What's Happening in Asian Art...
February 25, 2021
Hasapi Lute top figure, Batak, Sumatra
February 24-28, 2021
Explore the exotic, colorful, magical, mystical work of Tribal and Ethnographic Art. Enjoy and acquire objects created by indigenous cultures over millennia. More than 60 top-tier galleries and dealers from the US and around the globe showing remarkable stone and wood carvings, paintings, jewelry, and pottery and the finest ancient and contemporary textiles and rugs for North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, India, Oceania, and the Americas.
Friday, February 26, 2021, Thomas Murray will speak on the Art of Two, the book he wrote in 2015 on the theme of Mother and Child. Tom Murray is an independent researcher, author, collector, lecturer, and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures.
For more information, visit https://www.virtualtribalandtextileartshows.com.
February 24, 2021
Two immortals, China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), late 18th century. Jade (nephrite). Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.411) (left); Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015 (2015.500.5.12) (right)
Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection
January 30-October 17, 2021
An outstanding selection of Chinese art gifted to The Met by Florence and Herbert Irving is the focus of this exhibition. Beginning in the early 1970s, the Irvings built one of the most comprehensive and superb collections of Chinese art in the world. For more than three decades, the couple helped The Met acquire important artworks and provided support for exhibitions, and their passion was a factor in building the current exhibition galleries dedicated to Chinese decorative arts. Their generous gifts of more than five hundred exceptional objects fundamentally transformed the holdings of Chinese art at The Met.
The approximately 120 works on display (in each rotation) cover almost all major categories of Chinese art, with a focus on three-dimensional objects, including lacquer, ceramic, metal work, jade, bamboo, and stone carvings. Created by both famous and unknown masters, these extraordinary works represent the artistic sophistication and technical virtuosity of Chinese decorative arts from the tenth through the early twentieth century. In addition to the Irvings’ well-known assemblage of lacquer ware, the exhibition also showcases their recent gifts of a group of jade and bamboo works from the eighteenth-century imperial workshop that have never before been on display. This presentation reunites important private loans formerly in the Irvings’ collection with comparative pieces from The Met collection.
Water Buffalo, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 18th century. Jade (nephrite). Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1936
Celebrating the Year of the Ox
January 30, 2021–January 17, 2022
The traditional East Asian lunar calendar consists of a repeating 12–year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The association of these creatures with the Chinese calendar began in the third century B.C. and became firmly established by the first century A.D. The 12 animals are, in sequence: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each is believed to embody certain traits that are manifested in the personalities of the people born in that year. This Lunar New Year, which begins on February 12, 2021, is the Year of the Ox.
In celebration of the Year of the Ox, this exhibition presents depictions of oxen and water buffalo (considered the same category of animals in China) created by artists in the last 3,000 years. Particularly notable are a massive eighteenth-century jade sculpture of a water buffalo and a remarkable eighth-century set of ceramic Chinese zodiac figures, illustrating the important role that the animals play in the life of humans.
February 23, 2021
Mansheng Wang (Chinese, b. 1962),Collection of Rotted Wood, 2019
Chinese ink on paper; mounted as an album 11 × 7 7/8 inches (28 × 20 cm) Purchased with the East Asian Art Revolving Fund, 2019-153-3
Wang Mansheng continues the age-old tradition of collecting and appreciating humble materials from nature by depicting ‘portraits’ of driftwood found in the Hudson Valley. Captured from all angles, nooks and crannies become steep cliffs and deep ravines, showing that even insect-ridden rotted wood can provide inspiration for contemplation and self-reflection.
February 19, 2021
Chinese Export Watercolor of Junk, 19th Century, Courtesy of iGavel Auctions
New York: Who better to explain the harrowing twists and turns of transporting a precious work of art to its final destination than a team of art dealers, collectors and transport specialists? Providing useful tips on how to navigate this oftentimes convoluted process, Asia Week New York presents a panel of experts who discuss the road from seller to buyer from their individual perspectives on Wednesday, February 24th, 5:00 p.m. (EST) To reserve a spot, visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z-CiaSxkQgee-EhUxsB3ZQ
Says Lark Mason, founder of iGavel Auctions and president of the Appraisers Association of America, who will moderate the discussion: “Our intent is to provide practical information about how to get from A to Z–avoiding as much stress as possible–after purchasing a work of art.”
The experts include:
Mark Aiston has worked in the art and antiques shipping and storage business since 1983. He founded his own company, Aiston Fine Art Services, in 2002 catering to the demanding needs of the discerning art collecting and auction worlds, both locally and internationally.
Susan L. Beningson is an independent curator based in New York City. Her current project is part of Triennial now on view at the Asia Society Museum entitled: "We The People: Xu Bing and Sun Xun Respond to the Declaration of Independence." From 2013 through 2019 she was a curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum where she organized the reinstallation of the Arts of China galleries and the exhibition "One: Xu Bing" as well as co-curating the reinstallation of the Arts of Korea gallery and the exhibition "Infinite Blue." A well-known collector of Asian art, Dr. Beningson's collection of 150 objects of Indian temple jewelry was the subject of an international traveling exhibition organized by the Asia Society Museum and toured with the American Federation of Arts to six venues and is now part of the permanent collection of the Newark Museum.
Steven Chait is the President of Ralph M. Chait Galleries in New York City. The Gallery was founded by their namesake and Steven's grandfather, Ralph M. Chait in 1910. The Gallery today is the oldest specialist gallery in the United States dealing in fine antique Chinese porcelains and works of art. Over its remarkable long history, the gallery has worked with and sold to museums and private collectors throughout the world.
Mee-Seen Loong is a director of INKstudio, a gallery based in Beijing focused on contemporary Chinese Ink art and provides art advisory services to collectors, corporations and museums. She is a consultant to Sotheby’s where her long career of 40-plus years has included the roles of Managing Director of Sotheby’s Hong Kong and Vice-Chairman, Chinese Art and Asian Paintings worldwide.
For the past twenty-five years, Ellen Hoener Ross has provided significant guidance and innovative solutions to meet the changing risk management and insurance needs of the art world. As the Managing Director of the Fine Arts and Cultural Institutions Practices at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, her team specializes in fine arts insurance for art collectors, cultural institutions, artists, galleries, and nonprofits. Before joining Gallagher, Ms. Ross was the Fine Arts Practice leader at Wells Fargo. She also worked as the property claims manager for Hanover Insurance Co. and as a fine arts/jewelry claims specialist and Underwriter for Hartford Insurance Co.
About Asia Week New York
The collaboration of top-tier international Asian art galleries, the five 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 Hotels, Resorts, & Tour 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. Songtsam aims to share the beauty of humanity’s imagination and creativity with people from all over the world and has been exploring and preserving the essence of Tibetan culture, all the while maintaining a commitment to supporting economic development, local communities, environmental conservation, and sustainability within Tibet and Yunnan. For more information, visit www.songtsam.com/en
February 16, 2021
Asia Week New York is pleased to host a panel discussion, Transported by Art, on Wednesday, February 24 at 5pm EST.
Follow the journey taken by a work of art on its way from the seller to the buyer. It could be more convoluted than you might expect. Our expert panelists: Mark Aiston, Aiston Fine Art Services, Susan L. Beningson PhD, curator and collector, Steven Chait, President, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Mee-Seen Long, Director INKStudio, consultant to Sotheby's, and Ellen Ross, Head of the Fine Arts Practice, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. offer tips on what to look out for and how to negotiate some of the twists and turns. The conversation will be moderated by Lark Mason, Jr. founder of iGavel Auctions and president of the Appraiser's Association of America.
To Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z-CiaSxkQgee-EhUxsB3ZQ
February 15, 2021
New acquisitions include 19th C. triptychs, Pre-Earthquake Hasui Prints, a Yoshida Grand Canyon impression, a rare and desirable print by Elizabeth Keith and an interesting Nagasaki print.
They can be found at www.theartofjapan.com
February 12, 2021
Four bronze long-horned bulls and a horse, Dian kingdom, Yunnan, Western Han dynasty, 3rd-1st century B.C. Lengths: 17.8 to 24.8 cm. (7 to 9 3/4 in.), courtesy of Kaikodo
Looking forward to a less eventful year and wishing you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year of the Ox!
The Chinese zodiac is a 12-year cycle where each year is represented by an animal, and 2021 is the year of the dependable Ox. According to a myth about how the order of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac calendar was established, the ox came in second in a race to reach the emperor’s party. He had been the frontrunner, but just before the finish line, the rat asked him for a ride across the river and then got off his back and claimed first place. A very trustworthy beast of burden and indispensable in an agricultural society, the ox has always been much valued in Asia. Known for being hardworking and reliable, oxen have frequently been portrayed in Chinese and Japanese works of art.
In addition, each year of the Chinese calendar is associated with one of the ten elements, such as fire, water, air. 2021 is the Metal Ox year so this group of four bronze long-horned bulls and a horse is most fitting. From the Dian kingdom in Yunnan and dating to the Western Han dynasty (3rd-1st century BC), these pieces attest to the ox’s long historical importance in Chinese life.
The approach is more fanciful in a Japanese print by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Fifty-three Stations Along the Tokaido: View of Kanbara, from a bijin landscape series, in which a beautiful young woman is shown riding an ox in a snowbound landscape.
Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) 1786-1865, Fifty-three Stations Along the Tokaido: View of Kanbara, signed Kochoro Kunisada ga, ca. 1838, chuban tate-e 9 7/8 by 7 3/8 in., 25 by 18.7 cm, courtesy of Scholten Japanese Art
Oxen have been depicted in paintings, stone sculpture, wood, jade and other materials as well as in pottery and porcelain. A perennial favorite throughout these media is the image of a boy riding an ox or a water buffalo, and here is a classic porcelain example of that, a Chinese blanc de chine water dropper in the shape of a boy riding an ox, from the Kangxi period/ early 18th century.
Chinese blanc de chine water dropper in the shape of a boy riding an ox, Kangxi period/early 18th century, Height: 3 inches (7.5 cm) Length: 3 1/2 inches (9 cm), courtesy of Ralph M. Chait Galleries
February 11, 2021
Ivory ox, inlaid eyes of amber Kaigyokusai Masatsugu (1813-1882) Formerly in the Buquet Collection, Carmel, CA
LIVE ZOOM WEBINAR: NETSUKE AND SAGEMONO IN THE YEAR OF THE OX
Wednesday, February 17, 6 PM EST
Featuring David Butsumyo, a collector and retired endodontist from Long Beach, California.
This event is co-sponsored by the International Netsuke Society.
Click here to register for the Zoom event: February 17 Zoom Webinar.
February 10, 2021
Looking Up To My Man, 2019, Digital C-Print.
Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce an artist & curator conversation between Pixy Liao and Christopher Phillips on Thursday, February 11th, 2021. The discussion will focus on Pixy Liao's recent works that are part of her current exhibition "New Wife, Old House" with Chambers Fine Art, and an upcoming solo exhibition at Fotografiska in New York.
Christopher Phillips is an independent curator and critic based in New York City. He teaches courses on the history and interpretation of photography and media art at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. From 2000 to 2016 he was a curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. During the past 20 years he has organized many exhibitions that examine contemporary Asian photography and media art. These exhibitions include "Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China" (2004, co-curated with Wu Hung); "Shanghai Kaleidoscope" (2008); "Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan" (with Noriko Fuku, 2008); and “Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art” (2018). He serves as a board member of Asia Art Archive in America, and is a contributing editor of the magazine Art in America.
Pixy Liao was born in Shanghai, China, in 1979. Liao received her MFA in photography from the University of Memphis in 2008. Liao is a recipient of NYFA Fellowship in photography, Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award, En Foco’s New Works Fellowship and Lens Culture Exposure Awards. She has been a resident at University of Arts London, Pioneer Works, Light Work, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Camera Club of New York. Liao’s photography have been exhibited worldwide, including He Xiangning Art Museum (Beijing), M Woods Museum (Beijing), UCCA Center For Contemporary Art (Beijing), Museum of Sex (New York), Asia Society (Houston), and National Gallery of Australia (Sydney). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Zoom Link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/96768211655 No RSVP is necessary for this event.
February 8, 2021
To accompany the online exhibition opening on February 8, Cascades and Glacial Landscapes, New clay sculptures by Jeff Shapiro, Joan Mirviss will moderate a discussion with prominent clay artist Jeff Shapiro and ceramic collectors Halsey and Alice North on Jeff's unique journey: from ceramic training in Japan as a young man, through his decades-long evolution into an independent artist creating highly original works that draw from his varied experiences.
The audience is invited to submit questions they may have for Jeff and the Norths, which may be selected for the Q & A portion of the event.
To RSVP to this event and send in your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org