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"Celebrations" Japanese Contemporary Ceramics at Dai Ichi Arts

December 15, 2021

Miyamura Hideaki (b. 1955), Snow Cup with Gold Glaze, glazed porcelain, H. 11.6 in.

Celebrations: Brightness and Lustre in Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
Now on view-January 5, 2022

Brightness and lustre are inherent to the history of Japanese decorative arts. From textiles to ceramics, surface sheen and the ability for objects to iridesce has endured throughout the ages. In contemporary Japanese ceramics, artists render beautifully elaborate innovations on the potential for ceramic surfaces to opalesce. This exhibition is especially suited to the holiday season and offers Dai Ichi Gallery an opportunity to welcome and thank collectors, guests, and supporters at this festive time.

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"Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer" at The Met Museum

December 15, 2021

Trefoil-shaped Covered Box with Decoration of Chrysanthemums (detail), ca. 12th century, lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoise shell over pigment, brass wire, 1 5/8 in., L. 4 in., D. 1 3/4 in.

Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Recently opened-July 5, 2022

Lacquerware with mother-of-pearl inlay has a long and rich tradition in the history of Korean art. This exhibition will showcase The Met’s outstanding collection of Korean lacquerware with nearly 30 examples from the twelfth century to the present, marking the Museum’s first exhibition dedicated solely to Korean lacquerware. The thematic arrangement will examine the technical and aesthetic development of the art form, as well as highlight its larger intra-Asian context through comparative examples of Chinese, Japanese, and Ryukyu (Okinawan) lacquers and South Asian mother-of-pearl. Highlights will range from an exceedingly rare box from the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392) to a mixed media painting by contemporary artist Lee Bul.

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Upcoming Events at China Institute

December 15, 2021

Seeing China Through Film, Wednesday, December 15th, 6-8pm
Suzhou River: Lou Ye and the Impact of Digital Cinema in China

Lou Ye is one of the most influential and important directors in China today. Through his films, Lou brings to light his interpretation of social issues of the marginalized in the Chinese society. One of his most important works, Suzhou River, is a tragic love story set in modern Shanghai. But rather than show off China’s glamorous “pearl of the orient,” writer-director Lou sets the film amid the chaotic factories and abandoned warehouses along the Suzhou River, which runs through the city. The film, which was never shown in China, gives us an up-close look into contemporary China’s gritty urban underbelly.

The 10-part Seeing China Through Film series is a tour of China’s greatest films, curated by Columbia University Film Professor Richard Peña, former Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, who will participate in a talkback after the screening, which will be shown live at China Institute.

China Institute Literati Salon, Friday, December 17th, 6-7:30pm
Along the Hudson River

Experience the Chinese literati salon (文人雅集) inspired by ancient tradition, with an evening of classical music, poetry, calligraphy—and wine! At China’s traditional “literati salons,” gentlemen scholars connected with nature, art, and music while sipping tea and wine. This week's live program at China Institute includes speakers musician Zhou Yi, historian and amateur artist Dr. Weini Zhao, and educator and host Shenzhan Liao.

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"Repro Japan" at Williams College

December 14, 2021

Repro Japan: Technologies of Popular Visual Culture combines a wide variety of media, themes, and cultural traditions.

Williams College Museum of Art, Repro Japan: Technologies of Popular
Visual Culture

October 1, 2021-March 20, 2022
Event: January 10, 2022, 7:30pm, Anime and Art Film Series: Miss Hokusai

In Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868), the growth of urban audiences and new popular entertainments from kabuki theater to travel tourism developed in tandem with new printing technologies. This resulted in the rise of new forms of visual culture—including color woodblock prints and printed textiles—that could be mass produced, transformed, and consumed.

Subsequently, photography and electronic media have fostered the global spread of Japanese popular visual culture, including manga, anime, cosplay, and subcultural fashion. This spread across different technologies, eras, and cultures has produced an incredible diversity of material—reproductions, appropriations, reverse-importations, parodies, remixes, and tributes. At the same time, the central themes and motifs—sports, fashion, and fighting, along with fantasies of all kinds—have remained remarkably consistent. A catalogue is available on the exhibition website.

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Egenolf Gallery Holiday Gifts

December 13, 2021

Jun'ichiro Sekino (1914-1988), Nishijin (Kyoto) in Snow, 1973, ink and color on paper, 55.5 x 73 cm.

Egenolf Gallery offers a wide selection of fine Japanese prints and drawings for the perfect holiday gift. Two-day Fedex shipping is available, so there is still time to shop. They are posting daily on their website holiday gift ideas and new acquisitions. A special discount is available through their website.

Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889), Dance of the Long-Nosed Goblins, 1867, ink and color on paper,
35.3 x 25 cm.

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Kamada Shōji: The Art of Change

December 10, 2021

Kamoda Shōji (1933-1983), Jar (detail), 1971, stoneware with red and green painted glazes, 4 ½ x 6 1/2 in.

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Kamada Shōji: The Art of Change
December 11, 2021-April 17, 2022

Kamoda Shōji (1933–1983) became one of Japan’s most celebrated potters. His groundbreaking approach to the interplay among material, form, and surface helped revolutionize the way Japanese artists approached ceramic production. Inquisitive, thoughtful, and tireless, Kamoda was driven to innovate and experiment. His astonishing output and creativity garnered him a considerable following in Japan, and more recently in the United States. Despite his untimely death at the age of 49, this admiration continues today. This exhibition, the first outside of Japan, features nearly 50 works from 10 private American collections and spans the breadth of his brilliant artistic career.

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Monuments Woman, Podcast with Laura Tedesco

December 8, 2021

Monuments Woman, a podcast with Laura Tedesco, hosted by George Gavrilis

Monuments Woman-A Podcast Featuring Laura Tedesco, Hosted by George Gavrilis

In this current and ongoing podcast, host George Gavrilis discusses with American archaeologist Laura Tedesco her 11-year journey to help save Afghanistan's cultural treasures from looters, earthquakes, and the Taliban in this new and ongoing podcast. Tune in for thoughtful, well informed, and honest ongoing weekly considerations of what was involved to try and preserve Afghanistan’s rich cultural and artistic heritage in the midst of war and strife.

Laura Tedesco, who received a PhD from New York University in Anthropology and worked at the Met Museum before joining the U.S. State Department, has served as Cultural Heritage Program Manager in the Bureau of South and Asian Affairs for more than 11 years. Living in Kabul for several years, she was primarily tasked with investigating, assessing, and recommending actions to preserve the ancient and rich architectural sites and cultural patrimony of Afghanistan. With courageous honesty, deep knowledge, personal concern, and clear-eyed objectivity, she discusses these projects and the many complications and adventures that ensued. As a result of the pandemic and current circumstances in Afghanistan, Laura continues her work virtually and in close contact with Afghan colleagues.

Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa Shrine, 15th century Timurid period, Balkh province, northern Afghanistan, photo by Laura Tedesco

Adding visual accompaniment to the podcasts are posts of photos Laura took during her work in Afghanistan on their Instagram page, "the_monuments_woman".

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HK Art and Antiques LLC Exhibition Extended

December 8, 2021

Wonsook Kim, Walking the Dry Land III, 2020, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

Dreams of Nature
November 11, 2021-January 29, 2022

This exhibition includes paintings by Woonsook Kim and ceramics by Geejo Lee, who are both Korean artists.

Wonsook Kim creates story-based figurative paintings that are poetic and ethereal in their fluid execution and mythical subject matter. She accepts that calligraphy has a clear influence on her work because she grew up surrounded by images of this type. Kim’s artworks are the result of her lifetime experiences in Korea and the United States. The highlight among her recent paintings is Walking the Dry Land III from the series The Wilderness (Gwang-ya) paintings.

Geejo Lee, Moon Jar, 2020, white porcelain, 19 1/8 in. high

Geejo Lee was born on Jeju Island. He received both his BA and MA from Seoul National University. In his pieces, Lee is fully absorbed with interpreting the unique aesthetics of Joseon white porcelain. This Moon Jar, dated 2020, is one of the best works from his series of moon jars.

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Christie's December 2021 Online Sale

December 7, 2021

Three lots from Christie's NY's current online sale of Art of China and Japan, available through December 14, 2021.

Christie's New York, Art of China and Japan Online Auction
December 1-14, 2021
Viewing in person available by appointment: Wednesday-Friday December 8-10 and Monday, December 13

Christie’s New York is now presenting their December online sale, Art of China and Japan. The sale features a fine selection of works from private and institutional American collections in a wide range of collecting categories, including porcelain, jades, snuff bottles, textiles, and prints. Highlights include prints by Katsushika Hokusai and Toshusai Sharaku, a Daoguang period famille rose and faux bois ‘olive’-shaped vase from the Strong Museum of Play, a large famille noire `phoenix-tail’ vase from Yale University Art Gallery collection, and an inside-painted snuff bottle signed Zhou Leyuan.

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Met Museum's Japan: A History of Style, Rotation 3

December 3, 2021

Anonymous, Quail, Sparrows, and Millet, early 16th century, hanging scroll, ink and color on silk,
32 5/16×13 5/8 in., The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Japan: A History of Style, 3rd Rotation, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Closing this weekend, last day Sunday, December 5, 2021

This exhibition celebrates how gifts and acquisitions of the last decade have transformed The Met’s ability to narrate the story of Japanese art by both expanding and deepening the range of remarkable artworks that can meaningfully elucidate the past. Each of the ten rooms that make up the Arts of Japan Galleries features a distinct genre, school, or style, representing an array of works in nearly every medium, from ancient times to the present. Highlights include the debut of a spectacular group of contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists.

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While at the Met, be sure to see as part of this rotation and before it closes, too, the works from artist and collector Paul Binnie's completed series, A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo. The prints, which the Met acquired from Scholten Japanese Art in 2017, are brilliantly displayed side-by-side with stunning examples of ukiyo-e masterpieces that inspired Binnie's compositions—in a way that very few museums would have the ability to do.

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