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Asia Week New York Autumn 2022 -
Museum Exhibition Guide

September 10, 2022

Parnashvari, Goddess of Natural Healing (detail), Central Tibet, 19th century, pigments on cloth,
The Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.36.3 (HAR 65302)

The following Asian Art exhibitions are on view in New York during this month's Asia Week.


Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity
This exhibition presents 19 artworks by seven artists, born in mainland China in the 1980s. Belonging to what is referred to as the ba ling hou generation, they grew up in a post-Mao China shaped by the one-child policy and the influx of foreign investment. Comprising painting, sculpture, performance, installation, video, digital art, and photography, the exhibition reflects the dramatic economic, political, and cultural shifts the artists have experienced in China during their lifetimes.

Visionary Legacies: A Tribute to Harold J. Newman
This exhibition celebrates Hal Newman (1931-2021) who, with his wife Ruth, endowed Asia Society Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Asian Art with a seminal gift of some 30 artworks in 2007. Works by eight artists and one artist collective featured in the exhibition represent Hal’s eye and passion for art that pushes the boundaries in Asian and Asian American contemporary art.


Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies
Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions, and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.


Mountains and Painting
Opens September 22
Combining photography of the renowned Chinese mountains with original Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese landscape paintings from U.S. private collections, this showcase spotlights twenty-two works of art by thirteen artists, revealing the importance of mountain culture in Chinese history and art. The assembled works will highlight the formats, compositions, techniques, subjects, and aesthetics of Chinese painting. This unique display will provide basic knowledge of landscape painting, as well as inspire further interest in the genre and arouse and appreciation of the relationship between man and nature in Chinese culture.

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Young Min Moon: The Share for Those Who Remain
In his paintings Young Min Moon depicts Jesa, a Confucian ritual for commemoration of the deceased, which was one of the earliest memories he holds while growing up in the military regime of South Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Despite the gender politics now associated with the ritual today due to its patriarchal nature, Moon insists on exploring the legacy. For him, the ritual holds multiple layers of meanings: an occasion of silence utterly severed from the violent era of his childhood, a means of remembering the deceased, and a tradition that may be discontinued in the age of globalization.


Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Within the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, three bodhisattvas emerge as personifications of Buddhist ideals: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrapani. This show presents sublime representations of these three bodhisattvas at the center of this great devotional tradition.

Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, which began on February 1, 2022, The Metropolitan Museum presents an exhibition with a remarkable selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection and a few fantastic loans, including a 11th century B.C. marble sculpture and an 18th century glazed porcelain figure of a highly animated tiger.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art
Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere. Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. This new exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection
This exhibition traces the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It features a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection.

Jegi: Korean Ritual Objects
During the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), Neo-Confucianism was the ruling ideology. People engaged in rituals on the birth and death anniversaries for ancestors upward of five generations, and on major holidays, such as the Lunar New Year and Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival). Court ancestral rites became the bedrock of Joseon political life and were enacted on a grand scale that included musical and dance performances. A key feature throughout was a table bearing food and drink offerings presented on jegi, or ritual objects. This exhibition features the various types of ritual vessels and accessories that were used for this purpose and entombed, as well as the kinds of musical instruments played at state events.

Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo
This installation in the Arms and Armor galleries explores the luxurious aspects of Edo-period sword fashion, a fascinating form of arms and armor rarely featured in exhibitions outside Japan. It presents a selection of exquisite sword mountings, fittings, and related objects, including maker’s sketchbooks—all drawn from The Met collection and many rarely or never exhibited before.

A Passion for Jade: The Bishop Collection
More than a hundred remarkable objects from the Heber Bishop collection, including carvings of jade, the most esteemed stone in China, and many other hardstones, are on view in this focused presentation. The refined works represent the sophisticated art of Chinese gemstone carvers during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) as well as the highly accomplished skills of Mogul Indian (1526–1857) craftsmen, which provided an exotic inspiration to their Chinese counterparts. Also on view are a set of Chinese stone-working tools and illustrations of jade workshops, which introduces the traditional method of working jade.

Embracing Color: Enamel in Chinese Decorative Arts, 1300-1900
Enamel decoration is a significant element of Chinese decorative arts that has long been overlooked. This exhibition reveals the aesthetic, technical, and cultural achievement of Chinese enamel wares by demonstrating the transformative role of enamel during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. The more than 100 objects on view are drawn mainly from The Met collection.

Michael Lin: Pentachrome
Michael Lin’s site-specific installation Pentachrome brings contemporary art to the Museum’s Great Hall Escalator for the first time. Inspired by The Met collection and the building’s architecture, Pentachrome invites visitors to reconsider the Museum’s Great Hall, its Balcony, and the surrounding art from a fresh perspective.

Arts of Nepal & Tibet
This year’s annual rotation of the Himalayan galleries is distinguished by a number of major new acquisitions and gifts that continue to build The Met’s holdings as one of the premier collections of Tibetan and Nepalese masterworks.

Perfect Imperfection in Ceramic Art
Drawing upon collection objects from both the Asian and Modern and Contemporary Art Departments, this exhibition explores the development of the concept of imperfection in ceramic art in Japan, as well as its profound influence on American and European makers during the 20th century.


Gateway to Himalayan Art
Gateway to Himalayan Art, curated by Elena Pakhoutova, introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection.

Shrine Room Projects:
In dialogue with the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the center of the gallery, Shrine Room Projects is an exhibition series that features contemporary artists who reinterpret traditional and religious iconography. For Shrine Room Projects, Rohini Devasher (b. 1978, New Delhi) presents a two-channel video installation, 300 Km or the Apparent Movement of the Sun (2020), a powerful visual meditation on the observation of the sun moving across the sky. Palden Weinreb (b. 1982, New York) presents two mixed-media works created in wax and illuminated by LED lights, Offerings (2014) and Untitled (Stupa) (2013).

Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
This regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years and featuring objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans
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.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art at the Met

September 10, 2022

Zheng Xie (1693–1765), Orchids and Bamboo (detail), China, dated 1742, handscroll, ink on paper. Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.285.7)

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 10, 2022-January 29, 2023

Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere.

Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. Bamboo, for instance, which bends in the cold wind without breaking, can be a symbol of the virtuous person withstanding hard times; the plum blossom, which dares to bloom in the chill of early spring, an emblem of righteous bravery. For artists and viewers alike, associations such as these added layers of depth to an artwork. In this way, a vignette of the natural world could become a celebration of life, a wish for good fortune, or even a defiant act of protest.

This exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

Air India’s Maharaja Appears at Poster House

September 9, 2022

Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue,
Poster House, in partnership with Kapoor Galleries

September 9, 2022-February 12, 2023

When Air-India launched “the Maharaja” as their mascot in 1946, he soon became a larger than life figure, and not only adorned innumerable posters but also became an important part of cultural life, often even rankling the preferences of notable dignitaries. Conceived by Bobby Kooka and illustrated by Umresh Rao, the Maharaja sported a large moustache, turban, and prominent belly. He was usually portrayed with a strong sense of humor and winking satire. . . as he models hospitality and refinement in New York in the poster above, he is dressed up as a Playboy Bunny and serves drinks to a (very) young Hugh Hefner.

Today, September 9th, Poster House opens Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue, which features the Maharaja in his many guises. The show, which is on view until February 12th, is organized in partnership with Kapoor Galleries in New York City and the Indo-American Arts Council. Sanjay Kapoor along with Carly Johnson and Sophia Williamson curated the exhibition.

Related Programs:

Poster Kids: The Maharaja—What A Character!, Virtual and In-person sessions on September 18
Air India: Virtual Curatorial Tour, Curators Carly Johnson and Sophia Williamson speak online on October 11
Vibrant Verbal Description Tour: Air India, an online curator's talk for community members who are blind or have low vision on October 18

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Asia Week Autumn 2022 Auction Schedule

September 8, 2022


The Joan and Ted Dorf Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles and Archers Rings
September 19, 2022
Live auction starting at 10am EDT
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Chinese Works of Art and Paintings
Chinese Works of Art: September 19, 2022, starting at 13:30 EDT, with Lot 150
Chinese Paintings: September 20, 2022, starting at 10am EDT, with Lot 346
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Japanese and Korean Art
September 21, 2022, starting at 10am EDT
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Japanese and Korean Art
September 20, 2022 at 10am EDT
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The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection
September 21, 2022 at 8:30am EDT
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Centering the Figure: South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art from the Collection of Romi Lamba
September 21, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
September 21, 2022 at 12:30pm EDT
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Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
September 22, 2022 at 8:30am and September 23, 2022 at 8:30am EDT
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Japanese and Korean Art Online
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 27, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Indian and Himalayan Art Online featuring The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 28, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Thoughts Across the Waters: Asian Art from the David Drabkin Collection
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 28, 2022 at 9:00am EDT
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Art of China Online
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 29, 2022 at 9:00am EDT
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Auction September 21, 2022, 10am EDT
Viewing September 16-19, 12pm-5pm and by appointment
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Asian Art Signature® Auction #8090, September 20-21, 2022
Sale to be held in Dallas
Open for online bidding approximately August 30, 2022
Highlights Only Exhibition:
September 15-19, 2022
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art
Online auction, October 6-25, 2022
September 15–23, 2022
Open 10am-5pm, closed Sunday
227 East 120th Street, New York
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Power/Conquest: The Forging of Empires
Live auction, September 20, 2022, 9am EDT
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Dharma and Tantra
Live auction, September 20, 2022, 10am EDT
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Important Chinese Art
Live auction, September 21, 2022, 9am EDT
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SUBLIME BEAUTY: Korean Ceramics from a Private Collection
September 15-22, 2022, 10am EDT
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China/5000 Years
September 16-27, 2022
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NMAA Celebrates Revealing Krishna with an Afternoon of Programs

September 6, 2022

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,
National Museum of Asian Art, Washington D.C.

Afternoon of free live programs, September 10, 2022 beginning at 1pm

As this exceptional exhibition comes to a close on September 18th, the museum has planned an afternoon of activities. Revealing Krishna transports visitors to a sacred mountain in the floodplains of southern Cambodia. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a torrential storm sent by an angry god. For the first time, the sculpture is explored in the context of its original environment, as part of a multi-religious landscape and quite literally built into a mountain.

Curator's talk, 1pm
Step into the exhibition Revealing Krishna and take a journey to Cambodia’s sacred mountain of Phnom Da with curator Emma Natalya Stein. Walk through a sweeping cinematic corridor and feel as if you are traveling by boat down the river to meet Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan, a monumental sculpture with a 1500-year history.

Satook: A Screening and Conversation with praCh Ly, 2pm
Created for the exhibition, this short documentary examines the transformation of religious traditions through the ruptures of the Khmer Rouge genocide and immigration. praCh Ly is a critically acclaimed and award-winning artist.

Reception featuring Cambodian-inspired refreshments, 3pm

Story of the Serpent: Cambodian Dance, 4pm
Experience a dance performance by Mea Lath that explores the identity of the naga, the serpent deity, who poignantly gets caught in her own tail—a metaphor for struggles with identity in the wake of immigration. The program includes a traditional blessing dance and a contemporary work choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. Dancer Reaksmey “Mea” Lath is a celebrated Cambodian classical dancer, instructor, and manager of the Khmer Arts Academy in Long Beach, California.

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The Korea Society Hosts Hanbok: The Celebration

September 5, 2022

Hanbok: The Celebration, The Korea Society
In person and online event, September 8, 2022, 6:30pm EDT

Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok-the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing-was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of Korean textile and fashion in the U.S., illustrates and elucidates hanbok in sartorial, socio-cultural, and historical contexts.

In the fourth presentation of the series, Dr. Kim will demonstrate in person how to dress the bride and the groom in their splendid wedding attires. The children's one-year birthday celebration ensembles will also be displayed and their symbolism will be discussed.

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Asian Art Online at Bonhams Los Angeles

September 5, 2022

A Molded Celadon-Glazed "Dragon" Vase, Qianlong seal mark, 19th century/Republic period,
H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3cm), Estimate: $8,000-12,000, lot 9.

Asian Art Online, Bonhams Los Angeles
Online sale now through September 8, 2022

This sale offers a diverse array of choice Chinese ceramics, works of art, furniture, and paintings, as well as antique and modern works of art from Southeast Asia, including exceptional Burmese silver items. Several lots are offered by the Asian Art Museum San Francisco.

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New Exhibition at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University

September 3, 2022

Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies,
Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University

September 7-December 10, 2022
Free opening reception: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 5pm-7pm

Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions, and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.

From digital wallpaper to dinner plates, Dyussenbina sprinkles a sense of humor in her artworks while paying homage to European master artists such as Goya and Van Gogh, to indigenous nomadic Kazakhstan cultures, and to post-Soviet politics. She remixes motifs from traditional European ornaments, Kazakh folk culture (like ram horns, horses, and eagle hunters), architectural remains from the Soviet era, and icons of contemporary society (Chanel logos, surveillance cameras) and repeats them kaleidoscopically. Dazzling flies, flowers, horses, and cameras symbolize the collapse and rise of ubiquitous urban iconographies and repetitive failure in contemporary society.

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Asia Week New York Begins the September Season with a Special Webinar

September 2, 2022

Sherman Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1965. Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives

Sherman Lee: Master of Art, Asia Week New York
Online webinar, Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 5pm EDT

Sherman Lee, the renowned Asian art expert, had an enormous impact on the field of Asian art. His most significant role was as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he was instrumental in assembling one of the foremost Asian art collections in the US and turned the museum into a major destination. In addition, his legendary connoisseurship and brilliant eye made him a sought-after adviser to collectors, among them John D. Rockefeller 3rd for his collection of Asian art, bequeathed to Asia Society.

Four panelists will discuss and give presentations about different facets of Lee’s life and career. These include his approach to collecting Asian art, a personal perspective from his daughter, further insights on his influence in the field from a fellow Asian art scholar and friend of many years, and his role as advisor and benefactor to the Ackland Museum.

Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee and Collecting Asian Art
Noelle Giuffrida
Curator of Asian Art, David Owsley Museum of Art and Professor of Art History,
Ball State University
Noelle Giuffrida is the author of Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Art in Postwar America, published by the University of California Press in 2018. In addition to her work at Ball State University, where she recently completed reinstalling and reinterpreting the Japanese collection at the David Owsley Museum of Art, Giuffrida also serves as a research associate with the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas. Giuffrida’s research focuses on Chinese art, particularly the history of collecting and exhibiting premodern works in American museums after World War II and the visual culture of Daoism in late imperial China. Her teaching and curatorial experience extend broadly both temporally—from Neolithic to contemporary—and cross-culturally to China, Korea, and Japan, as well as to South and Southeast Asia.

Sherman Lee: Reflections of a Daughter
Katharine Lee Reid

Retired Director, Cleveland Museum of Art
Katharine Lee Reid is the daughter of Sherman Lee, who sparked her interest in art while still a child. Reid served as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2000-2005, a post her father held from 1958 to 1983. During her tenure, work began on the museum's extensive expansion and renovation. Reid was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 1991-2000, when she also initiated a large renovation project and significantly expanded the museum's programs and community outreach. Prior to her time at the VMFA, Reid held the posts of assistant and deputy director at the Art Institute of Chicago and curatorial positions at the Ackland Art Museum, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Toledo Museum of Art. During her career, Reid has shared her rich experience on numerous boards and advisory committees. She was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Reid holds degrees in art history from Vassar College and Harvard University and studied at the Sorbonne; she holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sherman Lee: A Man for All Seasons
Mary Ann Rogers

Co-founder & Director, Kaikodo
Mary Ann Rogers received an MPhil in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London, and worked toward a PhD in Chinese painting at UC Berkeley. She has balanced a life in the art business with an academic life, contributing to journals and catalogues in Asian art and culture, teaching in the states and Japan, where she was also affiliated with the Tokyo-based Idemitsu Museum of Arts. Mary Ann and her husband established and operated Kaikodo, from their home in Kita-Kamakura in Japan for well over a decade and then for 25 years in New York City, where their gallery served as a vibrant meeting place for collectors and scholars of Asian Art worldwide. In the wake of the global health crisis, the Rogers relocated all Kaikodo business operations to the Big Island in Hawai’i, which has long been the center of Kaikodo Journal production and a destination for friends and associates in their field, all making Mary Ann eminently qualified to discuss the lasting legacy of Sherman Lee in A Man for All Seasons.

Sage in the Bamboo Grove: Sherman E. Lee and the Ackland Art Museum
Peter Nisbet
Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Ackland Art Museum
Peter Nisbet is the deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he oversees the exhibition program and the permanent collection of over 20,000 objects, including some 1,600 Asian works of art. He has published widely on the Russian and Soviet avant-garde, on German modern and contemporary art, on postwar Japanese art, and on issues of museum history, theory, and practice. His most recent book is Look Close, Think Far: Art at the Ackland, which was published by Paul Holberton Publishing this summer. Before joining the Ackland in 2009, Nisbet held posts at the Busch-Reisinger Museum/Harvard Art Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University and a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University.

Dessa Goddard

Vice President, US Head, Asian Art Group, Senior Specialist, Chinese Art, Senior Specialist, Japanese Art, Head of Business Strategy, Global Chinese Paintings, Senior Management Team, Bonhams
Chairman, Asia Week New York

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Highlights from Asia Week New York's Autumn 2022 Season

September 1, 2022

Asia Week New York is pleased to announce that Autumn 2022 will run from September 14 to 23 with online and in-person exhibitions–including works from twenty-one international Asian art galleries and six auction houses–Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Heritage, iGavel, and Sotheby’s. Thirteen of the galleries are simultaneously opening their doors to the public in New York, and the sales at the auction houses will be live and online.

Organized by category, here is a round-up of the highlights at the galleries:

Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asia

Taking center stage at Kapoor Galleries is this schist figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century (Kushan Period). Sculpted from gray schist, the present sculpture is a fine example of traditional Gandharan art. Schist was widely used as a material in Gandharan sculptures as it allowed detailed carving. It depicts Buddha as the enlightened spiritual teacher alleviating humankind from worldly despair. 34 East 67th Street

The showstopper at Thomas Murray is an exceptionally rare and important 19th/early 20th century Lukkus-Pintoan Headhunter Costume. Robes of this type are the most important of all Taiwan Aboriginal costumes and were exclusively worn by successful headhunters of the Atayal people. The red color represents the Blood of Life, with the linear geometry of the beading, representing the Rainbow Path of the Ancestors. Profoundly labor intensive to create, the hand pierced shell beads represent thousands of hours of stored value.  Online only

Among the paintings featured at Akar Prakar is Wounds (Trial Proof B4) by Somnath Hore, who is remembered as an artist and printmaker who experimented with and invented his own techniques for printmaking. Born in 1921 in a pre-independent India, he witnessed the tragedies that plagued the nation and the world at the time. His works, like this etching, are visual storytelling of the trauma he witnessed all his life. Online only

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art 

Ralph M. Chait Galleries is offering The Happiness Twins, who are depicted holding a gourd and lotus flower for long life, and a box. They are associated with happiness and good fortune and are often shown with a Three-Legged Toad which was symbolic of wealth. Carved from a single section of bamboo (the tip), this sculpture symbolizes good fortune in all its manifestations. 16 East 52nd Street, 10th floor, for gallery hours, phone 212-397-2818

Beijing-based INKstudio presents landscape paintings from Bingyi’s recent field research in the Taihang Mountains in Northern China and will feature Mountain Spirit. Her Taihang series will debut at the exhibition Oneness: Nature and Connectivity in Chinese Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and runs concurrently with the gallery’s exhibition in New York. Online only

By all indications, the shape and surprisingly large size, distinctive palette, and florid style of this large sancai-decorated Cizhou Pillow at Kaikodo LLC indicates that it was produced at the kiln in Henan province during the Jin dynasty (12th/13th century). This pillow is not only a useful household accessory, but a powerful aesthetic and decorative statement as well. Online only

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art

The Art of Japan features Fireworks at Ryogoku, one of Utagawa Hiroshige’s most iconic designs, from the 100 Views of Edo series. A highlight of the hot Edo summers was the Noryou (enjoying the cool of the evening), with fireworks on the Sumida River. On days when the river was open to pleasure boats, spectators turned out in droves to admire the displays of the rival pyrotechnicians, Yamaya and Kagiya. The scene depicted here is in the autumn section of the series, which explains the smaller crowd than if it were in summer. Online only

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., presents Tsubo: The Art of Vessels which explores the sublime interpretations of the Tsubo form by Japan's modern and contemporary ceramic masters including the work of Minegishi Seiko, who specializes in a unique type of celadon beige glaze which originated in China. 18 East 64th Street, by appointment

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints is presenting an exhibition of exceptionally early and beautiful prints from Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s series, 100 Aspects of the Moon, which will include Jade Rabbit–Sun Wukong. Songoku, hero of the epic Chinese novel “Journey to the West” is shown holding his magic staff and playfully frolicking with the moon-dwelling Jade Rabbit in front of an enormous full moon. One of Yoshitoshi’s earliest print series (1864), Monkey and his Journey to the West–considered one of the top designs in this series–is beautifully printed, with strong woodgrain in the lower sky and strong pink hues of the moon. Online only

This exquisite example of Hisao Hanafusa’s enigmatic series “Fifth Dimension,” Byōbu II, the single artist show at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, combines the traditional Japanese art of gilded screens with a post-minimalist interest in the idea of process. The three vertical shapes in dark grays, which are made of chemically treated aluminum paints, call to mind the shadow of a figure. When folded, the chemicals slowly oxidize the silver leaves on the adjacent panel, changing their complexions, and in doing so, create an indexical print of the former. 65 East 80th Street, for gallery hours, phone 646-838-9395

Ippodo Gallery presents Innovation in Form: Lacquerware by Jihei Murase III, the second exhibition at the gallery by the artist, featuring 35 lacquer works.  The craft of Jihei Murase III is the culmination of generations of expertise and innovative genius. Since his last show, Murase has continued to gain recognition in the United States and Europe for his scrupulous attention to beauty and innovation of form. The artist reveres the beauty of functional things, expertly joining aesthetics with utility in everyday life as exemplified by this elegant hourglass-shaped flower vase. 32 East 67th Street

Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art presents Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Late Eighteenth Century. This was the decade of the ōkubi-e—defined as head and shoulder portraits—of both men and women, usually actors or courtesans and famous beauties of the day. One of the exhibition highlights is this color woodblock print of Ichikawa Danjūrō VI, one of the most popular Kabuki actors of all time, by Utagawa Kunimasa. 17 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor, by appointment

RED EARTH, the exhibition­ at Joan B Mirviss LTD will showcase the work of Ogawa Machiko, who has moved from sculptural forms to richly colored red vessels that resemble archaeological finds, retaining her signature quality of timeless discovery. Her desired deep red color is achieved by rubbing the glaze with a cloth over the surfaces. This hand-applied method creates subtle variations in the resulting matte red effect after firing. Tall standing conical red vessels reveal, through torn mouths and sliced edges, a contrasting white porcelain vessel nestled inside. Through such layering of forms, Ogawa calls into question the very idea of utsuwa (container) and its function. 39 East 78th Street, 4th floor.

This stunning silver vase, presented by Onishi Gallery titled Yunagi (Evening Calm)– by Oshiyama Motoko, one of Japan’s leading female metalwork artists, illuminates the playful sense of a peaceful evening, the stars shining like diamonds in the quiet night sky. A combination of colorful metal alloy sheets is used to create a geometric pattern with fine gradations. She draws inspiration from natural phenomena, welding, and soldering metals together to produce refined objects with swirling patterns and abstract designs. Her work can be seen in the Arts of Japan Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  521 West 26th Street, by appointment

Inspired by the kimono exhibition from the John C. Weber collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Scholten Japanese Art presents Fashion Forward: Edo Beauties of the Floating World, which explores the swagger and finesse of kimono styles as presented by Edo Period artists, who were the fashion editors of their time. Among the highlights is A Pocket Mirror of Beauties- Six Immortal Poets of the Era: Ariwara no Narihira. 145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D, appointment appreciated

Among the highlights at TAI Modern is a highly geometric intertwined bamboo work of art by the emerging young artist Nakatomi Hajime, who approaches his work like an engineer. In his world of numbers, he finds the beauty of geometry and symmetry and sees the elegance of simple circles, triangles, squares, ellipses, and figure-eights. Repeated many times, pure geometry can also take on organic form, comparable to a macroscopic view of microscopic structures inherent in nature. Nakatomi produces mysteriously intertwined objects, weightless and repetitive with a masterful delicate and dynamic visual effect as evidenced in Auspicious 8. Online only

Thomsen Gallery will exhibit large works by the internationally renowned lacquer artist Nobuyuki Tanaka, who uses the ancient dry-lacquer technique to create amorphous, curving forms with meticulously finished surfaces that incorporate tactility and translucency. The colors are those used in traditional lacquer ware: high-gloss black or red, or a mélange of both. As exemplified in Imaginary Skin, his sculptural works explore both the horizontal and vertical orientations. 9 East 63rd Street 2nd floor

Among the animal-themed works of art that Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art will feature in their exhibition called Peluche, which means "plush toy" in French, is The Lion and The Guardian Dog, a pair of wooden figures from the Kamakura period,13th century. Online only

Miyako Yoshinaga presents two contemporary Japanese artists: Manika Nagari and Hitoshi Fugo, a painter and a photographer, respectively. In this vigorously stroked painting with bold colors, Nagara was inspired by her recent episode of disorientation and fear caused by the sudden deafness in one of her ears. Always interested in exploring the rich narratives with which different individuals and cultures express their own experiences, she painted Your Ears while imagining the different meanings and representations of hearing. 24 East 64th Street

An exhibition of Japanese and Korean ceramics will be on view at Zetterquist Galleries. One of the standouts is a beautiful Nabeshima porcelain plate with baskets and flowers. Nabeshima-ware was originally produced in Hizen Province (now Saga Prefecture) as a tribute from the Feudal Lord Nabeshima to the Shogun in Edo. They represented the highest level of technical and artistic achievement in Japanese porcelain of the time. 3 East 66th Street, #2B. By appointment

Ancient and Contemporary Korean Art

The exhibition, Cho Yong-Ik: Jumhwa and Wave Paintings, at HK Art & Antiques Ltd. will showcase over 10 paintings from the last decade by Cho Yong-Ik (b. 1934), a major Korean painter. After a period of inactivity, Cho has returned to the themes that occupied him during the 1970s and 1980s. These Jumhwa–dot paintings, and wave paintings–are examples of the trends that preoccupied the Dansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome painting movement, during the early period of Korean modern art. In the case of the Jumhwa, these marks are dots or wedges scraped from the monochromatic surface with either a finger or a painter’s knife, then overpainted and defaced again. The motifs in the wave paintings continue the theme of repetition and erasure but are often continuous across the monochrome surface and bear the clear signs of brushwork. 49 East 78th Street, by appointment

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Ancient and/or Contemporary Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

A schist figure of Buddha Shakyamuni, Gandhara, 2nd/3rd Century (Kushan Period) Gray Schist
38 1⁄4 in. (97.2 cm). high Credit: Kapoor Galleries

Lukkus-Pintoan Headhunter Costume
Atayal People, Taiwan
Ramie, raveled trade wool, shell disk beads
19th/early 20th Century, Ex Collection Valerie Hector
48 x 96.5 /19 cm x 38 inches
Credit: Thomas Murray

Somnath Hore
Wounds (Trial Proof B4)
Size: 8 x 9.25 in. (20.3 cm x 23.4 cm)
Credit: Akar Prakar

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art

Fine Chinese bamboo carving of the hehe erxian happiness twins riding upon a three-legged toad
18th/ early-19th century
Finely carved in the full round in great detail to the Boys, and the Toad has a wonderful comical expression.
The wood has a beautiful and warm brown tone.
12 ¼ inches (31.5 cm.) high
Credit: Ralph M. Chait Galleries

Mountain Spirit, 2022
Ink on xuan paper, 178 x 96 cm
Credit: INKstudio

A Large Sancai-decorated Cizhou Pillow
Jin dynasty
Late 12th-13th century
Length: 48.5 cm. (19 1/8 in.)
Width: 23.0 cm. (9 in.)
Height: 14.9 cm. (5 7/8 in.)
Credit: Kaikodo LLC

Nabeshima Plate with Baskets and Flowers
Hizen Ware, Japan
20.5cm diameter
Credit: Zetterquist Galleries

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art

Utagawa Hiroshige
Ryogoku Hanabi - Fireworks at Ryogoku
100 Views of Edo
1st state Deluxe edition
Credit: The Art of Japan

Minegishi Seiko 峯岸 勢晃 (b. 1952)
Large Jar with Crackled Celadon Glaze
H19" x Diameter 13.5" x Lip Diameter 4.0"
H48.2 x Diameter 34.2 x Lip Diameter 10.1 cm
Stoneware with Beige Colored Celadon Glaze
With Signed Wood Box
Credit: Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Jade Rabbit–Sun Wukong
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon 月百姿
Credit: Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints

Hisao Hanafusa
Fifth Dimension Byōbu II, 2021
Six-panel folding screen, silver aluminum paint, silver leaves on paper
26.5 x 57.5 in. per panel
Credit: Fu Qiumeng Fine Art

Jihei Murase III
Negoro Flower Vase, 2022, Lacquer
Credit: Ippodo Gallery

Utagawa Kunimasa (1773–1810)
Ichikawa Danjūrō VI as Kanshaku no Jū
Color woodblock print: ōban tate-e, 14¼ x 10⅛ in. (36.2 x 25.7 cm); 1/1796
Signed: Kunimasa ga
Censor’s seal: kiwame (approved)
Publisher: Uemura Yohei
Credit: Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art

Akai utsuwa, “Red Vessel”
Unglazed porcelain and stoneware with iron-oxide glaze
16 x 13 3/4 in. (40.6 x 34.9 cm.)
Credit: Joan B Mirviss LTD

Oshiyama Motoko (b. 1957)
Kakuhanmon Vase “Yunagi” (Evening Calm), 2021
Silver, brass, shakudo and copper
h. 9 7/8 x w. 6 x d. 2 3/8 in. (25 x 15 x 6 cm)
Credit: Onishi Gallery

Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)
A Pocket Mirror of Beauties- Six Immortal Poets of the Era: Ariwara no Narihira, ca. 1826-28
Woodblock print
14 7/8 x 10 in., 37.8 x 25.4 cm.
Credit: Scholten Japanese Art

Nakatomi Hajime
Auspicious 8, 2020
madake bamboo, rattan
13.5 x 18 x 5 in.
Credit: TAI Modern

Nobuyuki Tanaka (b. 1959)
Imaginary Skin, 2015, Japan
Dry lacquer
H 39¼ in. (99.6 cm)
Credit: Thomsen Gallery

The Lion and The Guardian Dog
A pair of wooden figures
Right; 15.3 in. high (39 cm) Left: 16.1 in. high (41 cm)
Kamakura period, 13th century
Credit: Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

Manika Nagare
Your Ears
2022, Oil on canvas
28 5/8"x 28 5/8"in. (75.2 x 75.2 cm.)
© Manika Nagare, Courtesy MIYAKO YOSHINAGA

Korean Ancient and/or Contemporary Art

Sooyeon Hong (B. 1967)
“Tonal Dialogue #10,”2019
Acrylic on canvas
20.9 x 17.9 in. (53 x 45.5cm.)
Credit: HK Art & Antiques Ltd.

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