For the fourth post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on paintings from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, with a 1.3-mile itinerary that takes you to seven galleries, from the Upper East Side to midtown. This itinerary starts a few feet away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, so you could pair it with a tour of the Met's Asian art exhibitions. Total walking time should be under 30 minutes, but the time you spend in each gallery, of course, is up to you.
Start at Alexis Renard's exhibition in the lower level of Tambaran Gallery at 5 East 82nd Street.
Type of work on view: Indian and Islamic Art
(Note: You can also catch Runjeet Singh's exhibition of arms and armor at this location, and Carole Davenport is exhibiting in Suite 2 of the building.)
A few feet away, you'll find Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd. exhibiting at 9 East 82nd Street.
Exhibition on view: Indian Court Painting
(Note: An exhibition of Korean contemporary paintings and decorative traditional arts is also on view in this building, courtesy of participating dealer Kang Collection Korean Art.)
Head back down Madison Avenue. At 73rd Street, make a right to reach Navin Kumar Gallery at number 24.
Exhibition on view: Himalayan and Indian Art
Now for the main stretch of this itinerary—go back to Madison Avenue and walk 16 blocks down to the historic Fuller Building at the corner of 57th Street, where you'll be rewarded with an exhibition of 20th century art at DAG Modern, on the 7th Floor.
Exhibition on view: The Art of Bengal
For the third post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on sculpture from India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, with a 0.9-mile itinerary down Madison Avenue. Total walking time should be under 20 minutes, and you'll get to explore no less than eight exhibitions along the way.
Start at Walter Arader's exhibition at 1016 Madison Avenue.
Exhibition on view: New Acquisitions
Focus: Himalayan Art
(Note: Three other participating dealers are also exhibiting here, if you're feeling ambitious.)
Walk south on Madison Avenue and make a right on 75th Street. At number 7, you'll find Nayef Homsi Ancient Art of Asia.
Exhibition on view: Recent Acquisitions
Focus: Stone Sculptures from India and Gandhara
One block down Madison Avenue, at the northeastern corner of 72nd Street, you'll find Buddhist Art exhibiting at Arader Galleries.
Exhibition on view: Serene Deities
(Note: Participating dealer Samina Inc. is also exhibiting at this location.)
Continue walking south on Madison Avenue for four blocks. Make a left on 68th Street to reach Galerie Christophe Hioco exhibiting at Leslie Feely Fine Art, number 33.
Exhibition on view: New Acquisitions in Indian Art and Himalayan Art
Focus: Gilt Bronze Sculptures
In the same space, you'll also find Carlo Cristi. In addition to sculptures, he is exhibiting a group of early Tibetan manuscript illuminations from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Exhibition on view: Art of India, Tibet, Central Asian Textiles
Go back to Madison Avenue, walk one block south, and make a left on 67th Street to reach Kapoor Galleries Inc. at number 34.
Exhibition on view: Recent Acquisitions
Walk one block down Madison Avenue and make a left on 66th Street. Phoenix Ancient Art is exhibiting at number 47.
Exhibition on view: The Diffusion of Buddha in Antiquity
Focus: Gandharan Sculpture
For the second post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on Japanese prints and works of art, with a 1.5-mile, 6-gallery itinerary that begins on the Upper East Side and takes you through Central Park to reach the last exhibition, in midtown. Total walking time should be about 30 minutes (though strolling through the park may take a while longer).
Start at Giuseppe Piva's exhibition at Adam Williams & Moretti Gallery, 24 East 80th Street.
Exhibition on view: Japanese Art and Antiques
Walk south on Madison Avenue to Arader Galleries, number 1016, where Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art is exhibiting (as well as several other participating dealers).
Exhibition on view: Selections of Japanese Art
Continue walking south on Madison Avenue and make a right on 73rd Street. At Gallery Schlesinger, 24 East 73rd Street, you'll find BachmannEckenstein | JapaneseArt.
Exhibition on view: Japanese Art | Pre-modern and Beyond
Now for the main stretch of this itinerary—walk to 5th Avenue and enter Central Park at 72nd Street. Follow the map below to make your way down to the exit at 6th Avenue and 59th Street. Go down one block on 6th Avenue and make a right on 58th Street. At 145 West 58th Street, you'll find Scholten Japanese Art. (If you are worried about getting lost in the park, simply walk down 5th Avenue and make a right on 58th Street.)
Exhibition on view: Yoshitoshi
Focus: Woodblock Prints
A custom Google map of the itinerary, which you can share with others, is below:
For Asia Week New York 2017, we're creating walking itineraries with various areas of focus to help you navigate the 50 gallery exhibitions on view. For this first post in our 2017 Gallery Hop series, we're focusing on contemporary Japanese art, with a 1.5-mile itinerary that takes you to six galleries, from midtown to the Upper East Side. Total walking time should be about 30 minutes, but the time you spend in each gallery, of course, is entirely up to you!
Walk towards 5th Avenue and walk north. Turn right on 64th Street, to reach Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. at 18 East 64th Street.
Exhibition on view: The West in the East
Walk north on Madison. At 67th Street, make a left and walk up to Erik Thomsen Gallery at 23 East 67th Street.
Exhibition on view: Post-War Japanese Calligraphy
Go back to Madison Avenue and continue walking north for ten blocks. Turn right on 77th Street, to Dalva Brothers at number 53, where Onishi Gallery is exhibiting.
Exhibition on view: Japanese Art and Modern Living
Type: Ceramics and Decorative Objects
Juan Montoya, one of the most acclaimed and prolific interior designers in the world today, was born and spent his early years in Colombia. After studying architecture in Bogotá, he moved to New York where he graduated from Parsons School of Design. Following two years of work and study in Paris and Milan, he returned to New York, where he founded the design business he has presided over since. His firm specializes in residential and contract interior design, with projects located throughout the United States and Internationally. He is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, the Star of Design Award, and the Legends Award from Pratt Institute.
Juan Montoya is not wedded to a particular style or period. Through the careful placement of objects that often reflect his interest in a variety of cultures, Montoya enhances the qualities of a room or of an entire apartment or house. His firm, Juan Montoya Design, is based in New York City.
Park Avenue Apartment, NYC. Photo by Billy Cunningham.
"Since the beginning of time Asian art has taken an important role in interiors and architecture," comments Montoya. "Therefore, incorporating Asian art is almost like a necessity for me. I find Han Dynasty clay pieces especially beautiful, and also like to incorporate 17th and 18th century Japanese screens as works of art in modern and contemporary interiors."
As part of its Conservation Lab column, The Creators Project blog recently ran an article on the restoration of an ancient Japanese scroll at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The beginning of the article reads as follows:
"If you visit the Museum of Fine Arts Boston these days, you can witness conservation in action on an enormous Japanese hanging scroll, which is currently being remounted in the Asian paintings gallery. Hanabusa Itchō’s masterpiece The Death of the Historical Buddha was painted in 1713 and entered the MFA Boston’s collection in 1911. Though it was last on view in 1990, the scroll hadn’t been treated since 1850. “Usually these scrolls are remounted every 100 years or so, which is why the project was a priority,” Jacki Elgar, Head of Asian Conservation at the museum, tells The Creators Project.
As time goes on, scroll mounts can begin to fail or damage the painting, she explains—this is the most common reason for treatment. A painting might also become a candidate for remounting if the mount is inappropriate (for example, a 16th century painting that is mounted in a 20th century style), or if it was put inside a frame by a Western collector, in which case it can be returned to its original, hanging scroll format.
At 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide, Death of Buddha is the largest scroll in the MFA Boston’s collection, and conservators knew the project would take some extra sets of hands. Lucky for them, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery is currently closed for renovations, so two of its East Asian painting conservators were able to travel north and join the effort. The MFA Boston began working on the logistics of the project three years ago, and hands-on work in the lab finally began in the spring of this year. In August, the scroll was moved to the Asian paintings gallery so the public could watch the process."
We asked some of our participants for their favorite Asian art-related books—both fiction and non-fiction. For Part III of our reading list, we are focusing on Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art. We hope you'll find inspiration in these pages. These are all available on Amazon, but do support your local bookstore if you can!
Leiko Coyle of Christie's deems both of these volumes "must-haves for Himalayan art."
"This splendid collection, while not representing all the major styles of sculpture that flourished on the Indian subcontinent from 700-1900, is certainly one of the most comprehensive among American and European museums," reads the synopsis.
This is another of Coyle's must-haves. It "illustrates, explains and celebrates 241 examples of Tibetan sacred art of the 9th to 12th centuries," according to the synopsis. "The authors discuss the religious meaning and use of tangkas, Buddhist iconography and the aesthetics of tangka paintings, sculpture and mandalas."
"It is the BIBLE when it comes to Himalayan metalwork," comments Suneet Kapoor of Kapoor Galleries Inc. "Although more valuable for the pictures, it is indispensable when researching the subject matter. No serious Himalayan art enthusiast/scholar is without this book in their library!"
Kapoor also recommends this two-volume set, calling it "a perfect primer for those who seek to gain an understanding into the various religions of India & South Asia." The synopsis promises "a unique product of scholarship and photography, which presents a view of Indian Art that is believed to be the most comprehensive ever undertaken."
"The book is engaging to novice readers, yet the illustrations will serve as reference for seasoned collectors, scholars and curators," says Kapoor. "From a personal standpoint, this is a special volume, as both authors were frequent visitors to my father’s gallery during the 1960’s, when he had a gallery in South Extension Market, New Delhi."
We asked some of our participants for their favorite Asian art-related books—both fiction and non-fiction. For Part II of our reading list, we are focusing on Japanese art. We hope you'll find inspiration in these pages. These are all available on Amazon, but do support your local bookstore if you can!
Jeffrey Olson, director of the Japanese department at Bonhams, recommends this title, which "tells the story of the tightly knit group of nineteenth-century travelers—connoisseurs, collectors, and scientists—who dedicated themselves to exploring and preserving Old Japan," according to the synopsis.
"I have always loved and treasured this insightful and elegant small book-essay," shares Joan Mirviss. "Written in 1933, it brilliantly captures the essence of the particular aesthetic sensibilities of the Japanese."
"This novel is about the talented artist, Katsushika Oi (ca. 1800 – ca. 1866), who lived under the shadow of her father, the great 19th century Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)," says Katherine Martin, the director of Scholten Japanese Art.
She also recommends two novels by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Naomi and The Makioka Sisters, adding: "These both capture the dynamic time before World War II in Japan, and some of the art I handle seem to be portraits of the female characters brought to life in these novels."
We asked some of our participants for their favorite Asian art-related books—both fiction and non-fiction. For Part I of our reading list, we are focusing on China and Chinese art. We hope you'll find inspiration in these pages. These are all available on Amazon, but do support your local bookstore if you can!
The staff at J. J. Lally & Co. say this is "the best book for the general reader looking for a good overview of the basics of Chinese art and culture, and an excellent resource for scholars. The essays are well-written and accompanied by beautiful color illustrations. Even though the book was published over 20 years ago, the scholarly research still stands today and provides a reliable outline of the history of Chinese art."
Recommended by Carol Conover, director of Kaikodo LLC, this novel centers on Lia Frank, an American appraiser of Chinese porcelain. "When she is sent to Beijing to authenticate a collection of rare pieces, Lia will find herself changing in surprising ways…coming alive in the shadow of an astounding mystery," reads the synopsis.
Michael Hughes recommends this history book, which provides an "insightful analysis of the principal changes that Mongolian concepts of community, rule, and religion underwent from 1500 to 1900 while offering new insights into Qing and Buddhist history," reads the synopsis.
The staff at J. J. Lally & Co. recommend this title, describing it as "a catalogue of an excellent exhibition of ancient Chinese, Central Asian and Middle Eastern art and artifacts all found in China. The beautifully illustrated book shows many famous sculptures, including rarities not well published anywhere else. In the wide-ranging catalogue essays by Annette Juliano, Judith Lerner and five other scholars, the story of the mercantile and cultural interaction across great distances over the now famous ‘Silk Road’ is presented in a work of high scholarship. Fascinating to read."
The exhibition The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens explores the genre of Korean still-life painting known as chaekgeori 冊巨里 (loosely translated as books and things). Chaekgeori [Check-oh-ree, 책거리) was one of the most prolific art forms of Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), and it continues to be used today. It often depicts books and other material commodities as symbolic embodiments of knowledge, power, and social reform.
For the first time in United States, more than twenty screen paintings dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of the Joseon dynasty are on view at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University in New York from September 29 to December 23, 2016.
Chaekgeori, the Scholar’s Accoutrements. Late nineteenth-century Korea. Ink and color on paper, Ten-panel screen, 78" (H) x 152" (W). Private Collection.
Curated by a group of Korean art experts that includes Byungmo Chung (professor, Gyeongju University), Sunglim Kim (professor, Dartmouth College), Jinyoung Jin(Director of Cultural Programs, Charles B. Wang Center), Sooa Im McCormick (Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Cleveland Museum of Art), and Kris Imants Ercums (Curator of Global Contemporary and Asian Art, Spencer Museum of Art), this collection showcases marvelous and rare examples of chaekgeori screens alongside the works of a diverse body of contemporary artists who continue this genre into the twenty-first century. Seven contemporary artists featured in the exhibition are Stephanie S. Lee, Seongmin Ahn, Kyoungtack Hong, Patrick Hughes, Sungpa, Young-Shik Kim, and Airan Kang.
Initially intended as a means to maintain and promote the disciplined Confucian lifestyle of Joseon Korea against an influx of ideas and technology from abroad, King Jeongjo (1752–1800, r. 1776–1800) encouraged court painters to emphasize books as the main subjects of royal screen paintings and to embrace the power of books and the ideas contained within them. He even went so far as to replace the screen behind his throne with a new chaekgeori screen—an extraordinarily dramatic break from tradition at that time. Realizing that books were vehicles of change in his society, King Jeongjo worked hard to popularize the idea of books as symbols able to transcend the tangible originals among Korea’s artisans and other elites. Yet in process, the value of physical books actually increased, and books were highly sought-after. This desire for books and other commodities in Korea set in motion a significant social and cultural shift toward materialism that continues into the twenty-first century. One can say that chaekgeori paintings not only have the ability to teach and inspire, but they also possess the power to shape the values of a society.
After its run at the Charles B. Wang Center, the exhibition will travel to the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas (April 8–June 12, 2017), and then to the Cleveland Museum of Art (August 5–November 5, 2017). An exhibition catalogue will be available soon.
Chaekgeori, the Scholar’s Accoutrements. Late nineteenth-century Korea. Ink and color on paper. Six-panel screen, 59" (H) x 114" (W). Private Collection.
Stephanie S. Lee. Cabinet of Desire II, 2016. Natural mineral pigment, colored and gold pigment, ink on Korean mulberry paper. 48" (H) x 50" (W) x 2”(D). Courtesy of the Artist.