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David Orr: Radiance + Reflection at Tibet House US

April 4, 2022

David Orr, Moon Mandala (No. 20)

RADIANCE + REFLECTION: Mandalas and Moon, solo exhibition by David Orr
Tibet House US

April 7-July 9
Opening reception: Thursday, April 7 from 6–8pm ET
Artist Talk: Mapping the Universe: The Mandala in Sacred, Scientific, and Artistic Practice, April 9, 5-6:30pm with David Orr, Robert Thurman, and David Kittay, Columbia University Department of Religion, in-person and live-streamed

Tibet House US presents a new solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based visual artist David Orr, whose work explores symmetry, themes of interconnection and impermanence, and ways we apply order. The exhibition is organized around two bodies of work emerging from Orr’s interests where philosophy and science align: ILLUMINED, wherein photographs of sacred manuscripts, texts, and sūtras are digitally recombined into abstract forms, and Mandala Lunae, moon photography which Orr arranges into complex geometries — a series begun and developed when he had to stay-in-place during the pandemic.

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Recorded Programs from Asia Week March 2022

April 3, 2022

For those who missed some of the informative lectures and panel discussions that took place during March 2022's Asia Week, many were recorded and can now be watched.

LAUNCH, Asia Week New York
Aired on March 15th, 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.

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Bingyi: Land of Immortals, INKstudio and Joan B Mirviss LTD
This Zoom event took place on February 24th and accompanied the exhibition of Bingyi's work organized by INKstudio during Asia Week. The artist was joined by distinguished curators Susan L. Beningson, Susanna Ferrell, and David Ake Sensabaugh to discuss the role in today’s global contemporary art world for China’s long-standing practice of brush-and-ink based arts—specifically, its tradition of landscape painting–in light of Bingyi’s ink painting practice.

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Elaine Ildan Choi, Here and Now
Korean Culture Center New York

The Korean Cultural Center New York sheds light on the life and art of artist Elaine Ildan Choi (b. 1936), in a special documentary and online exhibition that features not only her selected artworks, but the story of her turbulent life and fierce spirit that has remained a constant thread throughout. The video was unveiled on March 8th, 2022 to commemorate International Women’s Day and also as a part of Asia Week New York 2022 and can still be enjoyed online.

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MAKING WAVES: with artist Kondō Takahiro
Joan B Mirviss LTD

This panel discussion on March 17th via Zoom accompanied the exhibition of this artist's work at Joan B Mirviss LTD. Speaking together with Kondō Takahiro, who participated from Kyoto, and moderated by Joan Mirviss was Glenn Adamson, independent curator based in New York and formerly Director at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Joe Earle, Senior Consultant, Japanese Art, Bonhams; and Carol Horvitz, art collector and museum patron. They discussed Kondō's creative process, the challenges posed by his sculptures, and his fascinating legacy.

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Buddhist Art of Gandhara and the 'Year 5' Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This lecture was the Met's Annual Distinguished Lecture on the Arts of South and Southeast Asia. Juhyung Rhi, Professor of Buddhist Art History at Seoul National University, spoke in person, and was live-streamed, on March 18th about the 'Year 5' Buddha, one of only five dated Gandharan sculptures known to exist. This talk explored the diverse questions raised by this image within the unfolding setting of Buddhist art in Gandhara in the early centuries of the Common Era.

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Reflections of a Collector by George Mann
Japanese Art Society of America (JASA)

This event took place in hybrid form at Japan Society on March 20th. JASA hosted this lecture by renowned Chicago print collector George Mann, who shared his perspective on putting together one of the finest Japanese print collections in private hands. This program followed Mann's recently published memoir, Sixty Years with Japanese Prints.

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East Meets West at Asian Art Week in NYC & Women's History Month
FPA Arts and Culture Series

VP and Director of DAG New York, Josheen Oberoi, spoke with FPA journalist Sarab Zavaleta about DAG's newest endeavor, an international gallery focused on women artists from 20th century India. This episode, which premiered on March 22nd, was presented by the Foreign Press Association in honor of NYC Asian Art Week and Women's History Month.

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J.P. Morgan: A Collector’s Legacy
Asia Week New York in collaboration with The Winter Show

Also now available for viewing is our Zoom program, which took place on January 26th and consisted of illustrated presentations by each panelist, followed by a question-and-answer session. The speakers and their topics included:
Who Was Pierpont Morgan? A Brief Biographical Sketch
Jean Strouse, eminent American biographer and author of Morgan, American Financier
Building the Bookman's Paradise
Colin B. Bailey, Director, The Morgan Library & Museum
Objects of “Pleasure and Instruction:” J. Pierpont Morgan's Legacy in Hartford
Linda H. Roth, Director of Special Curatorial Projects and Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum
The J.P. Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains
Steven Chait, President, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc.
Moderator: Charlotte Eyerman, Director and Chief Curator, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

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Vassar's Museum Hosts Tibetan Art Shows

April 2, 2022

Mandala of the Luminous One, Nampar Nangdzé, Central Tibet, ca. 18th century, distemper on cloth, The Jack Shear Collection of Tibetan Art

Mastery and Merit: Tibetan Art from the Jack Shear Collection and
Beyond the Threshold: Tibetan Contemporary Art
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Now on view through July 31

Vassar College's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center currently has on display exhibitions of Tibetan traditional and contemporary art.

Drawn from the Jack Shear Collection, Mastery and Merit presents more than thirty works that demonstrate the multivalent and critical roles of Buddhist masters, as well as the rich diversity of merit-generating practices available to devotees. Displayed across three galleries and organized by Ariana Maki, Associate Director of the University of Virginia Tibet Center and Bhutan Initiative and lecturer in Art History and Religious Studies, the exhibition highlights multiple Tibetan Buddhist masters and reincarnation lineages; deities associated with everyday concerns like healing, wealth, and removing obstacles; and a selection of images associated with sophisticated, highly esoteric practices available to advanced initiates.

This exhibition marks the inaugural display of an innovative collaboration among three prominent college art museums—the collection of Tibetan art from the Jack Shear Collection has been gifted jointly to the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, and the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). Subsequent presentations at WCMA and at the Tang Museum are planned for the spring 2023 and fall 2023 semesters respectively. Jack Shear is a photographer, curator, collector, and executive director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation with ongoing relationships with all three institutions.

Beyond the Threshold highlights the diversity of contemporary Tibetan creative expression, presenting works from ten artists based around the world. Born between the 1950s and 1990s, these artists are translating their experiences and insights for global audiences, driving Tibetan art into new territory by repurposing familiar imagery, providing commentary on consumer culture, and engaging social issues. Drawn from private collections and made available by the artists themselves, the objects are accompanied by bilingual English-Tibetan object labels, many of which incorporate quotes from the artists that convey the motivations and intentions behind their work.

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Asia Week New York Members Participate in The Winter Show

April 1, 2022

After it was postponed from its original date in January, The Winter Show 2022 opened today, April 1st, at 660 Madison Avenue in the old Barney’s Building. Three AWNY members are participating this year—Ralph M. Chait Galleries Inc., Joan B Mirviss LTD, and Thomsen Gallery. On view through April 10th, Chait Galleries is exhibiting Chinese Export Porcelain and Decorative Arts, Joan B Mirviss is showing KAZARI: Beyond Decoration, and Thomsen Gallery is displaying Japanese Paintings and Works of Art, Including Antique and Modern Folding Screens, Scroll Paintings, Bamboo Baskets, Ceramics, and Gold Lacquer Boxes.

The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring many of the world's top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Fair was established in the mid-1950s as a benefit for East Side House Settlement and, by the end of that decade, had firmly established itself as the leading event of its kind in the United States. This year is The Winter Show’s 68th anniversary season.

Cherry Blossom Festival with the National Museum
of Asian Art

April 1, 2022

National Cherry Blossom Festival, National Museum of Asian Art

Explore Art and Music Online: Treasures from Our Japanese Art Collections
Discover Japanese art from our collections and enjoy talks and performances. Our experts love these exceptional objects, and we think you will fall in love with them too.
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Online Interactive Docent Tours: Special Cherry Blossom Sessions
The revered sakura, or cherry blossom, has been celebrated in landscapes, figure paintings, and prints by artists from medieval Japan to Katsushika Hokusai and beyond. You are invited to embrace hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of “flower viewing,” by going cherry blossom viewing in the museum’s Japanese art collections!  All online tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Cherry Blossom programs are available from March 14-April 29 and reservations must be made by April 1st.
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Art & Me Virtual Preservation Family Workshop: Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Celebrate spring and DC’s beloved cherry blossoms with a festive virtual family workshop. This hands-on preservation workshop is designed for children ages three to eight and their caretakers.
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Tiger Prints Program at the Peabody Essex

April 1, 2022

Tiger, Meiji period, circa 1900, bronze and glass

Drop-In Art Making: Tiger Prints, Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, 1-3pm each day

Tigers are beautiful animals that have special striped markings to help them blend in with their natural habitat. They are the largest of the big cats and dwell in a wide native range across the Asian continent. From India to Russia, six different species of tiger can be found. This year is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac calendar. It is a great time to celebrate these remarkable animals. In this in-person program, check out the bronze tiger sculpture in The Pod at PEM, then follow along in this drop-in art session and create your own one-of-a-kind tiger print!

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Last Days for Two Asian Art Exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum

March 31, 2022

Kimura Yoshiro (born 1946), Vessel with Blue Glaze, 2013

Kōgei: Art Craft Japan
Concludes Monday, April 4
Craftsmanship is a major hallmark of Japanese design. This installation celebrates Japanese kōgei—one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects made with traditional techniques and natural materials. The works on display highlight the specialized skills of contemporary kōgei artists working in clay, glass, and fabric.

Tanya Goel (born 1985), notation in x, y, z (detail), 2015, © Tanya Goel

Fault Lines: Contemporary Abstraction by Artists from South Asia
Concludes April 10
The power of a line: for the four female artists featured in this exhibition, it’s both an infinitely malleable form and a poetic metaphor for the borders and divisions that make up our world. Discover abstract paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that uniquely embrace and rethink the minimalist approach to explore questions about memory, home, and belonging.
Artists in the Exhibition:
Tanya Goel (born 1985, New Delhi; active New Delhi)
Sheela Gowda (born 1957, Bhadravati; active Bangalore)
Prabhavathi Meppayil (born 1965, Najibabad; active Bangalore)
Zarina (1937–2020, born Aligarh; active New York)
In memoriam of Zarina

Final Online Auctions in March 2022 Asia Week

March 31, 2022

Maqbool Fida Husain (1913-2011), Untitled (Horse and Rider), 1994, Christie's

In the past two days, Christie's and Sotheby's concluded their final online sales in this season's Asia Week New York with the following results.

Sotheby's, China/5000 Years, March 18-29, sales total $1,740,438
Christie's, Rivers and Mountains Far from the World: Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection Online, March 15-29, sales total $452,214
Christie's, South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Online, March 15-30,
sales total $1,329,174

The most expensive lot in these three sales was the above painting by Maqbool Fida Husain, sold at Christie's South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Online for $94,500


Chinese Archaic Bronze Food Vessel, Ding, Early Western Zhou Dynasty, Estimate $80,000/120,000, iGavel's Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art, April 7-26, 2022

Last but by no means least, the last sale of Asia Week March 2022 will be iGavel's Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art, which will take place online on April 7-26. For more information, click here

Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo Japan Opens at the Met

March 30, 2022

Sword Guard (Tsuba), late 18th–early 19th century, inscribed by Ishiguro Masatsune, copper-gold alloy (shakudō), copper-silver alloy (shibuichi), gold, copper

Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo Japan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Recently opened–Spring 2024

After almost a century and a half of near-constant civil war and political upheaval, Japan unified under a new ruling family, the Tokugawa, in the early 1600s. Their reign lasted for more than 250 years, in an era referred to as the Edo period, after the town of Edo (present-day Tokyo) that became the new capital of Japan. The Tokugawa regime brought economic growth, prolonged peace, and widespread enjoyment of the arts and culture. The administration also imposed strict class separation and rigid regulations for all. As a result, the ruling class—with the shogun as governing military official, the daimyo as local feudal lords, and the samurai as their retainers—had only a few ways to display personal taste in public. Fittings and accessories for their swords, which were an indispensable symbol of power and authority, became a critical means of self-expression and a focal point of artistic creation.

This installation in the Arms and Armor galleries explores the luxurious aspects of Edo-period sword fashion, a fascinating form of arms and armor rarely featured in exhibitions outside Japan. It presents a selection of exquisite sword mountings, fittings, and related objects, including maker’s sketchbooks—all drawn from The Met collection and many rarely or never exhibited before.

Yale University Art Gallery Reopens

March 30, 2022

Kyoto Kano School, Scenes from the Tale of Genji, 1625–60, pair of six-panel folding screens, ink, color, gold pigment, gold flecks, and gold foil on paper

After being closed due to Covid, the Yale University Art Gallery is now open again to visitors. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and from September to June, is open late Thursday nights.

The gallery’s collection of Asian art comprises nearly 8,000 works from East Asia, South Asia, continental Southeast Asia, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey and spans the Neolithic period to the 21st century. Highlights of the collection include Chinese ceramics and paintings, Japanese paintings and prints, and Indian and Persian textiles and miniature paintings.

As communicated by Denise Patry Leidy, Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, three new thematic displays of paintings are on view in the Asian art galleries through May 2022. Practice as Power in the Paintings of South Asia highlights works from the gallery collection that illustrate ascetic practices, as well as wrestling and other physical activities, alongside comparable paintings from the Yale Center for British Art. The installation explores the longstanding South Asian tradition of engaging with the body as both a conduit toward and evidence of spiritual transcendence. Painting during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) examines the multifaceted ways in which painters, whether amateur or professional, reimagined classic stylistic traditions such as those of the Northern Song (960–1127) and Southern Song (1127–1278) dynasties. Addressing ingenious Japanese responses to this continental preoccupation with the past, Nanga: The Japanese Transformation of Continental Literati Art centers on painting and writing as means of self-development and self-expression, a notion shared by all East Asian cultures.

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