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Experience the Sunrise at Songtsam Lodge Meili (Sponsor Post)

May 13, 2020

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2020 Presenting Sponsor. Learn more about another one of their stunning properties below!

Every year Tibetans and travellers from all over the world make their journey to worship Mt. 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 an unspoilt village away from the main tourist area overlooking the majestic snow mountains. A highlight is waking up and experiencing the morning sunrise. First golden sunlight shines over Mt. 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.

Destinations & Activities
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 metres 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 metres, the main peak, Kawagebo, is the first of the six most sacred mountains and over ten thousand pilgrims make the 240 kilometre trek circumnavigating the mountain each year.

The scenic drive from Shangri-La to Meili winds through lush temperature and alpine forests, crossing the Baima Mountain Pass at 3,292 metres. 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 Lodge Rumei, a Remote Oasis (Sponsor Post)

April 13, 2020

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2020 Presenting Sponsor. Learn more about another one of their stunning lodges below!

When travelling the Songtsam Yunnan to Tibet route, Markham is the first stop and only way to enter Tibet from Yunnan. Nestled away in a valley, the lodge is located next to Zhuka Village in the north and vast farmland in the south. Guest rooms all face Lancang River, ensuring views of the natural stream outside and the green terraces nearby. The lodge embraces bright colours such as green, yellow, white, and peacock blue, mirroring the colours of the sky and surrounding snow-capped mountains, rivers, and fields.

Destinations & Activities
At an altitude of 2,600 metres, this remote oasis is situated at a point where the Songtsam Yunnan circuit, the Yunnan-Tiber route, and the western Sichuan road connect. This is the first resting place after passing Meili Snow Mountain on the banks of the Lancang River.

2020 Gallery Exhibitions: Who's Open When

March 10, 2020

While most gallery exhibitions are open for the entire run of Asia Week New York 2020, March 12-19, several will not be open every day. And a few will stay open past March 19! Use this handy graph to plan your visits. The graph is included in the printed copy of the Asia Week New York 2020 guide, but you can also download it here.

Preserving Tibetan Cultural Heritage at Songtsam Lodge Laigu (Sponsor Post)

March 10, 2020

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2020 Presenting Sponsor. Learn more about another one of their stunning retreats below!

The Laigu lodge is Songtsam’s highest property and is one of the most unique heritage hotels to be found in the world (it was the Winner for best Architectural Design by Heritage Architecture and received The Architecture MasterPrize 2019). With the prime consideration given to the preservation of natural and Tibetan cultural heritage, the building was designed with modular prefabrication and embedded under a high cliff hidden from sight. The project pays special attention to environmental sustainability in tectonic design and construction. Complete with twenty guest rooms, each one has a breathtaking view of Rawu Lake and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The lodge is equipped with state of art oxygen concentrator technology to achieve a 24-hour closed oxygen supply. The floor heating is imported from Denmark and the floor-to-ceiling triple-layered vacuum glass windows provide warmth and UV protection.

Destinations & Activities
At an elevation of 3,800 metres, Rawu Tso (Ranwu Lake) is the largest lake in eastern Tibet and to the west is one of the three largest glaciers in the world. Nearby there is an ancient village that inhabits a dozen families. This rural area is one of the word’s best-kept secrets and is nestled amongst glaciers, snow-capped mountains and lakes.

Opportunities and Perspectives in Collecting Asian Art: A Panel Discussion

February 21, 2020

Americans have a long tradition of collecting Asian art, and through their support have made our cultural institutions world leaders in the fields of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Himalayan art. With interest surging in these areas, it is most timely that Asia Week New York presented an important panel discussion entitled Opportunities and Perspectives in Collecting Asian Art at The Winter Show on Sunday, January 26th, 2020, at the Park Avenue Armory, in New York.

Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art, moderated the panel of five prominent experts, who explored the current market dynamics and provided insights into the remarkable opportunities for collecting Asian art. The participants were:
•    Dessa Goddard, Vice President, Head, U.S. Asian Art Group, Bonhams
•    Jeffrey Horvitz, collector and museum patron
•    James J. Lally, gallery owner, J.J. Lally & Co. and Chinese art specialist
•    Joan B. Mirviss, gallery owner and Japanese art specialist
•    Christina Yu Yu, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

WATCH BELOW!

Keeping Traditions Alive at Songtsam Linka Lijiang (Sponsor Post)

February 11, 2020

Songtsam is Asia Week New York's 2020 Presenting Sponsor. Learn more about another one of their stunning retreats below!

Instead of the touristic and commercialised old town of Lijiang, Songtsam's Linka Lijiang retreat is located at a nearby small Naxi-ethnic village named Ciman, where the traditional way of living still thrives. Surrounded by pinewoods and a pear garden, Songtsam Linka Lijiang offers spectacular views of the old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and Lashi Lake. The hotel’s design is grand in appearance and has an interior layout in the style of a Naxi courtyard that is decorated with exquisite Hui-style stone sculptures. The property also exhibits a unique combination of Naxi-Dongba, Chinese-Hantang, and Tibetan influenced art. 

Destinations & Activities
Lijiang is a prefecture-level city with an elevation of 2,400m in northwest Yunnan, China. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau converge. This unique geographic location significantly influences its major inhabitants, the Naxi people, on every aspect of their lives from local politics, customs, and beliefs, to art, architecture, and cuisine. The people of the area absorb the cultural characteristics of Han-Chinese and Tibetans, but at the same time are firmly rooted in their own Dongba origins and traditions. The old town of Lijiang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the last surviving ancient towns in China.

Finding Peace at Songtsam Linka Shangri-La
 (Sponsor Post)

January 30, 2020

We're back with another post featuring Songtsam, the Presenting Sponsor of Asia Week New York 2020. This month we travel to their property in Shangri-La...

Hidden in the city’s peaceful and green valleys between Tibetan villages and Himalayan barley fields, Songtsam's Linka Shangri-La retreat faces the back of Songzanlin Monastery which can be seen across the meadow and is located only a short distance away. Tibetan-style rooms, dining facilities, spa, and other modern amenities are housed in lovingly hand-built stone structures spread over 21 acres of hillside surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Destinations & Activities
Shangri-La is a county-level city at an elevation of 3,200 metres in northwest Yunnan province, China. It has been long viewed as a paradise on earth with its majestic landscapes, diverse cultures, and deep spirituality. Located in a wide valley, Shangri-La is surrounded by mountain ranges on all four sides. It is the capital of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and the gateway to the ancient Tibetan kingdom. The region is characterised by snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine forests and lakes, as well as traditional Tibetan villages with white-walled and richly decorated buildings. There are many beautiful hiking routes to explore the mountains, lakes, and idyllic villages and pastures.

Enlightenment at Songtsam Linka Lhasa (Sponsor Post)

December 20, 2019

Built on the edge of an old park, Songtsam Linka Lhasa offers spectacular views of the nearby Potala Palace located only 5 kilometers away. From the hotel’s slaked lime coloured walls to the indigo carved windows and fish-fin shaped facade, all of these architectural details pay great respect to traditional artisans, Tibetan culture, and ancient wisdom. The interior design is inspired and derived from the lifestyle of Lhasa natives; stylistically decorated with exquisite Thangka paintings and wall tapestries to revive an environment typical of noble families living centuries ago. The Songtsam retreat hosts 50 rooms, all of which exhibit a unique combination of modern and traditional Tibetan aesthetics that are elegantly decorated with wooden floors, wall tapestries, and handcrafted copperware. Each room is also fully equipped with oxygen concentrators to relieve AMS and ensure good rest. 

Destinations & Activities

Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is located at an altitude of 3,650 metres, making it one of the highest cities in the world. Due to its highland temperate and semi-arid monsoon climate, it is known as the 'Sunshine City' receiving nearly 3,000 hours of sunlight each year. The city’s name literally translates to the "Place of the Gods" and has been the cultural, economic, political, and religious centre of Tibet since ancient times. Home to the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the Drepung and Sera monasteries, it is the most representative "holy land" in the world because of its depth of history and strong cultural heritage. It is said that if you have not been to Lhasa, you will never know the history and essence of Tibetan culture. It is a city of mystical wonder and hidden beauty, attracting people from every corner of the world to visit, live, study, make a pilgrimage, and most of all, to be enlightened.
 

Asia Week New York 2020 Roster (In Progress)

September 18, 2019

Preparations are already underway for our 2020 edition, taking place March 12–19+. Here is a sampling of our 2020 dealers!

TAI MODERN

Abe Motoshi
Deep Mountains, 2000
madake bamboo, rattan
8.75 x 11.5 x 11.5 in.


NAVIN KUMAR GALLERY

Kālacakra
(Second painting on the right in the Secret Biography of the 7th Dalai Lama)
18th century,  66h × 44w cm
Opaque watercolor on cloth


SCHOLTEN JAPANESE ART

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Morning Party at the Temporary Lodgings of the Pleasure Quarters
ca. 1800
woodblock printed triptych 29 1/2 by 14 3/4 in., 74.8 by 37.5 cm


KAIKODO LLC

Anonymous Chinese 無款中國
(13th century)
“Three Sparrows on Blossoming Plum” 
梅花三雀圖
Fan painting, ink and color on silk
27.8 x 20.3 cm. (11 x 8 in.)
Collectors seals: Chenpu yin; Zhenzhai


JOAN B MIRVISS LTD

Suzuki Osamu (Kura) (b. 1934)
Large lobed shino-glazed vessel with undulating mouth rim and faceted exterior
ca. 1995
shino-glazed stoneware
11 x 11 1/4 in
Photo by Richard Goodbody. Image courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD


J. J. LALLY & CO.

A LARGE ‘MOON AND PRUNUS’ BRONZE MIRROR
Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279)
Diameter 7 1/16 inches (18 cm)


OLIVER FORGE AND BRENDAN LYNCH LTD.


An illustration from a costume album:
A youth in a hammam smoking a pipe
Ottoman Empire, probably Constantinople
First half of the eighteenth century


RALPH M. CHAIT GALLERIES, INC.


Very Rare Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Rouleau Vase,
Kangxi period, ca: late 17th century
Decorated with reserves of the famed Eight Scholars of the Wine Cup.
Height: 21 inches (53.5 cm)


GIUSEPPE PIVA JAPANESE ART


Sōmen
A full face russet iron samurai amour’s mask
Signed and dated: Haruta Fujiwara Nobushige, 1854


HIROSHI YANAGI ORIENTAL ART


Standing Amida, the Edo period, 68 cm (height, figure only)


KANG COLLECTION KOREAN ART


GO Hee-Dong 고희동 1886-1965
Autumn Landscape, 1956
ink and color on paper
16 1/8 x 26 in (41 x 66 cm)


THOMAS MURRAY


Mask depicting a hero, possibly Prince Panji
Cirebon Court, Java
Wood, pigment, gilt
19th to early 20th century
6.75 in / 17 cm

Gallery Exhibitions During September 2019 Asia Week—And Beyond

August 16, 2019

From September 6–14, it's September 2019 Asia Week in New York. Several of our regular dealer participants are open to the public, showcasing traditional and contemporary examples of Asian painting, sculpture, ceramics, and more. Think of it as a teaser for the March 2020 edition of Asia Week New York! Here's our guide to the exhibitions on view. Many shows remain open past September 14—please check each listing below for details.
 



Left: Compilation of Recollected Images, Kishi Eiko, 2017, Shigaraki stoneware with colored-chamotte inlays,  26 x 25 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. Photo by Nagata Yō. Image courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD.
Right: Waves, Ogata Kamio, 2019, marbleized stoneware, 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Inoue Kōji. Image courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD.

Joan B Mirviss LTD is holding two exhibitions from September 10 through October 25: "Composite Memories: The Clay Art of Kishi Eiko" and "Nami: Shikaku Geijutsu / Waves of Optical Illusion: Ogata Kamio". One of the foremost women artists working in the field of contemporary Japanese clay sculpture, Kishi Eiko (b. 1948) has achieved international success, consistently winning awards in the US, Japan, and Europe. Leaving function behind and perfecting her own signature technique, Kishi creates powerful poised, and architectonic sculptures. Meanwhile, The unique and optically stunning marbleized ceramics of Ogata Kamio
(b. 1949) have earned this Hokkaidō artist memberships in two craft societies in Japan and entry into numerous international exhibitions, despite his rural birthplace. The exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD will be this master ceramist’s first solo exhibition outside Japan. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 11am to 6pm, at 39 East 78th Street, 4th floor.



SHIMIZU Keiichi 清水圭一(1962- )
White Tamba Flower Vase “Gen” 白丹波花器 “玄”, 2019
H19.3” x W14.5” x D6.5”, 49 x 37 x 16.5cm
Stoneware

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. is presenting "Yakishime: Whispering Ash." Yakishime is an unglazed ceramic that has been fired in a wood or any other kind of kiln. Directly translating to fire-tight, yakishime 焼締 draws on the concept of Wabi-sabi and Japan’s history. These unglazed works feature dry, unadorned surfaces that perfectly embody wabi-sabi’s reverence for natural imperfection. Yakishime gave post-war Japanese artists new creative pathways while blending beautifully with traditions like the tea aesthetic. Yakishime: Whispering Ash presents works by TSUJIMURA Shiro 辻村史郎, KANESHIGE Kosuke 金重晃介, ISEZAKI Jun伊勢崎淳, TANI Q 谷穹, YOKOYAMA Naoki横山直樹, YAMAMOTO Izuru 山本出, TSUJIMURA Kai辻村塊, SHIMIZU Keichi 清水圭一, and KOHARA Yasuhiro小原康裕, among others.The exhibition is on view September 5–20 from 10am to 5pm, at 18 East 64th Street, #1F, with an opening on September 5th from 5 to 8:30pm.



Left: Detail, Kazan-in Tadanaga (1588-1662)
“Hawk in Winter Oak”
Hanging scroll, ink on paper
117 x 52 cm. (46 x 20 1/2 in.)

Right: Detail, Anonymous Chinese
(13th-14th c.)
"Eagle on a Winter Branch"
Old attribution to Li Di
Hanging scroll, ink & color on silk
153.3 x 82.5 cm. (60 3/8 x 32 1/2 in.)

In Kaikodo's exhibition "Sightings: Birds in Chinese & Japanese Art," the Chinese paintings date from the 13th to the 19th centuries, with more than half from the 13th to the 15th. Many of the subjects are presented in such natural habitats as ponds and forests or woodlands, as if the viewer were a birdwatcher happening upon a scene. Meanwhile, The Japanese paintings comprise a much more diverse group. Naturalistic images include Tadanaga’s “Hawk in Oak” and Morikage’s “Swallow on Lotus,” both of the 17th century, as well as the 19th-century works, “Hawk in Winter” by Chikuto and “Pheasants” by Baiitsu. These are countered by such 19th-century narrative or anecdotal paintings as “Cockfight” and “Archer with Falcon,” along with a convocation of disparate birds perched happily together on branches that sweep across a handscroll by Gessho. In addition, a selection of Chinese and Japanese ceramics and works of art will be on view. The exhibition will be on view in the gallery from September 6 to December 6, at 74 East 79th Street, #14B.



Ōtsuki Masako (b. 1943)
Silver Vase “Kō” (Sparkling Water), 2007
Silver metal carving with gold decoration
h. 11 7/8 x w. 13 x d. 8 1/4 in. (30 x 33 x 21 cm)

Onishi Gallery presents "Gold and Silver Waves: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork." As Japanese contemporary metalwork is a relatively new concept to American audiences (both museum institutions and individual collectors), Onishi Gallery feels especially compelled to share the beauty and unique techniques of this Japanese craft with the public. Of the ten metalwork artists featured, two have been designated “Living National Treasures” by the government of Japan for their rare traditional knowledge and high level of creative skill: NAKAGAWA Mamoru (Living National Treasure); ŌSUMI Yukie (Living National Treasure); ŌTSUKI Masako; OSHIYAMA Motoko; HAGINO Noriko; HATA Shunsai III; SAKO Ryuhei; HANNYA Tamotsu; HANNYA Taiju; and MIYATA Ryohei. The show is open September 5–28, Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm, at 521 West 26th Street. The opening reception on September 5 takes place from 6-8pm.



Oribe Mokuzuke-Chaire
Late Momoyama - Early Edo Period, early 17th c. Japan
10cm H. x 8.2cm W.

Zetterquist Galleries presents "Chinese, Japanese and Korean Ceramics," an exhibition featuring Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceramics, largely sourced from Japanese collections. One of the highlights of the exhibition is an early 17th century Oribe tea caddy, fashioned from a small food bowl (Mokuzuke). It is a rare example from the transitional period between Momoyama and early Edo periods. Other Japanese pieces in the exhibition include a Ko-Kutani type square plate, a rare 14th -15th century Tokoname Heishi (Meiping) jar and a Sueki bottle. A Korean Koryo celadon ewer from the 11th century is the highlight of the Korean selections. The Chinese ceramics date from the Tang through Song Dynasties, and include a beautiful Tang Dynasty tripod plate with impressed pattern and vivid "Sancai" glaze. The exhibition is open September 9–13; please note the new location at 3 East 66th Street, #2B.



Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912), preparatory drawing with print of Annual Events and Customs of the Eastern Capital: Sixth Month, 1890, drawing 15 1/4 by 9 1/2 in., 38.7 by 24 cm; woodblock print 14 1/2 by 9 3/4 in., 36.9 by 24.7 cm

Scholten Japanese Art presents "BRUSH – BLOCK - BAREN: Japanese Woodblock Printmaking," an exhibition exploring the process of Japanese-style woodblock production. Traditional Japanese woodblock prints are collectively referred to as ukiyo-e, which literally means pictures ('e') of the floating world ('ukiyo') and is derived from a Buddhist concept pertaining to the fleeting nature of life. However, during the Edo Period (1615—1868), the concept of ukiyo acquired a more nuanced meaning: the impermanence of our existence became a justification to indulge in the pleasures and entertainments that are available at this fleeting moment (for a price). As such, the realm of the floating world was that of the pleasure quarters, houses of assignation, teahouses, restaurants, leisure boats, and the theater districts. Images of these pleasures were affordable and widely available in the form of woodblock prints and illustrated books. This exhibition explores the many steps involved in the production of these images, from conception to the final print. The exhibition is open September 5–14 from 11am to 5pm (no appointment needed), at 145 West 58th Street, suite 6D. In addition, don't miss your chance to watch real woodblock printmaking in action by artist Paul Binnie on Friday, September 6 and Sunday, September 8, from 1–5pm.



Motohide Takami, FIRE.P, 2013

Seizan Gallery presents "Fires on Another Shore," a solo exhibition of Japanese painter Motohide Takami. In addition to marking the artist’s first and largest solo exhibition outside of Japan, the exhibition also celebrates the one-year anniversary of the gallery's New York presence, and the opening of its newly expanded gallery space at 521 W. 26th St. It will feature twelve recent works which delve into the artist's investigation into the limits of human interest and empathy referring to social events and historic disasters. Compelling and dreamy, the powerful imagery of Motohide Takami brings the viewer deeper into his landscapes: a house on a riverbank on fire, the portrait of the Japanese royal family juxtaposed with a Buddhist pagoda. Motohide Takami explores the limitations of the idea of the individual, of compassion and the human in today's society. The exhibition is open September 5 to November 2, with an opening reception on September 5 from 6-8pm.



Takashi Sasaki (act. 1930-46), Heron and Persian Silk Tree in Rain (detail), Pair of two-panel screens; ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk, Showa era (1926-89), 1936, Size each 73 1/2 x 70 in. (186.5 x 178 cm)

Thomsen Gallery presents "Animals in Japanese Art" in their new location at 9 East 63rd Street. The exhibition is open September 10 to November 1, with an opening reception on September 10 from 5-8pm.



Left: Su Kwak (B. 1949). Light Within 4, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 36 x 36 in. (91 x 91cm.)
Right: Geejo Lee (B. 1959). Moon jar, 2019. White Porcelain. 21 5/8in. (55cm.) high.

HK Art and Antiques LLC presents "Circles of Light: Su Kwak and Geejo Lee," exhibiting over eight paintings by Su Kwak and four white porcelains by Geejo Lee. Su Kwak is known for imbuing her paintings with a message of hope and healing. The painting surfaces are created with an inventive use of collage and paint to capture phenomena of light. For Geejo Lee, the second artist in this show, enquiries into the identity of Joseon Dynasty white porcelain have led to a remarkable practice which consciously applies modern aesthetic theory to objects fashioned of white porcelain clay. The exhibition is open September 6 to 16 from 11am to 5:30pm (by appointment on Saturday and Sunday) at 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B.



India, Fly TWA
David Klein (American, 1918-2005)
c. 1960’s
Linen backed lithograph
40 1/2 x 25 in. (102.9 x 63.5 cm.)

Kapoor Galleries presents "Images of the Exotic: Posters of India from the Golden Age of Travel." The exhibition will showcase an array of 20th century posters created to entice potential travelers with the mysteries of the Subcontinent, typically issued and distributed by commercial aviation companies to market their international destinations to the elite. Ranging from the 1930’s to 1970, these posters feature real world oases and monuments along with portrayals of “native” people, in the hope of accumulating interest for newly available travel routes. The images boast lush landscapes of Kashmir along with scenes of snowy northern regions like Kanchenjunga, contrasting the vast natural resources India contains with exciting urban events grounded in tradition; such as the car festival at Puri. While the majority of these prints were designed by unidentified artists, a number can be attributed to the American artist David Klein, the Danish artist Otto Nielsen, and the Swiss artist Donald Brun. The exhibition runs September 5–27, with an opening reception on September 5th from 6–8pm, at 34 East 67th Street, 3rd Floor.

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