What's Happening in Asian Art...

Online sales at Christie's New York

November 30, 2020

Property from the Estate of a Lady
A Huanghuali Trestle-Leg Table
19th century
Estimate: $20,000 - 40,000

Christie’s New York is now holding two online sales (18 November to 9 December).
The first, Art of China Winter Edition showcases archaic jade carvings and early Chinese art from the Florence and Herbert Irving collection, and Ming and Qing ceramics from the Lenora and Walter F. Brown collection and from the Peter Tcherepnine collection. Other highlights include huanghuali furniture and scholar’s objects, jade and hardstone carvings and porcelain and works of art from private American collections.

Property from a Prominent
American Private Collection
Wang Dongling (b. 1945)
Estimate: $12,000 - 22,000

The second, Chinese Paintings Online: Modern Masters is a selection of paintings and calligraphy from the modern and contemporary periods. Key highlights include C.C. Wang, Wang Dongling and Chen Jialing paintings directly acquired from the artists, complemented by an exquisite selection of works from a Private East Coast Collection.

Exhibition of photographs by Eric Zetterquist at the TEMPLE in Beijing

November 20, 2020

A group of photographs by Eric Zetterquist, including several new portraits of scholar's rocks, is at the TEMPLE in Beijing until January 13, 2021. Set in a complex of exquisitely restored 300-year-old temple buildings near the Forbidden City, this arts center includes a gallery, tea room, performance spaces and permanent installations by James Turrell and Team Lab.

DOGGOS! -Inu 犬 in Japanese arts-is on view online at Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

November 20, 2020

A pair of wood lion and guardian dogs, Kamakura Period, 13th century; Heights: 43cm and 48cm

Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art is holding an online exhibition, entitled DOGGOS! - Inu 犬 in Japanese arts - featuring portrayals of dogs in sculpture and painting from November 20 - December 10. A pair of wood lion and guardian dogs illustrated above are quite commanding.

Asia Week New York ‘LIVE’ Zooms-In on Tales of Conservation, Science, and Asian Art on November 18 at 5pm EST

November 11, 2020

A Set of Seven Black-lacquer Boxes
with Silver and Gold Appliqué

China, Western Han dynasty (2nd-1st c. BCE)
Lengths range from 4.0 to 15.0 cm. (1 1/2 to 5 7/8 in.)
(Courtesy: Kaikodo LLC)

New York: Asia Week New York is pleased to announce that Tales in Conservation: The Application of Science to Asian Art–a live panel discussion featuring world renowned experts–will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m. EST, 2:00 p.m. PST. This is a one-time opportunity to hear these speakers address issues that are important to collectors.

"Science and conservation are inextricably aligned in the field of Asian art and Asia Week New York is thrilled to bring together this highly qualified group of people to offer their compelling stories and perspectives on the subject," says Dessa Goddard, U.S. Head, Asian Art Group, Bonhams, and member of the Asia Week New York Planning Committee.

The participants include Leslie Gat, from the Art Conservation Group, Asian and Tribal art dealer Thomas Murray, of his eponymous California gallery, Mary Ann Rogers, founder of Kaikodo LLC, which specializes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Art, and John Twilley, the highly acclaimed art conservation scientist. Each specialist will discuss specific approaches and scientific techniques in the conservation of ancient objects including gilt bronzes and Indian textiles. Dessa Goddard will moderate the discussion.

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tales-in-conservation-the-application-of-science-to-asian-art-tickets-128507783239

Indian chintz

Indian chintz transformed fashion, trade and technology
Courtesy: Thomas Murray Arts and The Royal Ontario Museum

About Asia Week New York
The collaboration of top-tier international Asian art galleries, the six major auction houses, Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby’s, and numerous museums and Asian cultural institutions, Asia Week New York is a week-long celebration filled with a non-stop schedule of simultaneous gallery open houses, Asian art auctions as well as numerous museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Participants from Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of museum-quality treasures from China, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Korea.

Asia Week New York Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade membership organization registered with the state of New York. For more information visit www.AsiaWeekNewYork.com @asiaweekny #asiaweekny

About Songtsam, Presenting Sponsor
Founded by Baima Duoji, in 2000, the Songtsam Group is the only collection of luxury Tibetan-style retreats found across the Tibetan Plateau that offers guests sophisticated elegance, refined design, modern amenities, and unobtrusive service in places of natural beauty and cultural interest. With his long-standing and strong interest in Chinese, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art, Mr. Baima started collecting art long before he established his first hotel, Songtsam Lodge Shangri-La, which is located next to the famous Songzanlin Monastery in Shangri-La. Many of the properties across the Tibetan plateau are decorated with Mr. Baima’s personal collection, with each hotel acting as a private art museum. For more information, visit www.songtsam.com.

Watch an excerpt from the Tales in Conservation webinar:

SEEN|UNSEEN New works by Akiyama Yo and Kitamura Junko and Ukiyo-e and Shin-hanga Part III Prints from the George Crawford Collection at Joan B Mirviss Ltd

November 4, 2020

Akiyama Yō (b.1953)
Untitled T-198
Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating
15 x 27 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.

Joan B Mirviss LTD presents new works by artists Akiyama Yō and Kitamura Junko created for their second joint exhibition at the gallery. The artworks of this Kyoto-based artistic couple are inspired by their teachers who co-founded the Sōdeisha ceramic movement, and both artists are known for conceptually daring works that shake loose traditional ties to functionality.

Considered one of Japan's most important contemporary artists, Akiyama Yō (b. 1953) creates powerful sculptures that look as if they were excavated from the earth's very core. He has won many prestigious prizes in Japan, and his works are in many important collections and museums both in Japan and in the West.

Kitamura Junko Vessel 20-G

Kitamura Junko (b. 1956)
Vessel 20-G
Stoneware with black slip, inlaid with white slip
17 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.

Kitamura Junko (b. 1956) brings a fresh perspective into a field that had long excluded female ceramicists. She covers the elegant curvilinear forms of her sculptures in ethereal geometric patterns with painstaking detail. Featured in American exhibitions focused on Japanese ceramics, Kitamura's works may be found in important museum collections throughout the world.

This exhibition is on view both online at Joan B Mirviss Ltd. and in the gallery by appointment.

Ukiyo-e and Shin-hanga Part III Prints from the George Crawford Collection is now on view online at Joan B Mirviss Ltd.

Toyokuni- A young man and two courtesans

Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825)
A young man and two courtesans, accompanied by a servant, take a stroll beneath the blossoming cherry trees
ca. 1788
beni girai-e triptych sheet
Inv# 11879

Selected from George Crawford's extremely fine collection, this third group of prints by artists from Utagawa Toyokuni I to Kawase Hasui, provides an insight into the history of this art form and reflects the collector's excellent taste.

The print by Utagawa Toyokuni I is a late 18th century Ukiyo-e triptych while the landscape by Yoshida Hiroshi is a fine example of 20th century Shin-Hanga.

Yoshida Hiroshi-Mt. Betsu of the Tate Mountain Range

Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Mt. Betsu of the Tate Mountain Range
Ōban yoko-e
Inv# 11360

To view the exhibition, go to Joan B Mirviss Ltd.

Thomsen Gallery at TEFAF Online New York 2020

October 30, 2020

Shigeki Kitani
Oni 1 (Demon 1), 1963
Oil, ink, and paper on canvas
31½ x 39¼ inches

One of our participants, Thomsen Gallery, will be part of TEFAF Online New York 2020, the art fair’s new digital platform. Each exhibitor will present one masterpiece.

Shigeki Kitani (1928-2009) was a leading Japanese avant-garde artist associated for 15 years with the influential Gutai collective.

Kitani's 2015 retrospective exhibition at the Thomsen gallery featured 28 works from the 1950s and early 1960s, many of them never exhibited before, which demonstrated Kitani's mastery of a gritty yet lyrical abstraction. Of the 28 works in the exhibition, 19 were preserved for many years at the Museum of Art and History in Ashiya City, birthplace of Gutai.

A fully illustrated publication, with an essay by the artist's son and his first detailed biography, is available from the gallery.

The Art of Japan at the New York Satellite Print Fair

October 27, 2020

Ito Shinsui (1898-1972), The Second Collection of Modern Beauties: Snowstorm, 1932, woodblock print (detail)

Japanese prints from The Art of Japan will be on view at the New York Satellite Print Fair for an additional week as the fair has been extended until November 8.

Nicholas Grindley: "The Online Scholar's Object Show"

October 26, 2020

A bamboo figure of a gentleman seated, leaning against rockwork, he holds a sprig of lingzhi fungus in his right hand and there is a basket of the fungus beside him; a scythe is balanced against the rocks behind the gentleman. He wears a long robe, falling open to reveal his chest and belly, and a cloth cap; his bare feet protrude from the hems of the robe. His hair, moustache and beard are incised, and his features bear a happy expression. 
Qing dynasty, 17th–18th century
Height 10.2 cm / 4 in.

Only a few days remain to view "The Online Chinese Scholar's Object Show" at Nicholas Grindley until October 31.

Nature Born: new works from Shigaraki master KOHARA Yasuhiro

October 22, 2020

Shigaraki Large Jar B 壺, 2020
H 16” x Dia 13.3”, H41 x Dia 34cm

The current exhibition at Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., Nature Born: new works from Shigaraki master KOHARA Yasuhiro, will be up until November 13.

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd has been showing Kohara's work since 1999.  Born in Shigaraki, one of Japan's ancient kiln sites, in 1954, he is self-taught.  He had neither formal schooling in ceramic art nor did he apprentice to a master.  Inspired by the local landscape and the Shigaraki pottery tradition, he uses the grainy clay of the region and glazes ranging in hue from champagne to amber to seafoam green to make spontaneous and self-assured work.

For more information, please contact Beatrice Chang @ 917-435-9473 or email to: daiichiarts@yahoo.com


Shigaraki Basket I 手付鉢, 2020
H6.3” x W14.5” x D13”, H16 x W37 x D33cm

In Her Eyes: In Memory of Laura de Santillana

October 22, 2020

H46 1/2 x W19 1/8 x D11 1/8 in
H118 x W48.5 x D28 cm
Courtesy of the Laura de Santillana Foundation

The exhibition, In Her Eyes: In Memory of Laura de Santillana, is dedicated to the late artist and friend of Shoko Aono and remembers her life, legacy, fine craft, and the person herself through her works in glass. 

Seven works will be featured, highlighting her iconic Tablet series alongside her latest Transparent Triplet Series.  Laura de Santillana’s material literacy and technique comes from her family heritage of Venini family glass-makers, combined with her personal exploration of art around the world.

Laura studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and has held exhibitions in Japan, Europe, the United States, and Israel.
Her work can be found in the collections of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Victoria & Albert
Museum (London), and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris).

This exhibition is open for public viewing by appointment only from October 21– November 18 at Ippodo Gallery, 32 East 67th Street, 3rd Floor.

H14 1/2 x W12 1/4 x L2 1/4 in,
H36 1/2 x W31 x L5 1/2 cm
Courtesy of Ippodo Gallery

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