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At Auction In March – The Collection of J.J. Lally & Co.

December 2, 2022

L-R: A Very Rare Guan Bottle Vase, Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Estimate: US$800,000-1,000,000, Christie’s and A Rare Chased Silver “Literary Gathering” Pictorial Tray, Song dynasty 12th-13th century, Estimate: US$30,000-50,000, Bonhams

The upcoming Asia Week New York March 2023 will include noteworthy auctions of the collection of one of the world’s premier art galleries, J.J. Lally & Co. Throughout his fifty years in the field, James Lally has been highly regarded for his accomplished connoisseurship, discerning taste, and thoughtful presentation of the best examples of Chinese art. Highlights from the sales in both houses are now touring in Asia.

One of Asia Week New York’s founding members, James J. Lally has been an active participant in the Chinese art market for more than 50 years. He was a director of Chinese works of art at Sotheby’s in New York and Hong Kong from 1970, and in 1983 he was named president of Sotheby’s in North America. In 1986 he founded J.J. Lally & Co. and mounted an inaugural exhibition which was sold out in the first week.

Bonhams New York
During March Asia Week, Bonhams will present fine Chinese works of art, including ancient Chinese jades, silver, bronzes, and ceramics, ranging in date from the Neolithic to the Qing dynasty, from J.J. Lally & Co.

Among the special items in the sale are A Rare Chased Silver “Literati Gathering” Pictorial Tray, Song dynasty (12th-13th century); A Jade Figure of a Recumbent Beast (Bixie), Six Dynasties Period (220-589); and An Archaistic Jade Hu-form Vase and Cover, Song dynasty.

Christie’s New York
During March Asia Week, Christie’s will conduct a live auction that will encompass Chinese ceramics and works of art from the Shang through the Qing dynasties, complemented by an online sale of the gallery’s world-class library.

Highlights of the live auction include a very rare Guan bottle vase formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe; a very rare ‘peacock feather’-glazed mallet vase, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735); and a remarkable imperial fahua ‘dragon’ jar (guan), Chenghua-Hongzhi period, late 15th century.

Clay as Soft Power: The Rise of Shigaraki Ware in
Postwar America

December 1, 2022

Clay as Soft Power: The Rise of Shigaraki Ware in Postwar America,
Japanese Art Society of America

Online webinar, December 5, 5pm EST

Join JASA and Natsu Oyobe, Ph.D., curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Illustrated through historic jars, works by American artists inspired by Shigaraki ware, and recent works by contemporary Japanese artists, this talk will uncover the stories of Shigaraki ware and its impact in America from the postwar era into the 21st century. Note: Advance registration is required: December 5 event.

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The National Museum of Asian Art Hosts Feathered Ink: Japanese Art

November 30, 2022

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–

Feathered Ink: Japanese Art, National Museum of Asian Art,
Smithsonian Institution

In person talk, December 3, 2pm

Join assistant curator Kit Brooks for a discussion of the exhibition Feathered Ink, which explores how Japanese artists over centuries have depicted birds in hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, ceramics, and printed books. Plus, learn about a surprising connection between the painting Pigeons at Sensoji by Watanabe Seitei and the exhibition An Italian Impressionist in Paris at the Phillips Collection. No registration required.

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Songtsam Lodges: Tibetan Architectural Marvels

November 29, 2022

From Shangri-La to Namcha Barwa to Lhasa, each Songtsam lodge combines modern and traditional Tibetan architectural designs and blends in with nature. Employing specialist architects and builders and responding to Tibetan renowned monuments, Songtsam provides a unique opportunity for guests to learn the evolution of Tibetan architecture, from ancient times to the 21st century. Moreover, each property promotes traditional architectural designs while protecting the environment and locals' heritage.

Songtsam Shangri-la Lodge was built with locally-sourced materials, including earth, wood, and stone. These materials blend with the local landscape while preserving the warm characteristics of Tibetan architecture. Songtsam Lodge is made using centuries-old Tibetan architectural features, such as load-bearing columns with shorter wooden beams reinforced at the bottom intersection of two beams. The walls widen at the bottom to lower the center of gravity and enhance the building’s stability.

The use of bold and delicate colors like white, black, yellow, and red is one of the main characteristics of traditional Tibetan architecture. Each color and color arrangement has a specific religious and cultural meaning. White for good luck, black wards off evil spirits, yellow for divinity, and red protects the law. Songtsam adheres to these color arrangements and meaning in exterior and interior décor. During your stay at Songtsam Shangri-la Lodge, you’ll notice the elaborate use of contrasting colors everywhere.

Songtsam Lhasa Linka is an architectural marvel with the soul of Potala Palace, as it features the architectural elements of Potala Palace to promote the essence of Tibetan architecture and culture. Songtsam Lhasa Linka combines palace fortress-style, monastery, and noble house architecture with a garden. The building’s exterior design is similar to the Minshulin Monastery in Shannan. This lodge has a wall that blends the features of traditional Tibetan architecture, including block stone masonry. This unique stone-stacking process preserves the stones’ original shapes, as they are used without cutting, resizing, or smoothening them.

In Dalin village, Songtsam Namcha Barwa Lodge combines three Tibetan-style buildings. Traditionally, Yunnan stonemasons carve coarse stones to build the backbone of the house. Then, carpenters polish solid wood beams and install them to support exterior structures and bring the building to life. Songtsam Namcha Barwa Lodge was built using this method, ensuring continuity of this traditional Tibetan architectural style. The lintels and windows feature beautiful Tibetan decorations and carvings that express traditional artistry in detail.

Songtsam Namcha Barwa Lodge is made of natural stone and wood, allowing the building to blend with the environment. All the stones used for construction were dug at the site where Namcha Barwa Lodge stands today. After extracting the rocks, the holes were filled with soil and small rocks from around the site. This construction process costs more than quarrying the stones along the Yarlung Tsangpo River close to the lodge. But it is eco-friendly and fulfills Songtsam's commitment to the region's sustainable development.

Art, Ritual and Religion: The Bridge Between the Living and the Dead at China Institute

November 28, 2022

Age of Empire and the Afterlife: Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BCE-220CE)
China Institute
Online workshop, November 30, 7-9pm

Amid power consolidation, an empire was emerging, as well as philosophical thoughts and religious belief that built the foundation for the concept of this world and for afterlife in Chinese culture. How profound was this process and its lasting influence in the history of China and the world?

This presentation is one in a series of programs for educators, Art, Ritual and Religion: Art Vessels to Buddha Images: The Bridge Between the Living and the Dead, that is also available to the public. Featured speaker is experienced scholar Professor Annette Juliano.

The final program, Opening of the Lotus: Emergence of Buddhism (25-420 CE) will be held online on December 14 at 7-9pm.

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Joan B Mirviss LTD Presents Hayashi Kaku |

November 27, 2022

Hayashi Kaku, Zero-Reincarnation, 2020, glazed stoneware, 17 3/4 x 27 1/8 x 9 in.

Hayashi Kaku | ETERNAL CURRENTS, Joan B Mirviss LTD
November 29, 2022–January 13, 2023
Exhibition preview: Tuesday, November 29 from 4:30pm EST

Eternal Currents marks the first solo exhibition outside Japan for highly respected and influential ceramic artist Hayashi Kaku. After decades of exploring clay’s malleability, Hayashi has created confidently formed sculptures covered in strongly contrasting glazes that express the elemental force of Nature. Her latest dynamic series, created exclusively for this exhibition, draw inspiration from the majestic and spiritually significant Kegon waterfall in Nikko that has been celebrated by Japanese artists since antiquity. Located near her home and studio in Tochigi Prefecture, the waterfall and surrounding landscape have long been a source of inspiration for her artistic practice. More recently, she has imbued these works with a renewed vigor despite the isolation and uncertainty of the past few years. Through expressive clay sculptures, Hayashi Kaku explores both the variable and immovable forces ever-present in Nature in her powerful international debut at Joan B Mirviss LTD.

Upcoming Zoom Talk:
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 5pm ET
Eternal Currents: The Tidal Impact of Japanese Women Clay Artists and Charting a Course for the Future
ZOOM Gallery Talk hosted by Joan B Mirviss LTD
The massive surge in innovation and international stature of Japan’s contemporary ceramic arts can be traced to the rapid incorporation of women into the field in just the past few decades. Once they were finally allowed to get their hands in clay, women artists have provided a burst of creative energy that has pushed the medium into unexpected directions. To discuss the sea change in Japan’s venerated centuries-old, male-dominated ceramic tradition, gallery artist Hayashi Kaku will be joined by Professor Todate Kazuko, a highly respected scholar of Japanese ceramics, and curator Russell Kelty, who recently organized a Japanese sculptural ceramics exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia and authored the accompanying handsome publication. Each panelist will examine, from their unique perspective, the unstoppable tide of creative talent from Japanese women clay artists, and at the same time reflect upon the accompanying challenges for them in charting a course through unknown waters.

RUSSELL KELTY, Curator, Asian Art at Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), Adelaide, Australia
TODATE KAZUKO, Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo and respected scholar of ceramics
MINA LEVIN, Japanese clay art collector and museum patron based in North Carolina
Moderated by JOAN MIRVISS

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Asia Week New York Members Head to Miami

November 25, 2022

Between November 29 and December 4, three AWNY members will participate in two art fairs in Miami. If you will be in town, be sure to visit their booths and see the great Japanese art they’ll have on view.

This 18th edition of Design Miami is curated by Maria Cristina Didero and explores the theme of The Golden Age: Looking to the Future, celebrating a tomorrow of our own creation.

Ippodo Gallery
Extreme Surfaces: Cutting Age Kogei
Ippodo Gallery presents an extensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese kogei (art and craft) that includes works by twenty-one artists.

Thomsen Gallery
On display will be fine bamboo baskets, complemented by Japanese modern bronze vessels, contemporary porcelain vessels, and gold-lacquer boxes.

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An international art fair, Art Miami, is the city’s longest running contemporary and modern art fair.

TAI Modern
The gallery will offer a wide array of Japanese contemporary bamboo art by many of the best practitioners.

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Happy Thanksgiving to One and All

November 24, 2022

Attributed to Sultan Muhammad (active first half 16th century), The Feast of Sada, Folio 22v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp (detail), ca. 1525, opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper, Gift of Arthur A. Houghton Jr., 1970, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

As friends and family gather for a holiday feast, we at Asia Week New York pause to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Kapoor Galleries Hosts a Private Tour of Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue at Poster House

November 23, 2022

Kapoor Galleries invites you to a private viewing and tour of the show,
Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 6-8pm EST
Note the location: Poster House
119 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011

Rogue’s Gallery, published by Air-India in 1977, was a catalog showcasing the airline’s most iconic travel posters produced from 1946 to 1972. The star of these posters was Air-India’s beloved mascot, the Maharaja, alias “the Rogue.” Conceived in 1946 by Bobby Kooka and illustrated by Umesh Rao, the Maharaja was initially designed for an inflight memo pad. Characterized by his oversized mustache, striped turban, corpulent belly, and aquiline nose, the mascot would go on to become the face of the airline and propel the company to the forefront of advertising genius in the mid-20th century.

The exhibition Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue throws light upon how Air-India’s mascot to this day is most fondly remembered throughout the world for his role in India’s golden age of advertising.

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CHINA/5000 Years at Sotheby's New York

November 23, 2022

CHINA/5000 Years, Sotheby's
Online auction November 18-December 1, 2022

This diverse sale includes Chinese works of art from diplomat and collector Frederick William Hinke (1900-1960), who served for several years in China; early ceramics of a West Coast collector; Qing porcelain formerly in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a selection of Scholar's Objects, among other treasures.

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