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JP Morgan: A Collector's Legacy Webinar

January 14, 2022

Court School of Charles the Bald, Lindau Gospels, jeweled upper cover of the Lindau Gospels, Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall, late 9th century, ca. 880, the Morgan Library, purchased by
Pierpont Morgan, 1901

JP 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.


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

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

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

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

Charlotte Eyerman
Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

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Exhibitions Closing Soon!

January 13, 2022

J Sultan Ali, Adivasi Bhumimata, 1982, Acrylic and gouache on paper, 18 x 20 in.

The Wonder of India: Explorations through 19th and 20th Century Art,
DAG New York

Last day Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Wonder of India at DAG’s New York gallery presents a selection of works that span the diverse strands of modernism that developed at art centers across India through the 19th and 20th centuries. Including Company paintings, Kalighat Pats, Bengal School, tantra and abstract movements, and the lens of cubism and primitivism – the show is a document of India over two centuries after the introduction of Western academic realism to the Indian vernacular.

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Yu Yamauchi, Dawn 19, 2008

Dawn Series Photographs by Yu Yamauchi,

Last day Saturday, January 15, 2022

Yamauchi lived in a hut on the summit of Mount Fuji for five months a year for four years ­– a total of 600 days. Each photograph was captured at dawn from the exact same location. By revealing the essence of an airy mystical place, Yamauchi gives us the rare opportunity to experience the incredible spectacle of Earth waking up from the perspective of one of the planet’s most breathtaking scenic points. Essential to the artist is the notion of a physical place situated between earth and the universe.

This exhibition is at the Armoury, 840 Madison Avenue in New York. Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm

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Christie's Chinese Export Art Online Auction

January 12, 2022

A Pair of Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Rose Chargers, Yongzheng/Early Qianlong period,
ca. 1730-1740, D: 14 1/4 in., Lot 45, Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Chinese Export Art Featuring Property from the Tibor Collection,
Christie's New York

Online sale, now through February 2, 2022

This year’s annual Chinese Export Art sale will be led by the fourth tranche of the famed Tibor Collection, including models of porcelain birds and animals as well as a rare pair of European court figures. The sale also features a selection of China Trade paintings from India House, the storied New York club-- most notably a portrait of Houqua, the most powerful and wealthy of the Chinese merchants who made up the Co-Hong in Canton. Other offerings include garnitures of vases, ‘mistake’ wares and European subject pieces from the collection of Dr. Shirley Mueller.

Items are available for viewing by appointment at Christie’s Fine Art Storage facility. Please contact mdavila@christies.com to arrange to view items from the sale.

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Bonhams Online Auction "First Call of the Pheasant"

January 12, 2022

A Lacquer Box and Cover, Edo period (1615-1868), 17th century, Estimate: $1,000-1,500

"First Call of the Pheasant;" Japanese Art Offerings of the New Year, Bonhams New York
Online auction, available now until January 20, 2022

Bonhams opens their sales of Asian art in 2022 with an online sale of Japanese art in a wide variety of styles and materials, including lacquerwares, finely crafted metal sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and much more.

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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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