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Bonhams New York Presents the Cohen & Cohen Collection of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain

January 17, 2023

An Important and Large Famille Rose Standing Figure of a European Lady, Qianlong period, ca. 1740,
H. 16 in. (42 cm.), Lot 146, Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain,
Bonhams New York

Live auction, January 24
Viewing Schedule:
Wednesday, January 18 through Monday, January 23, 10am-5pm daily

Comprising over 150 lots, this sale will primarily feature magnificent eighteenth-century Chinese porcelains, including exceptional examples of famille rose jar garnitures, large 'Chinese-taste' enameled standing figures, rare 'European-subject' plates and figures, and massive Kangxi-period famille verte and blue and white dishes. The single-owner auction is carefully timed to complement 'Americana Week' and the famed Winter Show at the Armory, both prestigious events which traditionally attract the world's leading collectors of Chinese Export art.

Established in 1973, Cohen & Cohen is widely respected as handling the finest, rarest, and most beautiful 'Chinese Export' porcelains, fascinating wares created in China expressly to be sold to Westerners. They have sold outstanding examples to the world's greatest museums and collectors in addition to publishing highly informative, market-leading academic exhibition catalogues.

It's an honor to bring notable collections like Cohen & Cohen to auction and play a role in their long legacy," commented Michael Hughes, Vice President, Head of Department, Chinese Ceramics & Works Art for Bonhams U.S. "We've had tremendous success with recent dealer collections around the world including Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset in Paris, Roger Keverne in London, and Brian Harkins, in Hong Kong, and look forward to presenting this important collection of Chinese export porcelain in New York to the Bonhams global network."

Lectures by Colin Sheaf and William Sargent
Live program, Sunday, January 22, 11am
In celebration of the sale of Cohen & Cohen: 50 Years of Chinese Export Porcelain, join this series of lectures about the exquisite collection.
Chinese Art for Western Interiors
Video Presentation by Colin Sheaf
“…animals, grotesques, idols, the busts ordered by Europeans, and such-like things…”: Sculptural Ceramics from Cohen & Cohen
Presented by William Sargent

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Asian Art from an American Collection Now Available
at iGavel

January 16, 2023

Chinese Blue Silk Kesi 12 Symbol Semi-Formal Robe, Qing Dynasty, W. 82 in., L. 53 1/2 in., Lot 6432797, Estimate: $7,000-10,000

Property of An American Collector Part I,
iGavel Auctions

Online auction, available now through January 26

Presented by Lark Mason Associates, iGavel now offers an online auction of an American Collection, Part 1. Included is a diverse array of Chinese and Japanese garments and textiles, including fine robes, kimono, and obi. Also available is a selection of fine Asian and Central Asian rugs.

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Interesting Programs to Attend at NMAA

January 15, 2023

This week the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution offers several engaging in-person programs in the coming days.

Curator-Led Tour of A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur
In person event, January 17, 2023, 11am–12pm and
January 20, 2023, 11am–12pm
Meet curator Debra Diamond in the galleries for a tour of A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur. 

Repair and Treatment on Paper
In person event, January 19, 2023, 1–2 pm
Tears and losses are among the most common damages book and paper conservators encounter. The museum’s paper conservator Rhea DeStefano will show the different kinds of papers, tools, and adhesives used in repair treatments.

Gallery Talk: Synchronicity Across Art + Time
In person event, January 20, 2023, 12:30–1:30pm
Interesting connections continue to be discovered across art, culture, and time. Join National Museum of Asian Art curator Kit Brooks and curators Renato Miracco and Susan Behrends Frank from The Phillips Collection for an in-gallery conversation about a surprising link between the painting Pigeons at Sensoji by Watanabe Seitei and the exhibition An Italian Impressionist in Paris: Giuseppe De Nittis at the Phillips Collection. Learn about Seitei’s influence on De Nittis’s art techniques and trace the overlapping timelines between the two artists that helped uncover this uncanny connection.
This event takes place at The Phillips Collection at 1600 21st Street NW in Washington, DC.

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JASA Presents a Lecture on Lacquer

January 14, 2023

The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia, Japanese Art Society of America
Online program, January 18, 5pm EST

Join JASA on Wednesday, January 18, 5pm EST, for the Zoom webinar on The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia, with Einor Cervone, PhD, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum. Dr. Cervone will reexamine narratives of lacquer development in the East Asian region, as explored in the exhibition that opens December 18 at LACMA. Note: Advance registration is required: January 18 event.

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Seongmin Ahn | Enchanted Reality Now on View at
The Korea Society

January 14, 2023

Seongmin Ahn | Enchanted Reality, The Korea Society
January 19-April 14, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2023 5-7pm EST
Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6pm EST

In her solo exhibition at The Korea Society, Seongmin Ahn presents a series of paintings and wall installations that fuses her insight in the relativity of perception with a deep regard for traditional Korean art, especially minhwa–folk painting. In her work, Ahn begins with traditional forms and themes, which she then extends into multi-disciplinary and multi-media practices by adopting science, technology, and multiple cognitive models.

For Ahn, whose work reads as equally playful and earnest, bringing light to a dark room at the touch of a finger is a wondrously apt metaphor for the role of art in our lives.
—Richard Vine, a senior editor at Art in America/p>

Asia Week New York and The Winter Show Present A Special Panel Discussion

January 13, 2023

Partners in Life and Art: The Spectacular Collections of the Havemeyer Family
January 28, 3:30-5:00pm
In person event, Park Avenue Armory

Asia Week New York has partnered once again with The Winter Show to present an engaging and informative discussion panel. Thomas Denenberg, the John Wilmerding Director, Shelburne Museum; Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Dessa Goddard, Vice President, Bonhams, will explore how America's pioneering art patrons at the turn of the 19th century built one of the most impressive collections in modern history. This extraordinary and trendsetting collection has enriched several of America's leading cultural institutions.

The Winter Show is the première art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring many of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Fair was established in the mid-1950s as a benefit for East Side House Settlement and, by the end of that decade, had firmly established itself as the leading event of its kind in the United States. East Side House is a community-based organization serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan; its programs focus on education and technology as gateways out of poverty and as the keys to economic opportunity. All ticket sales proceeds from the Show provide unrestricted funds for East Side House’s life-changing programs.

This year’s The Winter Show will take place January 20-29 in the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Among the many outstanding exhibitors are Asia Week New York members Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Joan B Mirviss LTD, and Thomsen Gallery.

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MIYAKO YOSHINAGA Presents Coexistence Online

January 12, 2023

Hai Zhang (born 1976), Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, 2015, archival pigment print on fiber paper, 11 x 16 in. (27.9 x 40.6 cm.), Edition of 8 plus 2 APs, Series: Aged Innocence, HAZ029.
Photo: © Hai Zhang / Courtesy of Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery

Online exhibition, January 11-February 15

To kick off the new year, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA is pleased to present Coexistence, an online-exclusive exhibition featuring landscapes by four gallery artists: Jonathan Yukio Clark, Koyoltzintli, Lisa Ross, and Hai Zhang. From documenting villages on the Hawaiian coast and the indigenous cultures in New Mexico to witnessing children at the winery near Helen Mountains and the Uyghur Region surrounding the Taklamakan Desert of China. This exhibition threads through each artist’s unique cultural perspective on the interconnections between the civil and wild world. These works disintegrate the barriers between nature and city, documenting their coexisting relationship across cultures and continents, and investigating our universally physical yet ephemeral footprints in the environment.

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INKstudio at Art SG 2023

January 12, 2023

Zheng Chongbin, Matrix No. 5, 200, ink and acrylic on xuan paper, 2008, 143.5 x 243 cm

Art SG 2023, INKstudio
In person event, now through Sunday, January 15
Sands Expo & Convention Centre
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Booth BB02

For ART SG presentation, INKstudio has selected eight leading contemporary Chinese artists—each of whom take a different approach to constructing an alternate modernity from their engagement with China’s distinctive five-thousand-year history of cultural production.

Bingyi, Zheng Chongbin and Li Huasheng take a Modernist approach deconstructing the language of brush and ink art into its constituent elements. Li Huasheng (1944–2018), for example, reduced painting to the brushline and its indexical connection to the artist’s consciousness. Zheng Chongbin (born 1961), in contrast, abandons the brushline and instead explores how ink manifests the creative agency of nature. Finally, Bingyi (b. 1975) uses the traditional materials of ink, water and paper to allow the landscape itself to “paint” an image of itself.

On the other hand, Li Jin, Peng Kanglong, Su Huang-Sheng, Hung Fai and Wai Pong-yu utilize traditional modes of brush-and-ink painting to create contemporary images reflective of our time. Arguably the first Chinese ink artist to embrace the self-portrait as his primary subject, Li Jin (born 1958) harkens back to the early origins of Chinese painting in the portraiture of moral paragons, extraordinary personas, and counter-cultural iconoclasts. Peng Kanglong (born 1962), in contrast, combines the distinctive traditions of landscape and flower painting from the Ming-Qing and Modern periods into a new synthesis expressive of our time. Finally, the young artist Ethan Su Huang-Sheng (born 1987) explores the contemporary possibilities of mineral pigment painting from Central Asia, China and Japan. Hung Fai (b. 1988) and Wai Pong-yu (b. 1982) fuse parallel lines and freehand curves to create a dense record of otherwise inarticulate nuances of human relationships.

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Extreme Surfaces: Cutting Edge Kogei Opens at Ippodo Gallery

January 12, 2023

Shinya Yamamura, Luminous Shell Nakatsugi Tea Caddy, 2022, lacquer (luminous shell, abalone shell, old leaf, WG leaf, gold powder)

Extreme Surfaces: Cutting Edge Kogei, Ippodo Gallery
January 12-February 16, 202
Opening Reception: January 12, 5-8pm

Ippodo Gallery is a pioneering kogei-focused gallery based in Tokyo and New York. Their mission is to honor the living tradition of Japanese fine art in the contemporary world by cultivating craft- and culture-oriented experiences through the work of the finest living Japanese artists.

In response to the enthusiasm generated by Design Miami 2022, Extreme Surfaces: Cutting Edge Kogei will continue in New York from January 12 to February 16, 2023 and features a substantial collection of works by 22 artists that emphasize the beauty of material and surface.

Ippodo Gallery recorded an insightful conversation with artist Kodai Ujiie. You can watch the recording, click here

Healing Practices at the Rubin Museum Closes Soon

January 11, 2023

Hua Khar (active 1990s), Course of the Lifespan Principle (Chapter 4 Cont.), Chentsa, Amdo region, Northeastern Tibet (Jianzha, Qinghai Province, China), 1995-1996, pigments on cloth, 62 3/8 ×
43 1/4 × 1 7/8 in., Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans,
Rubin Museum of Art

Concludes January 16, 2023

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans presents the diverse ways that Tibetan Buddhist artworks and practices have served as roadmaps to well-being, with over 25 objects from the Rubin Museum’s collection set alongside personal stories and experiences from Himalayan Americans. Centered around the themes of prevention, healing, and longevity, the exhibition highlights how these living traditions are transformed and adopted for today’s world, inspiring visitors to reflect on their own healing journeys.

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