What's Happening in Asian Art...

Thomsen Gallery in the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk

May 12, 2021

Lacquer Works by Yoshio Okada and Screens by Kyoko Ibe at Thomsen Gallery, 9 East 63rd Street 

Yoshio Okada is recognized worldwide for his brilliance in harnessing the traditional Japanese craft of lacquer to contemporary modes of visual expression. “Lacquer Works by Yoshio Okada” is centered around two of his most innovative series: “Celestial Phenomena” and “Jellyfish,” each of them comprising boxes rarely more than five inches in length.

Working with recycled antique handmade ganpi paper, ink and minerals, Kyoko Ibe creates large-scale dynamic designs that, in her words "offer our ancestors a new lease of life in the present." Fashioned out of pulped and dyed paper that incorporates fragments from centuries-old notebooks, her folding screens such as Morning Glory, measuring 24 feet in width, convey multiple layers of meaning. They suggest the night sky or stormy seas, but each of them also pays tribute to the artist's belief that handmade paper from before the industrial age is far superior to its contemporary counterpart, grows ever more beautiful with the passage of the years, and exemplifies the simple virtues of earlier times.

To register: https://madisonavenuebid.org/gallerywalk/

Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery in the Madison Avenue Gallery Walk

May 12, 2021

Illuminating Earth 133-C11, May 1, 2020, toned gelatin silver print, image approximately 16 x 21.5 in. (41 x 55cm)

Visit Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery at  24 East 64th during the Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk this Saturday, May 15. The gallery will be pleased to introduce you to a new photography series, "Correspondence" by Yojiro Imasaka, the Brooklyn-based artist originally from Hiroshima, Japan. 

When New York City was ordered to shut down last year, Imasaka reviewed negatives from his previous shooting trip to Japan.  Imasaka made more than 50 small toned gelatin silver prints in his darkroom, a process he could manage without a laboratory or assistant.  “Correspondence” is a contemplation based on bird’s-eye-views of a deep mountain forest in Northern Japan, all shot on the same spot. These prints, first shown last June, are available for purchase, and the artist will donate a portion of the proceeds to Doctor Without Borders for their Covid-19 medical efforts.

Click here for the online exhibition.

New exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD

May 12, 2021

FUJINO SACHIKO (b. 1950), Form 19-3, 2019, Stoneware with matte glaze in white and gradations of gray, 19 1/2 x 18 1/8 x 17 3/4 in

New Sculpture by Fujino Sachiko

For her third exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD, Fujino Sachiko (b. 1950) presents evocative sculptures in FORMING A VOICE. Her earlier explorations in both geometric forms and organic blooms merge to find new expression here—intricate artworks are built upon strong, balanced shapes of spheres and wedges and crowned with soft, irregular folds in velvety gray-black or creamy white.

Fujino began her studies and early career in the world of fashion-design in Kyoto. A pottery class in the 1980s first introduced her to the ceramic world and resulted in her becoming the student of the pioneering, female ceramic artist Tsuboi Asuka (b. 1932), herself a pupil of the celebrated Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963).

Her work has been highly awarded both nationally and internationally. Museums such as the Faenza International Ceramic Museum, Italy; Kyoto City Cultural Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art; and Yale University Art Gallery, to name a few, hold her artwork in their collections.

New exhibition at Chambers Fine Art

May 6, 2021

Leaves of Grass #16, 2020-2021, Mineral pigment and colored chalk on silk, 53 1/8 x 74 3/4 in

Wang Gongyi: Multitudes
May 6 - June 18, 2021
Address: 55 E 11th St, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003

Chambers Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening on May 6, 2021 of Wang Gongyi: Multitudes.  This will be the artist’s second exhibition in New York. Born in Tianjin, China in 1946, Wang Gongyi received her master’s degree from the Department of Printmaking at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art in 1980, and stayed on to teach after graduation.  After periods as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, she moved permanently to the US in 2001 and is now based in Portland.

The current exhibition is devoted to two bodies of work – Wang Gongyi’s ink and calligraphy works on Xuan paper, the medium through which she first gained recognition, now increasingly distilled into simple, pure forms of expression, and a series of paintings on silk called Leaves of Grass, a collection of poetic reflections on recent and current events.


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Talk at the San Antonio Museum of Art

May 4, 2021

Asian Art Market Perspective with Lark Mason
May 5, 7:00-8:00pm CDT

For information on registration click here

New exhibition at the Korea Society

May 3, 2021

Mina Cheon. Dreaming Unification: Protest Peace (Triptych Flag Figuration East Meets West, Joseonhwa Protest Art)  Photo courtesy of Mina Cheon Studio (Photos by Cyrus Feldman)

Mina Cheon: Dreaming Unification/Protest Peace
May 3 - September 2, 2021

Global art activist Mina Cheon draws inspiration from the partition of the Korean peninsula, in which she enlists a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, video, installation, and performance to deconstruct and reconcile the fraught history and ongoing coexistence between North and South Korea. Featured in this exhibition are Cheon's paintings of the Korean peninsula, recalling past inter-Korean efforts including the Olympics, athletic teamwork, Arirang Mass Games, and other public events that celebrate “One Korea.”

Mina Cheon is a new media artist, scholar, educator, and activist best known for her “Polipop” paintings inspired by Pop art and Social Realism. She has exhibited internationally, most recently at the Asia Society Triennial (2021), and her work is in the collection of museums in the U.S. and Korea. Cheon received a BFA in painting from Ewha Womans University; an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA in imaging and digital art from UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland; and a PhD in philosophy of media and communications at the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. She is currently a Full-time Professor at MICA.

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Korea Society gallery at 350 Madison Avenue is open only by appointment. The appointment must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. All visitors will be required to wear a mask as well as complete the safety questionnaire upon arrival. For more information, please click here.

Pacific Trade auction at Doyle

April 30, 2021

An exceptionally large and rare China Trade painting, mid 19th century (Estimate $20,000-40,000)

New York, NY -- Doyle is pleased to announce the inaugural Pacific Trade auction on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10am. This exciting sale offers a wide range of property, including Chinese export porcelain, paintings, furniture and decorative art, Japanese and Southeast Asian art and much more.

One of the highlights is an exceptionally large and rare China Trade painting, mid 19th century, oil on canvas; depicting the Qing army subjugating the citizens of a southern region with boats in a small congested harbor and rocky hills in the background (Estimate $20,000-40,000). 

Another is an exceptional partial suite of China Trade hardwood furniture, circa 1840, comprising a sofa, a large armchair with oval backrest, and six side chairs with tapering reeded legs terminating in casters; all elaborately carved and upholstered in red leather (Estimate is $10,000-15,000). Provenance:
Property of an American Family, Acquired in Shrewsbury, England in 1967, and thence by descent. 

The exhibition starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 1 and will remain on view until Monday, May 3, Noon - 5pm
(And by appointment on other days and evenings)
Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128
Safety protocols will be in place. 

NOTE: The sale will be conducted by an auctioneer in a closed setting. Place your bids conveniently via Absentee Bids, BidLive! and Telephone Bids. 

Rubin Museum of Art panel discussion Presenting Tibet: A Curators’ Roundtable Discussion

April 29, 2021

Tara Protecting from the Eight Fears; Kham Province, Southeastern Tibet; late 19th–early 20th century; pigments on cloth with silk brocade; Rubin Museum of Art; gift of Dr. Michael Henss, Zurich; C2014.8

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

How do curators approach representing Tibetan collections? What digital initiatives related to Tibetan art and culture do museums offer or plan to offer in the future?

Explore these questions at an upcoming virtual roundtable discussion hosted by the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University and the Rubin Museum of Art. Four curators from three American museums will share the processes behind the acquisition and presentation of Tibetan collections.

The panel includes:
·       Karl Debreczeny, Senior Curator, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
·       Elena Pakhoutova, Senior Curator, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
·       Kurt Behrendt, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
·       Jeff Durham, Associate Curator, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Free with registration

Register Here:  https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8URNO99aRTCWbYcR-oZa7Q


Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until June 27

April 27, 2021

Summer Mountains, Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese, active ca. 1023–ca. 1056), Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), ca. 1050.  Handscroll; ink and color on silk, Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973, Accession Number:  1973.120.1

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Up Close

Close looking is at the heart of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In premodern China, painters and calligraphers learned by copying, a practice that required heightened observation of details. In the process, they also learned how to look—how to detect fine distinctions of ink tone, saturation, and line. Only after years of this type of intense looking could a person be considered a true expert.

This exhibition will encourage such looking by displaying original artworks alongside photographic enlargements of their details. The magnified details draw attention to subtleties of brushwork, texture, and line that may escape a viewer at first glance. Ultimately, the enlargements draw us back to the original, revealing the rewards that close looking can offer.

Zoom event at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

April 26, 2021

Father-Daughter, from the series Re-take of Amrita, Vivan Sundaram, India, 2001, archival digital pigment print, Gift of Drs. Umesh and Sunanda Gaur, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, S2019.6.19

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12 – 1 pm

Join Dr. Paul Sternberger for a conversation with Delhi-based artist Vivan Sundaram focused on the development of his multifaceted practice. The subject of the 2019 book Vivan Sundaram Is Not a Photographer: The Photographic Works of Vivan Sundaram by Ruth Rosengarten, Sundaram crosses boundaries of genre and medium to produce powerful installations that are both shaped by and transcend photographic modes.  This program is offered as part of The Studio, the Freer and Sackler’s virtual contemporary art space.

Vivan Sundaram (b. 1943, Shimla, India) received his BFA from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in 1965 and his post-diploma from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 1968. His work, which is exhibited across the globe, incorporates diverse media including painting, photography, video, sculpture, archival materials, found objects, and performance.  Sundaram is represented by the gallery sepiaEYE in New York City.

Paul Sternberger received his PhD in art history from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Rutgers-Newark in 1997. His publications include Between Amateur & Aesthete: The Legitimization of Photography as Art in America, 1880–1900 (2001) and By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design (2005). Sternberger co curated the groundbreaking exhibition India: Public Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art in 2007. 

Register herehttps://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B1IPeLB9R_W3F7je5y1YXA

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