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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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The Art of Japan's Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints

March 1, 2022

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Oniwakamaru, the Young Devil Child (Benkei) fighting the Giant Carp in the Bishamon-go-taki Waterfall Essays by Yoshitoshi, 1872, woodblock print

Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints
March 18-21, 2022
Exhibiting at:
The Mark Hotel
Metropolitan Meeting Room (215)
215 Madison Avenue at 77th Street
New York, NY 10075

This season The Art of Japan, which is based in Medina, Washington, returns to New York with an array of fine Japanese prints that range from classical ukiyo-e to early sosaku hanga ("creative prints"). As in past years, the owners and collectors Richard Waldman and Doug Frazer will be located at the Mark Hotel. Both men bring decades of experience, a wealth of knowledge, and an abundance of enthusiasm to the field, as well as exceptional examples of Japanese woodblock prints.

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), Fireworks at Ryogoku (Roygoku Hanabi), August 1858, woodblock print

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Asia Week March 2022 at Sotheby's New York

February 28, 2022

Manjit Bawa, Untitled (Sohni), 1992, oil on canvas, Estimate: $300,000-500,000

Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
Auction: March 21, 11am
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm
Spanning South Asia across the late-nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the collection of works in the sale is testament to the diverse, idiosyncratic and extraordinary corpus of art from this region. Over 70 artists are represented, including some of the biggest names in the field, along with lesser-known artists who are more recently, and in some cases yet to, receive their due recognition. Highlights include works by Francis Newton Souza, Bhupen Khakhar, Manjit Bawa, Maqbool Fida Husain, Zarina and Meera Mukherjee.

A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1
Auction: March 22, 9am EDT
Viewing: March 17-21, 10am-5pm
This March, Sotheby’s will present Part 1 of one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese Art ever assembled, The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection. Celebrating over 4,000 years of Chinese culture and art history, this distinguished encyclopedic collection ranges from Neolithic utilitarian vessels to paintings, calligraphy, imperial jades and porcelain, and more. The New York auction will be the first of a series of four single-owner sales to be held globally and represent the finest examples of virtually every category of Chinese art. Highlights include an imperial Qianlong period inscribed pale green jade ‘Luohan’ boulder, a magnificent carved cinnabar lacquer ‘hibiscus’ dish from the 14th century, and a rare archaic bronze fangyi from the late Shang dynasty.

An important and rare archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (Fang Yi), Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, Estimate: US$400,000-600,000

Important Chinese Art
Auction: March 23, 9am EDT

CHINA/5000 YEARS
Online auction, March 16-29
Viewing: March 16-28, 10am-5pm
A global rebranding of online sales for Chinese Works of Art, the CHINA/5000 YEARS is comprised of a selection of over 190 ceramics, bronzes, jades and other works of art. Highlights include a remarkable collection of snuff bottles from an East Coast private collection, a group of ceramics and works of arts deaccessioned by the Speed Art Museum and a selection of pottery and porcelains amassed by a New York private collector through acquisitions from major Chinese art dealers.

LECTURES:
Katharine Butler and Teresa Canepa, Reconsidering the Sir Michael Butler Collection of 17th century Chinese Porcelain , Saturday, March 19 at 4pm
Rose Kerr, Dr Wou Kiuan and the Wou Lien-Pai Collection, Saturday, March 19 at 5pm

Korea Society to Open Wonju Seo: Travelogue

February 28, 2022

Wonju Seo, Contemporary Bojagi, 2020, Korean winter silk, 50 x 50 in. (127 x 127 cm.)

Wonju Seo: Travelogue, Korea Society
March 3 - May 26, 2022
Opening reception, Thursday, March 3, 6-8pm
Artist's Talk: Wonju Seo, Video Release: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 5pm (EDT)

In Wonju Seo’s hands, the aesthetics, forms, and techniques of bojagi— traditional Korean wrapping cloths—are reconfigured as abstract textile art for a global audience. Seo combines needlework, painting, photography, and other techniques to create contemplative artworks that explore her transcultural identity and life experience.

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Joan B. Mirviss to Address Appraisers Association of America

February 27, 2022

Fujikasa Satoko (born 1980), Flow, 2011, slip-glazed stoneware, formerly at Joan B Mirviss LTD and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fanning the Flames: Building a Market for Japanese Modern Ceramics:
1950 to the Present

Presented by Joan B. Mirviss

Appraisers Association of America
Online webinar, Monday, March 7, 2022 at 6pm EST

Japan experienced an unparalleled blossoming of ceramics in the 16th and 17th centuries fueled by the development of the tea ceremony, enormous technological advances initially drawn from China and Korea, and the establishment of distinctive glazes and styles for which Japan is still renowned. In the post WWII era, Japan emerged from the ashes to once again lay claim to ceramic greatness that inspires the world today. Across three generations of clay masters, we are witnessing what is a New Golden Age of Japanese ceramics.

Creating an acquisitive market in the West for this seductive material has taken decades of work and perseverance. Today, in addition to savvy Western collectors, museums across the globe are now staging exhibitions and avidly acquiring important works for their permanent collections both through purchase and donation. Understanding this area is becoming increasingly important for both international experts and appraisers.

Joan B. Mirviss, who is one of the founding members of Asia Week New York, has been a renowned expert in Japanese art, specializing in prints, paintings, screens and contemporary ceramics for more than forty years. She is the leading Western dealer in the field of modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and her New York gallery, Joan B Mirviss, Ltd., exclusively represents the top Japanese clay artists. To date she has held over eighty exhibitions on the subject of Japanese ceramics. As a distinguished, widely published, and highly respected specialist in her field, Mirviss has advised and built collections for many museums and major private collectors around the world.

This program is available to both AAA members and the general public. For more information and to register, click here

Asia Week March 2022 at Heritage Auctions

February 27, 2022

A Pair of Large Chinese Imperial Carved Zitan Lanterns, Qing Dynasty, 18th century,
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000

ASIAN ART Signature® Auction
Auction: March 22, 10am CST/11am EST
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

This sale offers a wide selection of exceptional works of art from throughout Asia. An exhibition of sale highlights will be presented in New York at Heritage Auctions Park Avenue location and an additional partial preview will take place in Dallas on March 21st. Live Proxy bidding begins on Heritage Live 7 days before the live session begins and continues through the session.

A Chinese Flambé Glaze Porcelain Vase, Daoguang period (1820-1850), Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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Asia Week March 2022 at Doyle Auction

February 27, 2022

A Large Chinese Celadon-Glazed Porcelain 'Dragon' Charger, Yongzheng period (1722-1735),
Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Asian Works of Art
Auction: Monday, March 21, 10am
Viewing: March 18-20, 12-5pm
Doyle's auction of Asian Works of Art is a highly-anticipated sale that presents the arts of China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia, dating from the Neolithic Period through the 20th century. Showcased will be porcelains, bronzes, jades, snuff bottles, pottery, scholar’s objects, furniture and paintings from prominent collections and estates.

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A Fine and Rare Chinese Dark Spinach Jade Buffalo, Late Ming dynasty, Estimate: $40,000-60,000

Asian Works of Art: Session II
Auction: Friday, March 25 at 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18-20, 12-5pm

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