
Curated by Debdutta Gupta
January 27-February 28

Nandalal Bose (1882-1966) was perpetually drawing on cards and postcards. However, the pursuit of this activity was not just limited to him. He had instilled, both in his students as well as fellow professors, this practice of postcard drawing. Thus everyone, teachers and students alike, would remain engrossed in this vocation.

Most of Nandalal's cards are executed in monochrome-free from the bindings of colour. This approach set him apart from his Guru, Abanindranath Tagore. According to Abanindranth Tagore, lines are the containers within which colors are held. He was of the view that it was primarily through color that a painting could be brought to life. Nandalal, on the other hand, was extremely inquisitive about the many possibilities of lines. He found validation for his search in his encounter with Arai Kampo-leading him further towards his journey of monochromatic works.

It was his travels to East Asia that eventually paved the way for his huge body of work in brush and ink and strengthened his belief that black and white contain within them the potentialities of all the other colors. The printmaking techniques which became integral to the pedagogic practices of Kala Bhavana were also a result of Nandalal's travels to China and Japan. He had brought back with him various ukiyo-e prints and wood blocks.

In this current exhibition, Akar Prakar attempts to highlight how cards/postcards bring out tangents of Nandalal Bose that have remained unnoticed otherwise. This exhibition brings to light Nandalal’s departure from the earlier influence of Abanindranath Tagore to the influences that Ramakrishna, Rabindranath and Gandhi had on his art practice. It also highlights Nandalal’s search for spirituality within nature and the establishment of the Asian aesthetic mode. The exhibition thus showcases how all these tangents are present throughout his works and some of the best can be found in his cards and postcards.

Songtsam's Meili Lodge

January 25, 2023

Songtsam's Meili Lodge—A Sacred and Breathtaking Tibetan Mountain Retreat

Every year Tibetans and travelers from all over the world make their journey to worship at Mount Kawagebo, the major peak of the Meili Snow Mountain range and one of the holiest mountains in the larger Tibetan region. Songtsam Lodge Meili was built in this spectacular area. A highlight is waking up and experiencing the morning sunrise. First golden sunlight shines over Mount Kawagebo and then spreads quickly over the 13 peaks. Against the backdrop of the dark-blue sky, the sunrise is considered very holy and only lasts for a few minutes. Rooms are furnished with large comfortable beds, sofas, and timber flooring, providing a warm atmosphere that combines rustic charm with modern comforts. Most rooms also feature a cozy fireplace.

The Meili Snow Mountain range is a sub range of the Hengduan Mountains, which run north to south, marking the boundary between Tibet and Yunnan province. It is remarkable for its impressive chain of glaciated peaks, rising more than 6,000 meters high, and during sunrise and sunset, the soft sunlight illuminates all thirteen peaks. As of today, none of the major peaks have been summited. Standing at 6,740 meters, the main peak, Kawagebo, is the first of the six most sacred mountains and over ten thousand pilgrims make the 240 kilometer trek circumnavigating the mountain each year.

The scenic drive from Shangri-La to Meili winds through lush temperate and alpine forests, crossing the Baima Mountain Pass at 3,292 meters. The Yangtze drainage area lies on one side of the pass and the Mekong on the other. On emerging from the pass onto a steep descending road, the Meili peaks soon appear in the distance. Baima Snow Reserve, a UNESCO designated world heritage sight, is one of the truly wild places left in China. Nearly all of the world’s species of rhododendron originate from this area. There are even a few spots where red pandas and snow leopards roam free.

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2023 sponsor.

For more information about Songtsam, visit: www.songtsam.com/en/about

Art of Japan and Egenolf Join the Portland Fine Print Fair

January 24, 2023

L-R: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), First Edition of Spiral Hall, Five Hundred Rakan Temple (Gohyuaku Rakan Sazaidô), 1857, woodblock print, ôban 36.5 x 24.6 cm, Egenolf Gallery and Hokusai (1760-1849), The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mt Kurokami, Shimotsuke Province, 1832, woodblock print, 15 x 10.25 in. (38.10 x 26.04 cm.), Art of Japan

Portland Fine Print Fair
Benefit Preview, Friday, January 27,6-9pm (PST)
Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29

Asia Week New York members Art of Japan and Egenolf Gallery will participate in the fair this weekend with displays of fine Japanese woodblock prints at the Portland Art Museum.

The Portland Fine Print Fair, now in its 10th year, features 16 top dealers from across North America & Europe and is the largest and most comprehensive print fair on the West Coast. Prints from the Old Masters to contemporary emerging artists will be on sale.

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Last Days for Two Shows at the NMAA

January 23, 2023

Watanabe Seitei (1851–1918), Pigeons at Sensoji, Meiji era, 1877, ink and color on silk, Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment, Freer Gallery of Art, F2000.1a

Two rewarding exhibitions of Japanese art are in their final week at the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, and will close on January 29.

Feathered Ink
Concludes January 29, 2023
Across three galleries, Feathered Ink explores how Japanese artists have experimented over several centuries with different brush techniques in their depictions of avian subjects. Drawing from the Freer Gallery of Art’s extensive collection of bird-and-flower paintings, the exhibition includes hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, ceramics, and printed books.

In Japan, paintings on the theme of birds and flowers began to appear during the Heian period (794–1185) as a way of referencing seasonal associations or auspicious homonyms or of replicating the natural world in remarkable detail. Depicting a variety of bird species in naturalistic or paradisiacal environments offers a tantalizing opportunity for an artist to showcase their skills through the use of virtuosic ink brushwork techniques to represent different feather types and the textures of plumage and foliage. Adding colors can provide further layers of symbolic meaning and decorative effect. Birds are also popular motifs found on early modern Japanese ceramics, rendered through inlaid slip designs, molding, and polychrome pigments. Some of the vessels in this exhibition even provide a glimpse into how Japanese potters emulated the painterly effects of ink on clay surfaces.

Utagawa Kunisada, Three Sumo Wrestlers, early 19th century, woodblock print, ink and color on paper. The Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection, S2021.5.539a-c

Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection
Concludes January 29, 2023
Expect the unexpected. The exhibition Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection focuses on the captivating stories and urban legends of individuals living on the fringes of society in early modern Japan. Key subjects in theater, literature, and visual arts reveal antiheroes and underdogs whose virtues are often embodied by their rejection of societal norms, making them misfits and moral exemplars at the same time. The exhibition follows virtuous bandits, tattooed firemen who love to fight, rogues from the kabuki theater, and others.

Highlighting the transformative gift of the Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection to the National Museum of Asian Art, Underdogs and Antiheroes features subjects that are not commonly associated with traditional Japanese print culture but were nevertheless central to the interests of an early modern public. The exhibition explores new visual and thematic ground, further strengthening the museum’s trailblazing role in reconsidering presentations of Asian cultures.

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