What's Happening in Asian Art...

Zoom Gallery Talk hosted by Joan B Mirviss LTD

April 6, 2023

Installation shot, None Whatsoever, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Zenga: Filling in the Lines of Japanese Zen Painting
April 20, 2023 at 5pm EST (New York)

Mention the word 'Zen' nowadays and people will (think they) know what you mean – the concept of Zen has become familiar enough in the US that the term has entered our vernacular. This spring, several museum exhibitions across the country take a closer look at Zenga, or Japanese Zen painting, and tell a more complete story of Zen's background and meaning: of Zen Buddhism's precepts, its key figures, and their fascinating artworks. Panelists involved in those exhibitions will further discuss how Zen was introduced to the US and the pivotal role of art in why it gained such traction in the popular imagination. Additionally, we will hear from collectors whose love of Japanese Zen painting and calligraphy made such exhibitions possible and how their crucial support impacts museums for the future.

Bradley Bailey, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Paul Berry, independent scholar based in Kyoto
Alice and Kurt Gitter, Japanese art collectors and museum patrons
Patricia J. Graham, independent scholar and certified appraiser of Japanese art
Yukio Lippit, Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, MA
Morgan Pitelka, Bernard L. Herman Distinguished Professor and Chair of Dept. of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
moderated by Joan Mirviss

To register for this free event, please click here.

JASA Event at Asia Society New York

April 4, 2023

Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889), Even in Hell Money Counts (Jigoku no sata mo kane shidai), Bugs in the Food of the Hungry Ghost (Gaki no mono ni mushi), from the series One Hundred Pictures by Kyōsai (Kyōsai hyakuzu), Edo period (1615–1868), 1863–66 (Bunkyū 3–Keiō 2), Woodblock print (nishiki-e), ink and color on paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 11.37028

Friday, April 14 from 3- 4pm
Tour for JASA members of Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds exhibition at Asia Society New York

This tour of Comparative Hell: Arts of Asian Underworlds with Adriana Proser (Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore) will explore a carefully studied group of outstanding ritual objects, paintings and religious sculptures that are associated with the concept of Hell in South Asian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese art. This is the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States to explore portrayals of hell across the Asian religious traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Islam, examining how systems of belief and the underworlds within them are manifest in the rich artistic creations of Asia.

The deadline to sign up is April 5. Sign up in advance is required. Group size is limited to 25 people and guests are permitted. The fee is $20 per person. Click here to register. Please contact Cheryl Gall, membership coordinator, by email at jasa@japaneseartsoc.org or phone 978-600-8128 with any questions.

Lecture at The Korea Society

April 3, 2023

Tiger with Two Cubs and Two Magpies, Late Joseon Dynasty (18th or 19th Century), Mattielli Collection. Image courtesy of jstor.org

Lecture: Minhwa Korean Paintings of The People, by The People, and for The People
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 6:30 pm EDT

In this lecture, Professor Sunglim Kim explores Korean folk painting, minhwa, and examines its origin and development, the different genres within it, and their meanings and functions. She will also illustrate how minhwa paintings were consumed by Koreans in the past and the present.

Sunglim Kim is an associate professor of Korean art and culture at Dartmouth College. She specializes in the material and consumer culture of the late Joseon period and women artists in modern and contemporary Korea.

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To watch the webcast: click here

Strong sales and enthusiastic crowds at Asia Week New York

March 31, 2023

Large saucer dish with Qilin decoration, Shunzhi/ early Kangxi period, ca: mid-17th century, Courtesy: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Collectors and curators were back in full force this year, now that Covid is largely behind us.  Even those from China came in large numbers due to the recent relaxation in travel restrictions, which resulted in the strongest sales during Asia Week New York since pre-pandemic years.  Curators from over three dozen museums from all over the U.S. and abroad made the rounds of the galleries and were active buyers. 

Among the Chinese porcelain pieces from Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. acquired by collectors was a large circa 17th century Shunzhi/early Kangxi period saucer dish with Qilin decoration.

One of several paintings sold at INKstudio was Splendid Flowers Valley, 2022, a large painting by the Taiwanese artist, Peng Kanglong (b.1962), which was being shown for the first time. It is from his new series of monumental landscape and flower paintings, where he explores integrating these two formerly separate genres.

Splendid Flowers Valley

Peng Kang-long, Valley of Many Splendored Flowers, 2022, Ink and color on bespoke paper, 368 x 145 cm., Courtesy: INKStudio

Two-thirds of The Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection of Chinese Ceramics at Zetterquist Galleries was sold, and its success was certainly enhanced by the increased foot traffic.  Among those was a large Qingbai jar, from the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), acquired from JJ Lally and Co., in 1988, which was especially popular.

Qingbai jar

Large Qingbai Jar, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), China. Height 29.8 cm, Courtesy: Zetterquist Galleries

In the category of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art, Brendan Lynch, of the London-based gallery Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd., reported that among their numerous sales was Buland Darwaza Gateway at Fatehpur Sikri Company School, Agra, circa 1815, purchased by the Princeton University Art Museum.

Buland Darwaza Gateway

Buland Darwaza Gateway at Fatehpur Sikri, Company School, Agra, circa 1815, Pencil, pen and ink with opaque pigments on laid paper watermarked Ruse and Turners 1813, black ruled border inscribed The Gateway at Futtypore Sicri, 18 1/8 by 23 2/3 in.; 46 by 60 cm. painting, 21 by 27 2/3 in.; 53.5 by 70.2 cm. folio, Courtesy: Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd

Curators from many museums as well as private collectors came to Kapoor Galleries.  A gray schist relief of Panchika and Hariti, Gandhara, dated 2nd-3rd century was one of the more important pieces to sell, reflecting the strong interest in Gandharan art in the market. 

Panchika and Hariti

Gray schist relief of Panchika and Hariti, Gandhara, dated 2nd-3rd century, 17 ½ in. (44.4 cm.) wide, Courtesy:  Kapoor Galleries

Thomas Murray saw many museums and serious collectors who focused on Indonesian textiles and Indian trade cloths, which represent great market value in his opinion.  Among the pieces that were snapped up was an 18th century Ramayana Trade Cloth, India, for the Indonesian Market.

Ramayana Trade Cloth

Ramayana Trade Cloth (16837), India, for the Indonesian Market, Cotton; painted mordant and resist, 18th Century, 38 x 203 in (96.5 x 515 cm), Courtesy: Thomas Murray

Japanese art, particularly prints and modern and contemporary works, were in great demand.

Ippodo Gallery featured Terumasa Ikeda: Iridescent Lacquer, the artist’s first exhibition outside Japan, focused on his revolutionary laser-incised raden technique, a method he spent eight years developing. Collectors bought Ikeda’s delicate jewel-like pieces including “Shore" Incense Container, made of Urushi lacquer, cypress, mother-of-pearl, turbo snail pearl, silver lip oyster, and gold.

Terumasa Ikeda

Terumasa Ikeda, “Shore” Incense Container, 2023, Urushi Lacquer, Cypress, Mother-of-Pearl, Turbo Snail Pearl, Silver Lip Oyster, Gold, H1.24 x W2.75 x D1.92 in (H3.15 x W7 x D4.9 cm), Courtesy: Ippodo Gallery

Included in Japanese Paintings and Prints: 1800-1860 at Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art, a print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Large Map of China, a large, imaginary view of China and the last map made by Hokusai, was among those by the artist that were sold.

Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Large Map of China, 1840, Color woodblock print: baiōban yoko-e, 16½ x 21⅝ in. (41.9 x 54.9 cm); 1840, Signed: Sōbō ryokyaku Gakyō rōjin Manji yowai hachijüichi (Manji, the old man crazy to paint, aged eighty-one, traveler to Kazusa and Awa provinces), Block-cutter: Egawa Sentarō, Publisher: Seiundō (Hanabusaya Bunzō), Courtesy: Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art

There was a steady flow of serious Asian art connoisseurs and enthusiasts at Joan B Mirviss LTD. Most of the works from Painted Clay: Wada Morihiro and Modern Ceramics of Japan, her exhibition of Wada’s oeuvre alongside the many Japanese artists who paint on clay found buyers.  Renraimonki, by Wada Morihiro, Connected Flower Buds Vessel, 1992 was one of them. 

Wada Morihiro

Wada Morihiro (1944-2008), Renraimonki, Connected Flower Buds Vessel, 1992, Courtesy: Joan B Mirviss LTD

Nana Onishi of Onishi Gallery welcomed numerous collectors and museum curators.  One of the pieces she sold was her most important work by Osumi Yukie (b. 1945), Silver Vase, Bakufu (Waterfall), 2011.  Osumi is the first female artist who was designated as Living National Treasure in history in the field of metalwork.

Osumi Yukie

Osumi Yukie (b. 1945), Living National Treasure, Silver Vase Bakufu (Waterfall), 2011, Hammered silver with nunomezōgan (textile imprint inlay) decoration in lead and gold, h.10 x dia.9 7/8 in. (25.4 x 25.1 cm), Courtesy: Onishi Gallery

At Scholten Japanese Art prints and watercolors from their Modern Masters show found buyers as did numerous prints from their other exhibition, Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints from the Shin Collection. Several excellent examples of landscape prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) from that collection sold well, notably a rare impression of Night Rain at Karasaki from the Eight Views of Omi, driving additional sales of Hiroshige prints from the gallery’s collection.

Night Rain at Karasaki

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Eight Views of Omi: Night Rain at Karasaki, ca. 1835, woodblock print, 9 3/4 by 14 1/4 in., 24.9 by 36.2 cm, Courtesy: Scholten Japanese Art

First-time participants, Shibunkaku, a prominent Kyoto- and Tokyo-based gallery, exhibiting postwar and abstract Japanese calligraphy and paintings at Joan B Mirviss LTD, sold works to a museum and private collectors.  Those included a four-panel folding screen in ink on paper by Morita Shiryu, Kumo-mushin, circa 1964.

Morita Shiryu

Morita Shiryū, Kumo-mushin (The cloud is egoless; the cloud is egoless; Like drifting clouds we should live spontaneously) c.1964, CR no. XVI-904, Ink on paper, a four-panel folding screen 333 x 153.5 cm (overall), Courtesy: Shibunkaku

Heakyum Kim of HK Art & Antiques LLC, who specializes in Korean ancient and contemporary art, sold contemporary paintings by Kim Sou, Cho Yong-Ik, Kim Hyungguen, and Lee Daiwon.  One of these is a striking work by Cho Yong-Ik (b. 1934), 69-521, 1969.

Cho Yong-Ik

Cho Yong-Ik (b. 1934), 69-521, 1969, Oil on canvas, 25 x 21in. (64 x 53.3cm.), Courtesy:  HK Art & Antiques LLC

Songtsam will open a new property this summer!

March 30, 2023

3D Architectural Renderings of the upcoming Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso

Asia Week New York sponsor, Songtsam, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel collection and Destination Marketing Company, located in the Tibet and Yunnan Provinces of China expects to open their first zero-carbon hotel, the Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso in Tibet in July 2023. The 120-room Retreat will be their 16th and largest property.

Founded in 2000 by Mr. Baima Duoji, Songtsam has always had a strong commitment to preserving the essence of Tibetan culture, environmental conservation and sustainability by supporting the economic development of the local communities.

Songtsam Architectural Renderings

3D Architectural Renderings of the upcoming Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso

Mr. Baima noted, “Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso will partner with Siemens and Schneider Electric to strive to build Songtsam's first zero-carbon hotel. The entire hotel will achieve maximum zero carbon dioxide emissions through building energy saving systems and by making full use of solar power generation and energy storage.” He hopes that it will serve as a model for other businesses in the area to become more sustainable.

Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso will also give 5% of the operating income to the adjacent Jieba village every year and will provide at least 120 jobs for villagers from the local community. The property will be built in such a way that it will become an integral part of the beautiful landscape surrounding the local village.

The new hotel is situated near Lake Basong Tso in Gongbujiangda County, Nyingchi. The largest natural lake in southeastern Tibet, Basong Tso means “green water” in Tibetan. It is a 4 ½-hour drive from the holy city of Lhasa and the world-famous Potala Palace, as well as the Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava is said to have subdued “demons” in Lake Basong Tso, and the lake has since become sacred to members of Tibetan Buddhism. Every year the lake attracts many pilgrims who come to honor their Guru.

Songtsam Architectural Renderings

3D Architectural Renderings of the upcoming Songtsam Linka Retreat Lake Basong Tso

In recent years, Zhongcuo, Xincuo and other places near Lake Basong Tso have become increasingly popular hiking destinations. Songtsam recognized a need for upscale accommodation to meet the growing number of travelers exploring this area. Surrounding the lake are a number of villages and Cuogao and Xincuogou, where the two snow-capped mountains of Basong Tso, “the King’s Throne” and “Burning Flame”, can be seen towering over the blue-green waters of the lake.

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New Exhibition at the Asian Art Museum: Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

March 29, 2023

Maharaja Sher Singh and companions watching a dance performance, approx. 1850. Pakistan; Lahore. Opaque watercolors and gold on paper, San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.1348

March 31-July 10, 2023

Featuring more than 120 artworks borrowed from 20 of the finest museums and private collections, Beyond Bollywood immerses museumgoers in a multimedia showcase of dance, bringing a wide array of historic and contemporary sculpture, painting, textiles, jewelry, photographs, and more to vivid, passionate life. Through encounters with artworks from countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia, Beyond Bollywood reveals the enduring capacity of dance to inspire a diverse range of artists and audiences alike.

The exhibition’s design takes full advantage of the theatrical and technical capabilities of the museum’s new Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Pavilion, incorporating experiential elements from subtle musical backdrops to gallery-spanning video installations.

Beyond Bollywood is organized by the Asian Art Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum and co-curated by Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art Forrest McGill and Ainsley M. Cameron, curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum. An exhibition catalog published by the Asian Art Museum includes essays by McGill, Cameron, Laura Weinstein, Padma Kaimal, and Esha Niyogi De.

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Asia Week New York online exhibition extended!

March 28, 2023

Hasegawa Chikuyū (1885-1962), Deep in the Woods, 1930s, Japan, Pair of two-panel folding screens; mineral colors on paper, Size each 67½ x 74¼ in. (171.8 x 189 cm); courtesy Thomsen Gallery

Asia Week New York online exhibition extended!

Asia Week New York has extended our online viewing room until Friday, March 31 at 8pm. You may continue to view the wide and varied selection of fine examples of Asian art from classical to contemporary!

Exciting discoveries remain to be made.

Visit the online exhibition here

Some exhibitions are still open!

March 27, 2023

left to right:Inoue Manji 井上萬二White Porcelain Jar with Faceted Impression 白磁面取壺, courtesy of Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.; Fung Ming Chip, NumberS: Shadow Script with Excision, 2021, courtesy of Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Chun Kyung-ja, Ainu Woman, 1988, Watercolor on paper, courtesy of HK Art & Antiques LLC

If you weren’t here for Asia Week New York, you still have a chance to see some of the exhibitions.

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. - Intangible Heritage: The Art of Japan’s Living National Treasures presents a varied group of contemporary ceramic works and will be open until March 31.

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art - Fung Ming Chip: Traces of Time, a presentation of the latest series, Numbers Series, by this established Chinese artist (born 1951) will be on view until May 20.

HK Art & Antiques - Figures and Flowers, including a selection of Korean ceramics and paintings by modern and contemporary Korean artists will close on April 6.

left to right: Terumasa Ikeda, "Iris" Incense Container, Urushi Lacquer, Cypress, Turbo Snail Pearl, Mother-of-Pearl, Silver Lip Oyster, Black Lip Oyster, Gold, courtesy Ippodo Gallery; Wada Morihiro (1944-2008), Large standing vessel decorated with “Repeated Rectangular Pattern" (kanmonki), ca. 1991, Slip-glazed stoneware, courtesy Joan B Mirviss LTD; Manika Nagare, My Eyes Sparkled, 2022, Oil on canvas, courtesy MIYAKO YOSHINAGA.

Ippodo Gallery - The remarkably intricate lacquer pieces in the exhibition Terumasa Ikeda: Iridescent Lacquer can be seen through April 20.

Joan B Mirviss LTD - In PAINTED CLAY: Wada Morihiro and Modern Ceramics of Japan, the oeuvre of Wada Morihiro (1944-2008) alongside the many Japanese artists who paint on clay is on view until April 21.

MIYAKO YOSHINAGA - Spectrum of Vivid Moments a solo exhibition by Manika Nagare presents her powerful abstract paintings with an ongoing theme of light and color juxtaposed with new works inspired by Japanese female artists of the last century through April 22.

Asia Week New York March 2023: Daily Digest - Day Nine

March 23, 2023

Fung Ming Chip, Rubbing Script, 2017, ink on paper 24 x 48 in (61 x 122 cm). Courtesy of Fu Qiumeng Fine Art.

Day 9

Asia Week New York ends today. This is your last chance to visit the galleries and to view the online exhibition.

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Online Exhibitions
March 2023 Online Exhibition
The Asia Week New York 2023 Online Exhibition is live. Browse highlights from the exhibiting dealers as well as selections from upcoming auctions. Some of this year's participants are showing online only. The web address for the Online Exhibition is: march2023.asiaweekny.com

The galleries mentioned below are exhibiting online only.

Rajasthani Barahmasa
One of a group of the twelve months, this Rajasthani Barahmasa (barah = 12 and masa = month) and coincides with the coming of the rains. When the weather cools, people run joyfully into nature. It is also the time for the festival of Teej celebrated by women with singing, dancing, and swinging, dedicated to Parvati, the wife of Shiva.
Art Passages.
The Fahua Eight Immortals Porcelain Jar, Ming dynasty, late 15th century, 12.8 in. height (32.5 cm.) x 12.9 in. diameter (32.7 cm.) from a Japanese collection inspired the online exhibition Safety In Numbers, alongside a Heian-period image of Shō Kannon from a staggering group once enshrined in the Kōfuku-ji in Nara.
Kaikodo LLC.

Receptions, openings, ongoing exhibitions are listed here.

Japan Society
A new generation of Japanese bamboo artists from Tai Modern produce functional, sculptural, and refined works with their individual sensibility and creativity. 27 baskets on display reflect the longstanding basket-weaving traditions and transformations of Japanese basketry with advanced plaiting skills and experimentation with new shapes.
Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, director of cultural programs at the Charles B. Wang Center, the treasures in this exhibition take visitors on a remarkable journey across regions and time.
Charles B. Wang Center.


The Asia Week New York daily digest features one auction highlight per day.

elephant handled vase
Chinese Imperial Brown Embroidered Silk Semi-formal Dragon. Robe, Jifu, 18th Century, from Property of an American Collector. The naturalistic border at the hem and fine embroidery greatly enhance this nine five-clawed dragon robe. The brown ground, considered an offshoot of yellow, as well as the decoration, indicate that this is an Imperial prince's robe.

We hope you've enjoyed this daily digest for Day 9 of our 2023 edition! Discover even more exhibitions, auctions and events at asiaweekny.com.

Asia Week New York March 2023: Daily Digest - Day Eight

March 23, 2023

Illustration to a Ragamala series, Holi Festival with Nawab Siraj al-Dawla as the Nayaka (Vasant Ragini) (detail) Murshidabad, Bengal, circa 1755, Opaque watercolour with gold on paper, 9 ¼ by 5 4/5 in.; 23,5 by 15 cm. painting; 11 by 7 in.; 28 by 17.8 cm. folio; courtesy Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd.

Day 8

Asia Week New York continues with a wide selection of exhibitions, dealer appointments, and online shows.

View all calendar events here

Online Exhibitions
March 2023 Online Exhibition
The Asia Week New York 2023 Online Exhibition is live. Browse highlights from the exhibiting dealers as well as selections from upcoming auctions. Some of this year's participants are showing online only. The web address for the Online Exhibition is: march2023.asiaweekny.com

Sebastian Izzard LLC and Onishi Gallery are open today. Akar Prakar is exhibiting online only.

With Japanese Paintings and Prints: 1800-1860, Katsushika Hokusai’s works are complemented by landscapes by his rival Hiroshige, including a first edition of his famous snowscape Evening Snow, Kambara, and his moonlit masterpiece Seba.
Sebastian Izzard LLC..
painting by Suman Kaur
Ganesh Haloi (born 1936) is a Kolkata-based artist, born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh). He moved to Calcutta in 1950 following the Partition of India. The trauma of displacement left its mark on his work as it did on some other painters of his generation. Since then, his art has exhibited an innate lyricism, coupled with nostalgia for a lost world.
Akar Prakar.
A beautiful vase in hammered silver, entitled Bakufu, 2011 by Living National Treasure artist, Osumi Yukie (b.1945), one of the few women in that group, is the embodiment of the skilled use of the extremely complex metalsmithing techniques developed in Japan.
Onishi Gallery.

Receptions, openings, ongoing exhibitions are listed here.

Japan Society
The highest forms of Chinese art have always been regarded as painting and calligraphy, with landscape, figures, and flower-and-bird painting. Introducing masterworks from the Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum is Flowers on a River, a 40-ft hand scroll by famous monk painter Zhu Da (1626-1705).
China Institute Gallery.


The Asia Week New York daily digest features one auction highlight per day.

elephant handled vase
Clair-de-lune or 'tian lan' (sky blue) glazed wares were highly prized in the Kangxi period and the color was strictly reserved for imperial porcelain. Sturdily potted with broad, rounded shoulders beneath the lipped rim, the jar is molded with narrow, vertical ribs and is covered overall with an even sky-blue glaze with the exception of the flat base. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) wide, cloth box.

We hope you've enjoyed this daily digest for Day 8 of our 2023 edition! Discover even more exhibitions, auctions and events at asiaweekny.com.

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