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In Search of Asian Art, Day 2

March 13, 2021

All galleries and auction houses are open by appointment, and one should be made ahead of your visit.

In midtown, On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints at Scholten Japanese Art at 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D explores how artists of this transformative period either depicted foreign elements or returned to traditional themes.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Benkei in the play Kanjincho (Ichikawa Danjuro, Kanjincho no Benkei), courtesy of Scholten Japanese Art

 

At Bonhams at 580 Madison Avenue at 57th Street, an auction dedicated to Chinese Works of Art and Paintings, one to Fine Japanese and Korean Art and a third to Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art are presented along with an online sale. .

Brass Figure of Vajravarahi, from the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Northeastern India, Pala Period, circa 11th century, Himalayan Art Resources item no.16914, courtesy of Bonhams

 

Japan Society Gallery at 333 East 47th Street near 1st Avenue had reopened.  The exhibition, When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. To celebrate the reopening, admission is free in the month of March, courtesy of TAKENAKA CORPORATION.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

Art and Infinite Space - Zoom artist talk

March 13, 2021

Art and Infinite Space - Zoom Artist Talk
Manika Nagare in conversation with Tsuchikane, Ph.D.
Mar 17, 2021 04:00 PM EST

Manika Nagare will talk with Dr. Yasuko Tsuchikane, an adjunct assistant professor of modern Japanese art history at The Cooper-Union. The talk will revolve around abstraction, color, public art, and gender in Japanese art.

To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMucemhpjIoHdWxFr63UBl5HaWxbSakKCh5

IN BETWEEN #1, 2019, oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 16 1/8 in (60.6 x 41 cm)

CREATION CONTINUA: Park Joon Photo Portraits of Korean Artist Diaspora in Greater New York
Mar 17- Apr 30, 2021
Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center New York
Virtual Opening Reception: Wednesday, Mar 17, 6 PM EST

To Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-6lAr9oZZ5lB8iGTG-E6YsWrI05bI-TYE0Mj5ApEHzg/viewform?edit_requested=true&gxids=7628

In Search of Asian Art, Day 1

March 12, 2021

Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Phoenix-Tail Vase, Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722, courtesy of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Galleries you can visit: Asia Week New York 2021

13 New York based galleries and 6 auction houses that are part of Asia Week New York are open by appointment this week.  Here are some suggestions of where to go, day by day. Appointments should be made ahead of your visit.

Starting in midtown, the Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art at Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. at 16 East 52nd Street, 10th Floor concentrates on Chinese art.

Qi Baishi (1864-1957)  Chicks, Ink on paper, courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Most of what is on display nearby at Heritage Auctions at 445 Park Ave near 57th Street, in their Fine and Decorative Asian Art auction is also Chinese.

An exceptional white and russet jade brushpot, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, courtesy of Sotheby's

A bit further away at Sotheby's at 1332 York Avenue at 72nd Street three auctions of Chinese art are on view.  The two-dimensional works in their Modern and Contemporary South Asian art sale are a change of pace.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

Today is the day! Asia Week New York 2021 goes live at 4pm EST

March 11, 2021

A Rare Gilt Copper and Blue Champlevé Enamel Pandan, Deccan, Aurangabad area, possibly Burhanpur, late 17th century, Gilt copper and blue champlevé enamel, Height 7.5 cm; Diameter 13.5 cm, courtesy of Francesca Galloway

We are excited to present our 12th annual celebration of Asian art in New York. This year the spotlight is on our newly designed Online Viewing Room open from today until March 20. Our 29 participating member galleries and 6 auction houses feature almost 400 works dating from the Neolithic period to the present day.  You can take a virtual visual journey and see a wide array of tantalizing treasures from Japan to China, India, the Himalayas, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines and even to Iran.

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959), Large Karatsu madara glazed vase, Glazed stoneware, ca. 1955, 17 1/4 x 15 5/8 in, courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD

If you are in New York, 13 galleries and the auction house viewings will be open by appointment and welcome you to visit.  Stay tuned for daily suggestions of where to go to see a few of the over 3,000 works of art on offer in association with Asia Week 2021.

Xiang Peiyu (1722-1790 or later), “Landscapes” 1790, Album of six leaves, ink on paper 37.8 x 55.5 cm (14 7/8 x 21 7/8 in.), courtesy of Kaikodo LLC

Please join us later today, at 5pm, to Zoom in together for a sampling of the highlights from our online exhibition and of Asian art currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Our panelists include: Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art, Olivia Hamilton, Specialist, Head of Department, in the Chinese Works of Art department at Christie’s New York, Katherine Martin, Chairperson, Asia Week New York and Managing Director, Scholten Japanese Art, and Eric Zetterquist, principal, Zetterquist Galleries, New York.

To reserve, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oA86NxqZSB273qYA5C2gxw

The Forbidden City at 600:  Women in the Imperial Palace

March 10, 2021

Much is known about the lives of the emperors who lived behind the vermilion walls of the Forbidden City. But what of the women? In the third program of a series commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City, Jan Stuart, top China curator at the Smithsonian, and Di Yajing, architecture expert from the Palace Museum, will share objects and spaces used by the women of the imperial court. Following that, Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, will join them in a wide-ranging conversation about life within the walls of the Forbidden City. Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, will open the program with thoughts on conservation of the Forbidden City for the next 600 years.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-vbNElB8SoS4r8VU5YYnKg

Revelations: Jayashree Chakravarty in dialogue with Roobina Karode

March 10, 2021

Director and Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar museum of art, New Delhi.
In collaboration with Akar Prakar and Asia Week New York, 2021.
17 March 2021 6:30 PM in India,
(Check EST as clocks change on March 14)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/97967215863
Webinar ID: 979 6721 5863

Auction of Asian Works of Art at Doyle

March 9, 2021

A Rare Chinese Longquan Celadon Drum Form Box and Cover, Song-Yuan Dynasty

Auction of Asian Works of Art at Doyle
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10am

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction, part of Asia Week New York, will take place on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10am. Doyle is presenting a curated sale of over 300 lots featuring the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Showcased will be bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, porcelains, pottery, scholar’s objects and paintings from prominent collections and estates.

A Rare Chinese Longquan Celadon Drum-Form Box and Cover
Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty
Well-potted with rounded, relief-decorated sides with leafy floral scrolling and mask handles above row of pinwheel bosses at base; the cover with row of bosses at side and molded to top with lotus blossom; decorated with thick and pale blue-celadon glaze; the mouth and foot rim burnt orange red with some slight exposure of grey-white stoneware body. Height 4 1/4 inches. Lot 224.
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
Provenance:
The Estate of a Connecticut Private Collector

A Fine Chinese Enameled Porcelain Lantern VaseQianlong Seal Mark in Underglaze Blue and of the PeriodThe rounded, cylindrical vase with molded bat-form handles at shoulder and well decorated in famille rose enamels with lotus scrolls, chimes and red bats. Height 10 3/4 inches.  Lot 263.Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Provenance:
Acquired from a Private American Collection

A Fine Pair of Chinese Huanghuali High-Back Armchairs 18th Century
Apart from the subtle grace and symmetry of these rare huanghuali chairs, their originality is what should appeal to buyers of classical Chinese furniture. Both chairs display gentle signs of age and use, from the wear to the foot rails to the rounded edges of the arms. The buyer of Lot 87 will also be inheriting a legacy of care that has kept these fine chairs in show condition for over two centuries.
Estimate: $15,000-$20,000

EXHIBITION
Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14, Noon-5pm
And by appointment on other days and evenings
Safety protocols will be in place.

Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) Annual Meeting Lecture on Zoom

March 9, 2021

Sunday March 14 at 5:00 EDT
All lectures are Zoom webinars and require advance registration.

Monumental Satsuma Vase featuring Gods of the Sea in a procession with Kiyomizudera bell; Earthenware with wooden stand; Brodey Collection, Chapel Hill, NC

 

Making Meiji Modern
Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, VP for Global Artistic Programs and Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York, will moderate a conversation with the JASA 50th Anniversary Exhibition's Co-Curators, Dr. Bradley Bailey, Ting Tsung and Wei Fung Chao Curator of Asian Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Professor Chelsea Foxwell, University of Chicago.

Click here to register for the Zoom event: March 14 Zoom Webinar

14th ANNUAL ASIA WEEK Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia

March 8, 2021

at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
March 12 @ 4.30 p.m. ET

John Guy presents 

Luxury Goods: Ivory and Temple Décor in 18th Century Sri Lanka

Zoom Lecture. Click here to register.

 

Tradition Redefined: Rosanjin and His Rivals at Joan B Mirviss LTD

March 6, 2021

An online discussion on Zoom with Japanese art experts
to open Asia Week New York 2021
Wednesday March 10 at 5pm EST

Kitaōji Rosanjin (1883-1959) has long been hailed as one of the greatest ceramists of the twentieth century. While he forged a remarkable career, it was not without first crossing paths, and even colliding, with many of his contemporaries who were themselves renowned ceramic masters: Arakawa Toyozō, Fujiwara Kei, Kaneshige Tōyō, Katō Tokurō, Kawakita Handeishi, and Koyama Fujio.

Our panel of experts will re-examine the legend of Rosanjin as TRADITION REDEFINED places his oeuvre in dialogue with works by these other mid-century titans. They will discuss how some were indispensable to the advancement of Rosanjin’s outsized reputation, and how most remain relatively unknown in the West today.

PANELISTS:

LOUISE CORT, curator emerita of ceramics, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

JOAN CUMMINS, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York

MEGHEN JONES, Associate Professor of Art History, School or Art and Design, Alfred University

KURODA KUSAOMI of Shibuya Kurodatoen Co., LTD, the foremost modern ceramics gallery in Japan

Discussion moderated by JOAN MIRVISS

Contact Director@mirviss.com to RSVP. Space is limited. 

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