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Harvard Art Museums Presents Future Minded: New Works in the Collection

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Noriko Saitō, Japanese (b. Japan 1973), Sunbeam, 2002, ink and color on paper; drypoint with aquatint, 21 5/8 × 26 9/16 in. (55 × 67.5 cm); Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of the David L. Klein, Jr. Foundation in memory of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto, 2018.200. © Noriko Saitō. Photo: © President and Fellows of Harvard College; courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums; Will be on display in Future Minded: New Works in the Collection

Future Minded: New Works in the Collection
March 1 – July 21, 2024
Exhibition Tour: Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 12-1pm
Special Exhibitions Gallery (Level 3)

Opening this Friday, March 1st, Future Minded highlights a selection of works acquired in recent years that exemplify the Harvard Art Museums’ collecting vision and strategies. Nearly all are on display for the first time.

The museums are committed to acquiring art that expands the range of artists and cultures represented in the collections; that moves museum practice toward more nuanced understanding of both histories and contemporary issues; and that pushes boundaries and embraces experimentation. Many of the works on view are by living artists, an area of focused growth for the museums.

Staged across two adjacent galleries, the exhibition presents a range of drawings, photographs, prints, paintings, and sculptures spanning centuries and continents. The works are by roughly 30 artists, including Jean (Hans) Arp, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Willie Cole, Pietro Damini, Svenja Deininger, Jeffrey Gibson, Baldwin Lee, Ana Mendieta, Lucia Moholy, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Noriko Saitō, Melissa Shook, Jane Yang-D’Haene, and many others.

Also join a tour of the exhibition on Saturday, March 2nd with chief curator Soyoung Lee to learn insights into this exhibit. Tours are limited to 18 guests and registration will open at 10am the day of the tour.

To learn more, click here.

 

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Outstanding Chinese Gallery Shows Coming in March

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Top L-R: Large Vietnamese Blue and White Jar with Tigers, Horses, Birds, and Deer, 15th-16th c., Vietnam, H: 43 cm, Zetterquist Galleries; Sun Kehong (1532-1610), Auspicious Scholar Rocks, handscroll, ink and color on paper, 11 1/4 x 108 ¾ in., Fu Qiumeng Fine Art; Lui Shou-Kwan, Zen Painting 1970, A70-19, 1970, Chinese ink & color on paper, 151.5 x 82.5 cm, Alisan Fine Arts. Bottom L-R: John Thomson, Portrait of Three Women in Beijing, c. 1868, albumen silver print, 4 x 4 in., Loewentheil Collection of Chinese Photography; Fine and Rare Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Piggyback Boys, Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722, H: 9 ¼ in., Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.; Kelly Wang, Brush Rest, 2023, newspaper and mixed media, 75.5 x 25 x 39 in., INKStudio; A Chinese Cizhou-ware Ceramic Pillow with Double-phoenix Décor, North Song period, 11th-early 12th c., 45 x 33 x 28 cm, Kaikodo LLC

Seven renown Chinese art galleries are gearing up to exhibit exceptional works of art for next month’s Asia Week New York.

Alisan Fine Arts
Lui Shou-Kwan: Shifting Landscapes
and Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices
February 27–April 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-8pm
120 East 65th Street

For their inaugural exhibits during Asia Week New York, Alisan Fine Arts shines a light on the work of Lui Shou-Kwan presenting transformative works from the artist’s career that bridged tradition and modernity while also sparking new dialogue in the international art community. And in conversation with Lui Shou-Kwan’s show in the gallery’s adjacent space will be Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices, a group exhibition of contemporary artists who interpret the subject of landscape in their own distinctive way.

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art
March 14–22, 2024
16 East 52nd Street, Suite 1002

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. will showcase a fine collection of Chinese porcelain and works of art, including a rare Chinese Famille Verte porcelain titled Piggyback Boys, from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722).

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Literati and Rocks Amidst Verdant Bloom
March 14–April 13, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-8pm
65 East 80th Street, Ground Floor

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art proudly unveils their Asia Week New York exhibition, Literati and Rocks Amidst Verdant Bloom, a meticulously curated selection of classical and contemporary works that embodies the soul of Asian artistry. By bringing together artists who exemplify the pinnacle of literati taste in Chinese brushwork, such as Ruan Ji and Sun Kehong, with contemporary artists such as Arnold Chang and Zhang Xiaoli, this exhibition bridges past and present celebrating the rich lineage of Asian art.

INKstudio
Kelly Wang and Ren Light Pan: New Material Practices in INK Art
March 14–22, 2024

Kelly Wang (b. 1992) and Ren Light Pan (b. 1990) are two emerging New York-based women artists who are redefining the material practices of Ink art. In one of her featured paintings, Brush Rest, Wang uses newspaper twisted into strands and sculpted into two-dimensional and three-dimensional landscape forms to transform the normally passive, absorbent ground of ink art—namely, paper—into an active, material inquiry into human society and nature. In contrast, Ren Light Pan, in her Sleep series paintings, uses the heat of her body and the physical, material properties of ink and water—namely, diffusion, absorption and evaporation—to indexically record her physical body in its sleeping state.

Kaikodo LLC
A Discovery of Dragons
March 14–April 18, 2024
Online Only

Kaikodo’s Asia Week New York online exhibition will showcase a Chinese Cizhou-ware Ceramic Pillow with Double-phoenix Décor, a breathtaking example of a technique for producing ceramic decoration perfected by Cizhou potters during the 11th century of the Song dynasty in northern China.

The Loewentheil Photography of China Collection
Dragon Women: Early Photographs of China
March 14–22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-9pm
10 W. 18th Street, 7th Floor

Dragon Women: Early Photographs of China will offer a rare occasion to view some of the earliest photographs of Chinese women, most taken in the 1860s and 1870s. The exhibition explores women’s place in society in the final decades of imperial China, as well as the representation of Chinese women in photography, exposing female attitudes toward the camera in the late Qing dynasty.

Zettterquist Galleries
Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics
March 14–22, 2024
3 East 66th Street, Suite 2B

Zetterquist Galleries is delighted to present an exhibition of Chinese and Vietnamese Ceramics, all sourced from American and Japanese collections. The Chinese pieces range in date from the Tang through Ming Dynasty with many fine and excellent works. Most of the Vietnamese selections come from the collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles, whose extraordinary collection of Chinese ceramics sold at the gallery last Spring. Representing Northern Vietnamese kilns from the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) through the Le Dynasty (1428-1788), this scholarly collection includes wares of varied techniques, forms and functions. Their exhibition catalog is now available to view online.

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Last Days of From Bamboo to Brush at TAI Modern

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Monden Yuichi, Wave Song, 2011, madake & nemagari bamboo, rattan, 21 x 25.5 x 12.75 in.; Deanne Kroll, Tibetan Bowls Music 2, 2024, ink on rice paper on wood, cold wax, 16x 23 in.

From Bamboo to Brush
Closing Thursday, February 29, 2024
1601 Paseo de Peralta, Sante Fe, NM

There’s still time to view TAI Modern’s latest curatorial vignette, From Bamboo to Brush, showcasing the synergy between Japanese bamboo art from their collection and contemporary Zen ink brush painting by artist Deanne Kroll of Raven Brushworks. The exhibit explores the shared principles of purpose, movement and expression, creating a compelling connection between these two diverse art forms.

The exhibition features ink paintings by Deanne Kroll alongside Japanese bamboo art by renowned artists like Honma Hideaki, Kawano Shoko, Monden Yuichi, Nakamura Tomonori, Sugiura Noriyoshi, Oki Toshie, Shono Tokuzo, Watanabe Chiaki and Japanese Living National Treasure, Fujitsuka Shosei.

Be sure to visit for a transformative exploration of artistic expression, cultural fusion and shared spiritual experience before the show closes next Thursday, the 29th!

To learn more, click here.

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The Met’s Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia

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Bhadrakali, destroyer of the universe, from a Tantric Devi series (detail). (India, ca. 1660–70). Opaque watercolor with gold, silver and green beetle-wing case on paper. Image: 9 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (23 x 21 cm); Framed: 12 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. x 3/4 in. (31.8 x 29.5 x 1.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Howard Hodgkin Collection, Purchase, Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, by exchange, 2022 (2022.243). Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia
Howard Hodgkin and India: Reflections on Art Making and Collecting
Friday, March 15, 2024 from 6-7pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Free with Museum admission

Presented in conjunction with their current exhibition Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Painting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia brings together experts close to Howard Hodgkin, including his partner of thirty-three years, Antony Peattie, for a personal look at the artist and collector’s lifetime engagement with India and Indian painting.

Over the course of sixty years, Hodgkin (British, 1932–2017) formed a collection of Indian paintings and drawings that is recognized as one of the finest of its kind. Learn about his practice as a highly regarded painter and printmaker and his collection of works from the Mughal, Deccani, Rajput, and Pahari courts dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries that reflect his personal passion for Indian art.

Antony Peattie, writer
Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director, The Museum of Modern Art
John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asian Art, Department of Asian Art, The Met
Navina Haidar, Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah Curator in Charge, Department of Islamic Art, The Met
Introduced by Mike Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chair, Department of Asian Art, The Met

Sign up here to reserve your spot!

 

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John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings Opening at Charles B. Wang Center

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John W. Winkler, Busy Street in Chinatown (1915), etching, 6 x 7.5 in; Courtesy of the Rivolo Collection

John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings
March 1 – May 19, 2024
Charles B. Wang Center Skylight Gallery
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 5-7pm

John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings explores forgotten scenes of San Francisco’s Chinatown from 1916 to 1923. Through John W. Winkler’s exceptional etchings, the exhibition unveils a crucial chapter in early Chinese immigration history in the United States.

Featuring 81 evocative etchings, the exhibition serves as a visual time capsule, capturing the essence of daily life in the heart of an early twentieth-century Chinatown. Winkler’s work, distinguished by its unparalleled quality, offers a unique lens to rediscover the narratives of this vibrant community during a pivotal immigration period. Winkler’s etchings transcend artistry, becoming historical documents that reveal the experiences, struggles, and resilience of those who called Chinatown home. The intricacy and depth of his lines convey not only artistic skill but also a profound connection to his subjects.

Curated by A. Rex Rivolo, director of Roving Sands Fine Arts, with all works on loan from the A. Rex Rivolo Collection and the Martin Levine Collection.

In addition to the opening reception on March 20th, also mark your calendars for these exhibition-related programs:

Lecture: Capturing History: The Stories within John W. Winkler’s Chinatown Etchings
by Dr. A. Rex Rivolo
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 4:00-5:00 pm

Guided Gallery Tour of John W. Winkler: The Chinatown Etchings
February 28, March 27, April 17 & May 8, 2024 from 12:00-12:30pm

To learn more and RSVP, click here.

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Alisan Fine Arts Opens New Exhibitions Soon

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Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975), Red Mountain Landscape 紅山風景, 1962, ink and color on rice paper, 43.5 x 46.5 cm

Lui Shou-Kwan: Shifting Landscapes
February 27 – April 27, 2024
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8pm

Alisan Fine Arts is delighted to announce Shifting Landscapes, a solo exhibition celebrating the art of pioneering ink artist Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975) at their newly opened gallery space on the Upper East Side.  Lui’s first exhibition in New York presents transformative works from the artist’s career that bridged tradition and modernity while also sparking new dialogue in the international art community. Lui was a vanguard figure of the New Ink Movement in Hong Kong, a movement that reimagined the Chinese Ink tradition and flourished from the 1950s to 1970s. Extremely influential to the following generation of artists, Lui was instrumental in transforming traditional Chinese ink painting into a modern, global art form.

Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices
February 27 – April 27, 2024
Asia Week New York Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14 from 5-8pm

In conversation with Lui Shou-Kwan’s show, a group exhibition of contemporary artists will be presented in Alisan Fine Art’s adjacent gallery. Landscape as Metaphor: Contemporary Voices features artists Bouie Choi, Chu Chu, Lam Tung Pang, Kelly Wang and Yang Yongliang, each of whom distinctively interpret the subject of landscape. Accompanying Asia Week New York, Alisan Fine Arts will also be hosting a reception and meet-and greet with artist Kelly Wang on March 14th from 5-8pm.

Be sure to mark your calendars for these exciting exhibitions and events!

To learn more about both shows, click here.

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Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos Closes Soon at INKstudio

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Installation view, Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos, First Floor / Exhibition Hall No.4 4号展厅/ 一层, INKstudio

Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos
Closing Sunday, February 25, 2024
INKstudio
Red No. 1-B1, Caochangdi, Beijing

There’s still time to visit Bingyi: The Eyes of Chaos at INKstudio before the exhibition closes this Sunday, February 25th.

Bingyi’s third solo show with the gallery debuts her latest grand, speculative narrative about Art and its relationship to Nature, Literature, History and Politics as retold or reimagined from a woman’s point of view.

Bingyi tells her story through two bodies of work resulting from her investigations over the past five years into the origins of the ink monochrome landscape in China: The Eyes of Chaos: Temple of the Matriarch of Painting—the organic development of Bingyi’s land-and-environment art practice into historical landscape painting; and Dream within a Dream within a Dream—a speculative, archaeological reconstruction of the life of Hua, the “Matriarch of Painting.” Hua, it turns out, was not only a visionary woman artist but a philosopher and political thinker who, in the Northern Song, created an alternative aesthetic system that de-centered the Patriarchal, Confucian, Brush-centered and Humanistic mode of literati landscape painting and, from a Woman’s point of view, re-centered the expressive possibilities of brush and ink on Ink and Water, on Taoism and on Nature.

An architectural designer, curator, cultural critic, and social activist, Bingyi has developed a multi-faceted practice that encompasses land-and-environmental art, site-specific architectural installation, musical and literary composition, ink painting, performance art, and filmmaking.

To learn more, click here.

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Exceptional Indian, Himalayan, Tribal and Southeast Asian Art Coming to Asia Week New York

Be sure to sign up for free & join in a fascinating discussion between the artist and our panel of curators! https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sKfHmbuKRZuXzkg72YIy1A#/registration

Top L-R: Krishna dancing on the naga Kalaya flanked by his pleading wives, late 18th c., Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch LLC; Kaparamip Robe, late 19th-early 20th c., Thomas Murray; Two Princesses Entertained at Night on a Terrace, c. 1690, Francesca Galloway. Bottom L-R: A pair of carved, silvered, and painted wood figures of Rampant Horses, 19th c., Kapoor Galleries; Vajrapani Mandala, 14th-15th c., Carlton Rochell Asian Art; A Wedding Celebration, c. 1780, Art Passages.

Six Asia Week New York dealers from near and far are preparing memorable exhibitions of classical and contemporary Indian, Himalayan, Tribal and Southeast Asian art for our upcoming fifteenth season of Asia Week New York.

Art Passages
Indian Paintings: Latest Acquisitions
March 13-19, 2024
Online only

Indian Paintings: Latest Acquisitions is the gallery’s latest presentation of Indian paintings exhibiting a wide array of schools and subject matter. From Mughal portraiture to Company School, these paintings reflect the taste and interest of their patrons: Nobles, devotees, and English resident rulers of India. Among the highlights is Wedding Celebration, a Company School watercolor.

Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd.
Gods, Gardens and Princes: Indian Works on Paper
March 14-22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 5-8pm
67 East 80th Street, Suite 2

For this 15th season of Asia Week New York, Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. is pleased to present an exhibition comprising of court paintings from India and Persia from the 17th to 19th centuries. A highlight of the show is the striking painting, Krishna dancing on Kaliya flanked by two nagini. This, along with many other works on paper, will be displayed at their Upper East Side location.

Francesca Galloway
Indian Painting Intimacy and Formality
March 14-21, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14 until 8pm
Les Enluminures Gallery, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor

Newly returning Francesca Galloway will present a small and exciting group of 17th and 18th century Mughal paintings, works from famous Bundi & Kota Ragamalas, a grand early 19th century Maratha processional scene by a Hyderabad trained artist, drawings for the famous Tehri Garhwal Gita Govinda series and Company School paintings including portraits of Indian children, a Skinner trooper and architectural studies of Mughal monuments and Hindu temples. Most of the paintings are recent acquisitions from private collections.

Kapoor Galleries
Time is a Construct
March 14-22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 6-8 pm
34 East 67th Street, 3rd Floor

Highlights of Kapoor Galleries’ exhibition include a finely rendered painting from the Bharany Ramayana series, a pair of carved and silvered horses, and a splendid folio from the Gita Govinda. The gallery exhibition will also showcase many fine Indian miniature paintings and arms as well as a carefully curated selection of sculptures from India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Thomas Murray
Recent Acquisitions: Tibetan Rugs, Ainu, Boro
March 14-22, 2024
The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th Street

One of the standout offerings at Thomas Murray will be a late 19th/early 20th century exceptionally rare and beautiful white on indigo Kaparamip Robe, a striking geometric pattern rooted in Northern Asiastic Shamanism and an aesthetically compelling example of a classic garment type. This piece, along with many other fine works will be displayed at The Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Carlton Rochell Asian Art
Indian and Himalayan Art
March 14-22, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 14, 6-9pm
Adam Williams Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street

Also newly returning, Carlton Rochell Asia Art will present paintings, sculptures, and ritual objects from Tibet, Nepal, and India for this year’s Asia Week New York. Many of the works are drawn from international private collections and have been exhibited in various museum exhibitions. Highlights include a group of Tibetan Buddhist paintings (thangkas) which are of outstanding quality.

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Zoom into our next Webinar Kondō Takahiro: The Thinking Hand

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Kondō Takahiro in his studio, Yamashina, Kyoto (2017); Credit: Kondō Takahiro

Zoom Webinar
Kondō Takahiro: The Thinking Hand
Tuesday, February 20 at 5pm EST

Asia Week New York is pleased to present our upcoming webinar celebrating one of Japan’s most admired ceramists, Kondō Takahiro, whose work is featured in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Porcelains in the Mist.  Kondō’s forebears specialized in wheel-thrown vessels with painted decoration, but he has pushed the limits of the ceramic medium to create art of broader significance.

Our panel of curators and historians will trace Kondō’s career, explain the thinking behind the Brooklyn display, discuss the haunting Reduction body sculptures, and set his work in a global context. Speaking live from Kyoto, Kondō will introduce his recent projects. The webinar will conclude with a dialogue between the artist and catalogue author Joe Earle.

PANELISTS:

Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York and London.
Joan Cummins has served as Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007.
Xiaojin Wu currently serves as the Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Kondō Takahiro, artist.

Moderated by Joe Earle, former chief curator of Asian art departments in museums in London and Boston, who over the last 40 years has presented numerous exhibitions of Japanese ceramics.

Register here to join this free event.

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