What's Happening in Asian Art...
July 24, 2021
Manish Pushkale, River, Acrylic on canvas, 2021, 122 x 297 cms, courtesy of Akar Prakar
Manish Pushkale (b. 1973 in Bhopal, India) lives and works in New Delhi. As an artist, Pushkale has made significant contributions to contemporary art practices through his unique approach. He has developed a language of abstraction that carries an imprint of his own, rooted in the Indian aesthetics.
His works have been widely exhibited in India and Internationally over the last 25 years. He represented the country at the Festival of India in France (2016), with an exhibition at Musée de Guéthary, with Akar Prakar and ICCR. He has also exhibited his work along with his guru S.H. Raza on multiple occasions, including the Venice Biennale (2010). He is the recipient of many awards and residencies, such as a fellowship at the Nantes Institute of Advanced Study (2014), and Grand Award, Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal (2018). He is a trustee of The Raza Foundation and has written books and columns on art.
To view Akar Prakar's current show of his work, click here.
July 24, 2021
Mizusashi (Fresh Water Jar) with Handle, Ko-sometsuke ware, Jingdezhen kilns, Jiangxi province, China, Ming dynasty, 17th century, Porcelain decorated with underglaze cobalt blue, D 20.3 x H 26.4 cm, Courtesy of Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts
First produced by the Egyptians over 6,000 years ago, blue pigment has been a prized component in some of the greatest works of art in world culture and Asia ranks high among them. A distinguished panel of specialists and curators in Asian art will present perspectives on the development and impact of cobalt blue, indigo and dayflower in their specific fields of Chinese and Japanese art.
Says Dessa Goddard, Chairman of Asia Week New York and discussion moderator: “Asia Week New York is delighted to host this lively presentation with some of the world’s top authorities on the history, composition, use and aesthetic appeal of the color blue in Asian art.”
To reserve a spot, for Thursday July 29, at 5:00 p.m. (EST) click here
Monika Bincsik is Diane and Arthur Abbey Associate Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She has organized several exhibitions for the museum, notably Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and The Met (2015), Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection (2017), and Kyoto: Capital of Artistic Imagination (2019). She has published numerous articles on Japanese decorative arts and collecting history and was co-author and co-curator of The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated (2019).
Steven Chait is the President of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. in New York City. The gallery, founded by their namesake and Steven’s grandfather, Ralph M. Chait in 1910, is the oldest specialist 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.
Joe V. Earle was Vice-President and Director of Japan Society Gallery in New York from 2007 to 2012 and has held leadership positions in Asian art departments at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Now based in London, he works as Senior Consultant for Bonhams in the U.S. and UK and advises collectors and dealers on three continents. He has also resumed his former career as an author of Japanese art catalogues, with ten titles published over the last six years.
Denise Patry Leidy who received a doctorate from Columbia, is currently the department head, and Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, at the Yale University Art Gallery. She has also served as a curator in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Asia Society, as well as in The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she was the Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art (emerita). Leidy, who is an active lecturer, has also curated numerous exhibitions including Ceremonial Dress of Southwest China, Japan’s Global Baroque, Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection, Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom, The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer, and Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Fifteenth Century China. Her publications include How to Read Chinese Ceramics, The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning, Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mandala: The Sacred Architecture of Enlightenment, and the forthcoming Celadon on the Seas.
Veronica Miller has been a specialist in 18th-20th c. Japanese prints since she began training with Herbert Egenolf in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1992, following a brief career in marine biology. She has been the owner of Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints (member of the IFPDA and Ukiyo-e Dealers Association of Japan) since 2002. Museum clients have included the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Portland Art Museum, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, to name a few. A specialist in the art of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), she has been the main source of René and Carolyn Balcer’s near-complete collection of Hasui, which now resides at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She lives with her husband, David Mota, in California.
July 22, 2021
The award-winning luxury hotel group, Songtsam Hotels Resorts Tours in the Tibet and Yunnan Provinces of China announced the opening, this August (2021), of a Youth Wildlife Photography Training Camp in Southeastern Tibet. Songtsam and its partners will continue the 17-year-old Chinese Wildlife Photography Training Camp of Wild China, and combine the professionalism of Qixing Camp Education for youth nature education with photography to create a brand new, Youth Wildlife Photography Training Camp. In this training camp, young people will have the opportunity to follow the master photographers/nature teachers and learn about the wild animals and plants living in this area of Tibet where glaciers and forests are intertwined, and snow-capped mountains and meadows echo. This photography training camp will enable these young photographers to locate and photograph rare and beautiful species such as the brown-tailed rainbow pheasant, red goral, and the Tibetan Cypripedium. This unique photography camp will encourage them to discover the beauty and vitality of the world around them, not just through a lens, but in real life.
Golden snub-nosed monkey
After 20 years of growth and expansion, Songtsam now plans to establish four Nature Centers which will also play a major role in the Youth Wildlife Photography Training Camp program. One will be located in Jingdong and the others in Shangri-La, Bome, and Namcha Barwa. Most of the staff at Songtsam Lodge Bome and Songtsam Lodge Namcha Bawa are already very knowledgeable about local habitat, nature, and environment since most are from the surrounding villages. With Songtsam’s exquisite cuisine, comfortable rooms and warm hospitality, camp participants will have an opportunity to relax and recharge while they discover more of nature’s wonders. Songtsam’s Nature Centers "from rainforest to snow mountain" will provide a rare opportunity to be surrounded by natural wonders and be used as a gateway for more people to observe and understand nature firsthand.
For more information about Songtsam visit www.songtsam.com/en/about
July 21, 2021
RARE CHINESE TURQUOISE GLAZED PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A YOUTH RIDING UPON A LEAPING CARP, Ca: early 19th century, Height: 7 inches (18 cm.), Courtesy of Ralph M. Chait Galleries.
The Show runs from August 6 - 9 with a Preview Party on the evening of August 5 at the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club, located at 61 Sparks Avenue.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries will be displaying a fine variety of antique Chinese porcelain, pottery, export silver, scholar's rocks, and works of art. They look forward to exhibiting in-person once again, and seeing many of you there!
Click here to view show website
July 16, 2021
Saitō Kiyoshi, 1907–1997, Shinadera Nagasaki, Designed in 1955, printed 1956, Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, 60 × 84 cm, John & Mable Museum of Art, Gift of Charles and Robyn Citrin, 2014, SN11412.83
Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
March 14-August 15, 2021
Saitō Kiyoshi’s (1907–1997) keen sense of design, superb technique, and engagement with a variety of appealing themes made him one of the best-known and most popular Japanese print artists of the twentieth century.
In the wake of the Second World War, Saitō emerged as a seminal figure of the modernist creative print movement, in which artists claimed complete authorship of their work by carving and printing their own designs. He flourished as the movement attracted patrons among members of the occupying forces and, later, Western travelers for business and pleasure. Honors at the 1951 São Paulo Biennial launched him and the creative print movement to prominence at home and abroad. When new diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Japan provided opportunities for Japanese artists to exhibit, teach, and live abroad, Saitō was among the first to do so, thus further broadening his audience.
Presenting recent donations of artworks by Saitō from Charles and Robyn Citrin to The Ringling and other collections, Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening is the first comprehensive exhibition of this artist's work in the United States. The exhibition focuses on prints Saitō created in the 1940s and 50s, arguably the most vibrant period of his career, and includes several rare, early designs.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 200-page illustrated catalogue edited by Rhiannon Paget and with essays by Paul Binnie, Noriko Kuwahara, Rhiannon Paget, and Judith A. Stubbs, and published by Scala.
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July 15, 2021
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797−1858), Kinkizan on Enoshima Island in Sagami Province (Sōshū Enoshima Kinkizan), Color woodblock print: aiban yoko-e uchiwa-e, 8⅞ x 11½ in. (22.5 x 29.2 cm), courtesy of Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art
Asia Week New York is excited to present our Summer 2021 Exhibition: Shades of Blue, which explores the many ways the color blue, especially in combination with white, transformed Asian Art. First produced by the Egyptians 6,000 years ago, the discovery of blue pigment, in the form of cobalt blue and indigo dyes, led to the creation of many now classic styles of decoration in Asian art. For example, blue and white porcelain became a major style of decoration from Safavid Persia to the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties of China and later throughout Asia, including Vietnam, Japan and Korea. Much admired throughout the world, it was also imitated in Europe.
In the early 19th century with the introduction of Prussian blue, a genre of Japanese prints, known as aizuri-e, exclusively used blue, while indigo dyes were extensively used in many Asian textiles, notably in the rustic textiles of rural Japan and the tribal textiles of Southeast Asia and China.
The online exhibition, which features one work of art from each of the 29 galleries and 6 auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel and Sotheby’s, goes live today at 4pm and runs until August 15.
Click here to view the exhibition
July 13, 2021
Qing dynasty, ca. 1700-1750, China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen, Porcelain with cobalt pigment under clear glaze, H x Diam: 6 × 35.7 cm (2 3/8 × 14 1/16 in), Gift of Harriett C. Mathews in honor of Adriana Johanna Chutter-Kasteleijn, Image courtesy of Freer Gallery of Art
The Freer Gallery of Art will reopen to the public on Friday, July 16. As we begin a gradual, phased reopening of the museum, we’re putting safety first with enhanced measures in place to ensure the well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff. Visitors must follow the safety requirements listed on this page. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will remain closed until November for exhibition construction.
Free. Timed-entry passes will not be required.
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
Friday–Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
July 12, 2021
Ajiki Hiro (b. 1948),Teabowl, 2010, Glazed stoneware with gold lacquer, 4 x 4 1/2 in.
Golden Renewal: Understanding Kintsugi Repair
Thursday, July 22nd at 5pm EDT
Alluring and intriguing, kintsugi has lately caught on in Western popular culture and has shown up in various conversations well beyond art. For centuries, this Japanese form of lacquer repair with gold has been used to restore functional ceramics. Meaning ‘gold joining,’ kintsugi is interconnected with the long history of tea culture and the craft tradition in Japan. More recently, kintsugi has found resonance with those who seek a deeper meaning in the golden veins running along the cracks of a once-broken plate or cup. Our diverse panelists will illuminate the many aspects of kintsugi that will allow us to better understand its origins, technique, and application for collectors and connoisseurs of Japanese art.
Mina Brenneman, collector of ceramics
Meghen M. Jones, Professor of art history at Alfred University
Bonnie Kemske, author of Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend
Gen Saratani, lacquer artist and kintsugi specialist
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July 12, 2021
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849) South Wind, Clear Dawn (Red Fuji) from the series Thirty-six Views of Fuji, ca. 1831-33, Color woodblock print, 10x15 inches, Image courtesy of Gibbes Museum of Art
April 30, 2021 - October 3, 2021
The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to one of the most significant collections of Japanese woodblock prints in the Southeast. This exhibition will present 60 exceptional and rare prints amassed by Charleston collector, Motte Alston Read, and his sister, Mary Read Hume Simms of New Orleans, during the first decades of the 20th century. The Read-Simms Collection reflects the full range of popular print subjects by master Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, from famous Kabuki theater actors portrayed by Suzuki Harunobu and Tōshūsai Sharaku in the 18th century, to vibrant landscapes by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai in the 19th century.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring entries by Japanese fine art specialist, Sebastian Izzard Ph.D., and an in-depth essay on the collectors.
This exhibition made possible by generous sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and Artizom.
For more information, click here
July 9, 2021
An Unusually Large Kraak Bowl, Late Ming dynasty, Late 16th-early 17th century, Diameter: 36.5 cm. (14 3/8 in.), Height: 17.0 cm. (6 3/4 in.), Courtesy of Kaikodo LLC
Asia Week New York is pleased to announce that Shades of Blue, a Summer 2021 online exhibition which includes one work of art from each of the two-dozen plus galleries and 6 auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel and Sotheby’s. The online show opens on July 15th and will run through August 15th.
“We are delighted to present our summer exhibition, Shades of Blue, which explores the many ways blue has transformed Asian art,” says Dessa Goddard, Chairman of Asia Week New York.
First produced by the Egyptians 6,000 years ago, the discovery of blue pigment, in the form of cobalt blue and indigo dyes, led to the creation of many now classic styles of decoration in Asian art. For example, blue and white porcelain became a major style of decoration from Safavid Persia to the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties of China and later throughout Asia, including Vietnam, Japan and Korea. Much admired throughout the world, it was also imitated in Europe.
In the early 19th century with the introduction of Prussian blue, a genre of Japanese prints, known as aizuri-e exclusively used blue, while indigo dyes were extensively used in many Asian textiles, notably in the rustic textiles of rural Japan and the tribal textiles of Southeast Asia and China.
As of press time, the following galleries are presenting works in Shades of Blue:
An Important Enamelled Pandan, Mughal, Akbar period, possibly from Multan in the Punjab, c.1570-1600, Gilt copper and champlevé enamel, 7 cm high ; 14.5 cm diameter (max), courtesy of Francesca Galloway
Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
The application of blue pigment, a compound of cobalt oxide, onto ceramics dates to 9th century Islamic Mesopotamia. However, its presence in Chinese ceramics was largely unknown until the arrival of the cobalt blue pigment in China from Persia in the early 14th century. This blue and white Faience plate at Art Passages painted in two shades of underglaze blue on a white background is in imitation of a Chinese Kraak ware that was so popular that the Persian potters were challenged to meet this growing demand for the Chinese blue and white ceramics by the rulers and the elites.
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd. offer a mid-17th century Safavid cobalt-backed blue and white pottery dish, from Persia. This type of bowl with its distinctive incised decoration and brilliant cobalt blue glaze on the reverse, dates to the reign of Shah Abbas II (1642-66), ruler of Iran, when the arts of the Safavid royal court were at their zenith and is possibly amongst the most sophisticated group of Persian ceramics of its time.
An important 16th/17th century Mughal paandaan will be available at Francesca Galloway. This eight-petalled and lobed box and cover is one of the earliest examples of Indian copper enameling to have survived. Displaying the imaginative skill of its artist, it is a beautiful and quite extraordinary early Mughal object.
The 18th century Nepalese opaque watercolors Illustrations from the Ramayana at Kapoor Galleries illustrate a portion of the Ramayana, as the three figures on the right side of the composition resemble the exiled triad at the center of the Indian epic: Krishna’s avatar Rama, his betrothed, Sita, and his brother Lakshmana. The seven sages depicted, however, may very well be the saptarishi or celestial brothers born from Brahma.
An exceptionally rare handspun Proto-Batik with an ancient Kawung pattern, is available at Thomas Murray. This is an important aesthetic and art historical fragment from an old Japanese collection of textiles.
Susan Ollemans presents an enormous 19th century silver, enamel and glass mirror ring from Lahore, Pakistan. When a couple married, it became customary for the bride to wear a mirror ring so that her future husband could glance at his betrothed’s face under her veil for the first time.
Featured at Akar Prakar, is Metaphors of my terrain, by Manish Pushkale, who articulates his fascination with geology, archaeology, and epigraphy in compelling, enigmatic creations. The melding of these varied ideas is evident in this captivating work. He employs the running stitch associated with the kantha tradition of embroidery as his generative motif, playing it out over surfaces animated by a palette of reds, ochres, and umbers. The painted stitch morphs into rivers, ravines, rising terraces as in a survey map. The colors are reminiscent of the textile and embroidery arts of the nomadic communities that traverse what had once been the Dakshinapatha, the great trade route connecting the northern cities of Varanasi and Vidisha with the capitals of the peninsula, Pratishthana, Madurai and Kanchipuram.
Runjeet Singh presents a remarkable 18th-19th century Turkish blue glass handled knife from the Ottoman empire which brilliantly exemplifies the artistry often applied to exceptional pieces of arms and armor.
Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. will feature a magnificent early to mid-18th century Chinese blue and white soft paste porcelain jar, decorated with the Sanduo (Three Sacred Fruit), and finely painted in deep underglaze blue.
Ai Weiwei’s ‘Blue and White Porcelain Plate (Crossing of the Sea), 2017 at Chambers Fine Art is from an important series of works in which the decorative motifs typical of classical Chinese porcelain have been replaced with imagery derived from Weiwei’s personal experience with the refugee crisis.
A wool pile rug on a cotton foundation from Ningxia in Western China dating to the first half of the 19th century is offered by Nicholas Grindley LLC.
Ink Studio features an ink drawing by Peng Kanglong, a literati-recluse artist who paints in the traditional landscape and flower genres. His major stylistic influences include the 17th century Monk artists Shitao and Kuncan, as well as the Modern landscape master Huang Binghong. Landscape and flower painting are two distinct genres with their own metaphoric languages, painting techniques, representative masters and developmental histories. Kanglong is perhaps the first ink artist to explore the artistic possibilities of integrating these formerly separate genres.
Mammoth, monumental, colossal, enormous are words that go only so far when describing this late-16th/early 17th century Ming dynasty bowl at Kaikodo LLC. Seeing it in real life is the only way to be dazzled by its tremendous size. The massive yet surprisingly light-weight bowl was perfectly potted and fired, painted in underglaze cobalt—a watery brilliant blue in the interior ranging to more subtle tones on the exterior, all beneath a bright, clear glaze, the composition arranged in panels enclosing botanical and geometric motifs combined with Buddhist emblems and the bottom interior roundel with riverine lotus and geese.
At Zetterquist Galleries, a small Ming Dynasty blue and white food bowl with a pendant and Ruyi–Middle Eastern scrolling–is of a type often made for export to Southeast Asia and Middle Eastern markets during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797−1858), Kinkizan on Enoshima Island in Sagami Province (Sōshū Enoshima Kinkizan), Color woodblock print: aiban yoko-e uchiwa-e, 8⅞ x 11½ in. (22.5 x 29.2 cm), courtesy of Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art
Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art
The Art of Japan showcases Hiroshige’s woodblock print, #109 Minami, Shinagawa, Samezu Coast (1857), an excellent example of the artist’s masterful use of the blue dyes/pigments from his most well-known series of prints from the 100 Views of Edo.
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. features a stoneware incense burner by Shimizu Uichi, the Living National Treasure. This historical lineage of celadon ware is referenced in this piece, where Shimizu’s transparent glaze takes on an icy, blue-white color. While this textured glaze, which showcases small cracks on a jade-like veneer, references rare Guan pottery, the three-footed silhouette of the object highlights a mountain-scape at its summit.
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints is presenting Evening Snow, Edo River (Blue Version), a first edition Japanese woodblock print by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957).
Hara Shobo is showing Mother and child looking at Goldfish candies (Kinkato) on a blue and white dish, from the series Fashionable striped fabrics made to order (Atsurae some tosei shima), a Japanese polychrome woodcut print by Utagawa Toyokuni III, circa.1844.
Kinkizan on Enoshima Island in Sagami Province (Sōshū Enoshima Kinkizan), by Utawaga Hiroshige at Sebastian Izzard LLC, emanates from an untitled series of fan prints depicting famous landscapes in and around Sagami Province.
Joan B Mirviss LTD, is showing a bold and inventive vessel by the Living National Treasure, Matsui Kōsei (1927-2003), who was the seminal figure in the revival of neriage (marbleized clay). This signature, blue and white gradated, brush-rubbed, marbleized globular stoneware vessel dates to the artist's middle period, circa 1982. While a priest at Gessō-ji Temple in Kasama, Japan, Matsui studied ancient Chinese ceramics to perfect his neriage technique but his original, abstract works with geometric surface patterns far surpassed these historic precedents.
At her eponymous gallery MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, presents Yojiro Imasaka’s, Blue Bayou 9, a hypnotic interpretation of this mysterious Louisiana landscape, creating an illusion of natural beauty in just two colors, their nuanced tonality reminiscent of solemn blue-and-white porcelain.
Sonsu, the blue and white Ohi ceremonial vessel at Onishi Gallery, by Ohi Toshio Chozaemon XI, exemplifies his personal perspective and understanding of his family’s 300-year-old heritage, and applies a contemporary twist to the signature amber color of Ohi ceramics. By incorporating the color of blue and white, Ohi is developing a new family tradition.
In this impression of Niagara Falls, available at Scholten Japanese Art, Hiroshi Yoshida contrasts layers of light and dark blue swirls of water in the foreground against the soft pink mist drifting upwards towards tufts of pale cotton candy pink and lavender clouds. In 1924, he was involved with a traveling exhibition of paintings and prints in America which was organized to support those artists who were struggling in the aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo on September 1st in the previous year. Upon his return to Japan in January of 1925, Yoshida established his own printing studio and began production of woodblock prints, starting with a series based on compositions from the United States.
TAI Modern is showing Breaking Composition #14, kiln-foaming cast glass, by Kojiro Yoshiaki, whose works are created by the complex interaction of glass, tiny bubbles, heat, and gravity. The artist concludes that this transformation echoes the life cycle in the natural world where objects are always changing, and his goal is to create forms that express the natural properties of glass.
A beautiful 18th century fan painting with flowers, mounted as a hanging scroll, is available at Thomsen Gallery. With rich mineral colors, ink and gofun on gold paper, it depicts a group of colorful blossoms in bloom. Flowering in the late spring and early summer, the Clematis became a symbol of the summer and a perfect image to place on a fan, so that its owner could start fanning him or herself at the first arrival of hot days.
An 18th century Korean blue and white porcelain Dragon jar, with an underglaze cobalt-blue design from the Yi Dynasty is the selection at Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art.
Bohnchang Koo (B. 1953), OSK 39, 2005, Archival pigment print, 19.6 x 15.7in. (50 x 40cm.), courtesy of HK Art & Antiques LLC
Ancient and Contemporary Korean Art
OSK 39, an archival pigment print, by Bohnchang Koo is presented by HK Art & Antiques LLC.