What's Happening in Asian Art...

Ippodo Opens New Exhibition, Layers of Time

January 11, 2022

Yukiya Izumita (b. 1966), Sekisoh Layers, 2021, ceramic, 12 1/2 x 20 x 7 in.

Layers of Time: Spatial Ceramic Works by Yukiya Izumita, Ippodo Gallery
January 13-Feburary 17, 2022
Opening reception January 13th

The 25 ceramic works in the Yukiya Izumita exhibition are in perpetual tension. His inventive use of layered clay is as sophisticated as it is attuned to the earth, with the folds of mud suggestive of the toil they require. Now more than ever, the tactility of the works speaks to our need to reconnect—to the earth and to one another. An emphasis on environmental embrace has always been central to Ippodo Gallery’s mission, and its pertinence echoes through each work of art.

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JASA hosts The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination

January 9, 2022

Professor Max Moerman's new book The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination

The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination, JASA
Tuesday, January 11, 5pm

The Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) hosts Professor Max Moerman in an online consideration of the specialized subject of maps in Japanese Buddhism, which are the subject of his newly published book from the University of Hawaii Press. From at least the fourteenth through the late nineteenth century, Japanese monks have created and used maps to construct, represent, and find their place in a Buddhist world. Such maps provide a spatial history of religious thought, inform intellectual orientation and cultural identity, and reveal the centrality of India in the Japanese Buddhist imagination.

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AWNY on Social Media

January 7, 2022

Asia Week New York's opening page on Facebook.

Asia Week New York on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Asia Week New York posts several times each week on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Available is all the Asian-art news and current activities happening at our members’ galleries, auction houses, and museums, as are also communicated in this space and in our Friday newsletters. But in addition, we regularly post images of great artworks from our members' collections, along with interesting bits of information, on these platforms. We appreciate questions and responses and will provide answers and further information. And thank you for all your "likes" and "shares"! Follow AWNY on your favorite social media platform and bring cheer and inspiration to your day.

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National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution and Denver Art Museum Join AWNY

January 6, 2022

A Youth Standing, Isfahan, Iran, ca. 1630–1640, opaque watercolor and gold on paper mounted on an album page, 11 5/8 x 7 5/8 in., National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Asia Week New York is delighted to welcome two important museums to our community. Please follow news about these organizations' exhibitions and special events on AWNY's website, newsletters and social media posts.

National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, are located on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Committed to preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting exemplary works of art, the National Museum of Asian Art addresses broad questions about culture, identity, and the contemporary world. The museum cares for exceptional collections of Asian art, with more than 45,000 objects dating from the Neolithic period to today and originating from the ancient Near East to China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world.

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Shakyamuni Buddha, Gandhara (present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan), 100s – 200s, Kushan empire (30s BCE – 300s CE), schist sculpture, 11 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 in. Denver Art Museum.

Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum’s Asian Art collection was founded in 1915 when Walter C. Mead pledged his collection of Chinese and Japanese art "to the people of Denver." The collection has since grown to be one of the finest of its kind in North America. With more than 7,000 artworks representing 6,000 years of history across the entire Asian continent, the collection is particular strong in artwork from Japan, Korea, China, India, and the Islamic world. Its holdings include objects of almost all media, with a strength in ceramics and sculptures.

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Asia Week 2022 is Back!

January 5, 2022

(clockwise from top left) Jayashree Chakravarty, Pulsating Roots, Akar Prakar; Chinese Wood and Gesso Figure of a Seated Immortal, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.; Jizai Okimono, A Russet-Iron Articulated Figure of a Hawk, Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art; Geejo Lee, Moon Jar, HK Art & Antiques LLC

After an 18-month hiatus, 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, both in person and online, in the 2022 edition of Asia Week New York, the week-long celebration of Asian art and culture that will take place from March 16th to 25th.

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art and MIYAKO YOSHINAGA will open their galleries in real life to the public for their first Asia Week New York, while DAG, Ippodo Gallery and Giuseppe Piva are returning to the fold after a short absence.

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 from different Asian countries from 2000 years BCE to the present. Organized by category, the following is the roster of the participating galleries:

Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art
· Akar Prakar (India)
· Art Passages (United States)
· DAG (India)
· Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. (England)
· Francesca Galloway (England)
· Kapoor Galleries (United States)
· Thomas Murray (United States)

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art
· Fu Qiumeng Fine Art (United States)
· Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. (United States)
· INK Studio (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)
· Giuseppe Piva (Italy)
· Scholten Japanese Art (United States)
· Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art (United States)
· 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)

Last Chance for Ippodo's Synthesis II

January 5, 2022

Kenji Wakasugi, Sanctuary (detail), 2021, photograph on washi mounted screen, 23 5/8 x 33 1/2 in.

Synthesis II Exhibition: "Adore" Madonna and Fusuma
Photography by Kenji Wakasugi

Last day January 7, 2022

A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at Ippodo Gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography inspired by traditional ink painting. The show will also feature individual prints and a limited second edition publication of the photo book ADORE from his 1985 photoshoot with Madonna, published by Nick Groarke, NJG Studio in London.

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Last Chance for Dai Ichi's "Celebrations"

January 3, 2022

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.

Closes Wednesday, January 5th

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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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2021

Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849), Two Cranes Standing on a Snowy Pine Tree, ca. 1833, color woodcut, kakemono-e, 19 7/8 x 9 1/16 in., Philadelphia Museum of Art

Felicitous wishes for long life are common in New Year’s greetings in East Asia. Especially popular are cranes, that enjoy particularly long lives, and pine trees, as they remain evergreen throughout the year. This striking woodblock print by Hokusai, which is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum, expresses our wish to you for a very happy, healthy, rewarding, and art-filled New Year.

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Songtsam Tacheng Lodge

December 30, 2021

Tacheng Lodge is elegantly designed to showcase fine Chinese art and style; while big windows and balconies enable guests to take in the stunning rural scenery.

Located in a village beside the Yangtze River, where both Tibetan and Naxi minority people live together, Songtsam Tacheng Lodge enjoys a comfortable climate and boasts the region’s most fertile land. The 20 spacious and cozy guestrooms in the main building face beautiful terraced rice fields and mountains in the distance. The year-round climate yields an abundance of fruits and nuts, growing alongside terraced fields of rice, wheat and grapes. Meals in Tacheng benefit from a rich supply of locally grown organic vegetables all year round, as well as wild honey, fish, and ham that might just be the best in China.

Songtsam Tacheng Lodge is located in northwestern Yunnan province in an area that is richly endowed by nature and famous as a land of plenty. Natural conditions supply Tacheng with natural and seasonal foods. Local chefs cook these fresh ingredients, which are grown in the lodge’s vegetable garden and surrounding villages, to make meals that are healthy and maximize the original flavor of the ingredients.

Songtsam Tacheng Lodge is located between the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers and is only a 3-4 hour drive from Shangri-La. The journey along the Mekong River from Meili to Cizhong, and finally to Tacheng, is simply incredible. The road winds through vastly different landscapes that descend from high to low altitudes and takes one through cooler to warmer climates.

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Artist's Talk at Ippodo

December 29, 2021

Ippodo Gallery is hosting a special Artist's Talk on December 30th.

Artist's Talk with Kenji Wakasugi and Curator Emerita Felice Fisher,
Ippodo Gallery

Thursday, December 30, 2021, 5pm (EST)

Ippodo Gallery will host a special online Artist's Talk with Kenji Wakasugi, whose work is featured in their current exhibition Synthesis II, and Felice Fischer, curator emerita of Japanese and East Asian art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They will discuss the present show in-depth, and Wakasugi will share his artistic process and influences. Time will be set aside at the end for audience Q&A.

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