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Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art at the Met Closing Soon

January 21, 2023

Zheng Xie (1693–1765), Orchids and Bamboo (detail), dated 1742, handscroll, ink on paper.
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981(1981.285.7)

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Concludes January 29, 2023

Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere.

Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. Bamboo, for instance, which bends in the cold wind without breaking, can be a symbol of the virtuous person withstanding hard times; the plum blossom, which dares to bloom in the chill of early spring, an emblem of righteous bravery. For artists and viewers alike, associations such as these added layers of depth to an artwork. In this way, a vignette of the natural world could become a celebration of life, a wish for good fortune, or even a defiant act of protest.

This exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

AWNY Welcomes Two Museums to the Fold

January 21, 2023

L-R: The Asian Art Museum on Larkin Street in San Francisco and the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Third Avenue in Minneapolis.

Asia Week New York is delighted to welcome two new museum members to our community: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and Minneapolis Museum of Art. Both institutions are renowned for their exceptional collections, innovative exhibitions, and enriching programs. Watch AWNY's websites, newsletters, and social media posts for up-to-date information about our members' activities.

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future.

The Asian Art Museum was founded more than 50 years ago, when collector Avery Brundage donated nearly 8,000 outstanding Asian artworks to the city of San Francisco. A new wing of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was opened in 1966 to showcase the priceless collection. In 2003, the Asian Art Museum moved to the former Main Library building in the Civic Center, which had been transformed to showcase the expanding collection as well as the groundbreaking exhibitions the museum had become known for. Since then, the museum has solidified its position as not only one of the premier art venues in the Bay Area but also as one of the most important centers for Asian art and culture outside Asia.

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Minneapolis Museum of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, abbreviated as Mia, enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. Mia’s collection of Asian art is comprised of some 16,800 objects, ranging from ancient pottery and bronzes to works by contemporary artists, with nearly every Asian culture represented. Areas of particular depth include the arts of China, Japan, and Korea.

Specific subsets and highlights of these collections rival the holdings of museums across the globe. For its stylistic diversity and condition, Mia’s collection of ancient Chinese bronze is typically considered one of the nation’s finest. Mia’s Japanese collection has outstanding concentrations of Buddhist sculpture, woodblock prints, paintings, lacquer, works of bamboo, and ceramics, and is particularly rich in works from the Edo period (1610–1868). The museum’s commitment to Asian art is also evident in the sheer volume of space devoted to its display. At present, Asian art occupies an impressive 20 percent (32,200 sq. ft.) of the total display space (161,000 sq. ft.) for art at Mia. The permanent display space for Japanese art is the largest in the Western world, with 15 galleries spanning more than 10,000 square feet.

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Start Planning Now – Asia Week New York March 2023 Calendar

January 20, 2023

Responding to enthusiastic demand, AWNY is providing an advance look at the schedule for this March 2023’s Asia Week New York. Drawn from our upcoming and popular Guide, here you will find the exhibition titles and schedules of your favorite dealers, as well as the auctions planned by AWNY auction houses. Fetch your calendar, sharpen your pencil, and start making plans for March Asia Week.


恭喜發財! Best Wishes from AWNY in the Year of the Rabbit!

January 19, 2023

Wakao Toshisada, Nezumi Shino Flower vase with Half Moon & Rabbit Motif, stoneware,
H. 10.1 x Dia. 6.1 in., with signed wood box, Dai Ichi Arts Ltd.

Sunday begins the lunar New Year and many museums are celebrating with special programs. And follow us on social media this weekend for more artworks sporting rabbits!

Asia Society
New York
Moon Over Manhattan: A Lunar New Year Family Day
In person program, January 28, 1-4pm (EST)
Asia Society rings in the New Year with performances and craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities include: Lion Dance and interactive Kung Fu demonstration by the Bo Law Kung Fu martial arts school and Musical performance and singalong with Elena Moon Park.

Cultural Bridges With AARP: Lunar New Year
Online program, January 25, 2pm (CST)
Learn about Lunar New Year traditions across Asia! Identify your zodiac animal and walk away with a new recipe!

Asia Society Lunar New Year 2023 at The Galleria
In-person programs, January 28, 3-4pm and January 28, 29 and February 3, 12-5pm
Join Asia Society Texas in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with special Lunar New Year festivities at The Galleria!
We'll bring arts and crafts activities, games, and festive performances for the whole family to enjoy, free and open to the public.

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Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Year of the Rabbit Family Fun Day and Storytelling
In person program, February 5, 11am-2:30pm (PST)
Program Schedule:
stART Storytelling for kids ages 3-6, 11–11:30am (PST)
Art Activity inspired by Lunar New Year traditions, 11:30am–2:30pm
Year of the Rabbit screen printing with Haight Street Art Center, 11:30am–2:30pm
Storytelling for Families, 1–1:45pm (PST)

Takeout Tuesdays: Lunchtime Conversations About Art
Online program, January 24, 12pm (PST)
Chinese New Year of the Rabbit with docent Peggy Mathers

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Japan Society, New York
Oshogatsu: New Year’s Celebration In person event, January 29, 10:30am-12pm and 1-2:30pm (EST)
Celebrate the New Year Japanese-style at our Oshogatsu event that’s filled with fun for the whole family! After watching a riveting Japanese taiko drum performance, kids are invited on stage for a hands-on drum mini-workshop. Families can then welcome the New Year with exciting and traditional activities like a live giant ink-painting demonstration, a New Year’s calligraphy workshop (kakizome) and postcard-making (nengajo), and can continue their New Year’s celebrations with take-home craft kits. With such wonderful activities for the whole family, you are sure to ring in the New Year with great joy!

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Insider Insights—Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit
Online program, January 21, 10am in Mandarin Chinese and 10:30am in English (EST)
Join Jason Sun, Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art, Department of Asian Art, and explore the new exhibition Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit. Discover the significance of the rabbit in the Chinese zodiac and take a closer look at depictions of rabbits in The Met collection created by artists in China in the last three thousand years.

Lunar New Year Festival: The Year of the Rabbit
In person program, January 21, 11am-5pm (EST)
May art bring you good fortune! Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages. For a full list of programs, click here.

National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Lunar New Year 2023 Celebration
Free attractions for all ages, including performances, demos, a curator tour, hands-on activities, and more. The celebration will include:
A traditional lion dance performance, 3pm (EST)
Cooking demonstration, 1pm (EST)
Hands-on crafts and activities, 12–4pm (EST)
Lunar New Year curator-led gallery tour, 12pm (EST)
Featured exhibitions Journey of Color, Rediscovering Korea’s Past, and Looking Out, Looking In. Read more, click here

Lunar New Year: Shanghai Quartet Online Performance
Online program, January 22, 7:30pm
This YouTube premier will make this the Shanghai Quartet’s twenty-eighth appearance at the National Museum of Asian Art. Join us as the Shanghai Quartet performs Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 59, No. 2, and Béla Bartók’s Quartet No.1, Op. 7.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
Lunar New Year Festival
January 29, 10am-4pm (CST)
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Explore treasures from the Asian art collection and free exhibitions. Experience a variety of activities, dances, and music marking the Lunar New Year. For the full list of programs, click here.

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio
ReCollections: Art Conversations to Stimulate the Mind–Year of the Rabbit
Online program, January 21, 10am (CST)
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2023 is the year of the rabbit! Learn about the quick-witted rabbit in Asian traditions this month with ReCollections. eCollections represents a partnership between the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, UT Health San Antonio, to bring art museum experiences to people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, as well as their families and caregivers. Sessions include facilitated conversations inspired by works of art in the Museum’s collection to encourage close-looking, reminiscence, and storytelling. Read more, click here.

Tibet House US, New York
Elizabeth Pyjov: What Are The Rhythms And Lessons Of 2023? Understanding
The Year Of The Water Rabbit

Online program, January 26, 5:30pm (EST)
2022 was about gentleness and living with heart. 2023 is going to be very different. It’s about experiencing chaos and trust. According to the Tibetan Astrological Calendar, 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit. The Water Rabbit is intuitive. The Water Rabbit is all about quiet confidence and strength that’s completely its own and may not look like strength to others from the outside. The Water Rabbit is about being connected to yourself. Read more, click here.

Bonhams New York Presents the Cohen & Cohen Collection of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain

January 17, 2023

An Important and Large Famille Rose Standing Figure of a European Lady, Qianlong period, ca. 1740,
H. 16 in. (42 cm.), Lot 146, Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain,
Bonhams New York

Live auction, January 24
Viewing Schedule:
Wednesday, January 18 through Monday, January 23, 10am-5pm daily

Comprising over 150 lots, this sale will primarily feature magnificent eighteenth-century Chinese porcelains, including exceptional examples of famille rose jar garnitures, large 'Chinese-taste' enameled standing figures, rare 'European-subject' plates and figures, and massive Kangxi-period famille verte and blue and white dishes. The single-owner auction is carefully timed to complement 'Americana Week' and the famed Winter Show at the Armory, both prestigious events which traditionally attract the world's leading collectors of Chinese Export art.

Established in 1973, Cohen & Cohen is widely respected as handling the finest, rarest, and most beautiful 'Chinese Export' porcelains, fascinating wares created in China expressly to be sold to Westerners. They have sold outstanding examples to the world's greatest museums and collectors in addition to publishing highly informative, market-leading academic exhibition catalogues.

It's an honor to bring notable collections like Cohen & Cohen to auction and play a role in their long legacy," commented Michael Hughes, Vice President, Head of Department, Chinese Ceramics & Works Art for Bonhams U.S. "We've had tremendous success with recent dealer collections around the world including Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset in Paris, Roger Keverne in London, and Brian Harkins, in Hong Kong, and look forward to presenting this important collection of Chinese export porcelain in New York to the Bonhams global network."

Lectures by Colin Sheaf and William Sargent
Live program, Sunday, January 22, 11am
In celebration of the sale of Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain, join this series of lectures about the exquisite collection.
Chinese Art for Western Interiors
Video Presentation by Colin Sheaf
“…animals, grotesques, idols, the busts ordered by Europeans, and such-like things…”: Sculptural Ceramics from Cohen & Cohen
Presented by William Sargent

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Asian Art from an American Collection Now Available
at iGavel

January 16, 2023

Chinese Blue Silk Kesi 12 Symbol Semi-Formal Robe, Qing Dynasty, W. 82 in., L. 53 1/2 in., Lot 6432797, Estimate: $7,000-10,000

Property of An American Collector Part I,
iGavel Auctions

Online auction, available now through January 26

Presented by Lark Mason Associates, iGavel now offers an online auction of an American Collection, Part 1. Included is a diverse array of Chinese and Japanese garments and textiles, including fine robes, kimono, and obi. Also available is a selection of fine Asian and Central Asian rugs.

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Interesting Programs to Attend at NMAA

January 15, 2023

This week the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution offers several engaging in-person programs in the coming days.

Curator-Led Tour of A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur
In person event, January 17, 2023, 11am–12pm and
January 20, 2023, 11am–12pm
Meet curator Debra Diamond in the galleries for a tour of A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur. 

Repair and Treatment on Paper
In person event, January 19, 2023, 1–2 pm
Tears and losses are among the most common damages book and paper conservators encounter. The museum’s paper conservator Rhea DeStefano will show the different kinds of papers, tools, and adhesives used in repair treatments.

Gallery Talk: Synchronicity Across Art + Time
In person event, January 20, 2023, 12:30–1:30pm
Interesting connections continue to be discovered across art, culture, and time. Join National Museum of Asian Art curator Kit Brooks and curators Renato Miracco and Susan Behrends Frank from The Phillips Collection for an in-gallery conversation about a surprising link between the painting Pigeons at Sensoji by Watanabe Seitei and the exhibition An Italian Impressionist in Paris: Giuseppe De Nittis at the Phillips Collection. Learn about Seitei’s influence on De Nittis’s art techniques and trace the overlapping timelines between the two artists that helped uncover this uncanny connection.
This event takes place at The Phillips Collection at 1600 21st Street NW in Washington, DC.

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JASA Presents a Lecture on Lacquer

January 14, 2023

The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia, Japanese Art Society of America
Online program, January 18, 5pm EST

Join JASA on Wednesday, January 18, 5pm EST, for the Zoom webinar on The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia, with Einor Cervone, PhD, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum. Dr. Cervone will reexamine narratives of lacquer development in the East Asian region, as explored in the exhibition that opens December 18 at LACMA. Note: Advance registration is required: January 18 event.

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Seongmin Ahn | Enchanted Reality Now on View at
The Korea Society

January 14, 2023

Seongmin Ahn | Enchanted Reality, The Korea Society
January 19-April 14, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2023 5-7pm EST
Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6pm EST

In her solo exhibition at The Korea Society, Seongmin Ahn presents a series of paintings and wall installations that fuses her insight in the relativity of perception with a deep regard for traditional Korean art, especially minhwa–folk painting. In her work, Ahn begins with traditional forms and themes, which she then extends into multi-disciplinary and multi-media practices by adopting science, technology, and multiple cognitive models.

For Ahn, whose work reads as equally playful and earnest, bringing light to a dark room at the touch of a finger is a wondrously apt metaphor for the role of art in our lives.
—Richard Vine, a senior editor at Art in America/p>

Asia Week New York and The Winter Show Present A Special Panel Discussion

January 13, 2023

Partners in Life and Art: The Spectacular Collections of the Havemeyer Family
January 28, 3:30-5:00pm
In person event, Park Avenue Armory

Asia Week New York has partnered once again with The Winter Show to present an engaging and informative discussion panel. Thomas Denenberg, the John Wilmerding Director, Shelburne Museum; Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Dessa Goddard, Vice President, Bonhams, will explore how America's pioneering art patrons at the turn of the 19th century built one of the most impressive collections in modern history. This extraordinary and trendsetting collection has enriched several of America's leading cultural institutions.

The Winter Show is the première art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring many of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Fair was established in the mid-1950s as a benefit for East Side House Settlement and, by the end of that decade, had firmly established itself as the leading event of its kind in the United States. East Side House is a community-based organization serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan; its programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity. All ticket sales proceeds from the Show provide unrestricted funds for East Side House’s life-changing programs.

This year’s The Winter Show will take place January 20-29 in the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Among the many outstanding exhibitors are Asia Week New York members Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Joan B Mirviss LTD, and Thomsen Gallery.

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