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Works by Women Artists at Asia Week March 2022

March 25, 2022

L-R: Bingyi (born 1975), Sea of Stars, 2021, ink on xuan paper, INKstudio; Shinoda Toko (1913-2021), Innovation, sumi-ink, gouache and platinum leaf on canvas, Christie's; Madhvi Parekh (born 1942),
Durga II, 2006, acrylic on acrylic sheet (reverse painting), DAG

This season's Asia Week, which coincided with Women's History Month, included a plethora of works by women artists in a wide variety of materials, art forms, and traditions, and featured artists from all corners of Asia, as well as ones who live outside Asia. While this is in no way a comprehensive list, it will demonstrate how varied and rich the work of women artists is and provide entry points for further investigation.

The artists whose work is illustrated above are three painters who use traditional ideas and/or materials to create new kinds of imagery and express personal perspectives.

Looking back in time, works by women of earlier periods included several woodblock-print-makers, such as Bertha Lum, who were inspired by the Japanese tradition, at Scholten Japanese Art.  Thomas Murray remarked that most, if not all, of the fine Indonesian textiles in his exhibition were made by women artisans, especially when they were to be used for ceremonial occassions.

L-R: Lin Suzhen (19th century), Immortal Magu, ink and color on silk, Bonhams; Bertha Lum (1869-1954), Bamboo Road, ca. 1912, woodblock print, Scholten Japanese Art; Iban People, Borneo, Ceremonial Cloth, pua sungkit with Skulls and Dancing Figures, 19th century, cotton; supplementary weft wrapping, Thomas Murray

Visits to the exhibitions shown at DAG and Akar Prakar offered a wealth of works by women painters from South Asia, as both galleries made this the theme of this season's exhibitions. Similarly, the auctions of South Asian modern and contemporary art at Sotheby's and Christie's not only included numerous works by women artists, but many sold well above their estimates. DAG NY director Josheen Oberoi participated in a recorded discussion of this topic with Sarab Zavaleta, East Meets West at Asian Art Week in NYC & Women's History Month, which can be accessed here.

L-R: Jayashree Chakravarty (born 1956), Pulsating, 2020-2021, acrylic, oil, audiotape, plant bark, paper and synthetic adhesive on canvas, Akar Prakar; Meera Mukherjee (1923-1998), Santur Player, 1981, bronze, Sotheby's

Numerous contemporary women artists whose work was on view this week employed art forms other than painting. The materials they used ranged from clay to bamboo to metalwares to textiles.

L-R: Shigematsu Ayumi (born 1958), Yellow Jomon, 2018, stoneware, Dai Ichi Arts LTD; Isohi Setsuko (born 1964), High Mountain, 2019, madake bamboo, rattan, TAI Modern; Otsuki Masako (b. 1943), Silver Vase Yo (Leap), 1998, silver metal carving with gold decoration and shakudo (alloy-copper, gold), Onishi Gallery

Whether rendered in two- or three-dimensional works, figural images that depict women can often have a self-portraiture quality or express some personal aspect of the artist's life. For example, Wonsook Kim has stated that her compositions are often influenced by her experiences in Korea and the United States, Iwasaki Eri's earlier job as a courtroom sketch artist resulted in her employment of intense emotions and humanity's dark side in her works, and Gogi Saroj Pal's self portrait shows a figure looking into a curtained future.

L-R: Wonsook Kim (born 1953), Words of Hope, 2016, oil on canvas, HK Art and Antiques; Iwasaki Eri (born 1968), Cotton Candy, 2019, mineral pigment, gofun, platinum paint on kozo paper mounted on wood panel, Christie's; Gogi Saroj Pal (born 1945), Self-Portrait, 1991, gouache on paper, DAG

The work of women artists is featured in several local museums. Presently on view at Korea Society is a display of the work of contemporary abstract textile artist Wonju Seo . The life and work of Elaine Ildan Choi is presented in a video available online by the Korean Cultural Center. The current exhibition, Japan: A History of Style at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features a selection of Japanese contemporary metalwares by noted artists Osumi Yukie, Otsuki Masako, and Oshiyama Motoko. Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection at Asia Society includes the work of nine women artists, and their art is discussed in an online feature.

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 10 - LAST DAY

March 25, 2022

Arnold Chang & Michael Cherney, Da Ming Mountain Study #2, 2021, photography and ink on xuan paper mount on paper, Fu Qiumeng Fine Arts

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•17 gallery exhibitions are open today—find out who's open with this list with handy graph, which you can take with you while you gallery hop. Visit the Dealers' pages for more details and images of highlights.

Akar Prakar, Egenolf Gallery, Kaikodo LLC, and Thomas Murray are live with their online exhibitions 

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available. LAST DAY TO VIEW EXHIBITION!

Today's Auctions:

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at 8:30am, Christie's
Asian Works of Art: Session II, Online Timed Auction Closes at 10am, Doyle

TODAY'S FEATURE EVENT

•Online lecture: Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA, 8:30am EDT, DAG

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

Asian Art at the Appleton Museum of Art

March 24, 2022

Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibet, 19th century, bronze, gold and pigment, 30 1/2 x 18 x 14 in.,
Gift of Arthur I. Appleton

One of the largest collections at the Appleton, the Asian art holdings include religious and secular works from China, India, Japan, Tibet and Southeast Asia. Buddhist art is represented by Indian, Tibetan, Thai and Burmese sculptures and textiles. The Chinese works feature a number of important ceramic pieces including Tang Dynasty horse and guardian figures, rare celadon funerary vases and many fine examples of Chinese Export Ware. A fascinating area is devoted to the art of Japan, which includes a variety of netsukes, Meji era bronzes, and kimonos.

The Appleton Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 24,000 works, representing the art of Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Contemporary and Pre-Columbia. It also hosts special exhibitions. The museum was built starting in 1984 by businessman Arthur Appleton and his wife, the actress Martha O'Driscoll Appleton, and opened in 1987. It is part of the College of Central Florida and is located in Ocala, Florida. Since September 2019, Asian art historian Jason Steuber has led the Appleton as director.

Read more, click here

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 9

March 24, 2022

The Coronation of Rama, based on the description in the Yuddhakanda of the Ramayana, ch. 130, Mandi c. 1840, opaque pigments, with gold and silver, Francesca Galloway

Day 9

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•19 gallery exhibitions are open today—find out who's open with this list with handy graph, which you can take with you while you gallery hop. Visit the Dealers' pages for more details and images of highlights.

Akar Prakar, Egenolf Gallery, Kaikodo LLC, and Thomas Murray are live with their online exhibitions 

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available

Today's Auctions:

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at 8:30am, Christie's
Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection, Christie's

LAST DAY TO SEE

Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, 10am-6pm, Art Passages
Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century, 10am-6pm, Francesca Galloway

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

LAUNCH Video Available to Watch

March 23, 2022

Asia Week New York's LAUNCH Video, March 15, 2022
Available to watch online

For those who missed AWNY's LAUNCH presentation on March 15th, which gave an overview of Asia Week March 2022 highlights, the recording is now available on our website. Kicking off this spring's Asia Week, AWNY Planning Committee Chair Dessa Goddard emceed the presentations of gallery-exhibition highlights and auction previews by members of AWNY's Planning Committee. Mike Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, surveyed the variety of Asian art exhibitions currently on view in this institution.

To watch the video, click here

Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA at DAG

March 23, 2022

Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA, DAG
Online lecture by Dr. Brinda Kumar
Friday, March 25, 6pm IST/8:30am EDT

This online lecture by Dr. Brinda Kumar, Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, reflects on the history of collecting Indian art in US museums through Charles Lang Freer's early acquisition of Indian paintings, followed by a discussion with Professor Tapati Guha-Thakurta. This talk is part of a series of lectures and discussions on collections, museums, and the shaping of Indian art history curated by Professor Guha-Thakurta. Live on Zoom and Facebook.

Read more and register, click here

National Museum of Asian Art Opens Japanese Prints Exhibition

March 23, 2022

Fashionable Three Kingdoms (Mitate Sangoku-shi): Sakaigawa(R), Iōzan(C), and Unryū(L), Edo period, 1858, woodblock print, ink and color on paper, The Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection
National Museum of Asian Art

On view now through January 29, 2023

Expect the unexpected. The exhibition Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection focuses on the captivating stories and urban legends of individuals living on the fringes of society in early modern Japan. Key subjects in theater, literature, and visual arts reveal antiheroes and underdogs whose virtues are often embodied by their rejection of societal norms, making them misfits and moral exemplars at the same time. The exhibition will follow virtuous bandits, tattooed firemen who love to fight, rogues from the kabuki theater, and others.

Highlighting the transformative gift of the Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection to the National Museum of Asian Art, Underdogs and Antiheroes features subjects that are not commonly associated with traditional Japanese print culture but were nevertheless central to the interests of an early modern public. The exhibition will explore new visual and thematic ground, further strengthening the museum’s trailblazing role in reconsidering presentations of Asian cultures.

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 8

March 23, 2022

Otsuki Masako (b. 1943), Silver Vase Yo (Leap), 1998, silver metal carving with gold decoration and shakudo (alloy-copper, gold)

Day 8

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•21 gallery exhibitions are open today—find out who's open with this list with handy graph, which you can take with you while you gallery hop. Visit the Dealers' pages for more details and images of highlights.

Bonhams, Christie'siGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

Akar Prakar, Egenolf Gallery, Kaikodo LLC, and Thomas Murray are live with their online exhibitions 

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available

Today's Auctions:

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art at 8:30am, Christie's
•Important Chinese Art at 9am, Sotheby's
Fine Japanese and Korean Art at 10am, Bonhams
South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak at 11:00am, Christie's

Today's Feature Event:

•Live Performance: Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty: Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, 6:30pm, China Institute

Last Day to See:

The Eternal Beauty of Metal, 10am-5pm, Onishi Gallery
Selection of Japanese Art, 10am-6pm, Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

Bingyi performs at China Institute

March 22, 2022

Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty: Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, China Institute
Live performance: Wednesday, March 23, 6:30pm

Why is China’s most epic artist inventing a new imaginary dynasty, with complex rituals and evocative music of its own? Bingyi, an avant-garde thinker, designer and artist, whose monumental ink paintings sometimes cascade down entire mountainsides, will tell us how, in China’s chaotic, consumer culture, the past holds surprising and vital lessons. Enter her world for an immersive evening—a “Lotus Dynasty” wedding extravaganza featuring music, art, and breathtaking couture costumes, followed by a conversation between Bingyi and Curator Susan Beningson about what it all means.

Read more, click here

An assembly of Kondō Takahiro's ceramic sculptures set below several ink paintings by Bingyi at the collaborative exhibition by INKstudio and Joan B Mirviss LTD

Bingyi's ink paintings are also now on view in INKstudio's Asia Week New York exhibition, Bingyi: Land of Immortals. This show is displayed in conversation with Joan B Mirviss LTD's Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves. The idea for the collaboration was sparked by Bingyi's emotional response to a chance encounter with Kondō Takahiro's ceramics, which he terms “porcelain ink paintings.” As described by Craig Yee, program director and co-founder of INKstudio, the powerful symmetry shared by the work of these two artists, one working in clay and one in ink-on-paper, is that both allow water to be the prominent creative force.

For more information about these exhibitions, click here

 

Press Coverage of Asia Week New York

March 22, 2022

This detail from the ArtDaily newsletter shows the top of their daily email from March 18th.

As we all know extremely well, effective and energetic publicity is critical to the success of Asia Week. Asia Week New York's own Marilyn White, who diligently and creatively organizes AWNY's PR efforts, prepared and distributed a campaign of press releases and outreach leading up to and supporting this year's Asia Week. The most recent press release highlighted the juxtaposition of the best antique and contemporary Asian art in our member galleries, auction houses, and museums.

Read the dispatch, click here

In turn, AWNY has been actively covered in the press. For example, in addition to the article that preceded Asia Week, The New York Times followed up with another article before the Open House Weekend. Illustrated by DAG's Surveyor and the Surveyed by Navjot Altaf, the NYT echoed the variety of offerings available during Asia Week by noting that visitors could see the "Buddha head from the fourth century at Kapoor Galleries on 67th Street, a vase from the Tang dynasty at Zetterquist Galleries on 66th Street, modern Japanese stoneware by female artists at Dai Ichi Arts on 64th Street", as well as the sculpture by Navjot. To read the article, click here.

This detail is also from the March 18th issue of ArtDaily

As many of you probably noticed in your daily email newsletter from ArtDaily, readers were offered a two-week blitz of an eye-catching banner expressing our common sentiment, "New York is the destination for Asian Art," and numerous highlights from member galleries, entitled "The Best Photos of the Day", an example of which is above.

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