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Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. Presents
India and Iran: Works on Paper

March 5, 2022

Two Court Ladies Drinking Wine, Mughal India, circa 1760, opaque pigments with gold on paper

India and Iran: Works on Paper, Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd.
Live exhibition March 16-24
Opening reception March 16, 5-8pm
67 E. 80th St., Suite 2
New York, NY

Based in London since 1998, Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch are former directors of the Antiquities and Islamic and Indian Art departments at Sotheby’s, London. Their professional expertise encompasses Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Islamic art. They also specialize in the art of the Indian subcontinent, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia, covering works from the Buddhist and Hindu dynasties to the Mughals, with a special emphasis on Indian and Islamic miniature painting and manuscripts.

The Hindu God Vishnu as Venkateshvara, probably Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, late 18th century, gouache heightened with gold on paper

Included in their exhibition in New York is this striking image of The Hindu God Vishnu as Venkateshvara, dated late 18th century. This gouache heightened with gold on paper depicts the four-armed Hindu god Vishnu in his human avatar as Venkateshvara or forgiver of sins. It was painted in Andhra Pradesh in south India, probably at Tirupati, northwest of Madras (Chennai), where a school of painting flourished in the eighteenth century. The style of painting, with lavish use of gold, is distinctly south Indian.

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National Museum of Asian Art Opens Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan

March 5, 2022

Unkoku Tohan (1635-1724), River Landscape, Edo period, late 17th-early 18th century, handscroll,
ink and color on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan, National Museum of Asian Art
March 5–July 24, 2022

This exhibition showcases the breadth of the museum’s medieval Zen collections, highlighting rare and striking works from Japan and China to illustrate the visual, spiritual, and philosophical power of Zen. Rooted in the culture of medieval Japan, the lessons of Zen have become an important part of contemporary American life, as applicable today as they were in premodern times.

Monastic Zen painting in medieval Japan (ca. 1200–1600) is one of the great artistic traditions of East Asia and of the world. The abbreviated, seemingly impromptu paintings in monochrome ink have influenced artists and enthusiasts for centuries. Many of the most accomplished artists of this era—Mokuan, Ryōzen, Shūbun, Sesshū, Sesson, and many others—were Zen monks credited by later generations as the creators of a unique and remarkable legacy of ink painting. Indeed, Zen monk-painters inspired a number of the most important professional painting lineages of Japan’s early modern period (ca. 1600–1868) and formed a thematic backbone of Japanese art and cultural identity in modern times.

To learn more about some of the key aspects of Zen, an online interactive experience Voices of Zen: Contemporary Voices accompanies the exhibition. The interactive features three artworks from the exhibition—a splashed-ink landscape by the sixteenth-century artist Sōen, dynamic calligraphy by the rebellious monk Ikkyū, and an early sixteenth-century tea bowl fixed using kintsugi repair.

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Online Events during Asia Week March 2022

March 4, 2022

Online Events during Asia Week March 2022

Asia Week New York’s Launch
Tuesday, March 15 at 6 pm
Join Asia Week New York for an overview of all the engaging exhibitions, sales, and artworks that will be available during this year’s Asia Week. Stay tuned for details on how to watch.
 
Asia Week New York’s Online Exhibition
Opens Wednesday, March 16
As an added feature, Asia Week New York is preparing an online feature of all the galleries and auction houses participating in Asia Week.  This special online exhibition will be on view on AWNY’s website.
 
Gallery Online Exhibitions
The following galleries will participate in Asia Week via their own online exhibitions. Links will be available during Asia Week:
•Akar Prakar, Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic),
March 15-April 15
•Thomas Murray, Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles and Masks Then and Now, March 16-25
•Kaikodo LLC, The Ancients Among Us: Chinese and Japanese Paintings and Works of Art, March 15-25
•Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints, Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
(1839-1892)
, March 16-25
 
Online Lectures
National Museum of Asian Art
Fit for a Palace: The Craze for Safavid Carpets in Seventeenth-Century Europe,
March 15 at 12–1pm
Fashioning an Empire: Design Inspirations from Iran, March 17 at 6–7pm

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Curators in Context, March 16 at 6pm CDT/7pm EDT

Asia Society
Water in a Shared World: Artist Perspectives (Practice or Action):
Online Panel Discussion, March 17th at 10am

Denver Art Museum
Zoom Discussion Panel:Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art,
March 17th at 11am MDT/1pm EDT

Joan B Mirviss LTD
ZOOM panel discussion with the celebrated artist Kondō Takahiro,
March 17 at 5pm EDT

Christie's
Virtual Preview of Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art,
March 17 at 5pm
Adopt, Adapt, Assimilate, and Transform: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture,
March 18 at 1pm
The Bottles They Carried, March 20 at 12pm

San Antonio Museum of Art
Riders from the North: The Qidan—Their Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs,
March 22 at 6-7pm CDT/7-8pm EDT

Egenolf Gallery's Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

March 3, 2022

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Flute Player Triptych (Fujiwara Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight), 1883, woodblock print

Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Online exhibition beginning March 16th

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was the last of the great 19th century ukiyo-e artists, known for his early works of explicit gore, as well as for his mature works of transcendence and pathos. A consummate draftsman, he developed a unique style of representation and narrative expression after first closely adhering to the manner of his teacher, Utagawa Kuniyoshi. A master at portraying complex narratives, he could illustrate a scene at both the moment of poignant reflection, as well as at the explosive moment of dramatic intensity. Egenolf Gallery is pleased to offer a number of his most famous triptychs, including the Flute Player Triptych (Fujiwara Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight), widely considered his masterpiece.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kusunoki Masatsura at the Battle of Shionawate, 1886, woodblock print

Yoshitoshi’s work presaged aspects of our modern world, as he lived through the tumultuous events of the Meiji Period in the 19th century. He took the personal experience of witnessing a battle during the Japanese civil war and used this to portray works of wrenching emotional power. His work also reflected his own temperament, which was subject to extremes as well as bouts of serious mental illness. Japan itself was undergoing unprecedented change in its rush towards modernization, and many of the touchstones of Japanese life were being swept away. Yoshitoshi’s work reflects both his own sympathies with the vanishing samurai class, as well as a deep respect for the cultural traditions of Japan, which were fast disappearing in intensity.

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Dai Ichi Arts Shows Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics

March 3, 2022

Shigematsu Ayumi 重松あゆみ (b. 1958), Yellow Jomon, 2018, stoneware, H. 12.7 x W. 11.0 x
Dia. 10.4 in. (H. 32.5 × W. 28 × Dia. 26.5 cm.)

Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

March 1-30, 2022

On the occasion of the spring iteration of Asia Week New York 2022, Dai Ichi Arts will present an exhibition, Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Japanese Ceramics, showcasing a group of post-war, avant-garde sculptures that exemplify the creed of Yagi Kazuo, Yamada Hikaru, and Suzuki Osamu’s "Objet-Yaki", or "Kiln-Fired Objects". As such, this group of work will showcase the instrumental work of Yamada Hikaru, Suzuki Osamu, Hayashi Yasuo, Yanagihara Mutsuo, and the more contemporary sculptures of Miwa Ryosaku.

Tashima Etsuko 田嶋悦子 (b. 1959), Cornucopia 09-Y12, 2009, stoneware, glass, H. 8.6 x W. 16.5 x
Dia. 14.1 in. (H. 22 x W. 42 x Dia. 36 cm.)

Additionally, this group spotlights the works of several distinguished contemporary women sculptors who are part of a vanguard generation of highly influential post-war artists in Japan. For example, the radical works of Tashima Etsuko, Kishi Eiko, and Sakurai Yasuko, who investigate the use of light and color in their clay. On the other hand, the works of Ayumi Shigematsu and Suhama Tomoko explore form and surface as influenced by Suzuki Osamu and West Coast Minimalism. Meanwhile, Yuriko Matsuda, Shingu Sayaka, Kato Mami & others elaborate and explore surfacescape. The exhibition brings to light how female voices have understood the sculptural visual vocabulary & modernisms of the radical Sodeisha Movement.

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Thomsen Gallery Exhibits at NOMAD St. Moritz

March 2, 2022

Kibe Seihō (born 1951), Sea Breeze Flower Basket, 1990s, bamboo and rattan, 12½ x 8¾ x 8¾ in.
(31.8 x 22.1 x 22.1 cm.)

NOMAD St. Moritz, Thomsen Gallery
March 1-6, 2022

Thomsen Gallery is currently participating in this year's NOMAD St. Moritz, the international art fair for collectible design and contemporary art. Taking place in the historic mansion Chesa Planta in Samedan by St. Moritz, Switzerland, this exhibition offers a select group of exceptional Japanese bamboo ikebana baskets by the great masters from the first half of the 20th century, along with works by highly accomplished contemporary makers. The baskets will be complemented by sophisticated Japanese contemporary ceramics and precious maki-e gold-lacquer boxes.

DAG Presents Women Artists from 20th Century India

March 2, 2022

Madhvi Parekh (born 1942), Sea God, 1971, oil and pastel on canvas, 48 x 72 in. (121.9 x 182.9 cm.)

A Place in the Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, DAG
March 15-May 28

DAG presents A Place in The Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, an exhibition exploring the remarkable contribution of women artists in the context of Indian modernism, representing a selection of trailblazers, each of whom crafted a unique identity and practice. This exhibition surveys their artistic journeys while fighting prejudice and patriarchy at a time when women were discouraged from pursuing art, and uncovers the wide breadth of their interests, including early abstract painting, the arduous regimen of making sculptures, and printmaking. Curated by Kishore Singh, Senior VP-Exhibitions and Publications at DAG, the exhibition, which will be exhibited at DAG New York, is planned to coincide with Women's History Month.

The history covered in the exhibition spans the twentieth century–from India’s first art school-trained woman artist, Ambika Dhurandhar, who earned her diploma in Bombay, through later women artists who joined art schools in greater numbers, a time when their visual language stopped being contextualized to their gender only–until the end of the twentieth century when they were equal partners in fashioning a modern and contemporary discourse for Indian art. As some sought to explicitly highlight feminist concerns in their work, addressing questions of gender, class, marginalization, and environments; others responded to folk, abstract, tantra or other aspects of art making. The exhibition’s curation begins with the incredible Devyani Krishna, born five years after Sunayani Devi began painting in 1905 at the age of thirty, and Zarina Hashmi, born a decade before independence in 1947. It features 10 artists, including Madhvi Parekh, Shobha Broota, Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Latika Katt, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Navjot and Rekha Rodwittiya.

Gogi Saroj Pal (born 1945), Untitled

Announcing the exhibition, Ashish Anand, CEO and Managing Director, DAG, said: "I have noticed that viewers and critics at our New York gallery always make it a point to ask about the representation of women artists in our exhibitions. I am, therefore, delighted to share a complete exhibition on women artists with them. Their contribution to Indian modern art has been seminal and their recognition needs to be acknowledged."

Added Kishore Singh, "The exhibition looks at a handful of trailblazers who, each in her own way, has crafted a unique identity and practice, thereby contributing to the rich dialogue around the diversity in style, medium, material and context of India’s twentieth century art. Each of these women artists has come up the difficult way to find a well deserved place in the sun."

A Place in The Sun features a selection of exceptional works, including Untitled compositions by Zarina Hashmi and Gogi Saroj Pal, Sea God by Madhvi Parekh, Persona by Anupam Sud, Surveyor and the Surveyed by Navjot, and Florescence by Mrinalini Mukherjee. Mukherjee was recently chosen as one of the 213 artists to be shown at the 2022 edition of the Venice Biennale, the world’s largest and most prestigious art exhibition that has a representation from 58 countries.

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Ralph M. Chait Galleries Spring Exhibition

March 2, 2022

Rare Set of Three Qingbai Glazed String Design Ewers, Northern Song, ca. 11th-12th century
H: 4 1/2 (11.3 cm.) x 7 3/4 in. (19.8 cm.)

Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art
Ralph M. Chait Galleries Inc.

March 16-25, 2022

Located in New York city, Ralph M. Chait Galleries is the oldest specialist gallery in the US in the field of Chinese antique porcelains and works of art. The gallery was opened by Ralph M. Chait, who began in 1910 as a young man newly arrived from London. Self-taught, he went on to gain as clients John D. Rockefeller Jr., President Herbert Hoover, Sir Percival David, Avery Brundage, and many others. Since that time, the gallery has remained in the family and is now run by Ralph Chait’s grandsons, Steven and Andrew.

For more than a century, Chait Galleries has been presenting fine Chinese and Japanese ceramics, among other artworks, such as the ones pictured here and in this spring's exhibition. These highly distinctive string-design ewers with Qingbai glaze that were crafted more than a millennium ago are representative of the artwork Chait Galleries offer in terms of beauty and history. Complimenting their elegant forms and ornamental details, the first two come from the Hong Kong collector and jewelry designer Kai-Yin Lo, are illustrated and described in Regina Krahl's 1998 publication Bright as Silver, White as Snow, and were exhibited at the Denver Art Museum. In the 1960s-1990s, the third was in the Thomax Collection, which was formed by Professor Leif Sourander of Abo, Finland, and was exhibited in 1994 at the Arabia Museum in Helsinki.

Fine Japanese Imari Porcelain Charger, late 17th/ early 18th century

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Art Passages' Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects

March 1, 2022

Gobind Singh, Nawab Shuja ud-Daula Writing a Letter, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, circa 1760, ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, Art Passages
Exhibition: March 16-24
Opening reception March 16, 5-8pm
Exhibiting at 1018 Madison Ave in New York City

Art Passages will offer the special exhibition, Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, this Asia Week. Based in San Francisco and founded in 2004, Art Passages specializes in Buddhist paintings and ritual objects from Japan and Korea, Indian paintings and works of art, as well as Islamic art. Artworks from Art Passages are now in significant private collections, as well as in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the LA County Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

Balarama Diverting the Yamuna and Krishna Fluting, Jammu and Kashmir, Basohli, Pahari, India, c. 1770, ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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The New Yorker features Francesca Galloway

March 1, 2022

In the February 28th issue, the highly regarded and widely read The New Yorker featured London-based Francesca Galloway's current exhibition Court, Epic, Spirit. Andrea K. Scott describes this "wonderful show" as a "whirlwind tour of Indian art." Now on display through March 24th at Luhring Augustine Tribeca at 17 White Street, Scott advises visitors to ask for a magnifying glass at the front desk, "the better to lose yourself in the details" of these gem-like Indian miniature paintings.

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