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In search of Asian Art, Day 5

March 16, 2021

Landscape By Kano Motonobu (1476-1559), Muromachi period, 16th century, Japan, hanging scroll, ink on paper, courtesy of Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts

In their exhibition, Kokon Biannual – Spring 2021, Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts, at 17 East 71st Street, focuses on the varied uses of a single medium--monochrome ink, whether in paintings and screens, the wooden core of a hand-held drum or ceramics.

A few blocks away at Zetterquist Galleries at 3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B, in Ceramics and Works of Art from China, Japan and Korea, the selection on view is more comprehensive geographically and in terms of type than the usual concentration on ceramics.

Large Longquan Celadon Phoenix Tail (Yen Yen) Vase, Yuan Dynasty, 1279 - 1368, China, courtesy of Zetterquist Galleries

New exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtJapan:  A History of Style
This exhibition celebrates how gifts and acquisitions of the last decade have transformed The Met’s ability to narrate the story of Japanese art.  Highlights include the debut of a spectacular group of contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

In Search of Asian Art, Day 4

March 15, 2021

Inkstone Case (Yeonsang)  Joseon Dynasty (late 19th Century), Korea, persimmon wood, courtesy of HK Art & Antiques LLC

Appointments are needed to visit all gallery exhibitions and auction house viewings.

Three galleries are located off Madison in the high 70’s. In Scholar’s Study (Sarangbang) at HK Art & Antiques LLC at 49 East 78th Street, Suite 4B, the pieces of furniture that would have been placed in a Joseon Dynasty scholar’s room in Korea are displayed.

A few doors down, Tradition Redefined: Rosanjin and His Rivals at Joan B Mirviss LTD, at 39 East 78th Street, Suite 401, is the first exhibition of the ceramics of Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) in New York in nearly 50 years.

Kitaōji Rosanjin (1883-1959), Unique, Large Thickly Walled Karatsu Madara-glazed Vessel with Incised Comb Patterning, ca. 1955, Glazed Stoneware, courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD

Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art at 17 East 76th Street, 3rd floor presents Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865): His World Revisited which includes over 60 woodblock prints, paintings and books by the 19th century ukiyo-e master.

Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865) Ichikawa Danjūrō VII Wiping his Face in Front of a Make-up Mirror, Color woodblock print, circa 1833–35, courtesy Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art

Highlights of the April 6-April 27 online auction of Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art at iGavel Auctions, can be seen by appointment in their gallery at 227 East 120th Street.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

In Search of Asian Art, Day 3

March 14, 2021

All galleries and auction houses are open by appointment, and one should be made ahead of your visit.

Two galleries in the sixties off Madison Avenue are open today. Thomsen Gallery at 9 East 63rd Street, is holding their 4th exhibition of new work by Kyoto lacquer artist Yoshio Okada (b. 1977), including boxes from his Celestial Phenomena and Jellyfish Series.

Cloudy Sky, Bright Moon, Kanshitsu Box with Sprinkled Design of Celestial Phenomena 2020, courtesy of Thomsen Gallery

Incarnations of Devotion, at Kapoor Galleries, Inc. at 34 East 67th Street, features fine Indian paintings, a bronze Chola-period sculpture of Parvati, and a carefully-curated selection of artworks from India, Nepal, Tibet, and Southeast Asia.

Uma (Parvati), South India, Tamil Nadu, Chola period, 11th-12th century, courtesy of Kapoor Galleries, Inc.

The largest number and widest range of Asian works of art is to be found at Christie’s, at 20 Rockefeller Plaza at 49th Street, where over 750 pieces in seven auctions, (three of Chinese art, one of Japanese and Korean art, one of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art, and two of South Asian Modern and Contemporary art) are on view.

An Exceptional and Highly Important Bronze Ritual Wine Vessel and Cover, Gong, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 13th-12th Century BC, courtesy of Christie’s

At Doyle, at 175 East 87th Street, the sale of Asian Works of Art, comprises the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century.

A Rare Chinese Longquan Celadon Drum Form Box and Cover, Song-Yuan Dynasty, courtesy of Doyle

In Search of Asian Art, Day 2

March 13, 2021

All galleries and auction houses are open by appointment, and one should be made ahead of your visit.

In midtown, On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints at Scholten Japanese Art at 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D explores how artists of this transformative period either depicted foreign elements or returned to traditional themes.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Benkei in the play Kanjincho (Ichikawa Danjuro, Kanjincho no Benkei), courtesy of Scholten Japanese Art


At Bonhams at 580 Madison Avenue at 57th Street, an auction dedicated to Chinese Works of Art and Paintings, one to Fine Japanese and Korean Art and a third to Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art are presented along with an online sale. .

Brass Figure of Vajravarahi, from the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Northeastern India, Pala Period, circa 11th century, Himalayan Art Resources item no.16914, courtesy of Bonhams


Japan Society Gallery at 333 East 47th Street near 1st Avenue had reopened.  The exhibition, When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. To celebrate the reopening, admission is free in the month of March, courtesy of TAKENAKA CORPORATION.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

Art and Infinite Space - Zoom artist talk

March 13, 2021

Art and Infinite Space - Zoom Artist Talk
Manika Nagare in conversation with Tsuchikane, Ph.D.
Mar 17, 2021 04:00 PM EST

Manika Nagare will talk with Dr. Yasuko Tsuchikane, an adjunct assistant professor of modern Japanese art history at The Cooper-Union. The talk will revolve around abstraction, color, public art, and gender in Japanese art.

To Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMucemhpjIoHdWxFr63UBl5HaWxbSakKCh5

IN BETWEEN #1, 2019, oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 16 1/8 in (60.6 x 41 cm)

CREATION CONTINUA: Park Joon Photo Portraits of Korean Artist Diaspora in Greater New York
Mar 17- Apr 30, 2021
Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center New York
Virtual Opening Reception: Wednesday, Mar 17, 6 PM EST

To Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-6lAr9oZZ5lB8iGTG-E6YsWrI05bI-TYE0Mj5ApEHzg/viewform?edit_requested=true&gxids=7628

In Search of Asian Art, Day 1

March 12, 2021

Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Phoenix-Tail Vase, Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722, courtesy of Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.

Galleries you can visit: Asia Week New York 2021

13 New York based galleries and 6 auction houses that are part of Asia Week New York are open by appointment this week.  Here are some suggestions of where to go, day by day. Appointments should be made ahead of your visit.

Starting in midtown, the Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art at Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. at 16 East 52nd Street, 10th Floor concentrates on Chinese art.

Qi Baishi (1864-1957)  Chicks, Ink on paper, courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Most of what is on display nearby at Heritage Auctions at 445 Park Ave near 57th Street, in their Fine and Decorative Asian Art auction is also Chinese.

An exceptional white and russet jade brushpot, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, courtesy of Sotheby's

A bit further away at Sotheby's at 1332 York Avenue at 72nd Street three auctions of Chinese art are on view.  The two-dimensional works in their Modern and Contemporary South Asian art sale are a change of pace.

Asia Week New York Spring 2021 Online Viewing Room

Today is the day! Asia Week New York 2021 goes live at 4pm EST

March 11, 2021

A Rare Gilt Copper and Blue Champlevé Enamel Pandan, Deccan, Aurangabad area, possibly Burhanpur, late 17th century, Gilt copper and blue champlevé enamel, Height 7.5 cm; Diameter 13.5 cm, courtesy of Francesca Galloway

We are excited to present our 12th annual celebration of Asian art in New York. This year the spotlight is on our newly designed Online Viewing Room open from today until March 20. Our 29 participating member galleries and 6 auction houses feature almost 400 works dating from the Neolithic period to the present day.  You can take a virtual visual journey and see a wide array of tantalizing treasures from Japan to China, India, the Himalayas, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines and even to Iran.

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959), Large Karatsu madara glazed vase, Glazed stoneware, ca. 1955, 17 1/4 x 15 5/8 in, courtesy of Joan B Mirviss LTD

If you are in New York, 13 galleries and the auction house viewings will be open by appointment and welcome you to visit.  Stay tuned for daily suggestions of where to go to see a few of the over 3,000 works of art on offer in association with Asia Week 2021.

Xiang Peiyu (1722-1790 or later), “Landscapes” 1790, Album of six leaves, ink on paper 37.8 x 55.5 cm (14 7/8 x 21 7/8 in.), courtesy of Kaikodo LLC

Please join us later today, at 5pm, to Zoom in together for a sampling of the highlights from our online exhibition and of Asian art currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Our panelists include: Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art, Olivia Hamilton, Specialist, Head of Department, in the Chinese Works of Art department at Christie’s New York, Katherine Martin, Chairperson, Asia Week New York and Managing Director, Scholten Japanese Art, and Eric Zetterquist, principal, Zetterquist Galleries, New York.

To reserve, click here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oA86NxqZSB273qYA5C2gxw

The Forbidden City at 600:  Women in the Imperial Palace

March 10, 2021

Much is known about the lives of the emperors who lived behind the vermilion walls of the Forbidden City. But what of the women? In the third program of a series commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City, Jan Stuart, top China curator at the Smithsonian, and Di Yajing, architecture expert from the Palace Museum, will share objects and spaces used by the women of the imperial court. Following that, Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, will join them in a wide-ranging conversation about life within the walls of the Forbidden City. Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, will open the program with thoughts on conservation of the Forbidden City for the next 600 years.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-vbNElB8SoS4r8VU5YYnKg

Revelations: Jayashree Chakravarty in dialogue with Roobina Karode

March 10, 2021

Director and Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar museum of art, New Delhi.
In collaboration with Akar Prakar and Asia Week New York, 2021.
17 March 2021 6:30 PM in India,
(Check EST as clocks change on March 14)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Webinar ID: 979 6721 5863

Auction of Asian Works of Art at Doyle

March 9, 2021

A Rare Chinese Longquan Celadon Drum Form Box and Cover, Song-Yuan Dynasty

Auction of Asian Works of Art at Doyle
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10am

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s Asian Works of Art auction, part of Asia Week New York, will take place on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10am. Doyle is presenting a curated sale of over 300 lots featuring the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Showcased will be bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, porcelains, pottery, scholar’s objects and paintings from prominent collections and estates.

A Rare Chinese Longquan Celadon Drum-Form Box and Cover
Southern Song-Yuan Dynasty
Well-potted with rounded, relief-decorated sides with leafy floral scrolling and mask handles above row of pinwheel bosses at base; the cover with row of bosses at side and molded to top with lotus blossom; decorated with thick and pale blue-celadon glaze; the mouth and foot rim burnt orange red with some slight exposure of grey-white stoneware body. Height 4 1/4 inches. Lot 224.
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
The Estate of a Connecticut Private Collector

A Fine Chinese Enameled Porcelain Lantern VaseQianlong Seal Mark in Underglaze Blue and of the PeriodThe rounded, cylindrical vase with molded bat-form handles at shoulder and well decorated in famille rose enamels with lotus scrolls, chimes and red bats. Height 10 3/4 inches.  Lot 263.Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Acquired from a Private American Collection

A Fine Pair of Chinese Huanghuali High-Back Armchairs 18th Century
Apart from the subtle grace and symmetry of these rare huanghuali chairs, their originality is what should appeal to buyers of classical Chinese furniture. Both chairs display gentle signs of age and use, from the wear to the foot rails to the rounded edges of the arms. The buyer of Lot 87 will also be inheriting a legacy of care that has kept these fine chairs in show condition for over two centuries.
Estimate: $15,000-$20,000

Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14, Noon-5pm
And by appointment on other days and evenings
Safety protocols will be in place.

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