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China Institute presents Meet the Artist

February 1, 2022

Meet the Artist: Han Feng in conversation with curator Nancy Berliner
China Institute

Free online program, Thursday, February 3rd at 6:30pm

Is design art? In the hands of Han Feng, it sure is. The Hangzhou-born clothing designer first brought her fashion work into the performing arts with costumes for Anthony Minghella’s Madame Butterfly at the English National Opera and the Met Opera. Her bespoke couture designs meld Chinese motifs and craftmanship with a bold, modern sensibility. Her passion for the connections between design and art has now led her to open a gallery in Shanghai and to support emerging artists through a residency in New York. Join this online program, as Han Feng discusses inspiration, designs and art with her longtime friend, Nancy Berliner, Senior Curator of Chinese art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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Kamoda Shōji: The Art of Change Webinar

January 31, 2022

Kamoda Shōji: The Art of Change, Zoom Panel Discussion at Joan B Mirviss LTD
An event co-hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Art for their current exhibition
Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5pm EST

One of Japan’s most celebrated potters, Kamoda Shōji (1933–1983) had a life-long focus on the interplay among material, form, and surface that helped to revolutionize the way Japanese artists approached ceramics, even to this day. The current exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the first outside of Japan, features nearly 50 works from 10 private American collections and spans the breadth of his brilliant but brief career. Key figures in the making of this exhibition and accompanying publication come together to discuss Kamoda’s commitment to experimentation and innovation.

The discussion will be moderated by Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Matthew Welch.

LOUISE CORT, Curator Emerita of Ceramics, Freer | Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
SHIRLEY MCNERNEY RENDELL, Passionate collector of Japanese ceramics
AARON RIO, Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Moderated by MATTHEW WELCH, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

Fully illustrated catalogue, available here

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Songtsam Laigu Lodge

January 31, 2022

Situated at 4200 meters, Songtsam Laigu Lodge faces the breathtaking Laigu glaciers.

Songtsam Laigu Lodge
Chamdo prefecture, Tibet, China

Facing Laigu glaciers and at the source of the Purlung Tsangpo River, Songtsam Laigu Lodge is located among snowy mountains, glaciers, and lakes beneath an enormous sky--truly a magical place that is out of this world. As Songtsam's highest property and the most challenging construction endeavor, Laigu Lodge was awarded Winner for Best Architectural Design/Heritage Architecture in the Architecture Master Prize of 2019.

The lodge contains 20 rooms: 16 deluxe rooms and 4 superior suites.

With prime consideration given to the preservation of natural and Tibetan cultural heritage, the building was designed to use modular prefabrication and to be embedded under a high cliff hidden from sight. The project maintains a very harmonious relationship with the texture of the original village.

L-R: Stewed yak ribs with yak soup and potatoes, butter ginseng jam with potatoes, walnut pie

Unforgettable mountain hiking and horseback trips are available, led by local guides, and filled with incredible views of the icy blue glaciers, snow-capped peaks, villages, and forests. When you reach the mountain's peak, savor the scene with a hot coffee and cake!

Available in the lobby bar and restaurant are exceptionally well prepared and healthy meals made of locally sourced food, such as yak meat from the alpine pastures, Tibetan pork raised by villagers, vegetables from Bomi, walnuts from Tacheng, and wine from Shangri La. All enjoyed while gazing out through the large picture windows at the surrounding mountain vistas.

Happy Lunar New Year!

January 28, 2022

Kishi Chikudō (1826-1897), Sitting Tiger, ink and color on paper, Minneapolis Institute of Art

On February 1st, we welcome the new lunar Year of the Water Tiger. Throughout East Asia, this festive occasion is celebrated with a variety of things and actions to encourage good health and prosperity in the coming year. While there are regional variations, the primary activities are cleaning one’s home, hanging red decorations for good luck, offering respect to one’s ancestors, visiting family, lighting firecrackers to ward off demons, gifting money in red packets to children and subordinates, and eating lots of food. Edibles that are thought to bring good fortune are fish, which is synonymous in Chinese with “surplus”; dumplings in the shape of silver ingots to ensure prosperity; and niangao, which symbolizes advancement in the New Year. Conversely, anything that might risk losing the holiday’s good luck, such as washing one’s hair or sweeping the floor, is avoided. This two-week celebration ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year.

People born in the year of the tiger are considered brave, strong, confident, and well-liked, although they can be impetuous and irritable. These traits are well expressed in artistic depictions of these powerful creatures. To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, beginning on February 1st, AWNY will post a different art work of a tiger, drawn from our members’ collections, on our Instagram and Red (小红书) social media accounts. Follow us as we get the year off to a roaring start!

Chinese Carved Soapstone Figure of the Lohan Pindola Bharadvaja, ca. 1700, H. 3 1/2 x L. 4 in.,
Ralph M. Chait Galleries

Join AWNY Members for Lunar New Year Events

The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Lunar New Year at the Nelson-Atkins
January 20-February 7
Selection of online videos and family activities, as well as live tours and programs
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Insider Insights-Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
Saturday, January 29
English: 10-10:10am
Mandarin: 10:30-10:40am
Free online presentations by Curator Jason Sun
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Virtual Lunar New Year Festival
Saturday, January 29, 10am-5pm
Free online program of performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages
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China Institute, Chinese New Year Online Family Festival
Saturday, January 29, 10am-12pm
Free interactive online family festival with cartooning, art workshops, and story time activities
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Asia Society, Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Tiger
Saturday, January 29, 1-3:30pm
An online family program of stories, music, dance, and puppets
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National Museum of Asian Art, Lunar New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner: Holiday-Inspired Cooking Demos
Monday, January 31, 6-7pm
Free online program
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San Antonio Museum of Art, Online Art to Lunch: Year of the Tiger
Thursday, February 3, 12:30-1:30pm CST/1:30-2:30pm EST
Online exploration of the collection as related to the lunar new year
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Charles B. Wang Center, Celebrating the Lunar New Year with
Special Rice Cake Soup

Wednesday, February 16, 1-3pm
Stony Brook University, Skylight Gallery Lobby
Live presentation by Kim’C Market
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China Institute, Chinese New Year Online Variety Show 2022
Tuesday, February 8, 7:30-8:30pm
Online event with music, drums, and a Year of the Tiger Talk
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Charles B. Wang Center, Celebrating Lunar New Year: The Year of Tiger Performances
Friday, March 4, 6-7pm
Stony Brook University, Theatre
Live presentation by the New York Chinese Culture Center
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Gallery Exhibitions Ending Soon!

January 28, 2022

Hosokawa Shikō (b. 1941), Tea Caddy with Flowering Paulownia, 1980s, maki-e gold and silver lacquer on wood, 3 x 2 3/4 x 2 2/4 in.

Golden Treasures: Japanese Gold Lacquer Boxes, Thomsen Gallery
Concludes on January 31, 2022

Thomsen Gallery at 9 E. 63rd St in New York draws to a close its current exhibition on January 31st. There is still time for visitors to see these elegant works of art. The masterworks in the exhibition are all examples of maki-e, which literally means "sprinkled pictures" and refers to the technique of sprinkling powders of gold and silver onto wet lacquer, a distinctly Japanese tradition that developed in the Heian Period (794 – 1185).

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Wakao Toshisada (b. 1933), Shino Water Jar, gray feldspar and white feldspar glazed stoneware,
H. 7 x Dia. 6.5 in., Lid: H. 1.3 x Dia. 4 in., with signed wood box

Modern Masters: Size and Scale in Modern Ceramics, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
Concludes on January 31, 2022

Be sure to see Dai Ichi Art's current exhibition of Japanese contemporary ceramics from diverse and accomplished artists. The exhibition brings focus to the precise ways that artists use size or scale to influence the overall affect of an object and ranges from Mingei masters (Kawai Kanjiro, 1890-1966; Funaki Kenji, b. 1927; Murata Gen, 1904-2012; Shimaoka Tatsuzo, 1919-2007), to Shino specialists (Wakao Toshisada, b. 1933; Tsuboshima Dohei, 1929-2013), to masters of Shigaraki and Raku techniques (Sugimoto Sadamitsu, b. 1935).

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Textiles of Indonesia: The Thomas Murray Collection

January 27, 2022

Textiles of Indonesia: The Thomas Murray Collection is now available.

Textiles of Indonesia : The Thomas Murray Collection, Thomas Murray, Asiatica Ethnographica
New publication now available

Textiles of Indonesia is a new book featuring textiles collected by Thomas Murray. This collection, assembled over four decades, is considered to be the finest in private hands. Thirteen leading scholars have contributed essays and original research to this project, which Murray describes as “My life’s work.” The book is printed in oversize format, with color photographs of some 350 of the finest and rarest textiles, shown in unprecedented depth and detail. The stunning photography and production values of Textiles of Indonesia sets a new standard in textile studies. Specially commissioned photography captures every color, thread, and bead.

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Bonhams' The World of Anime

January 27, 2022

Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki and Jiji, Studio Ghibli, 1989, art by Hayao Miyazaki, acrylic on celluloid,
with color reproduction background

The World of Anime, Bonhams New York
Online auction, now through February 2nd

Spanning Anime classics with the likes of Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon, Bonhams' first World of Anime online sale is now live and includes more than 150 rare Anime production cels and drawings. Relics of the pre-digital animation era, the production of Anime originally was done one frame at a time by hand-painting sheets of celluloid (production cels) and then layering them to create the effect of continuous motion. These production cels allow fans to own a tangible part of the most recognizable Anime in the world.

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Korea Society's Interlacement: A Group Exhibition

January 26, 2022

Excerpts from the art works by, from left to right, Sui Park, Woomin Kim, and Jayoung Yoon

Interlacement: A Group Exhibition, Korea Society
Last day Friday, January 28

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.

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Christie's New York: The Collection of Pierre Durand

January 25, 2022

Liu Dan (b. 1953), Taihu Rock, 1998, scroll, mounted and framed, ink on paper, 15 x 16 1⁄8 in. (38 x 41 cm.), Lot 36, Estimate: $70,000-90,000

The Collection of Pierre Durand, Christie's New York
Thursday, January 27, 2022, Live auction
Viewing by appointment only

Christie’s presents The Collection of Pierre Durand, which features the fine and decorative arts of the late philanthropist and collector who co-founded The Chinese Porcelain Company. This traditional sale offers a glimpse into a life well lived with objects and art, and features the contents of the late Pierre Durand’s New York apartment, which artistically combined walls of gallery-hung Old Master Drawings with contemporary glass by Yoichi Ohira, and contrasted Chinese paintings by Liu Dan with fine French and English decorative arts. Other highlights include important Old Master Paintings, Chinese Works of Art and Chinese Export porcelain, as well as entertaining porcelain and silver.

Pierre Durand, along with his co-founder of the Chinese Porcelain Company, Khalil Rizk, were among the founders of Asia Week New York. The Chinese Porcelain Company was one of the 16 galleries, then dubbed the “Asian Art Dealers of the Upper East Side,” that collaborated to present an inaugural open house on March 14, 2009 that kicked off the annual celebration of Asian art in New York.

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J.P. Morgan: A Collector's Legacy Webinar

January 24, 2022

J.P. Morgan: A Collector’s Legacy
Wednesday, January 26 at 5pm EST, Online

John Pierpont Morgan was not only one of the most powerful figures in finance with his name atop one of the world’s leading banking and investment firms, but also a prodigious collector, whose legacy resides in the masterpieces from his extraordinary collection that are now highlights of important museum and private collections. The many facets of his passion for collecting, and the story behind his Asian, ancient, and Western art acquisitions will be explored by our notable panel of scholars and experts.

This online program will consist of brief, illustrated presentations by each panelist, followed by a question-and-answer session.

L-R: Court School of Charles the Bald, Lindau Gospels, The Morgan Library; Master of the Saint Sebastian Martyrdoms (active in Vienna in the 1650s), The Fall of Man, Wadsworth Atheneum; Fine and Rare Pair of Rouge de Fer and Famille Verte Porcelain Rouleau Vases, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, former collection of J.P. Morgan


Who Was Pierpont Morgan? A Brief Biographical Sketch
Jean Strouse
Eminent American biographer and author of Morgan, American Financier and Alice James, A Biography

Jean Strouse is the author of Morgan, American Financier, and Alice James, A Biography. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served as Director of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library from 2003 to 2017.

Building the Bookman's Paradise
Colin B. Bailey
Director, The Morgan Library & Museum

Colin B. Bailey is the Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, a position he has held since 2015. Among the many initiatives Dr. Bailey has spearheaded are the exterior restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library, the establishment of the endowed position of Sherman Fairchild Head of the Thaw Conservation Center, and the inauguration of the Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellowships. A scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art, Dr. Bailey is a specialist in Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and has been responsible for many publications and exhibitions over the course of his career and continues to write and publish. Among the several institutions at which he has worked, Dr. Bailey has held the posts of Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Curator at the Frick Collection.

Objects of “Pleasure and Instruction:” J. Pierpont Morgan's Legacy in Hartford
Linda H. Roth
Director of Special Curatorial Projects and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum

Linda Horvitz Roth is Director of Special Curatorial Projects and the Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, where she has been a member of the curatorial department since 1980. Since that time she has organized several exhibitions, including J. Pierpont Morgan, Collector: European Decorative Arts from the Wadsworth Atheneum (1987) and Morgan: Mind of the Collector (2017). In 2000 she published French Eighteenth-Century Porcelain at the Wadsworth Atheneum: the J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, and is also the author of several articles on 18th- and 19th-century French porcelain.

The J.P. Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains
Steven Chait
President, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Steven Chait is the President of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. in New York City. The gallery, founded by Steven’s grandfather, Ralph M. Chait in 1910, is the oldest one dealing in fine antique Chinese porcelains and works of art in the United States. Over its remarkable long history, the gallery has worked with and sold to museums and private collectors throughout the world.

Charlotte Eyerman
Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

Charlotte Eyerman joined the firm in 2017, with prior leadership experience in museums, nonprofits, private sector, and academia. A specialist in modern and contemporary art, she has a significant record of exhibitions, publications, and speaking engagements, nationally and internationally. In 2014, Dr. Eyerman was honored as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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