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“Untold Stories: Women and the Asian Art Trade” Webinar, September 30, 8:30am-12pm EST

September 28, 2021

Alma Karlin (1889–1950) inspecting a vase, 1920s

Please join us on Sept. 30th, 8:30 am–12:00 pm EST for “Untold Stories: Women and the Asian Art Trade.” This program is the third installment in the series Hidden Networks: Trade in Asian Art, co-organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art; Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; and the Harvard Art Museums. You can find the complete program here, and registration link here.

This program highlights the often overlooked—but nevertheless profound—influence of women on the circulation of Asian art objects. The historical analysis of the market has long focused on contributions of male dealers and collectors, as cultural norms provided them more access to formal education, financial resources, and exclusive social circles. While women were part of these networks, their participation and contributions were often less documented and have sustained little scholarly focus. This webinar attempts to recover the histories of these women and place them within the history of Western consumption of Asian art.

Focusing on historical figures, this webinar reveals how women shaped private and public collections, thereby influencing the field of Asian art history. Bringing together historians, museum curators, archivists, and provenance specialists, “Untold Stories: Women and the Asian Art Trade” features new research that illuminates the diversity within the interconnected networks that moved Asian art around the globe in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Co-organized by:
Joanna M. Gohmann, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Christine Howald, Zentralarchiv/Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Sarah Laursen, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

New Exhibition at Korea Society

September 27, 2021

Sui Park, Flow, 2015-2021

INTERLACEMENT: A GROUP EXHIBITION
September 30, 2021 - January 28, 2022
Opening Reception: September 30, 2021, 6 - 8 PM

In this group exhibition, three artists challenge and redefine the conventional idea of fiber and textile art by employing already-established techniques of weaving, embroidery, and assemblage with new materials and creating and inventing new forms. Featuring the work of Woomin Kim, Sui Park, and Jayoung Yoon.

Woomin Kim
Woomin Kim, Chochungdo, 2020

Woomin Kim examines the active materiality of daily objects and urban landscapes through her textile and sculptural projects. Sui Park’s 3-dimensional organic forms are composed of industrial materials that resemble transitions and transformations in nature; they capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories, and expectations. Jayoung Yoon weaves strands of her own hair into forms to create intricate sculptures that resemble fine nets or webs, giving her works a delicate transparency and evoking a feeling of intimacy and envelopment.


Jayoung Yoon, The Offering Bowl 1, 2018

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), our gallery is open only by appointment. The appointment must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. To make an appointment, please contact info@koreasociety.org. Per New York City’s mandate, visitors are required to provide proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine in order to visit the gallery. For more information, please click here.

Fall has arrived!

September 24, 2021

Zheng Zhong (paintings dated 1610-1648) Traveler in Autumn Mountains, 1644, Fan painting, ink and color on gold-coated paper 50.2 x 16.4 cm. (19 ¾ x 6 ½ in.),

This is the final week of our Asia Week New York Autumn 2021 virtual exhibition!
Please click here to view it: http://autumn2021.asiaweekny.com. Many works can only be seen online:

Classical Chinese and Japanese works at Kaikodo LLC
A selection of Japanese prints from different periods at The Art of Japan and 20th century prints at Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints.
Contemporary Japanese baskets at TAI Modern.
Classical Japanese works of art at Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Fine Art.

Classical Indian paintings at Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch, Ltd.
These are also shown by Francesca Galloway along with other Indian works of art.
Thomas Murray focuses on tribal gold pieces from Indonesia.
Akar Prakar has a set of black and white woodcut prints depicting scenes from Indian mythology.

You can also make an appointment to view the shows at the following participating New York-based galleries in person:
For Chinese art, especially ceramics, visit Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. at 16 East 52nd Street, 10th Floor.
If you are looking for Chinese paintings, contemporary artist Tai Xiangzhou’s ink paintings are on view at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art at 65 East 80th Street.


Radha Watching a Storm, Signed ‘Mohammadi’, Mandi, dated 1824 (Samvat 1854), Opaque watercolor heightened with gold on paper

A wide selection of classical Indian and Himalayan art can be found at Kapoor Galleries at 34 East 67th Street.
DAG at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 708, is showing the exhibition, The Wonder of India: Explorations through 19th and 20th Century Art.

For classical Japanese art, go to Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts at 17 East 71st Street, 4th floor.
18th century Japanese prints and paintings are featured at Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art at 17 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor.
Scholten Japanese Art at 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D, has an exhibition of Japanese prints produced before and after the Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo in 1923.


Set of Five Mukōzuke Dishes with Design of Plum Flower Blossoms and Geometric shapes, Mino ware, Green Oribe type, Momoyama period, 16th-17th century, Glazed stoneware
H 4.9 x L 11.1 x W 13.0 cm each, courtesy of Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts

Visit the following galleries to see contemporary Japanese art in several media:
Japanese ceramics by Suzuki Osamu and others are shown at Dai Ichi Arts Ltd at 18 East 64th Street.
Joan B. Mirviss LTD at 39 East 78th Street, 4th Floor, highlights the Mino ware ceramics of artists Hori Ichiro and Ito Hidehito.
Paintings by Ken Matsubara and other works evoking the season can be found at Ippodo Gallery at 32 East 67th Street.
At Onishi Gallery at 521 West 26th Street the spotlight is on vessels made from various metals and unique Japanese alloys.
Thomsen Gallery at 9 East 63rd Street, 2nd Floor, is showing nature paintings by Japanese artist Minol Araki (1928-2010).

Paintings of the sea by Paris-based contemporary Korean artist Cho Taikho are on view at HK Art & Antiques at 49 East 78th Street, 4B.

Zetterquist Galleries at 3 East 66th Street, 2B, is giving contemporary ceramic artist Ipek Kotan her first US show.

Thomsen Gallery at Design Miami/Basel

September 22, 2021

Thomsen Gallery booth at the previous Design Miami/Basel show

September 21-26, 2021
Basel, Switzerland

Japanese Bamboo Art

Thomsen Gallery is delighted to participate again in Design Miami / Basel showing Japanese bamboo art. If you are in Switzerland during the Art Basel week, please visit them in Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, at Booth G24. They have a limited number of admission tickets available.

Their exhibition at Design Miami / Basel, featuring more than 30 works, covers every aspect of the art as it has evolved over the past century: masterpieces from the first half of the 20th century, regarded as the Golden Age of Japanese basketry, through contemporary works by the current bamboo masters. Included are bamboo ikebana baskets by the most prestigious names in the history of Japanese bamboo art: Rōkansai, Chikuryōsai, Chikuunsai, and Chikubōsai. We are also proud to feature three of the six artists who have received the high honor in Japan of being named a Living National Treasures of Basketry: Iizuka Shōkansai, Made Chikubōsai II, and Katsuhiro Sōhō.

For more information about the show, click here: https://basel2020.designmiami.com

Upcoming Exhibition at Tibet House

September 21, 2021

Photo courtesy of Tibet House

Transforming Minds: Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche and Friends
Photographs by Allen Ginsberg 1989–1997
On view from Sept. 21 to Dec. 12, 2021 at Tibet House US Gallery
Free with reservation of timed ticket | Wed. through Sun., 11am–1pm & 2–4pm

Tibet House US is delighted to partner with The Allen Ginsberg Estate and Jewel Heart International on an exhibition of unique images by the celebrated visionary and poet Allen Ginsberg. The special exhibit will be on display at the Tibet House Gallery (22 West 15th Street, New York, NY) from September 21 – December 12, 2021 with more details and special events to be announced in the coming weeks.

In 1989, Allen Ginsberg’s close friend, Philip Glass, a student of Rimpoche, brought Ginsberg to Michigan to perform a benefit concert for Jewel Heart. From that first meeting and until Ginsberg’s death in 1997, Rimpoche was his Tibetan Buddhist teacher and friend. Ginsberg, was also, in many ways, Rimpoche’s teacher — a consultant in matters involving the English language and the more puzzling facts of Western culture. The two formed an indissoluble bond.

For more information, click here.

Rarely Seen Asian Textiles Will Be On View at Nelson-Atkins

September 19, 2021

One Hundred Cranes Imperial Robe, Chinese, Late 17th-early 18th century Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). Embroidered damask, 57 7/8 x 91 inches. Courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

For the first time in decades, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will display precious, rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish costumes and textiles. Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles opens Sept. 25 and runs through March 6, 2022. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and artistry, Asian luxury textiles were treasured locally and were central to global trade. The sumptuous textiles in this exhibition conveyed the identities, status, and taste of both local and international patrons and consumers.

Weaving Splendor is curated by Ling-en Lu, Curator of Chinese Art, Kimberly Masteller, Jean McCray Beals Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Yayoi Shinoda, Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, and Michele Valentine, Department Assistant, South and Southeast Asian Art. Costumes of the court communicated power, while theater robes brought stage characters to life. Ornate wall hangings and furniture covers transformed palaces, temples, and homes, while shimmering, tapestry-woven carpets were created as diplomatic gifts for foreign rulers. The stories of these treasures of the collection take visitors on a remarkable journey across continents from the 1500s to today.

“For centuries, Chinese textile artists produced the most refined silk textiles utilizing luxury materials and techniques to make the garments not only functional but also appreciated as artwork,” said Lu. “One example is the picturesque embroidery of the One Hundred Cranes Robe, which came from the Qing dynasty imperial tomb of Prince Guo (1697–1738). This rare garment is widely considered to be one of the most important Chinese textiles in the United States.”

Between the late 1800s and early 1900s, Japanese artists made many high-quality textiles for American and European customers. These textiles were sold at international expositions, department stores, and art galleries in Europe, Japan, and the United States. They were also presented as diplomatic gifts from the imperial house and government to political allies. Japanese textile makers faced many challenges in the late 19th century, but nimbly adopted to the new economic and social changes. They did not reset their knowledge and skills, but built upon what they learned from predecessors in previous centuries by studying and adopting new clients’ taste and needs and new weaving technology brought from Europe.

The exhibition will also spotlight local fascination with Asian textiles. In the late 1800s, affluent Americans like Kansas City’s Jacob and Ella Loose boarded steamships and set sail for Asia. There they explored firsthand cultures and lands largely understood in the United States through published accounts, and as most tourists do, they shopped. Luxurious tapestries and wall hangings, like those produced in Japan and later donated by the Looses, were easy to pack for safe travel home. European and American collectors like the Looses purchased these large and impressive textiles to decorate their mansions.

For more information, click here.

Autumn 2021: This Weekend

September 17, 2021

J Sultan Ali, Adivasi Bhumimata, 1982, Acrylic and gouache on paper, 18.0 x 20.0 in., courtesy of DAG

Several Autumn 2021 exhibitors are open Saturday, September 18:

DAG, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 708, open 11am-6pm
Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, 65 East 80th Street, Ground floor, open 10am-6pm
Kapoor Galleries, 34 East 67th Street, Floor 3, call for appointment, 11am-6pm
Joan B Mirviss LTD, 39 East 78th Street, Suite 401, open 11am-5pm
Scholten Japanese Art, 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D, call for appointment, 11am-4pm

The following auction house viewings are open Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19:

Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, open 10am-5pm
Doyle, 175 East 87th Street, open noon-5pm
Sotheby's, 1332 York Avenue, open Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm

Appointments are needed here:

Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza
Heritage Auctions, 445 Park Avenue
iGavel, 227 East 120th Street

View the Asia Week New York: Autumn 2021 Viewing Rooms here

New exhibitions opening

September 16, 2021

Hori Ichirō (b. 1952), Nezumi-shino, diagonally faceted, flattened vessel with swirling iron-oxide patterning 2020 Glazed stoneware 16 1/2 x 15 x 11 3/4 in.

Joan B Mirviss LTD
Classical Dignity
Contemporary Beauty

Continuing the gallery's recent focus on Mino ware, their upcoming exhibitions showcase master artists Hori Ichirō and Itō Hidehito.

Their works represent the extraordinary range of ceramics long produced in this historic region of Japan. Though rooted in classical forms and glazes, each artist clearly expresses his own original viewpoint with a contemporary flair. Opening during Asia Week New York this September, Classical Dignity, Contemporary Beauty is the culmination of a two-year exhibition series exploring Mino tradition transformed.

Known primarily in Japan for his dynamic wood-fired vessels and white and gray Shino and Seto teabowls, Hori Ichirō has created, after long periods of contemplation, enticing and uniquely personal vessels exclusively for his New York debut at Joan B Mirviss LTD.

Itō Hidehito (b. 1971), “Space;” craquelure blue-green celadon sculpture 2021 Glazed porcelain 9 3/8 x 16 3/4 in.

For his first solo exhibition outside of Japan, Itō Hidehito has created vessels and sculptural forms displaying his exceptional skill in craquelure celadon. Through steadfast experimentation, Itō pushed himself to create his largest ever works for this show.

Exhibition open to the public September 17, and as part of Asia Week New York, also open on Saturday September 18 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Cosmic Matter: From Nothing to Being
September 18 - December 23, 2021

Tai Xiangzhou, Celestial Chaos - Endless Celestial Motions, Mounted and framed, ink on silk, 39.37 x 79.52 inches., ca.2021

“Cosmic Matter: From Nothing to Being” will debut at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art on Saturday, September 18, 2021. “Cosmic Matter” is the gallery’s first solo exhibition devoted to Contemporary Ink artist and scholar Tai Xiangzhou. The show will feature 12 new works, including 11 vertical and horizontal scrolls on silk and a 13-leaf album set, that engage with themes introduced in his evolving series; Celestial Chaos, Cosmic Symphonies, Contemporary Classical Mindscape, and Revitalization of Ancient Artifacts.

Tai Xiangzhou (b. China, 1968) trained as a calligrapher and ink painter. He earned a doctorate from Tsinghua University’s Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. He recently held the major solo exhibition “Cosmoscapes: Ink Paintings by Tai Xiangzhou” at the Art Institute of Chicago (2021). In 2015, as part of the celebration of its 140th anniversary, The Art Institute of Chicago included Tai Xiangzhou’s painting in the publication “Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago: Highlights of the Collection.”

He is among an influential cadre of contemporary Chinese artists whose work employs traditional Chinese ink-and-brush medium to explore themes of art history, philosophy, mythology, literature, cosmology and modern science.

Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 10am-6pm.

View the Asia Week New York: Autumn 2021 Viewing Rooms here

September 2021 Asian Art Auctions

September 15, 2021

A Gilt Copper Alloy Figure of Yamantaka Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali, Ming Dynasty, mid-15th century, 19 1/4 in. (49 cm) high, Bonhams, Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art

Bonhams

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy III
20 September 2021, 10:00 EDT

Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings
20 September 2021, 12:00 EDT

The Manfred Arnold Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles
21 September 2021 10:00 EDT

The Emily Byrne Curtis Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles
21 September 2021, 13:00 EDT

Fine Japanese and Korean Art, including the Crawford Collection of Surimono
22 September 2021, 10:00 EDT

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art
23 September 2021, 10:00 EDT

Auction viewings:
16 Sept 2021 10:00 - 17:00 EDT
17 Sept 2021 10:00 - 17:00 EDT
18 Sept 2021 10:00 - 17:00 EDT
19 Sept 2021 10:00 - 17:00 EDT

An Exceptionally Rare and Important Parcel-Gilt Silver 'Rhinoceros' Dish,Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), 6 in. (15.2 cm.) diam.; weight 315g, Christie's, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

Christie's

Important Japanese Art
21 September 10:00 AM EDT

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art
22 September, 08:30 AM EDT

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
22 September 11:00 AM EDT

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
23 September 08:30 AM EDT - 24 September 08:30 AM EDT

Asia!
14 September 10AM - 28 September 9AM (EDT)

From Artist to Woodblock: Japanese Prints Online
14 September 10AM - 29 September 10AM (EDT)

Auction Viewings: September 17-22. Check for viewing hours. Appointments are needed

A Partial Chinese Imperial Falangcai European-Subject Porcelain Vase, Qianlong four-character seal mark in blue and of the period, Height 4 7/8 inches, width overall 4 inches, Doyle, Asian Works of Art

Doyle

Asian Works of Art
Auction: Monday, September 20 at 10am
Session II: Friday, September 24 at 10am

Exhibition: Friday, September 17-Sunday, September 19, Noon-5pm
Location: Doyle, 175 East 87th Street, NYC 10128

Attributed to Chen Yu (Chinese, 1313-1384), Scholars and Attendants with Painting, Ink and color on silk, 67 x 41 inches (170.2 x 104.1 cm) (work), 99 x 47 inches (251.5 x 119.4 cm) (scroll), Heritage Auctions, Asian Art

Heritage Auctions

Asian Art
Signature® Auction | September 22, 2021
Highlights Preview
September 13 – 21 (closed Sunday, September 19) | By Appointment

Heritage Auctions
445 Park Ave | New York, NY 10022-2606

Pair of Chinese Zitan Armchairs, Nanguanmaoyi, Qing Dynasty, iGavel, Asian Works of Art

iGavel

Asian Works of Art
October 5 - 21, 2021
Viewing available by appointment
Contact: office@larkmasonassociates.com or +1 212-289-5524

An Exceptionally Rare Gold-Ground Famille-Rose Five-Piece Altar Set (Wugong), Seal Marks and Period of Qianlong, Sotheby's, Important Chinese Art, Session 1

Sotheby's

LIVE AUCTIONS

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art
20 September 2021, 11 am. EDT,

Important Chinese Art, Session 1,
21 September 2021, 9 a.m. EDT

Important Chinese Art, Session 2,
22 September 2021, 9 a.m. EDT

ONLINE AUCTIONS

Junkunc: Chinese Art,
17-27 September 2021, Bidding opens at 10:00 a.m. EDT

In the Studio: Asian Art Featuring Works from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton,
17-28 September 2021, Bidding opens at 10:00 a.m. EDT

The Hundred Antiques: Fine and Decorative Asian Art,
17-28 September 2021, Bidding opens at 10:00 a.m. EDT

EXHIBITION TIMES
17 Sept 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
18 Sept 21 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
19 Sept 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
20 Sept 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
21 Sept 21 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

View the Asia Week New York: Autumn 2021 Viewing Rooms here

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