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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 7

March 22, 2022

Emil Orlik (1870-1932), Japanese Resting on the Mountain, 1900, color woodblock print, oban yoko-e
10 1/8 x 13 3/8 in., Scholten Japanese Art

Day 7

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•20 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 Art at 9am, Bonhams
A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1 at 9am, Sotheby's
Japanese and Korean Art at 10am, Christie's
ASIAN ART Signature® Auction at 11am, Heritage Auctions

Today's Feature Event

•Live and online lecture: Riders from the North: The Qidan—Their Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs by Jenny So, 6pm CDT/7 EDT, San Antonio Museum of Art

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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 6

March 20, 2022

Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt, tapis inuh cumi cumi, Paminggir People, Lampung, 19th century, cotton, silk; embroidery, warp ikat, Thomas Murray

Day 6

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•20 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's, Heritage Auctions, iGavel 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:

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection Of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part IV
at 10am, Bonhams
Asian Works of Art at 10am, Doyle
Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art at 11am, Sotheby's
Chinese Works of Art Including The Richard Milhender Export Furniture Collection at 11:30am, Bonhams

Last Day to See:

Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints, 10am-5pm, The Art of Japan

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The Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg at Christie's

March 20, 2022

Anonymous (late 13th century), Amida Triad, lot 5, Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg

The Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg, Christie's
March 22, 10am

David and Nayda Utterberg were attracted to Asian art from the start. They formed a substantial collection of Buddhist painting and sculpture, as well as ink painting, woodblock-printed Buddhist material, medieval Japanese ceramics, some lacquer, Korean celadons, and both Japanese and Korean folding screens, among other genres. David Utterberg had a keen eye and deep understanding of Korean art, which resulted in his distinguished Korean celadon collection. Virtually all of the pieces had been purchased from leading dealers in Japan, just as almost every piece had previously been published. Works from their collection were exhibited at renowned institutions such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and Seattle Asian Art Museum.

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Sotheby's Offers the Dr Wou Kiuan Collection

March 20, 2022

A Large Inscribed Jade Luohan Grotto, Qianlong period (1736-1795), lot 24, the Dr Wou Kiuan Collection

A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1
Sotheby's

On sale Tuesday, March 22 at 9am

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.

The collection of Dr. Wou Kiuan was long tucked away in a discreet corner of the southern British Isles. Across seven interconnecting rooms displayed a comprehensive visual history of China. Covering some 4,000 years of Chinese art, the collection formed by Dr. Wou Kiuan (1910-1997) ranges from utilitarian storage vessels made by the first Neolithic cultures that emerged along the Yellow River to the most dazzling porcelains ever commissioned to adorn the palaces of the Qing Emperors of China’s final dynasty. The extraordinary scope of the collection sets it apart from all other private collections of Chinese art formed in the mid-20th century, and it remains one of the last great collections of Chinese art in Europe today.

The uniquely comprehensive collection was formed by Wou Kiuan (Wu Quan, Heng Zhi), son of the Republican politician Wou Lien-Pai (Wu Jinglian, Wu Lianbo) (1873-1944). Wou Kiuan was born in Xingcheng, Liaoning Province in Northeast China on June 25, 1910, entering the world mere months before the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. Educated at Zhendan University in Shanghai, Wou Kiuan studied French language before he moved to France at the age of twenty to study law at the University of Grenoble and was awarded his doctorate degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. Appointed Secretary-General for the Overseas Chinese Committee at the League of Nations in Geneva in 1937, Wou embarked on an illustrious career in diplomacy. In 1939, he joined the newly-formed Chinese government Foreign Affairs Service at the French embassy in Paris; before moving to London in 1941 where he worked for the Chinese embassy in London until 1947 when he was recalled to China to serve in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs until his retirement in 1952.

At the heart of Dr Wou’s drive to collect was a burning desire to preserve the relics of China’s rich historical past scattered across Europe and to promote Chinese art and culture. It was no doubt fortuitous that Wou’s years of collecting coincided with an abundant availability of exceptional Chinese art on the London market. From the mid-1950s to late 60s he was able to form a collection of well over 1,000 works that together represented virtually every category of Chinese art. In 1968 he opened the doors to the Wou Lien-Pai Museum, named in honor of his father. The collection was arranged chronologically, with the objects displayed in wood-framed vitrines, each accompanied by typed and handwritten didactic texts. Over the years the Museum became a destination for collectors, academics, and visiting dignitaries. To this day the Wou family has remained a conscientious custodian of the collection, loaning works to exhibitions and publishing a two-volume catalogue in 2011, thereby continuing to educate future generations.

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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 5

March 20, 2022

Jonathan Yukio Clark (born 1987), Moonrise in the Quiet Wind, 2021, monotype print on washi, sugi, maple, © Jonathan Yukio Clark, Courtesy: MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, New York

Day 5 - Open House Weekend

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•All 22 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's, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel 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 Featured Events:

•Live lecture: Reflections of a Collector with ukiyo-e collector George Mann at 11am at Japan Society, Japanese Art Society of America (JASA)

•Exhibition tour: Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans at 2pm, The Rubin Museum of Art

•Artist's Talk by Jonathan Yukio Clark at 2pm and 3pm, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA

Today's Online Programs:

•Online talk: The Bottles They Carried: A Conversation on Provenance and The Rachelle R. Holden Collection of Important Chinese Snuff Bottles by Clare Chu and Andrew Lueck at 12pm, Christie's

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San Antonio Museum Hosts Lecture on the Qidan

March 20, 2022

Twin Phoenix Crown, Chinese, Liao, 907-1125, gilt copper, San Antonio Museum of Art

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

This lecture, delivered by Dr. Jenny So, Professor of Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will explore the relationship between the artistic legacy of the Qidan, founders of China’s first major foreign dynasty, and their multi-cultural background. Dr. So will discuss how the Qidans’ hunting and herding livelihood among pine-covered hills in the north and semi-deserts in the west are revealed by the artifacts they made for use in life and burial in death. Illustrations will be drawn from the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art and recent archaeological discoveries in China.

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Asia Week March 2022 - Day 4

March 19, 2022

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (1924-2001), Painting 4, 1972, oil on canvas, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Sotheby's

Day 4 - Open House Weekend

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•All 22 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's, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel 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 Featured Events:

•Live lectures: Claude de Marteau: The Master Dealer and Collector by Edward Wilkinson at 2pm and Forensic Iconography: Chronology, Region & Art Style by Jeff Watt at 3pm at Bonhams. Limited seating.

•Exhibition tour: Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans at 2pm, The Rubin Museum of Art

•Exhibition talk: Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art at 2:30pm, TAI Modern

•Live lectures: Reconsidering the Sir Michael Butler Collection of 17th century Chinese Porcelain by Katharine Butler and Teresa Canepa at 4pm and Dr Wou Kiuan and the Wou Lien-Pai Collection by Rose Kerr at 5pm at Sotheby's

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Access the full Asia Week schedule here

Bonhams offers Chinese Paintings from the Collection of Reverend Richard Fabian

March 19, 2022

Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Landscape for Lin Qingni, 1967, lot 37

Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings, Bonhams
On view this weekend
Sale: Monday, March 21 and online sale through March 24

Reverend Richard Fabian, founder and rector of San Francisco's ecumenical St. Gregory Nyssen Episcopal Church, first discovered the compelling beauty of Chinese paintings while majoring in Chinese art at Yale University in the 1960s. Over three decades, he formed a panoramic collection spanning the 200-year development of modern Chinese paintings.

This collection has been generously shared through major exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco on numerous occasions and in the Honolulu Academy of Art in 2007, to name just two institutions. It has also been published in the scholarly, and often very large, catalogues: New Songs on Ancient Tunes: 19th-20th Century Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy from the Richard Fabian Collection and Between the Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium Wars to the Cultural Revolution, 1840–1979. The painting illustrated on the cover of New Songs, Immortal Image (Posthumous Portrait of Gao Yong's Wife) by Xugu (1823/24-1896) is included in this sale.

Xugu (1823/24-1896), Immortal Image (Posthumous Portrait of Gao Yong's Wife) , lot 39

Zhang Daqian's Landscape for Qingni in this sale exemplifies Reverend Fabian's central position in the life of San Francisco through the church that he founded and his interest in Chinese art. The artist painted this work in 1967 while visiting the Bay area, and sold it to Tsao Jungying, the owner of Far East Fine Arts, a well established source for important Chinese paintings and knowledge in the Bay area. As noted in Bonhams catalogue, this painting was subsequently exhibited and published locally on several occasions.

This sale marks the fourth section of Bonhams' sale of Reverend Fabian's collection and will be sold live on Monday morning, March 21st and online through March 24th. Read more, click here

Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America

March 19, 2022

Wang Fangyu in Short Hills, New Jersey

Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America, Christie's
March 18-23

During Asia Week Christie's offers the special exhibition about the scholar, collector, teacher, and artist Wang Fangyu (1913-1997), who lived in the New York area after leaving China in 1945. For those who learned from and treasured Wang Fangyu, also known as Fred Wang, and his wife Sum Wai, and for those who were not fortunate enough to know him, this is a rare opportunity to see his imaginative calligraphy and to gain a glimpse into his friendship with influential artists Zhang Daqian, Huang Junbi, Qi Gong and others. When creating the paintings and calligraphy that they made for Wang Fangyu and his wife, they clearly were inspired by such a sophisticated and talented recipient to do their best works.

Christie's exhibition, which is located on the second floor.

The exhibition was prepared by Christie's Chinese paintings specialist Sophia Zhou. Included in the display is a large landscape painting by Bada Shanren, which represents Wang Fangyu's many years of research on this artist. The highlight of the show is an album of inscriptions and paintings by 25 artists and scholars who recorded their visits with Wang Fangyu and his family between 1945 and 1993.

Accompanying the exhibition is an informative online catalogue on Christie's website that not only summarizes Wang Fangyu's biography but also explores the impact that he and his friends made on the field of Chinese painting, both its production and the understanding of its history. A selection of old photographs of Wang Fangyu and his visitors enliven the essay, click here

Asia Week March 2022 - Day 3

March 18, 2022

Anonymous, Young Men Enjoying Pastimes (detail), Edo period, Kanbun era (1661-1673), eight-panel folding screen, Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art

Day 3, Asia Week March 2022

Asia Week New York 2022 hosts a day of previews:

•All 22 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.

•Opening today: Art of Japan, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Sebastian Izzard Asian Art, and Thomsen Gallery

Bonhams, Heritage Auctions, iGavel and Sotheby's are holding auction viewings today

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

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition is available.

Today's Featured Events:

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans exhibition opens at
Rubin Museum of Art

Buddhist Art of Gandhara and the ‘Year 5’ Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography, Juhyung Rhi, Metropolitan Museum of Art at 4:30pm. This program will take place live and be live streamed.

•Evening Receptions at Dai Ichi Arts Ltd, Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, and Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art

Today's Online Program:

Adopt, Adapt, Assimilate, and Transform: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture, Robert D. Mowry, Christie's at 1pm

View all calendar events here

Access the full Asia Week schedule here

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