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Copying in Chinese Art: Ai Weiwei and James Lally

February 8, 2022

Copying in Chinese Art: Ai Weiwei and James Lally, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Online talk, February 23, 12-1pm

In this virtual talk, artist Ai Weiwei, art dealer James Lally, and curator Hiromi Kinoshita discuss copying in Chinese art, raising questions about what we value in cultural artifacts. This discussion brings together topics from our current installation Authentic: Truth and Perception in Chinese Art and the exhibition Ai Weiwei: The Liberty of Doubt at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge.

Ai Weiwei (born 1957, Beijing) lives and works in multiple locations, including Beijing, Berlin, Cambridge, and Lisbon. He is a world-renowned multimedia artist who also works in film, writing, and social media.

Hiromi Kinoshita is the Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Curator of Chinese Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

James J. Lally is the founder of J. J. Lally & Co., which through 2020 produced special exhibitions with scholarly catalogues of ancient Chinese ceramics, bronzes, sculpture and jades. Chinese works of art from J. J. Lally & Co. are now in the collections of many museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. James Lally is one of the founding members of Asia Week New York.

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35th Tibet House US Annual Benefit Concert

February 7, 2022

Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert, 35th Anniversary Virtual Edition
Tibet House US
March 3, 2022, 8pm EST

One of the longest-running and most renowned live cultural events in New York City, the Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert, will return this year for a special 35th Anniversary Virtual Edition celebrating Philip Glass’s 85th birthday on March 3, 2022, streaming for the second year in a row via Mandolin, the premiere concert livestream platform for artists, venues and fans.

The virtual element of this year’s concert will once again offer viewers around the world the unique opportunity to experience the warmth, sense of community and amazing music the evening has provided for so many years in person at Carnegie Hall. Esteemed Composer and Artistic Director Philip Glass once again curated a line-up that will feature performances by Keanu Reeves, Trey Anastasio, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Angélique Kidjo, Margo Price, Punch Brothers, The Fiery Furnaces, Tenzin Choegyal, Rubin Kodheli, The Scorchio Quartet as well as special greetings by Iggy Pop, Bernard Sumner and many more to be announced soon!

All proceeds support the work of Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization.

Tickets for the 2022 virtual edition are on sale now via Mandolin ($25-$250). Also available now are unique sponsor level cyber-tables starting at $5,000. To purchase and for more information on packages, please click here.

JASA | Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States

February 6, 2022

Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States, Japanese Art Society of America
Free online program, Wednesday, February 9 at 5pm

JASA's February virtual event is the Zoom webinar Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States. Dr. Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer will present on postwar Japanese calligraphy based on her recent book Bokujinkai: Japanese Calligraphy and the Postwar Avant-Garde.

This talk will introduce the Kyoto-based avant-garde calligraphy group named Bokujinkai, and explore their international trajectories. Bokujinkai—or “People of the Ink”—was a group formed in 1952 by five calligraphers: Morita Shiryū, Inoue Yūichi, Eguchi Sōgen, Nakamura Bokushi and Sekiya Yoshimichi. In the early postwar years, avant-garde calligraphers from Japan radically transformed their art with the aim of bringing calligraphy to the same level of recognition as abstract painting. In order to reach this goal, they launched creative collaborations with European Art Informel artists and American Abstract Expressionists, and soon started sharing exhibition spaces with them at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Documenta in Kassel, São Paulo Biennale and Carnegie International.

During this talk, Dr. Bogdanova-Kummer will examine the role that the postwar global Zen movement played in shaping the success of Japanese calligraphy abroad and will present their collaborations as one of the most fascinating examples of the early postwar global art exchanges.

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Recordings of earlier online lectures, such as The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination, held on January 11, 2022, and Hokusai: A Curatorial Perspective, held on December 1, 2021, are available on JASA's website, click here

Trapp Virtual Lecture: Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago

February 5, 2022

Senju, Waterfall, 2019

Trapp Virtual Lecture: Senju’s Waterfall for Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago
Tuesday, February 8th at 5pm CST/6pm EST, free online lecture

Join Senju—a contemporary proponent of Nihonga, traditional Japanese painting—as he discusses his signature Waterfall works.

Senju created the enchanting painted panels on view at the Art Institute specifically for the museum’s Gallery 109, the space designed by architect Andō Tadao. Thinking of the exhibition as a collaboration between himself and the architect across time, Senju tailored the scale and lighting to best suit this distinctive space. Variable lighting in this installation reveals this painting’s two dramatically different “faces,” as Senju calls them. Under regular incandescent lighting, the work expresses the force and motion of falling water. Under black light, the painted waterfalls glow a bright, ethereal blue that activates the entire gallery.

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National Museum of Asian Art | Qianlong: Imperial Collector and Connoisseur

February 4, 2022

"Treasure viewed by the Qianlong emperor," imperial seal impressed on the handscroll The Shu River, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art
Qianlong: Imperial Collector and Connoisseur

National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Online presentation, Tuesday, February 8, 12-1pm

The Qianlong emperor (1711–1799; reigned 1735–1796) ruled the world’s largest and most prosperous empire in the eighteenth century. He was also a passionate collector of art. In this talk, Keith Wilson, Jan Stuart, and Stephen Allee, curators of Chinese art at the National Museum of Asian Art, highlight select antiquities, ceramics, and paintings in the museum that were part of his imperial collection. The three curators briefly discuss aspects of the formation of Qianlong’s collection; its meticulous documentation, which is reflected in imperial catalogues; and its strategic use. The talk sheds light on his habits of inscribing collected art objects and how intrusive his ownership marks can seem to modern audiences.

This talk is part of the monthly lunchtime series Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art, where staff members present brief, personal perspectives and ongoing research, followed by discussion. In 2022, the series will focus on collecting practices and the collections of the National Museum of Asian Art.

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Dai Ichi Arts Opens Modern Masters: Objects of Affection

February 4, 2022

L-R: Tsuboshima Dohei, Shino Teabowl with Shigaraki Clay, H. 3.6 x Dia. 4.8 in.; Kawakita Handeishi, Teabowl Authenticated by Kato Tokuro, stoneware, H. 3.1 x Dia. 5.6 in.

Modern Masters: Objects of Affection, Dai Ichi Arts Ltd
Now on view-February 28, 2022

This month Dai Ichi Arts presents a group of works by modern masters of Japanese ceramics, organized by the theme Objects of Affection. From small sake cups, tea bowls that rest tenderly in one’s hands, to recent masterpieces by potters, Dai Ichi is glad to present a group of delightful objects this February. The exhibition will feature a group of sake cups by Living National Treasures: Shimaoka Tatsuzo(1919-2007), Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), Kamoda Shoji (1933-1983), Miwa Kyusetsu (1910-2012), and more; teabowls by potters who have artful and innovative interpretations of traditional glazes: Ichikawa Toru (b. 1973) and Isezaki Koichiro (b. 1974). The exhibition will be updated throughout the month with new pieces, so stay tuned or get in touch with Dai Ichi Arts to preview the show.

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Asia Week New York celebrates the life of Koichi Yanagi

February 2, 2022

Koichi Yanagi in his gallery at 17 E. 71st Street, New York at an exhibition opening on July 13, 2018.
Photo credit: Julia Meech

Renowned dealer Koichi Yanagi passed away in Kyoto on January 17th at the age of 56. Koichi devoted his life to the appreciation of Japanese art and culture throughout the world and facilitated the acquisition of exquisite art objects by highly regarded public and private collectors.

Born in Kyoto on March 3, 1965, Koichi was the son of pre-eminent dealer Yanagi Takashi and so from an early age was surrounded by fine examples of Japanese art. Koichi moved to New York City in his 20s and in 1991 opened Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts. His third location, at 17 East 71st St., was a refined space that reflected the Japanese preference for natural materials and serene understatement. Their exhibitions were noted for featuring only a few choice items of the highest quality, accompanied by a scholarly catalogue presentation, and displayed with utmost sensitivity and artistry. In addition to being a member of AWNY, the gallery also exhibited with the Japanese Art Dealers Association (JADA).


L-R: Inkstone Box (suzuribako), 17th century, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution;
En-no-Gyōja flanked by Zenki and Koki, Kamakura period, Cleveland Museum of Art; Tsujimura Shirō
(b. 1947), Irabo-type Teabowl, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.

Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts sold Japanese paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, ceramics and lacquerwares—antique and contemporary—and tea ceremony accoutrements to museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A few noteworthy examples from the gallery that are now in American museums include the 16th century Portrait of a Warrior in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a 17th-century lacquer inkstone box (suzuribako) and Maple Leaves on a Stream/Mountain Views by Ikeda Koson, both now in the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, as well as numerous works by father-and-son potters Tsujimura Shirō and Kai. One of the gallery’s especially interesting sales reunited the Cleveland Museum of Art’s important Kamakura-period sculpture of En no Gyōja with the depictions of Zenki and Koki that originally flanked it.


Ikeda Koson (1801-1866), Maple Leaves on a Stream/Mountain Views (detail), pair of 6-panel screens, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

These same museums, and numerous others, were also the recipients of the generosity of Koichi and his wife Yuko Hosomi Yanagi, as they donated many paintings and tea ceremony vessels to, among others, the Brooklyn Museum, Princeton Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2010, Koichi arranged for the transport and donation of a tearoom from Kyoto to the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, New York, where it was installed in the Hammond’s library.

His passing is a grave loss, and we will miss the creativity and connoisseurship that Koichi brought to his engagement with Japanese art and shared with like-minded friends. The best summation was written by Holland Cotter in his review in The New York Times of the gallery’s Spring 2002 exhibition Shinto, “It’s possible that there are more beautiful gallery shows in Manhattan right now than this one, but I haven’t seen any.”


Koichi Yanagi and other guests, Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden tearoom, 2010

Asia Society's Instagram Live with Artist Afruz Amighi

February 1, 2022

Afruz Amighi in her studio in Brooklyn. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Instagram Live with Artist Afruz Amighi, Asia Society
Online program, Friday, February 4 at 10:30am

Join an Instagram Live talk featuring artist Afruz Amighi in conversation with Michelle Yun Mapplethorpe, vice president for global artistic programs and director of Asia Society Museum. Afruz Amighi will go live from her studio in Brooklyn to discuss her artistic practice and her work in Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection.

Afruz Amighi is a sculptor and installation artist, whose installations use a subtle play of light and shadow to generate spaces that recall architectural history while simultaneously engaging with more complex themes of politics, violence, and displacement. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Morgan Library & Museum, among others. Born in Iran in 1974 and raised in New York, she completed her BA in political science at Barnard College at Columbia University, before going on to complete her MFA at New York University.

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China Institute presents Meet the Artist

February 1, 2022

Meet the Artist: Han Feng in conversation with curator Nancy Berliner
China Institute

Free online program, Thursday, February 3rd at 6:30pm

Is design art? In the hands of Han Feng, it sure is. The Hangzhou-born clothing designer first brought her fashion work into the performing arts with costumes for Anthony Minghella’s Madame Butterfly at the English National Opera and the Met Opera. Her bespoke couture designs meld Chinese motifs and craftmanship with a bold, modern sensibility. Her passion for the connections between design and art has now led her to open a gallery in Shanghai and to support emerging artists through a residency in New York. Join this online program, as Han Feng discusses inspiration, designs and art with her longtime friend, Nancy Berliner, Senior Curator of Chinese art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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Kamoda Shōji: The Art of Change Webinar

January 31, 2022

Kamoda Shōji: The Art of Change, Zoom Panel Discussion at Joan B Mirviss LTD
An event co-hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Art for their current exhibition
Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5pm EST

One of Japan’s most celebrated potters, Kamoda Shōji (1933–1983) had a life-long focus on the interplay among material, form, and surface that helped to revolutionize the way Japanese artists approached ceramics, even to this day. The current exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the first outside of Japan, features nearly 50 works from 10 private American collections and spans the breadth of his brilliant but brief career. Key figures in the making of this exhibition and accompanying publication come together to discuss Kamoda’s commitment to experimentation and innovation.

The discussion will be moderated by Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Matthew Welch.

LOUISE CORT, Curator Emerita of Ceramics, Freer | Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
SHIRLEY MCNERNEY RENDELL, Passionate collector of Japanese ceramics
AARON RIO, Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Moderated by MATTHEW WELCH, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

Fully illustrated catalogue, available here

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