What's Happening in Asian Art...

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.

Read more, including Wonju Seo's biography and Korea Society's Covid-related policies, click here

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

Asia Week March 2022 at Christie's New York

February 26, 2022

Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2004), The Banyan Tree, oil on canvas, from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak, Estimate: US$1,800,000-2,500,000

This spring, Asian Art Week returns to Christie's New York with five live auctions and two online sales. From a large selection of Indian court paintings, snuff bottles and Japanese hanging scrolls to masterpieces by Bhupen Khakhar, Arpita Singh, Sayed Haider Raza, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Francis Newton Souza, Jehangir Sabavala, Ram Kumar and more, outstanding works from every epoch of Asian art wait to be discovered. Highlights include a magnificent 11th-12th century Dali-Kingdom gilt-bronze figure of Guanyin, an important huanghuali recessed leg table; a Western Han Dynasty gilt-bronze dragon head; Buddhist paintings from The David and Nayda Utterberg Collection; an 18th century Mughal painting attributed to Mihr Chand; an Imperial famille rose-enameled glass snuff bottle, formerly from The Zhang Tungyu Collection; and a Yixing slip-decorated snuff bottle, from the collections of Lilla S. Perry and Bob C. Stevens.

This season's Asian Art Week exhibitions at Christie's Rockefeller Center galleries will begin on March 18th and be by appointment only. To make reservations, click here.

South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Online
March 15 at 10am-March 30 at 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm
Christie’s online auction of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art complements the live auction of works from this category, to be held in New York on March 23rd. Together, these two sales celebrate a wide variety of artistic practices from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora across the 20th and 21st centuries. The online sale includes excellent modern works on paper by artists Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Manjit Bawa, Ganesh Pyne and Nasreen Mohamedi, alongside canvases by Ram Kumar, Sayed Haider Raza, Bikash Bhattacharjee, George Keyt, Ratan Parimoo and Laxman Pai. Other highlights are an embroidered panel by Meera Mukherjee and sets of wooden toys by K.G. Subramanyan. Rounding out the catalogue is a section of exceptional contemporary works by artists including Nalini Malani, Jagannath Panda, Subodh Gupta and Muzzumil Ruheel.

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Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
Online auction

March 15 at 10am-March 29 at 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and
March 23, 10am-2pm
The sale features 110 lots of snuff bottles across many media, including glass, porcelain, agate, jade and painted enamel on metal. The Rachelle R. Holden Collection offers new and established collectors the opportunity to acquire rare and fine examples featuring some of the most prestigious provenances in the genre.

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Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg
Auction: March 22, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm
This season’s Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg sale is led by the important Buddhist paintings from the Utterberg Collection. Among our diverse selection of Japanese and Korean art, this sale features the earliest example of a Korean painting of a literati gathering with true view; Katsushika Hokusai’s masterworks; a fine group of modern and contemporary art including Nihonga; selections of lacquer works, sculptures, metalworks, screens and important Korean works of art and paintings.

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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Under the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa, Estimate: US$300,000-400,000

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 23, 8:30am
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm
This season’s sale features works from across India, the Himalayas, and Southeast Asia, including a large and impressive selection of Indian court paintings. Highlights among the classical Indian paintings include a folio from the so-called ‘Bharany Ramayana’ by the first generation of artists after Nainsukh and Manaku, an eighteenth-century Mughal painting attributed to Mihr Chand, and an illustration from the unusual and bold ‘Impey’ Ramayana series from late eighteenth-century Murshidabad. The sale also highlights Indian sculpture, including an important dated buff sandstone figure of a seated Jina and a Chola-period South Indian bronze figure of dancing Krishna formerly in the collection of John D. Rockefeller III.  A assortment of Tibetan paintings and important Himalayan bronzes will also be presented, led by a large and significant fifteenth-century gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya from Central Tibet.

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South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak

Auction: March 23, 11am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm
Along with an online auction running from March 15-30, this sale presents a significant group of works that celebrate diverse artistic practices from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Part I of the live sale comprises a group of important works from the visionary collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak, longtime patrons of the arts and dedicated philanthropists. Highlights include major paintings by Bhupen Khakhar, Manjit Bawa, Arpita Singh and Sayed Haider Raza, with impressive exhibition histories, appearing at auction for the first time. Also included are exceptional works by Maqbool Fida Husain, Rameshwar Broota, Jogen Chowdhury and Jagdish Swaminathan, all close friends of the collectors.

Part II is led by an important group of works from an esteemed private collection, including remarkable paintings by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Francis Newton Souza, Jehangir Sabavala, Ram Kumar and Raza among others, representing the best of South Asian modernism. Complementing these is a fine group of paintings by Souza from the collection of Peter Jackson, acquired in the 1960s and held privately in the United Kingdom for over half a century. Other highlights of the auction are a monumental painting by Gulammohammed Sheikh, unseen in public for almost thirty years, and significant works by Zarina, Natvar Bhavsar, Bikash Bhattacharjee, George Keyt and Mohammad Kibria.

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Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Auctions: March 24 and 25, 8:30am each day
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and
March 23, 10am-2pm
Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art features works from important private collections of ceramics and early Chinese works of art, as well as works from institutions such as the USC Pacific Asia Museum and the Strong National Museum of Play. Highlights of the sale include an important Dali-Kingdom parcel-gilt bronze figure of standing Guanyin, superb Tang and Song-dynasty ceramics from the Zande Lou Collection, a very rare Yongzheng guan-type crackle-glazed mallet vase formerly in the collection of Dr. Carl Kempe, an important and massive Huanghuali recessed leg table, a Western Han-dynasty gilt-bronze dragon head, early Buddhist sculptures from an important private Japanese collection and rank badges from the David Hugus collection.

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Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection

Auction: March 24, 12pm EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and
March 23, 10am-2pm
Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection borrows its evocative title from the scholarly catalogue published by the late collector in 1994. Rachelle Holden purchased her first snuff bottle in 1974, finding the art form fascinating as it combined all of the classic forms of Chinese art: calligraphy, poetry and painting. The sale features 114 outstanding snuff bottles across many media, including glass, porcelain, agate, jade and painted enamel on metal. The Rachelle R. Holden Collection offers new and established collectors the opportunity to acquire rare and fine examples, featuring some of the most prestigious provenances, including Lilla S. Perry, Bob C. Stevens, Alice B. McReynolds, the Ko Family, the Mei Ling Collection, and the J & J Collection.

Highlights include an extremely rare and important imperial famille rose-enameled glass snuff bottle, Qianlong mark and of the period (1736-1795), formerly from the Zhang Tungyu Collection, Shanghai, as well as a superb Yixing slip-decorated snuff bottle, 1750-1830, from the collections of Lilla S. Perry and Bob C. Stevens, and a magnificent and masterfully carved black and white jade snuff bottle, Suzhou school, 1740-1850.

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Imperial Palace Workshops, Beijing, A Magnificent and Extremely Rare Imperial Famille Rose-Enameled Glass Snuff Bottle, Qianlong period (1736-1795), Estimate: US$400,000-600,000

Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America

March 18-23
Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America is a special exhibition of paintings and calligraphy by China’s foremost artists, collectors and scholars of the 20th century. The exhibition explores the rich network of artistic friendships Wang Fangyu built and cultivated over five decades–connecting cultural figures such as Zhang Daqian, Hu Shi, Lin Yutang, C. C. Wang, Yang Renkai, Qi Gong and Zhang Chonghe–that shaped the discourses on collecting and exhibiting Chinese paintings in America. Rarely-seen artworks gifted to and collected by Wang Fangyu, as well as his own art, will be featured.

Virtual Preview of Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg and Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Vicki Paloympis, Head of Sale; Michelle Cheng, Senior Specialist; Sophia Zhou, Associate Specialist; Lucy Yan, Cataloguer; and Hua Zhou, Cataloguer, Asian Art, Christie's
Live lecture via Zoom, Thursday, March 17 at 5pm EDT

Adopt, Adapt, Assimilate, and Transform: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Robert D. Mowry: Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums, and Senior Consultant, Christie’s
Live lecture via Zoom, Friday, March 18 at 1pm EDT

The Bottles They Carried
Clare Chu, Chinese Snuff Bottle Curator, Dealer, Scholar and Lecturer and Andrew Lueck, Vice President, Specialist, Asian Art, Christie’s
Live lecture via Zoom, Sunday, March 20 at 12pm EDT

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Asia Week March 2022 at Bonhams New York

February 26, 2022

A Gilt Copper Alloy Figure of Tara, Nepal, Early Malla Period, 13th century,
Estimate: US$500,000 - US$700,000

This March, Bonhams New York will present a plethora of fine and rare works from a range of art historical periods throughout Asia's past and present. Pre-sale exhibitions begin on March 16th and sales commence on Monday, March 21st. Featured are several exceptional sales with antique and modern items, including several private collections.

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy, Part IV
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm
The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy IV presents the next installment of fine paintings and calligraphic works from America's premier private collection of modern Chinese paintings. 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. Most of the works being offered have been featured in dedicated exhibitions of the Fabian collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 2000-2001 and the Honolulu Academy of Art in 2007, each institution producing a scholarly publication to accompany the exhibition.  Sale highlights include: Zhang Daqian's Woman Holding a Flower (estimate: US$800,000-1,200,000) and Xugu's Immortal Image (Posthumous Portrait of Gao Yong's Wife) (estimate: US$200,000-300,000).

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Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Woman Holding a Flower, 1948, Lot 45, Estimate: US$800,000-1,200,000

Chinese Works of Art and Paintings, Including The Richard Milhender
Export Furniture Collection

Auction: March 21, 2022, 11:30am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm
Chinese Works of Art Including the Richard Milhender Export Furniture Collection comprises a wide-ranging group of highly-appealing media: jades, bronzes, cloisonné, lacquer, porcelains, pottery, sculpture, furniture and classical and modern paintings, across a wide swathe of Chinese history from the Neolithic to the end of the Qing and beyond into the Republic period. Among the many highlights on offer is a small but important and rare group of primarily eighteenth-century Chinese huali export furniture, perhaps the finest group still in private hands. Collected over many years by the famed Boston Collector, Richard Milhender, it comprises eleven pieces, led by a wonderful huali mirrored bureau bookcase with original Paktong (baitong) hardware (estimate: US$30,000-40,000). The ceramics include a fine offering of Song, Ming, and Qing wares, many with Imperial marks, including a superb celadon-glazed dish with a rare design of lingzhi on the interior and bearing an underglaze-blue Yongzheng mark on the underside (estimate: US$40,000-60,000). Among the Chinese furniture on offer are a pair of unusual seventeenth-century spindle-back Huanghuali armchairs (estimate: US$40,000-60,000). Leading the early pottery sculptural wares section is a wonderful group of nine important items from the private US Collection of Ruth and Harold Newman. Highlights include a magnificent and massive Tang dynasty pale-green and sancai-glazed horse with superb fur saddle blanket (estimate US$200,000-300,000), and a figure of a camel with a rare monkey rider (estimate US$25,000-40,000). From another private US collector is a pair of imposing prancing horses, Tang dynasty, one glazed in brown and the other in black, forming a dynamic pairing (estimate: US$40,000-60,000).

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Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art
Auction: March 22, 9am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21 , 10am-5pm
The highlight of this year's New York Asia Week auctions at Bonhams is a Gilt Copper Alloy Figure of Tara from Nepal, Early Malla Period, 13th-century, estimated at US$500,000-700,000. Coming from the esteemed collection of Michael Henss, a noted Himalayan art scholar, this beautifully-proportioned figure epitomizes the elegance for which Nepalese sculpture is deeply revered. The bronze represents a popular Buddhist savior-goddess and is one of the finest examples of Tara from any style and period to come to market. Remnants of cold gold and blue pigment applied to the face and hair indicate the artwork's prior worship in Tibet. This superlative sculpture makes its first appearance in the market since it was acquired over 35 years ago.

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Japanese and Korean Art
Auction: March 23, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm and March 22, 10am-3pm
Spanning over eight centuries, the Japanese and Korean Art sale comprises all forms and genres of the beauty of the archipelago and the peninsula. Especially well represented this year are woodblock prints, with highlights including: Storm Below the Summit by Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period, 1831 (estimate: US$200,000-300,000); Utagawa Kuniyoshi's Monster Skeleton Triptych, Edo period, circa 1844 (estimate: US $150,000-250,000), and a rare complete set of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (estimate: US$30,000-50,000). Bonhams will also offer elegant artworks from the Edo period: a fine and multi-pieced gold lacquer tabako-bon (smoking set) from the 19th century (estimate: US$5,000-7,000) and a six-panel screen in ink and colors on gold ground of Scenes from the Tale of Genji by an artist of the Tosa school in the 17th century (estimate: US$30,000-50,000). Bonhams will also showcase fine examples of contemporary metalwork from many of Japan's most important metalsmiths, including the first woman Living National Treasure working in metalware, Osumi Yukie's silver vase Bakufu (Waterfall) (estimate: US$35,000-45,000), and Nakagawa Mamoru's vase Hayashi (Trees) (estimate: US$35,000-45,000), also a Living National Treasure and master of zōgan inlay. A double gourd celadon ewer from the 13th-century (estimate: US$18,000-25,000) and a slip-inlaid celadon cup and stand from the 13-15th centuries (estimate: US$4,000-6,000) represent the ceramic offerings from the Korean peninsula.

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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Storm Below the Summit, 1831, Estimate: US$200,000-300,000

The Noble Silver Collection: Treasures from the Burmese Silver Age
Online auction
, March 14-24
Noble Silver Collection: Treasures from the Burmese Silver Age is considered to be the finest and most comprehensive known collection of Burmese silver in the world. The collection charts a magnificent body of work produced by Burmese master silversmiths between the mid-19th and early 20th century, a period termed the Burmese Silver Age. This little-known genre of silver art is characterized by an exuberant decorative style achieved through superb technical artistry. Unlike other producers of silverware in Asia, Burmese silver catered largely to a domestic market, producing art objects designed for traditional Southeast Asian customs, such as betel culture and temple offerings. Many in the Noble Silver Collection are embellished with beloved scenes from the Ramayana and Jataka Tales. Most of the 122 intricate artworks comprising the Noble Silver Collection are featured in the recent landmark publication, Burmese Silver Art: Masterpieces Illuminating Buddhist, Hindu, and Mythological Stories of Purpose and Wisdom (Owens, 2020). The sale of the entire collection will be divided into a special section of the Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art live auction at Bonhams New York on March 22nd, and this dedicated online sale from March 14-24.

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The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy, Part V Online
March 14-24

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Arts of India, Southeast Asia and the Himalayas Online
March 15-25
Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas Online brings together a diverse range of lots, including Indian sculptures and paintings, Tibetan thangkas, ritual implements, and Gandharan sculpture, with estimates ranging from US$500 to US$10,000. Highlights include a Late Mughal portrait of a noble and two princes, from circa 1745, and a schist head of Buddha from the ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century. It is a great opportunity for collectors of all interests and tastes to acquire works of good quality at affordable price levels.

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The Claude de Marteau Collection:
Treasures from Tibet, Nepal, India and Southeast Asia

March 16-21 in New York
The Claude de Marteau Collection is a unique assemblage of art gathered over decades by the late dealer and collector. It spans works created over a period of 1,500 years in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures that once flourished in India, Nepal, Tibet, and China. Claude de Marteau stumbled upon the art that was to be his lifelong passion while on an extended trip exploring the globe as a young man. Entirely self-taught, he became a respected dealer and an eminent authority on Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian, and Southeast Asian art. He was renowned for his "great eye and intrinsic aesthetic sensibility," in the words of his friend Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, a leading scholar-curator in the field. In his later years, Claude increasingly withdrew from public life; only a handful of pieces from his collection have ever been exhibited or published. The Claude de Marteau Collection will be offered in four sales by Bonhams in Paris and Hong Kong in June and October 2022 and June and October 2023. This tour brings the very best Tibetan Buddhist pieces from all sales to New York for public exhibition.

Public Lectures
Claude de Marteau: The Master Dealer and Collector
Presentation of the book that details de Marteau's life, travels and passion for art
Presented by Edward Wilkinson
Saturday, March 19, 2pm

Forensic Iconography: Chronology, Region & Art Style
Presented by Jeff Watt
Saturday, March 19, 3pm

Please note that seating is limited

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Live Events to Attend During Asia Week March 2022

February 25, 2022

Nana Onishi commenting on Japanese contemporary metalwares in her exhibition.

As you plan your Asia Week schedule, in addition to the live gallery/auction house/museum exhibitions, here is a list of live events where you can see great artworks, hear interesting information, and catch up with old friends and new acquaintances.
Exhibition receptions:
Wednesday, March 16: Art Passages, DAG, Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd., Ippodo Gallery, and Kapoor Galleries
Thursday, March 17: Onishi Gallery, TAI Modern, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, and Rubin Museum of Art (invitation only)
Friday, March 18: Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, and Rubin Museum of Art

Live Performance:
China Institute, Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty, Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30pm

Live Lectures:
Metropolitan Museum of ArtBuddhist Art of Gandhara and the ‘Year 5’ Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography, Juhyung Rhi, Friday, March 18 at 4:30pm
Sotheby's: Reconsidering the Sir Michael Butler Collection of 17th century Chinese Porcelain, Katharine Butler and Teresa Canepa, Saturday, March 19 at 4pm and
Dr Wou Kiuan and the Wou Lien-Pai Collection, Rose Kerr at 5pm
Japanese Art Society of America (JASA): Reflections of a Collector, with ukiyo–e collector George Mann, Sunday, March 20 at 11am at Japan Society

Gallery Talks:
TAI Modern, Saturday, March 19, 2:30pm
Rubin Museum, Exhibition Tour: Healing Practices, Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 2pm
More information is available in the Calendar section of this website and in earlier News and Events. Stay tuned next week for online programs to put on your calendar.

Japanese Contemporary Metalworks on Display at the Met

February 24, 2022

Ōtsuki Masako (born 1943), Distant (Yu) Silver Vase, 2007, silver with gold decoration,
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nestled in cases across from Isamu Noguchi's Water Stone in the Metropolitan Museum's Japanese art galleries is presently a display of nine elegant examples of Japanese contemporary metalwares. These vases, jars, and containers fashioned of gold and silver are the second rotation of a generous gift of 18 Japanese contemporary metalwares made in 2020 by Hayashi Kaoru, collector and founder and group CEO of Digital Garage, Inc., a Tokyo-based IT corporation.

These artworks exemplify the major metalworking techniques used by Japanese contemporary artists and represent a wide range of genres and forms—from traditional tea wares, such as cast iron kettles and subtle fresh-water jars, to flower vessels, large bowls, and sculptural works. Many of the decorative motifs and shapes are inspired by nature, particularly light and water. All showcase an extremely fine attention to detail, precision, and dedication to presenting the unique qualities of metal.

Ōsumi Yukie (born 1945), High Tides Come In (Shiomitsu), 2007, hammered silver with nunomezōgan (textile imprint inlay) in lead and gold, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Several works in the collection were crafted by Living National Treasures, artists who have achieved the highest level of mastery of their craft and who are entrusted to pass it along to future generations. One of these exceptional artists is Ōsumi Yukie, whose work is represented above and who was named a Living National Treasure in 2015, the first woman to receive this honor in metalwares. As can be seen in this vase, she specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels, which involves hammering metal-leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the surface of the metal. More examples of Ōsumi Yukie's work, as well as that of other accomplished artists in this field, will be on view during Asia Week at Onishi Gallery.

Onishi Gallery, which has been located in Chelsea since 2005 and features contemporary Japanese artists who work in a range of media, including ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, glass, sculpture and painting, was one of Mr. Hayashi's sources for the contemporary metalwares gifted to the Met. Moreover, the gallery helped organize the exhibit as a project, termed the Art of Giving, supported by the Japanese government to build a stronger market for Japanese decorative arts (kōgei) in the US and Europe. More information about this worthwhile program can be found by clicking here.

Oshiyama Motoko (born 1958), Evening Haze (Banka) Document Box, 2009, silver, copper and gold alloy (shakudō), brass, and copper and Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945), Waterfall, ca. 1940, hanging scroll, ink on paper, Metropolitan Museum of Art

These contemporary metalwares are part of the Met's current exhibition Japan: A History of Style, the fourth and last rotation of which is on view until April 24th. This series of explorations of distinctive genres, schools, and styles that comprise Japan's rich artistic tradition is undertaken through the display of 300 works of art gifted to the Met during the past decade and which have profoundly deepened and broadened the museum's collection of Japanese art, as evidenced by the metal Document Box from Mr. Hayashi, pictured above, with the bold example of modern calligraphy gifted by Mary and Cheney Cowles in 2019.

To watch an informative video about Japanese contemporary metalwares with explanation by Monika Bincsik, Diane and Arthur Abbey Assistant Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at the Met, click here


Ippodo Gallery New Exhibition

February 23, 2022

Elegant Dedications: Selections of Female Artist Works, Ippodo Gallery
Online, February 23-March 9

Ippodo Gallery New York marries the worlds of Japanese reverence and contemporary sensibility. Traditionally celebrated on March 3rd, Hinamatsuri (also called “Girl's Day”) is a Japanese holiday that celebrates girls by praying for their health and well-being. To honor this celebration, Ippodo Gallery highlights works by women artists from our permanent collection and new glass and ceramic artworks by Kiyoko Morioka, Ruri Takeuchi, and Midori Tsukada.

Works in the exhibition include Kaga-inspired crafts and Kutani porcelain paintings by Ruri Takeuchi. Her decorated trinket boxes with adorable animals and delicate figurines in such refined detail may transport the viewer to a magical land. Kiyoko Morioka creates serene porcelain objects with a silky matte finish and graceful curvatures. Her works are as thin as wheel throwing can get. Midori Tsukada's glassmaking is strongly influenced bytraining as a metalsmith. Layers of various glass and copper leaf foil sheets fuse in Tsudaka’s work to create organic bubble-like patterns. Their works break away from ceramic tradition and allow themselves to express freely and hopefully inspire women to do the same in their chose field.

Be sure to read Ippodo's Elegant Dedications Journal: Featuring our Female Artists.

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Asia Week March 2022-Dealers' Exhibitions

February 23, 2022

Following is a list of the dealer exhibitions that will be on view during Asia Week March 2022. For more information, including exhibition locations, click on the gallery names.

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art-Ancient and Contemporary

Akar Prakar
Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic), ONLINE
March 15-April 15
Seeking parallels between human and nature forms, Jayashree Chakravarty (born 1956) is drawn to the power of the delicate but resilient network of veins/lines that form a sieve to hold the structure of matter together.

Art Passages
Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, March 16-24
Art Passages are specialists in Indian and Persian paintings. Connoisseurship, research, and integrity form the foundation of our operation.

Women Artists from 20th Century India, March 15-May 28
This exhibition looks at a selection 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.

Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd
India and Iran: Works on Paper, March 16-24
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd. is a London and New York based firm of independent art dealers, founded in 1998.

Francesca Galloway
Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century, January 26-March 24
This exhibition will present a variety of artworks including textiles, paintings, and courtly objects. Grounding the works in their historical context, the selection will offer insights into artistic and cultural movements in India during this time.

Kapoor Galleries
Dhanvantari's Blessing, March 14-25
The gallery exhibition will consist of exceptional Indian paintings from several schools, along with many fine Indian miniature paintings and arms, as well as a carefully-curated selection of sculptures from India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Thomas Murray
Textiles of Indonesia: The Thomas Murray Collection, ONLINE and by appointment
March 16-25
Drawn from one of the world's leading textile collections, this magnificently presented array of traditional weavings from the Indonesian archipelago provides a unique window into the region's cultures, rites, and history.

Chinese Art-Ancient and Contemporary

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Ink Affinities 墨缘: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, March 18-May 7
Since 2009 the artists Arnold Chang (born 1954) and Michael Cherney (born 1969) have created a series of collaborative works that combine classical ink painting with photography in ways that subtly blur the distinction between the two media.

Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art, March 16-25
This exhibition will feature a wide variety of fine Chinese ceramics from different eras and types.

Bingyi: Land of Immortals, March 16-25
Bingyi (born 1975) will premier new ink paintings from her site-specific Taihang Mountains series, in which she explores the Northern Song landscape tradition.

Kaikodo LLC
The Ancients Among Us: Chinese and Japanese Paintings and Works of Art
ONLINE March 15-25
This exhibition presents an array of ancient Chinese and Japanese paintings, sculptures, and works of art.

Zetterquist Galleries
Chinese Ceramics from Tang-Yuan Dynasty, March 16-25
This show will feature Chinese ceramics from the Tang through Yuan dynasties, including exquisite examples of celadons from Yaozhou, Yue, and Longquan kilns.

Japanese Art-Ancient and Contemporary

The Art of Japan
Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints, March 18-21
Fine Japanese prints from our inventory with works ranging from classical ukiyo-e to early sosaku hanga ("creative prints").

Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd.
Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Japanese Ceramics, March 1-30
This exhibition showcases a group of post-war, avant-garde sculptures that exemplify the creed of Yagi Kazuo, Yamada Hikaru, and Suzuki Osamu’s "Objet-Yaki", or "Kiln-Fired Objects".

Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints
Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), ONLINE March 16-25
This single-owner collection features some of the most powerful artworks of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), who is considered the last of the great 19th century ukiyo-e artists.

Ippodo Gallery
Chaos to Cosmos: White Road between Two Rivers, March 10-April 14
This retrospective of Ken Matsubara’s (born 1948) works presents a view of the universe that is magnificent beyond description.

Joan B Mirviss LTD
Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves, March 16-25
The thirty new sculptures in this solo exhibition are characterized by swirling whirlpools of black, gray, and white marbleized porcelain glistening with ‘silver mist’ that resembles morning dew.

Onishi Gallery
The Eternal Beauty of Metal, March 16-25
The exhibit features vessels made from gold, silver, platinum, copper, lead, and unique Japanese alloys and are worked in a variety of techniques, including casting, chiseling, hammering, and overlay.

Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art
Japanese Art and Antiques, March 16-25
On display will be one of the leading arrays of antique samurai arms and armor, netsuke, screens and other works of art, that allow viewers to experience a taste of the true samurai spirit and of traditional Japanese culture.

Scholten Japanese Art
Influencers: Japonisme and Modern Japan, March 16-25
This exhibitions features fine prints and paintings that demonstrate the dialogue between Japan and the West.

Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art
Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints and Albums from the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries, March 18-26
This spring exhibition will feature surimono, the privately commissioned counterparts to the commercial Japanese woodblock prints of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Thomsen Gallery
Modern Masterpieces from the Taisho-Early Showa Eras, March 16-25
This show examines how most painters of the Taisho and early Showa eras typically remained focused on traditional themes, while their work often experimented with new materials and perspectives and showed Western influences.

TAI Modern
Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art
March 16-25
This will be Japanese bamboo artist Yufu Shohaku’s (born 1941) first solo exhibition outside of Japan. Also on view will be selected works from over 40 bamboo artists working in a broad range of styles and techniques.

Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art
Selection of Japanese Art, March 16-23
On view will be a wide selection of artworks covering the entire scope of Japanese art.

"In the Space of the Near and Distant"-Solo Exhibition by Jonathan Yukio Clark, March 17-April 30
This solo exhibition by a Hawaiʻi-based Japanese-American artist will consist of monotype prints and sculptures informed by the traditional Japanese living space, where the transience of nature and human life are closely connected.

Korean Art-Ancient and Contemporary

HK Art & Antiques LLC
Korean Paintings and Sculptures: Past and Present, March 17-April 6
This exhibition features noteworthy Korean classical paintings, ceramics, sculptures, and modern & contemporary art.

-Buddha Head, Gandhara, 4th century, gray schist, Kapoor Galleries Inc.
-Bingyi, White Clouds and Dark Beasts (detail), 2021, ink on xuan paper, INKstudio
-Sako Ryuhei (b. 1976), Mokume-gane Vase 02, 2013, silver, copper, shakudo (alloy-copper, gold) and shibuichi (alloy-copper, silver)
-Anonymous (late 19th century), Three Deities (detail), ink and color on silk, HK Art and Antiques

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