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Songtsam's Rumei Lodge

February 22, 2022

Songtsam's Rumei Lodge is set next to the mountain-home of the upper Mekong River.

From the window of Songtsam Rumei Lodge, Lancang (Upper Mekong) River, green terraces create a landscape painting, framed by the window casing. At an altitude of 2,600 meters, this remote oasis is situated at the first stop on the road from Yunnan to TAR on Songtsam's Tea Horse Road Expedition. Nestled away in a valley, the lodge is located next to Zhuka Village in the north and vast farmland in the south.

Guest rooms all face Lancang River, ensuring views of the natural stream outside and the green terraces nearby. The lodge embraces bright colors such as green, yellow, white, and peacock blue, mirroring the colors of the sky and surrounding snow-capped mountains, rivers, and fields.

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Marc Peter Keane's "Of Arcs and Circles"

February 22, 2022

Of Arcs and Circles: Insights from Japan on Gardens, Nature, and Art,
Marc Peter Keane

From his vantage point as a garden designer and writer based in Kyoto, in his newest book Marc Peter Keane examines the world around him and delivers astonishing insights through an array of narratives. How the names of gardens reveal their essential meaning. A new definition of what art is. What trees are really made of. The true meaning of the enigmatic torii gate found at Shinto shrines. Why we give flowers as gifts. The essential, underlying unity of the world.

Marc Peter Keane is a garden designer and author based in Ithaca, New York. He lived in Kyoto, Japan, for 18 years, designing gardens for private individuals, companies and temples, and continues that work now from his studio in Ithaca. He is the author of seven books on gardens and nature and participated in AWNY's webinar, The Luxurious Garden and the Gratification of Retreat on October 28, 2021. Watch the video recording of the webinar, click here

Asia Week March 2022 Auction Schedule

February 21, 2022

Korean Painting of Bodhisattva, Estimate: $30,000-50,000, Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art, iGavel

Auction Viewing and Sale Schedule
Asia Week March 2022 New York

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part IV
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

Chinese Works of Art and Paintings Including The Richard Milhender Export Furniture Collection
Auction: March 21, 11:30am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art
Auction: March 22, 9am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

Japanese and Korean Art
March 23, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm and March 22, 10am-3pm

The Noble Silver Collection: Treasures from the Burmese Silver Age
Online, March 14-24, 2022

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part V
Online, March 14-24, 2022

Arts of India, Southeast Asia and the Himalayas
Online, March 15-25, 2022

The Claude de Marteau Collection:
Treasures from Tibet, Nepal, India and Southeast Asia
March 16-21, 2022

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South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art
Online, March 15, 10:00am-March 30, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
Online March 15, 10am-March 29, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

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

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 23, 8:30am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

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

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

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Auctions: March 24 and 25, 8::30am EDT 
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America
March 18-23

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Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18-20, 12-5pm

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Asian Art Signature® Auction
Auction: March 22, 11am
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

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Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art
Viewing: March 16-25, 10am-5pm
Online auction: April 7-26

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Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
Auction: March 21, 11am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1
Auction: March 22, 9am EDT
Viewing: March 17-21, 10am-5pm

Important Chinese Art
Auction: March 23, 9am EDT

China/5000 Years
Online auction, March 16-29
Viewing: March 17-28, 10am-5pm

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Museum Exhibitions during Asia Week 2022

February 20, 2022

Forest Goddess Parnashavari (detail), 19th century, pigments on cloth, 64 1/2 x 29 in.
Rubin Museum of Art

To help you plan your visit, here is a list of Asian art exhibitions at AWNY-member museums that will be on view in New York City during Asia Week 2022.

Asia Society:
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection
•Video Spotlight: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
•Video Spotlilght: Rahraw Omarzad
All the above through May 8, 2022

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Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University:
Auspicious Dreams: Tribal Blankets from Southern China
March 9–May 31, 2022

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Japan Society:
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing
On view through March 20th

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The Korea Society:
Wonju Seo: Travelogue
March 3-May 26, 2022

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics in Historical Context
Through April 10, 2022
Japan: A History of Style
Through April 24, 2022
Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection
Through June 5, 2022
Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer
Through July 5, 2022
Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art
Through August 14, 2022
Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Through October 3, 2022
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
Through–January 2023

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The Rubin Museum of Art:
Gateway to Himalayan Art
Through June 4, 2023
Shrine Room Projects, Rohini Devasher/Palden Weinreb
Through October 30, 2023
Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
Through January 8, 2024
Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans
March 18, 2022–January 16, 2023

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Tibet House US:
Roof of the World: Gems of the Guardianship Collection at the Tibet House Gallery
March 2-April 17, 2022

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China Institute | Daisy Yiyou Wang on a Portrait of an Empress

February 18, 2022

Pieces of China: Daisy Yiyou Wang on A Portrait of an Empress, China Institute
Online conversation, February 24, 2022, 8-8:30pm

China’s Qing court produced the largest group of surviving paintings of Chinese empresses, many of which were once used for ancestor worship in the private imperial collection. Join us as Daisy Yiyou Wang, who co-curated the 2019 Empresses exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum, explores an extraordinary portrait of Empress Xiaoxian, whose early death broke the heart of the Qianlong emperor. Wang will examine details of the portrait, discuss its remarkable conservation journey, and even share new discoveries about where it used to hang. Wang, who is Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, will also discuss how her institution will look at artifacts from Beijing’s Forbidden City through a modern lens when it opens later this year.

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Christie’s Online Course | Close Encounters with Japanese Woodblock Prints: Making, Meaning, and Impact

February 18, 2022

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), The Plum Garden Kameido (Kameido Umeyashiki), from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei), courtesy of Christie’s

Close Encounters with Japanese Woodblock Prints: Making, Meaning, and Impact, Christie's Education
Online course, March 7-April 4, 2022

Japanese woodblock prints made fine art available to a wider segment of Japanese people in the Edo period; they opened a new world of inspiration to the Impressionist artists in Europe; and they are among one of the most popular categories among today’s collectors of Japanese art throughout the world. You can learn more about this fascinating and distinctive art form in a series of 5 weekly courses next month at Christie’s Education.

Lead by Karly Allen, an experienced lecturer in art history and observation and a graduate of SOAS, this online course consists of five hour-long sessions on Mondays from March 7-April 4. Students will learn how to recognize the subject matter depicted in ukiyo-e prints, about the economics behind their production and sale, and details of their distinctive cultural context and visual qualities. The course will conclude with a consideration of the impact ukiyo-e had on the development of European art.

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Tiger Parade!

February 18, 2022

Our parade of tiger images, posted on Instagram and RED, stroll by for one last encore to wish you a happy and healthy Year of the Tiger.

Our readers selected as your favorite tiger this South Vietnamese Lai Thiu ware Jar with lid (below) in the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution.

But by far, readers best-loved New Year's image was not a tiger at all but this spectacular contemporary Japanese Gray (Nezumi)-Shino Type Round Platter by Wakao Toshisada from Joan B Mirviss LTD. The plum blossoms remind us that spring is just around the corner!

Top photo, clockwise from top left:
Anonymous (19th century), Pair of Screens Depicting an Elephant and Tiger, ink, mineral pigments and gold on silk, San Antonio Museum of Art
Unknown (Educational Series), ca. 1886, Educational Pictorial Instructions: Animals, no. 8, Tiger, Japanese print, Scholten Japanese Art
Tiger, Fourth Rank Military Official, 1850-1870, Chinese silk embroidery on silk, Denver Art Museum
Chinese Carved Soapstone Figure of a Lohan, ca. 1700, Ralph M. Chait Galleries
Pair of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Plates, Early Kangxi period, ca. late 17th century, Ralph M. Chait Galleries

Second photo, clockwise from top left:
Yoshimura Kokei, Dragon and Tiger, 1836, ink color and gold on silk,
Joan B Mirviss LTD
Kishi Chikudō (1826-1897), Sitting Tiger, ink and color on paper,
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mountain God with Tiger and Attendants, 1874, Korean ink and color on silk,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Goddess Devi and Her Tiger, ca. 1820, Indian opaque watercolor on paper, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Seated Tiger, Liao dynasty (907-1125), China slip-coated and glazed stoneware,
Art Institute of Chicago

Artist Bingyi: Land of Immortals

February 17, 2022

Artist Bingyi: Land of Immortals, Joan B Mirviss LTD and INKstudio
Zoom panel event, Thursday, February 24, 5pm EST

For the next ZOOM panel event, INKstudio with co-host Joan B Mirviss LTD will bring together Beijing- and Los-Angeles-based artist, writer, film-maker and art historian Bingyi (b. 1975) with distinguished curators Susan L. Beningson, Susanna Ferrell and David Ake Sensabaugh. This group of insightful panelists will discuss the context of Bingyi’s contemporary ink landscape painting practice. How does an artist innovate within a tradition that has been unfolding continuously over a two-thousand-year period? How does she create meaning in the context of a global contemporary art world unfamiliar with Chinese art history and culture? What role does gender play in prompting the transformation of this formerly male-dominated tradition? What is the relevance of East Asian artistic traditions to the development of world culture in the future? Join us to explore these and other questions related to historical and contemporary art practice.

BINGYI, artist, writer, film-maker and architectural designer based in Beijing, China and Los Angeles, CA
SUSAN L. BENINGSON, independent curator based in New York, former curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY
SUSANNA FARRELL, Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CA
DAVID AKE SENSABAUGH, former Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art and head of the Department of Asian Art, Yale University Art Gallery, CT
Moderated by CRAIG YEE, co-founding partner of INKstudio, a Beijing and New York based gallery devoted to ink as a medium, language and discourse for the creation of contemporary art

A link to the event will be automatically emailed to you once you register. If you would like more information about the artist Bingyi and her artworks, please contact Craig Yee at yee.craig@inkstudio.com.cn

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Mark your calendars.....Bingyi's Lotus Dyansty, Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, live at China Institute on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 6:30pm. Read more, click here

Dunhuang Foundation | A "Devotional Form of Art:" Developing and Recycling Textiles Along the Silk Road

February 17, 2022

Embroidered Buddha, Banner Fragment, 7th-8th century, silk, from Toyuk, Xinjiang, China
Asian Art Museum, Berlin (III6178)

A "Devotional Form of Art:" Developing and Recycling Textiles Along the Silk Road, Dunhuang Foundation
Online talk, February 24, 2022, 7pm EST

The Dunhuang Foundation hosts a lecture by Mariachiara Gasparini, Assistant Professor of Chinese Art and Architectural History at the University of Oregon, that explores the processes involved in developing and recycling textiles in the western regions of China, beyond the main Silk Roads. During the Tang period (618–907), through a system of intra- and extra-monastery circulation of goods, high-ranking officials “sacrificed” some of their wealth in support of Buddhist communities. The gongde, literally ‘merit’ and ‘achievement and virtue,’ was applied to all kinds of Buddhist activities, including the redistribution and circulation of these “gifts.” Among the many goods that were offered and recycled, textiles provided Buddhist communities with various patterns and motifs – many of which were acquired from Turko-Iranian communities - that enabled the Sinicization of Buddhist art and its diffusion in East Asia.


The Dunhuang Foundation, founded in the U.S. in 2010, builds upon Dunhuang's rich legacy of intellectual and cultural exchange through programs that encourage participants to explore and expand upon the site's rich histories. The organization regularly organizes lectures by specialists conducting important research relevant to the study and understanding of Dunhuang. Recordings of previous lectures are available on the Foundation's website, click here.

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A Night at the Museum: Introducing Hong Kong's New M+ Art Center

February 16, 2022

A Night at the Museum: Introducing Hong Kong's New M+ Art Center
China Institute and Asia Art Archive in America

Online program, Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 8pm

M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of 20th and 21st century visual culture, opened to the public in November 2021. The museum’s collections include visual art, design, architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, Mainland China, elsewhere in Asia and beyond. Join China Institute and Asia Art Archive in America for a virtual walkthrough and live Q&A with M+ curators Pi Li, Sigg Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial Affairs, and Yokoyama Ikko, lead curator of design and architecture.

Following a brief introduction, the curators will guide the audience through their opening exhibitions: M+ Sigg Collection: From Revolution to Globalisation, a survey of contemporary Chinese art from the early 1970s to the present, and Things, Spaces, Interactions, an assemblage of more than five hundred design objects that have had a profound influence in Asia and across the globe over the last seventy years.

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