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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

PANELISTS:

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.

MODERATOR:
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
, DAG

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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Asia Society: Spirituality in Southeast Asian Art

January 19, 2022

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Gates, Central Park, New York, 2005

Spirituality in Southeast Asian Art with Tyler Rollins, Asia Society Hong Kong
Online program, 10-11am, Friday, January 21, 2022 (HKT)/9-10pm, Thursday, January 20, 2022 (EST)

A virtual conversation between Tyler Rollins and S. Alice Mong uncovering the hidden nuances of spirituality in Southeast Asian Art across the region and over Tyler’s twenty-year career from Asia to the Americas. With the launch of his Foundation for Spirituality and the Arts (FSA) and a career in contemporary art, commercial galleries, and global collections, Tyler has switched the focus to supporting emerging artists and communities that delve into spirituality. As he navigates the lines between cross-cultural communication, new art expressions and the role that museums and institutions play in the eco-system. Tune in to our fireside chat to find out what is defining the eco-system and how it’s changed.

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Fu Qiumeng Opens C.C. Wang Calligraphy Exhibition

January 18, 2022

C.C. Wang, Green Abstract, 1996, Chinese brush with ink and color on rice paper, mounted hanging scroll

Rhythms of New York: The Calligraphy of C.C. Wang, Fu Qiumeng
January 18-March 5, 2022, viewing by appointment

In celebration of the coming 2022 Lunar New Year, Fu Qiumeng is pleased to open New York Rhythms: C. C. Wang's Calligraphy , the first retrospective to focus on the artist's final two decades of calligraphy practice in New York City. The exhibit's 16 pieces, culled from the collections of a small group of Wang's friends and students, represent three significant stages of work. They chart the artist's journey from traditional calligraphy, through an experimental phase, and culminate in an abstract calligraphic period.

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Dai Ichi Arts Opens Modern Masters

January 18, 2022

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.
January 13-31, 2022

Dai Ichi Arts opens their new exhibition that will feature a weekly selection 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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Joan B Mirviss LTD Opens "Transcendent Kyoto"

January 17, 2022

Transcendent Kyoto features the work of several important and innovative Kyoto potters

Transcendent Kyoto, Joan B Mirviss LTD
Winter 2022, online exhibition

As the capital city of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto was more than just its longstanding center of politics and power. Venerated as the heart of Japan’s rich cultural heritage, Kyoto claims as its own many of today’s top artists who found a natural home where living tradition endures, and where creating with one’s hands using exceptional skill has been continuously nurtured and highly valued for centuries. These artists’ creative lifeblood stems from the city itself, where aesthetics and beliefs intersect and ancient and modern coincide. Reflective of a unique environment in which artists of different backgrounds and interests are constantly intermingling and working side by side, the artworks from Kyoto are unmatched in their imagination, creativity, and technical excellence. This winter, Joan B Mirviss LTD celebrates the artistry of this eternal city of the East in Transcendent Kyoto.

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Opening today Falcons: The Art of the Hunt

January 15, 2022

A Mounted Man Hunting Birds with a Falcon, Mughal dynasty, early 18th century, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, 8 3/4x13 1/4 in.

Falcons: The Art of the Hunt
National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

January 15-July 17, 2022, Washington D.C.

Swift, fierce, and loyal, falcons have been celebrated for millennia. In ancient Egypt, they were closely associated with Horus, the god of the heavens. By the early eighth century in Syria, falcons were being trained to become skillful hunters at the royal courts. The art of falconry soon spread across the rest of the Islamic world, to the Byzantine empire in the west, and to the east as far as China. It is still practiced in many societies today, especially in the Arab world. A selection of paintings and objects from ancient Egypt to China offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of falcons.

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