What's Happening in Asian Art...

Unforgettable Bird Watching Tours with Songtsam

December 29, 2022

The Black-necked Crane is considered a "sacred bird" by the Tibetans and is also called the "Fairy of the Plateau”. These are the only cranes in the world that grow and breed on the Tibetan plateau and can fly over Mount Everest.

Songtsam, the award-winning luxury boutique hotel collection and Destination Management Company, located in the Tibet and Yunnan Provinces of China, announced new 6-day bird watching tours that will be available at three of Songtsam’s several properties, including Songtsam Lodge Lijiang, Songtsam Lodge Tacheng, and Songtsam Linka Retreat Shangri-La, in Northwest Yunnan, an area famous for the photography of its rare, native bird species.


L-R: Napa Sea bird watchers and Purple Water Chickens

Leading the bird watching tours’ six-day long itinerary is Mr. Jiansheng Peng, Tibet’s most influential nature photographer. Peng is also Songtsam’s senior eco-tourism expert, who is dedicated to promoting the harmonious coexistence between man and nature through natural images and high-quality eco-tourism. Under his guidance, Songtsam guests will have an opportunity to observe, learn about, and photograph the many rare birds of Northwest Yunnan, including black-necked cranes, bar-headed geese, black storks and purple water chickens.


Shangri-La in the winter

Northwest Yunnan is the main habitat for migratory birds in the winter, with its still sunny and mild climate. In Lijiang and Shangri-La, migratory birds arrive every winter. In Heqing Caohai and Lashihai near Lijiang, and the Napa Sea in Shangri-La, visitors will have the unique six-day opportunity to observe and learn about the more than 60 species and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds that stay there during the winter months.

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Exhibitions at Asia Society Closing Soon!

December 28, 2022

Tianzhuo Chen, Trance, 2019 (video still), Two single-channel videos with sound (loop) Courtesy of the artist and BANK/MABSOCIETY. Image courtesy of the artist, BANK/MABSOCIETY, and Asia Society Museum, New York

Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity
Asia Society New York

Concludes December 31, 2022

This exhibition presents 19 artworks by seven artists, born in mainland China in the 1980s. Belonging to what is referred to as the ba ling hou generation, they grew up in a post-Mao China shaped by the one-child policy and the influx of foreign investment. Comprising painting, sculpture, performance, installation, video, digital art, and photography, the exhibition reflects the dramatic economic, political, and cultural shifts the artists have experienced in China during their lifetimes.

The exhibition’s title, Mirror Image, refers to the double reflection at the heart of the exhibition. Rather than emphasizing their “Chinese-ness,” these artists’ respective practices are born of a contemporary China where Starbucks can be found in the Forbidden City and the internet permits them access—despite the obstacles of censorship—to a host of influences beyond geographical boundaries.

Participating Artists:
Tianzhuo Chen (born 1985 in Beijing, China; lives and works in Beijing)
Cui Jie (born 1983 in Shanghai, China; lives and works in Beijing, China)
Pixy Liao (born 1979 in Shanghai, China; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York)
Liu Shiyuan (born 1985 in Beijing, China; lives and works in Beijing and Copenhagen, Denmark)
Miao Ying (born 1985 in Shanghai, China; lives and works in Shanghai and New York City)
Nabuqi (born 1984 in Inner Mongolia, China; lives and works in Beijing, China)
Tao Hui (born 1987 in Chongqing, China; lives and works in Beijing, China)


Nam June Paik, Li Tai Po, 1987, Ten antique wooden TV cabinets, 1 antique radio cabinet, antique Korean printing block, antique Korean book, 11 color TVs H. 96 x W. 62 x D. 24 in. (243.8 x 157.5 x 61 cm), Duration: Continuous loop, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold and Ruth Newman, 2008.2. Photograph © Bruce M. White, 2014

Visionary Legacies: A Tribute to Harold J. Newman
Concludes December 31, 2022

This exhibition celebrates Hal Newman (1931-2021) who, with his wife Ruth, endowed Asia Society Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Asian Art with a seminal gift of some 30 artworks in 2007. Works by eight artists and one artist collective featured in the exhibition represent Hal’s eye and passion for art that pushes the boundaries in Asian and Asian American contemporary art.

In 2007, Asia Society Museum inaugurated its contemporary art collecting program with a significant gift from Mr. and Mrs. Harold and Ruth Newman. Their largesse provided the means for the Museum to acquire thirty-four objects by twenty-two artists from eight countries—including iconic video works by Cao Fei, Dinh Q. Lê, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Koki Tanaka, and Yang Fudong, among many others—and develop a solid foundation for its contemporary collection. The Newmans’ gift also provided the Museum the opportunity to collect new media artworks at the highest level, following the precedent of connoisseurship set by John D. Rockefeller 3rd’s gift of traditional Asian art to the Museum. In memory of our beloved Trustee and friend, this exhibition serves to celebrate the Newman family’s legacy of commitment to Asia Society with this selection of highlights from the Harold and Ruth Newman New Media Collection, an integral part of the Asia Society Museum Collection. This show is curated by Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, Vice President for Global Artistic Programs & Asia Society Museum Director.

Round Heaven | Square Earth: Ancient Chinese Jade,
Closing Soon at TAI Modern

December 27, 2022

Cong (Ts'ung) Prismatic Cylinder and Bi disc, Qijia Culture, Late Neolithic Period (2100-1600 BCE), jade

Round Heaven | Square Earth: Ancient Chinese Jade, TAI Modern
Last day—December 30

Chinese cosmology views the world in geometric terms. The Earth was square shaped and the Heavens round. As far back as the Neolithic period (10,000 – 2,000 BCE), Chinese artisans have used these shapes to symbolize their universe, which is most apparent when viewing the jade objects on display in Round Heaven | Square Earth: Ancient Chinese Jade.

The Neolithic Period witnessed stone workers carving jade into beautifully polished objects with possible ritual, symbolic or astronomical functions. As jade is both very tough and harder than steel, it is very durable but difficult to shape and carve. As the Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler Museum of Asian Art describes it, “Working jade is an extremely laborious process that involves both slicing and removing unwanted stone with powdered abrasive minerals.”

This exhibition primarily highlights two distinct types of ritual jade objects: Bi (pronounced Bee), a thin disc with a hole in the center, and Cong (Tsung), a cylindrical tube encased in a square prism. They clearly had great significance, but despite many theories, the purpose of Bi and Cong remain a mystery.

Susumu Shingu: Sculpting with Wind at Ippodo Gallery
Ends Soon

December 26, 2022

Susumu Shingu, Astral Forest, 2013, stainless steel, aluminum, polyester cloth

Susumu Shingu: Sculpting with Wind, Ippodo Gallery
Concludes December 29

Ippodo Gallery presents the renowned kinetic-sculptor Susumu Shingu’s first solo exhibition in the United States. Shingu’s large-scale public works are and have been continuously displayed around the world.

The artist’s large-scale permanent outdoor sculptures serve as a reminder of the constancy and immensity of the Earth’s natural forces – wind, water, light, and gravity – that affect our human bodies/lives. The artist’s elegantly engineered sculptures are durable yet never the same, responding to diverse environments. Shingu’s kinetic sculptures oppose the perception that the world around us is eternal or static; they visually and mentally activate a viewer’s sense of their individual relationship to nature.

Shingu’s wondrous churning objects explore how the environment shapes and creates behavior, and have made him a favorite of well-known architects, including Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, and Enrique Norten. Ippodo Gallery offers an exceptional showcase of drawings, interior sculptures, and colorful abstract paintings, as well as several large-scale exterior proposals.

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Holiday Greetings from Asia Week New York

December 23, 2022

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Santa Claus, ca. 1950s, koban 5 3/4 x 3 7/8 in. (14.5 by 10 cm.),
Scholten Japanese Art

Your friends at AWNY wish you a happy and healthy holiday season with the warm company of friends and family, wonderful food, time for peace and ease, and some occasions to enjoy great art!

Now on View in Denver...Rugged Beauty:
Antique Carpets from Western Asia

December 20, 2022

Vase Technique Carpet, Kerman Province, Iran, 1600s, hand-knotted wool pile,
Saint Louis Art Museum: Gift of Nellie Ballard White, 285:1972

Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia,
Denver Art Museum

December 18, 2022-May 28, 2023

Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia opens a window into the artistic and utilitarian innovations of weavers, domestic consumption, and the cross-cultural exchanges between present-day Turkey, Iran, and the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) from the 1500s to the 1900s.

The stories in Rugged Beauty showcase the living traditions of western Asia, a vast and culturally rich region of the world. Each of the more than 40 objects on display were made by hand, predominantly dyed by hand, and hand-woven using the knotted-pile weaving technique. Though the individual identities of the makers are mostly unknown, the rugs' designs of rich colors, intricate patterns, and complex symbols reveal a deep history of trade, diplomacy, and foreign relationships.

Related Events:
January 24, 2023, 6–7pm
Artist Talk: Baseera Khan

March 25, 2023, 9am–4pm
From Workshop to Nomad: New Thinking about Rug Weaving Categories and Design Influences

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Paper Thin & Shadow Deep at the Appleton Museum

December 18, 2022

Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun, UKIYO Floating World, papercut

Paper Thin & Shadow Deep, Appleton Museum of Art
December 3, 2022-June 18, 2023

This new exhibition at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala Florida features paper-cut artist Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun, who moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004 from her hometown of Kyoto, Japan. Her three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multistep process which produces art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive.

With no formal art training, she has evolved a unique, homegrown artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity that is now found in all of Japan’s biggest cities.

Her most significant early influence was ehon, a general term given to Japanese picture books, especially those that featured images taken from original paper cuts by Giro Takihira, who was also known as a woodblock print artist. As with woodblock prints, Hiromi’s paper sculptures are the result of a multistep process. Her pieces invite the viewer in; indeed, one feels compelled to reach out and touch the art. Like the works of all the great masters, Hiromi’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person. Her work has appeared numerous times in northeast Florida in group and solo shows, New York City, London, and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Holiday Gift Shopping at AWNY!

December 17, 2022

Clockwise from upper left: Minegishi Seiko (born 1952), Beige Colored Tea Bowl in Cracked Celadon, stoneware, H: 3.5 in. (8.8 cm.), Dia. 4.7 in. (11.9 cm.), Dai Ichi Arts LTD; Inoue Manji (born 1929, Living National Treasure), Engraved Hakuji (white porcelain) Peony Cup, 2019, H. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm.), Onishi Gallery; 11.83ctw Diamond 14K Yellow Gold Bracelet, with 38 round diamonds, Lot 6410808, FR3SHLM at iGavel; and Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949), Koitsu: Sacred Bridge at Nikko, 1937 (this edition ca. late 1940s), ôban (28.8 x 42.7 cm), Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Trying to find the perfect and unique gift? Something that special person will treasure for years to come? The members of Asia Week New York have just the right thing!

Peruse the fine works of art offered by AWNY dealers, and you'll find fabulous Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian works of art, contemporary and antique, two or three dimensional, in many media, click here.

In addition to our auction house members who have sales going on now, others have exceptional works of art available for private sale...click here.

And, finally, museum memberships provide hours of education and pleasure throughout 2023! AWNY member museums offer a wide array of engaging exhibitions and programs, click here.

Asia Week New York 2023 Announces Stellar Line-up of International Gallery Exhibitions, Auctions, and
Museum Shows

December 16, 2022

The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that 26 international galleries and six auction houses—Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s —will participate in the 2023 edition of Asia Week New York. Now in its 14th year of celebrating Asian art and culture, the exhibitions and auctions—both in-person and online—commence March 16th through March 24th.

“We’re delighted to announce our distinguished roster of dealers and auction houses and look forward to their exciting and diverse array of Asian art treasures,” says Dessa Goddard, chairman of Asia Week New York.

This year, Asia Week New York welcomes the Japan-based gallery Shibunkaku, which makes its debut with a joint exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD. Also returning to the fold are Buddhist Art from Germany and Runjeet Singh from England.

As always, the Asia Week New York galleries and auction houses will present a spectacular array of treasures featuring the rarest and finest examples of Asian porcelain, jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculpture, bronzes, and prints from across Asia, dating from the second millennium BCE to the present. Organized by category, the following is the roster of the participating galleries:

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art:
• Art Passages (United States)
• Buddhist Art (Germany)
• Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch, Ltd (England)
• Kapoor Galleries (United States)
• Thomas Murray (United States)
• Akar Prakar (India)
• Runjeet Singh (England)

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art:
• Fu Qiumeng Fine Art (United States)
• Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. (United States)
• INKstudio (United States/China)
• Kaikodo LLC (United States)
• Zetterquist Galleries (United States)

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art:
• The Art of Japan (United States)
• Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. (United States)
• Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints (United States)
• Ippodo Gallery (United States)
• Joan B Mirviss LTD (United States)
• Onishi Gallery (United States)
• Scholten Japanese Art (United States)
• Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art (United States)
• Shibunkaku (Japan)
• Thomsen Gallery (United States)
• TAI Modern (United States)
• Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art (Japan)
• MIYAKO YOSHINAGA (United States)

Ancient and Contemporary Korean Art:
• HK Art & Antiques LLC (United States)

Runjeet Singh
Maharani Dhal (Shield)
Mewar, India
18th century
61.2 cm. (24 in.)

Kaikodo LLC
Large Fahua Porcelain Jar with the Eight Immortals
Ming dynasty, 15-16th century
H.32.5 cm., Dia. 32.8 cm.

Joan B Mirviss LTD
Wada Morihiro (1944-2008)
Kakugenki; Brilliance and Mystery Vessel
1997
Slip-glazed stoneware
18 1/8 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.
Photo by Richard Goodbody. Courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD.

HK Art and Antiques LLC
Incised Celadon Bottle
Goryeo Dynasty (12th Century)
H. 2 1⁄2 in. (6 1/3 cm.); Dia. 3 in. (7 2/3 cm.)

Just Published.....Great Mountains and Waves

December 15, 2022

Great Waves and Mountains: Perspectives and Discoveries in Collecting the Arts of Japan
by Natsu Oyobe and Allysa B. Peyton (editors)

This richly illustrated volume, just published this week as part of the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Manuscript Series by the University of Florida Press, addresses the history of collecting Japanese art and the factors that contributed to the growth of collections in North America following the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The wide-ranging essays, prepared by contributors that include Princess Akiko of Mikasa, Midori Oka, Akiko Takesue, Robert Mintz, Sinéad Vilbar, Wai Yee Chiong, Jeannie Kenmotsu, John Teramoto, and Vivian Li, fill in gaps in the scholarly investigation of the subject. Art historians discuss the historical development of the Japanese aesthetic and examine questions of connoisseurship, authenticity, and controversial collectors and their current-day reception.

The volume also features case studies on the formation of Japanese art collections in North America, exploring the diverse array of factors that contributed to their quality, contents, and the role that these collections play for their respective communities. Contributors delve into university and museum archives and interview art dealers, collectors, and artists to better understand their own collections. They present original research on cross-pollination and dialogue between artists from Japan and the United States, the development and growth of museums, and the personal histories of the people who shaped art collections. Together, these essays illustrate the shifting priorities in the collection of Japanese art across 150 years.

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