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Gallery Exhibitions Ending Soon!

January 28, 2022

Hosokawa Shikō (b. 1941), Tea Caddy with Flowering Paulownia, 1980s, maki-e gold and silver lacquer on wood, 3 x 2 3/4 x 2 2/4 in.

Golden Treasures: Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes, Thomsen Gallery
Concludes on January 31, 2022

Thomsen Gallery at 9 E. 63rd St in New York draws to a close its current exhibition on January 31st. There is still time for visitors to see these elegant works of art. The masterworks in the exhibition are all examples of maki-e, which literally means "sprinkled pictures" and refers to the technique of sprinkling powders of gold and silver onto wet lacquer, a distinctly Japanese tradition that developed in the Heian Period (794 – 1185).

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Wakao Toshisada (b. 1933), Shino Water Jar, gray feldspar and white feldspar glazed stoneware,
H. 7 x Dia. 6.5 in., Lid: H. 1.3 x Dia. 4 in., with signed wood box

Modern Masters: Size and Scale in Modern Ceramics, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
Concludes on January 31, 2022

Be sure to see Dai Ichi Art's current exhibition of Japanese contemporary ceramics from diverse and accomplished artists. The exhibition brings focus to the precise ways that artists use size or scale to influence the overall affect of an object and ranges from Mingei masters (Kawai Kanjiro, 1890-1966; Funaki Kenji, b. 1927; Murata Gen, 1904-2012; Shimaoka Tatsuzo, 1919-2007), to Shino specialists (Wakao Toshisada, b. 1933; Tsuboshima Dohei, 1929-2013), to masters of Shigaraki and Raku techniques (Sugimoto Sadamitsu, b. 1935).

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Textiles of Indonesia: The Thomas Murray Collection

January 27, 2022

Textiles of Indonesia: The Thomas Murray Collection is now available.

Textiles of Indonesia : The Thomas Murray Collection, Thomas Murray, Asiatica Ethnographica
New publication now available

Textiles of Indonesia is a new book featuring textiles collected by Thomas Murray. This collection, assembled over four decades, is considered to be the finest in private hands. Thirteen leading scholars have contributed essays and original research to this project, which Murray describes as “My life’s work.” The book is printed in oversize format, with color photographs of some 350 of the finest and rarest textiles, shown in unprecedented depth and detail. The stunning photography and production values of Textiles of Indonesia sets a new standard in textile studies. Specially commissioned photography captures every color, thread, and bead.

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Bonhams' The World of Anime

January 27, 2022

Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki and Jiji, Studio Ghibli, 1989, art by Hayao Miyazaki, acrylic on celluloid,
with color reproduction background

The World of Anime, Bonhams New York
Online auction, now through February 2nd

Spanning Anime classics with the likes of Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon, Bonhams' first World of Anime online sale is now live and includes more than 150 rare Anime production cels and drawings. Relics of the pre-digital animation era, the production of Anime originally was done one frame at a time by hand-painting sheets of celluloid (production cels) and then layering them to create the effect of continuous motion. These production cels allow fans to own a tangible part of the most recognizable Anime in the world.

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Korea Society's Interlacement: A Group Exhibition

January 26, 2022

Excerpts from the art works by, from left to right, Sui Park, Woomin Kim, and Jayoung Yoon

Interlacement: A Group Exhibition, Korea Society
Last day Friday, January 28

In this group exhibition, three artists challenge and redefine the conventional idea of fiber and textile art by employing already-established techniques of weaving, embroidery, and assemblage with new materials and creating and inventing new forms. Featuring the work of Woomin Kim, Sui Park, and Jayoung Yoon.

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Christie's New York: The Collection of Pierre Durand

January 25, 2022

Liu Dan (b. 1953), Taihu Rock, 1998, scroll, mounted and framed, ink on paper, 15 x 16 1⁄8 in. (38 x 41 cm.), Lot 36, Estimate: $70,000-90,000

The Collection of Pierre Durand, Christie's New York
Thursday, January 27, 2022, Live auction
Viewing by appointment only

Christie’s presents The Collection of Pierre Durand, which features the fine and decorative arts of the late philanthropist and collector who co-founded The Chinese Porcelain Company. This traditional sale offers a glimpse into a life well lived with objects and art, and features the contents of the late Pierre Durand’s New York apartment, which artistically combined walls of gallery-hung Old Master Drawings with contemporary glass by Yoichi Ohira, and contrasted Chinese paintings by Liu Dan with fine French and English decorative arts. Other highlights include important Old Master Paintings, Chinese Works of Art and Chinese Export porcelain, as well as entertaining porcelain and silver.

Pierre Durand, along with his co-founder of the Chinese Porcelain Company, Khalil Rizk, were among the founders of Asia Week New York. The Chinese Porcelain Company was one of the 16 galleries, then dubbed the “Asian Art Dealers of the Upper East Side,” that collaborated to present an inaugural open house on March 14, 2009 that kicked off the annual celebration of Asian art in New York.

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J.P. Morgan: A Collector's Legacy Webinar

January 24, 2022

J.P. Morgan: A Collector’s Legacy
Wednesday, January 26 at 5pm EST, Online

John Pierpont Morgan was not only one of the most powerful figures in finance with his name atop one of the world’s leading banking and investment firms, but also a prodigious collector, whose legacy resides in the masterpieces from his extraordinary collection that are now highlights of important museum and private collections. The many facets of his passion for collecting, and the story behind his Asian, ancient, and Western art acquisitions will be explored by our notable panel of scholars and experts.

This online program will consist of brief, illustrated presentations by each panelist, followed by a question-and-answer session.

L-R: Court School of Charles the Bald, Lindau Gospels, The Morgan Library; Master of the Saint Sebastian Martyrdoms (active in Vienna in the 1650s), The Fall of Man, Wadsworth Atheneum; Fine and Rare Pair of Rouge de Fer and Famille Verte Porcelain Rouleau Vases, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, former collection of J.P. Morgan


Who Was Pierpont Morgan? A Brief Biographical Sketch
Jean Strouse
Eminent American biographer and author of Morgan, American Financier and Alice James, A Biography

Jean Strouse is the author of Morgan, American Financier, and Alice James, A Biography. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served as Director of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library from 2003 to 2017.

Building the Bookman's Paradise
Colin B. Bailey
Director, The Morgan Library & Museum

Colin B. Bailey is the Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, a position he has held since 2015. Among the many initiatives Dr. Bailey has spearheaded are the exterior restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, the establishment of the endowed position of Sherman Fairchild Head of the Thaw Conservation Center, and the inauguration of the Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships. A scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art, Dr. Bailey is a specialist in Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and has been responsible for many publications and exhibitions over the course of his career and continues to write and publish. Among the several institutions at which he has worked, Dr. Bailey has held the posts of Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Curator at the Frick Collection.

Objects of “Pleasure and Instruction:” J. Pierpont Morgan's Legacy in Hartford
Linda H. Roth
Director of Special Curatorial Projects and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum

Linda Horvitz Roth is Director of Special Curatorial Projects and the Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, where she has been a member of the curatorial department since 1980. Since that time she has organized several exhibitions, including J. Pierpont Morgan, Collector: European Decorative Arts from the Wadsworth Atheneum (1987) and Morgan: Mind of the Collector (2017). In 2000 she published French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum: the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, and is also the author of several articles on 18th- and 19th-century French porcelain.

The J.P. Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains
Steven Chait
President, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Steven Chait is the President of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. in New York City. The gallery, founded by Steven’s grandfather, Ralph M. Chait in 1910, is the oldest one dealing in fine antique Chinese porcelains and works of art in the United States. Over its remarkable long history, the gallery has worked with and sold to museums and private collectors throughout the world.

Charlotte Eyerman
Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

Charlotte Eyerman joined the firm in 2017, with prior leadership experience in museums, nonprofits, private sector, and academia. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she has a significant record of exhibitions, publications, and speaking engagements, nationally and internationally. In 2014, Dr. Eyerman was honored as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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Francesca Galloway's Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century

January 24, 2022

A Prince Receiving Water at a Well, Imperial Mughal, ascribed to Kalyan Das (also known as Chitarman), c. 1720–30, opaque pigments and gold on paper, 25.5 x 33 cm.

Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century, Francesca Galloway
January 26-March 24, 2022, Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–6pm
Opening reception: Wednesday, January 26, 6-8pm
Exhibiting at:
Luhring Augustine Tribeca
17 White Street
New York, NY

Court, Epic, Spirit will present a variety of artworks including textiles, paintings, and courtly objects. Grounding the works in their historical context, the selection will offer insights into artistic and cultural movements in India during this time.

The title of the exhibition refers to three key lenses through which to view the multi-faceted and extraordinarily inventive arts of India: court, epic, spirit. With these organizing principles as a guide, the exceptional and iconic works of art in the installation can be more fully considered and understood.

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Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing at Japan Society

January 21, 2022

Shikō Munakata, Mukō-machi: Crossing Point of Highways, from the Tōkaidō Series, 1964 (detail), photograph by Nicholas Knight and Eline Mul, Collection of Japan Society. © Shikō Munakata

Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing, Japan Society
Now on view through March 20, 2022

Now on view at Japan Society is their new presentation of nearly 100 path-breaking works by celebrated artist Shikō Munakata (1903-1975). The exhibition is drawn from Japan Society’s rare collection—the largest Munakata collection in the United States. Primarily known for his powerfully expressive woodblock prints, this exhibition reveals the breadth of Munakata’s oeuvre, which ranged from prints to calligraphy, sumi ink paintings, watercolors, lithography, and ceramics.

With his bold, spontaneous, and sketch-like lines, Munakata developed an innovative style that revolutionized the woodblock print. A highlight of the installation is his complete Tōkaidō Series (1964), a set of 61 newly rediscovered prints that depict scenes the artist witnessed while traveling along the vital coastal route between Tokyo and Kyoto, which Munakata extended to Osaka. This full set will be on view for the first time since 1965.

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Sotheby's New York: Americana, Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Chinese Export, and Prints

January 21, 2022

A Rare Pair of Chinese Famille-Rose Figures of Boys, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, H. 14 in. (35.6 cm), True Connoisseurship: The Collection of Ezra and Cecile Zilkha, lot 1762, Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Americana, Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Chinese Export, and Prints
Sotheby's New York

Online auction, active now through January 24, 2022

The Americana, Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Chinese Export and Prints online auction includes many notable works from important American private collections and institutions, such as Property from the Collection of Ambassador J. William Middendorf II; The Collection of John B. Schorsch; The Shelter Island Historical Society, sold to benefit the Museum Collections Program, and many more. Among the fine furniture, decorative arts, silver, and folk art is a wide array of Chinese export ceramics and paintings, as well as European-made ceramics influenced by Chinese prototypes.

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DAG: Palaces as Museums Webinar

January 19, 2022

Palaces as Museums: Collecting and Connoisseurship in the States of
Baroda and Mysore

Online program, 6pm, January 21, 2022 (IST)/7:30am, January 21, 2022 (EST)

Professor Janaki Nair and Dr. Priya Maholay-Jaradi reflect on collecting and connoisseurship in the states of Baroda and Mysore, followed by a discussion with Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta.

Modernising Princely Connoisseurship: The Chitrasala/Art Gallery at Mysore, Janaki Nair

Articulating a Modern Nation: Princely Baroda’s Archives, Objects, and Institutions (1875–1920), Priya Maholay-Jaradi

Part of a series of lectures and discussions on collections, museums, and the shaping of Indian art history curated by Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta.

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